About this Program
- College: Design, Construction and Planning
- Degree: Bachelor of Design | B.Des., a preprofessional degree
- Credits for Degree: 120
- Additional Information
To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.
Many students supplement their education with study-abroad and off-site learning opportunities in Vicenza, Asia, Mexico, Nantucket and more. An extensive library, modern computer labs, woodshop, 3D fabrication lab and beautiful college environment facilitate creativity. Students regularly exhibit their models and drawings in the college's gallery.
The studio sequence progressively and thoroughly explores various formal, conceptual and technical considerations and how they interrelate in the creation of space. The ideas and experience that students gain in design studio are reinforced and amplified by support courses in history, theory, structural tectonics, building technology and construction materials and methods.
Field trips to broaden and expand students' educational experience are required and will be paid for by students. Students may also be required to attend state and national professional meetings.
The School of Architecture's preprofessional Bachelor of Design program prepares students for graduate school studies toward the accredited two-year Master of Architecture degree or for jobs in private practice.
National Architectural Accrediting Board
Most states require architects to hold accredited degrees. Two types of degrees accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) are the Bachelor of Architecture (5 years) and the Master of Architecture (1, 2 or 3 years depending on institution). Both degrees are structured for registration and licensure. UF's four-year preprofessional degree is not accredited by the NAAB; the two-year Master of Architecture degree is an accredited degree.
Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.
Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.
- Complete DCP 1003, if not completed in Semester 1 1
- Complete ARC 1302 and ARC 1702
- 2.75 UF GPA required
- Complete ARC 2304 and ARC 2461
- Compete MAC 1147 and PHY 2053
- Complete pin-up requirement
- 2.75 UF GPA required
1 Summer transfer students should complete DCP 1003 by Semester 4.
Students are required to complete IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.
To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.
This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.
|ARC 1301||Architectural Design 1 (Critical Tracking)||4|
|ARC 1701||Architectural History 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International)||3|
|DCP 1003||Creating the Built Environment (Critical Tracking)||1|
|Gen Ed Mathematics||3|
|State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|ARC 1302||Architectural Design 2 (Critical Tracking)||4|
|ARC 1702||Architectural History 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International)||3|
|IUF 1000||What is the Good Life (Gen Ed Humanities)||3|
|Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences||3|
|Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement||3|
|ARC 2180||Introduction to Digital Architecture (Critical Tracking)||3|
|ARC 2201||Theory of Architecture 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities)||3|
|ARC 2303||Architectural Design 3 (Critical Tracking)||5|
|MAC 1147||Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 1||4|
|ARC 2304||Architectural Design 4 (Critical Tracking)||5|
|ARC 2461||Materials and Methods of Construction 1 (Critical Tracking)||3|
|PHY 2053||Physics 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1||4|
|Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|ARC 3320||Architectural Design 5 (Critical Tracking)||6|
|ARC 3503||Introduction to Architectural Structures (Critical Tracking)||3|
|ARC 3743||Architectural History 3 (Critical Tracking)||3|
|State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement||3|
or ARC 4310C
|Advanced Topics in Digital Architecture 2
or Building Information Modeling
|ARC 3321||Architectural Design 6||6|
|ARC 3610||Environmental Technology 1||3|
|State Core Gen Ed Humanities||3|
|ARC 4220||Architectural Theory 2||3|
|ARC 4322||Architectural Design 7||6|
|ARC 4620||Environmental Technology 2||3|
|Advanced Topics in Digital Architecture 2|
|Building Information Modeling 2|
|ARC 3463||Materials and Methods of Construction 2||3|
|ARC 4323||Architectural Design 8||6|
The School of Architecture requires students to complete MAC 1147 and PHY 2053 before semester 5. Due to the rigorous nature of design studio, students should complete these courses during the summer semesters. MAC 2233 is recommended before graduating because of the admissions requirements of some graduate programs.
Any 3000-level or higher academic course, any 1000-level or higher foreign language where the student is not a native speaker and where the course is taken at an SUS institution, or any course sequence toward a minor.
This program is limited access. At the end of semester 4, students will be selected according to a competitive ranking of all applicants by overall GPA, architectural GPA and faculty evaluation of design quality in the annual pin-up exhibits.
The Bachelor of Design requires students to demonstrate and to understand the creative design process and associated skills as they relate to problem solving and spatial organization. Students will develop skills in spatial design, graphic communication, materials, technology and environmental issues. Programs analyze existing and projected examples of build form, define fundamental principles and knowledge of the discipline, develop students' skills in the formation and projection of spatial experience and relate creativity to cultural and physical environment.
Before Graduating Students Must
- Follow and achieve national accreditation (NAAB) guidelines for terminal project and portfolio assessments.
- Receive acceptable review and assessment of studio work from faculty, industry professionals and peers.
- Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Students in the Major Will Learn to
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- Implement a creative and synthetic design process to produce unique and appropriate architectural proposals.
- Create presentations utilizing appropriate disciplinary vocabulary and graphic skills that support design methodologies.
- Acquire, interpret and analyze information as the basis for design proposals.
- Communicate about the discipline to a variety of audiences using a variety of formats and approaches.
- Acquire skills in drawing, electronic imaging, materials and environmental issues.
- Create conceptually clear and expressive design proposals based on appropriate prioritization of issues, thoughtful analysis of project parameters and critical reflection of schematic ideas.
- Produce designs built upon the relationship between human behavior and perception in relation to the built environment.
I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed
|Courses||SLO 1||SLO 2||SLO 3||SLO 4||SLO 5||SLO 6||SLO 7|
|ARC 3320||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A|
|ARC 3321||R, A||I, R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A|
|ARC 4322||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A|
|ARC 4323||I, R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A||R, A|
- Design studio juries
- Semester studio curriculum reviews