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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Architecture (ARC)

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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
CIP Code: 04.0201
College of The Arts (FA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 108

Contact Information:
College of The Arts
School of Architecture and Community Design Department (DEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue HMS301
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Robert Macleod
Phone: 813-974-6015
Email: rmacleod@usf.edu

Website: http://www.arch.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: The Arts Faculty List


Major Information

School of Architecture and Community Design Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide graduate level education that:

  • Provides a holistic design curriculum and instruction through a variety of pedagogical approaches.
  • Encourages individual and collaborative discoveries.
  • Emphasizes continuity between design and construction.
  • Builds technical and professional proficiency.
  • Offers wide ranging global learning experiences.
  • Provides opportunities for engagement with diverse communities.
and for students and faculty to conduct scholarly research and creative activity that:
  • Is innovative, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary.
  • Advances the understanding of the built environment as it relates to society and culture.
  • Contributes to theory and practice in the disciplines of architecture and urbanism.
  • Is relevant to local communities.
  • Advances the contemporary state of critical practice.
  • Provokes (stimulates/instigates) critical discourse on architecture and urbanism.
  • Explores (embraces) emerging technologies.
Our aim is to graduate professionals who will be recognized for their design excellence in enhancing the quality of the built environment.

Major Information
The major leading to the accredited Master of Architecture degree is intended for students who have completed baccalaureate degrees in non-architectural majors or with a pre-professional undergraduate major in one of the design professions. The comprehensive and rigorous curriculum prepares graduates for a full range of professional activities. The course of study emphasizes urban architecture and related topics to take advantage of its diverse metropolitan setting in Florida's Tampa Bay.

The School of Architecture and Community Design (SACD) is home to the Florida Center for Community Design and Research, is a non-profit public service institute of the School of Architecture and Community Design. It was founded in 1986 to assist the citizens of Florida in the creation of more livable and sustainable communities through applied community design, multi-disciplinary research, and public education. The diverse staff includes architecture faculty and students, research scientists, and programmer analysts. In addition, the Center has affiliated faculty or graduate students from the Department of Anthropology, Biology, Fine Arts, Geography, and Social Work.

Accreditation and Licensure
Applicants for architectural licensure in Florida, and most jurisdictions in the United States, normally must have:

  • earned a professional degree from a School accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • completed the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • passed the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

According to the 2004 edition of the of the NAAB Conditions and Procedures: “In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture, recognized two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards. Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.”

Major Research Areas
Architecture and Community Design

Accreditation Information:

Applicants for architectural licensure in Florida, and most jurisdictions in the United States, normally must have:

  • earned a professional degree from a School accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • completed the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • passed the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
  • According to the 1998 edition of the of the NAAB Conditions and Procedures:In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture, recognized two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a  six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards. Masters degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

In order to enroll in the M.Arch., students must be accepted by the Graduate School and the School of Architecture and Community Design. These are separate admission processes that involve different application forms, supportive materials, and deadlines. For more detailed information, students should see Graduate Admissions online and visit the SACD website.

  • 3.00 undergraduate GPA
  • GRE Test Score
  • Portfolio of creative work
  • Completed 3 prerequisite courses: Physics, Calculus, and AutoCAD
  • Written Statement of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

The M.Arch. Degree normally requires  108 credit hours of coursework for students with baccalaureate degrees in non-architectural subjects. In order to complete the major in a timely manner, students must complete 15-17 credit hours per semester. Students with undergraduate degrees in architecture or related fields may receive waivers for some required courses for which a grade of B or better was earned.

51 hours – Students with four-year pre-professional degrees must complete a minimum of 51 credit hours in the Master of Architecture major.
The total required credit hours and courses is determined on an individual basis and are dependent upon the school's review of the student's individual portfolio and undergraduate transcript upon application for admission.

30 hours - Students with five or six year professional degrees from a NAAB/CAAB accredited program (U.S. and Canada)  must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in the major.
The total required credit hours and courses is determined on an individual basis and dependent upon the school's review of the student's individual portfolio and accredited program professional degree upon application for admission.

For more detailed information, interested students should contact the School directly or visit its website.

