1. What majors may an undergraduate applicant choose?
  2. How do I apply as an external transfer student?
  3. What courses could I take before I externally transfer to the School of Architecture at UT Austin?
  4. How do you determine the equivalency of my transfer coursework?
  5. How competitive is it to get in to the School of Architecture at UT Austin?
  6. How long will it take for me to earn my degree?
  7. What is required to become an architect?
  8. What is required to become an interior designer?
  9. When are the courses required for the architecture and interior design degrees offered?
  10. What is required in a portfolio?
  11. If I have an associate's degree, do I apply as an external transfer student or a freshman?
  12. I already have an undergraduate degree, but would like to pursue a degree in Architecture.  How do I apply?
  13. I already have an undergraduate degree, but would like to pursue a degree in Interior Design.  How do I apply?
  14. I was accepted into a different College/School at UT Austin.  Is it possible to internally transfer into the School of Architecture?

 

 

WHAT MAJORS MAY AN UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANT CHOOSE?

Undergraduate degrees are available in architecture and interior design. To be considered for admission, you must list architecture or interior design as your first-choice major. We do not review applications in which interior design or architecture is the second-choice major. The undergraduate programs offered by the School of Architecture include the following:

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How do I apply as an external transfer student?

To be considered for fall-semester admission into the School of Architecture as an external transfer student, applicants must:

  • transfer credit from an Architecture or Interior Design program
  • have a minimum transfer GPA of at least 3.25 
  • submit a portfolio

The UT Austin Office of Admissions administers external transfer and international external transfer applications to the School of Architecture. 

Please note that external transfer admission to the School of Architecture is available only for the fall semester. 

UPLOAD Portfolio & Recommendation Letters
 

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What courses Could I take before I externally transfer to The School of Architecture at UT Austin?

You are not required to complete specific coursework in order to be eligible to apply for transfer. However, you may find it beneficial to complete coursework that is equivalent to the following UT Austin courses:

  • M 408C (or M 408K and M 408L) -- Differential and Integral Calculus
  • PHY 302K, 102M -- General Physics Technical Course: Mechanics, Heat, and Sound; and the corresponding lab
  • PHY 302L, 102N -- General Physics Technical Course: Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Atomic and Nuclear Physics; and the corresponding lab
  • E 316L, M, N, or P -- British, American, or World Literature
  • RHE 306 -- Rhetoric and Writing
  • HIS 315K and HIS 315L (or 2 other United States history courses that fulfill the Texas common core requirements)
  • GOV 310L -- American Government and GOV 312L -- Issues and Policies in American Government or GOV 312P -- Constitutional Principles: Core Texts

Students admitted for transfer from a college or university that is located outside of the state of Texas will need to have the transfer work evaluated by the Office of Admissions.

You could potentially use the remainder of your transfer credit as electives in the degree program. Refer to the degree plan that you are interested in for the various elective requirements. The transferability of architecture or design courses will be determined after you