College level:

Physics*
Calculus*
Computer-aided Design
Competence in design/graphics (portfolio)

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

 

Design/Graphics
ARC5361*
ARC5362*
ARC5363*
ARC5364
ARC5365
ARC5366
ARC6367
ARC5256*
ARC5731*
ARC5732*
ARC6398


Core Design I
Core Design II
Core Design III
Advanced Design A
Advanced Design B
Advanced Design C
Advanced Design D
Design Theory
Architectural History I
Architectural History II
Introduction to Community and Urban Design


9
9
9
6
6
6
6
3
3
3
3

Technology
ARC5470*
ARC5467*
ARC5587*
ARC5588*
ARC5689*
ARC6481


Intro to Technology
Materials and Methods of Construction
Structures I
Structures II
Environmental Technology
Design Development


3
3
3
3
3
3

Professional Practice
ARC6287
ARC6288


Professional Practice I
Professional Practice II


3
3

Electives
ARC
ARC
ARC
ARC
ARC


Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3
Elective 4
Elective 5


3
3
3
3
3

*Courses marked by asterisk (*) may be completed in undergraduate pre-professional or similar programs with a grade of B or above and with approval of faculty advisor.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Computers
The School of Architecture and Community Design requires each student enrolled in the Advanced Design Studios level, or higher, to possess (through purchase or lease) a NOTEBOOK COMPUTER system.

The notebook computer requirement allows students to conduct the majority of digital work, which is an integral aspect of advanced architectural design education and professional practice, in the design studio. The studio is the primary place for the exchange of design ideas, critique, and synthesis, and the Architecture faculty believes that the student's regular presence in the studio is critical for maximizing her or his architectural design learning.

The notebook system is required in lieu of a desktop in order to address the limited design studio space available to each student. The mobility of the notebook allows the student to easily and quickly transform a relatively small desk space into a variety of configurations suitable for physical model-making, hand-drawing, hand-drafting, design research, and design writing as well as digital drawing, modeling, and graphic design. The battery-powered notebook allows for maximum computer use within environments with limited electrical power outlets.

The School will continue to maintain high-powered computer systems in the laboratory for intensive computing required for manipulating large digital models, renderings, etc. Students may begin their digital work on their laptops and, if needed, use removable storage and network connections to transfer files to the lab systems for final development. The School provides black and white printers, color and black and white plotters, and scanners in the computer laboratory.

Because the notebook computer system is an educational requirement of the  School, the cost of a new computer purchase can be factored in determining a student's financial need. The student must contact the USF Office of Financial Aid (813-974-4700) to request additional information and a “Budget Adjustment for Computer Purchase” form prior to ordering a computer. The decision regarding a student's budget adjustment may take 6-8 weeks, so students are strongly encouraged to plan ahead. Only one financial aid budget adjustment up to $2,500 for a new computer can be issued during a three year period.

Portfolios
The faculty requires the submission of portfolios of academic work by each student at two formal portfolio reviews. Students must pass these portfolio reviews in order to advance in the major. The portfolio policy can be found on the School's website. Students are advised to prepare their design work for inclusion in their portfolios at the end of each design semester, instead of waiting until just before the portfolio due dates. Some expense, varying widely according to reproduction technique and/or ambition, should be anticipated.

Field Trips
Each year students in the fall term beginning students in take a field trip to Savannah, GA. Transportation, lodging and meals ($200-300) are paid by the students. Students in design studios take field trips to such cities as New York, Boston and Chicago in the spring. The cost of these trips may be $200-600 per student.

Student Work
Student work, submitted to the School in satisfaction of course or degree requirements, becomes the physical property of the School. This work may include papers, drawings, models, and other materials in either physical or electronic form. The School assumes no responsibility for safeguarding such materials. At its discretion, this School may retain, return, or discard such materials. The School will not normally discard the materials of currently enrolled students without giving the student a chance to reclaim them.

GPA of 3.00 in Design
In addition to the state-wide requirement that students maintain an overall grade point average(GPA) of 3.00 or better, the Architecture faculty also requires that students maintain a GPA of 3.00 or better in all design courses.

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

 

Research/Thesis
ARC6936
ARC 6974
ARC6976


Research Methods in Architecture
Master's Project Planning
Master's Project


2
2
5

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

108

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ARC5361, ARC5362, ARC5363, ARC5364, ARC5365, ARC5366, ARC5256, ARC5731, ARC5732, ARC6398, ARC5470, ARC5467, ARC5587, ARC5588, ARC5689, ARC6481, ARC6287, ARC6288, ARC6936, ARC6976, ARC6367,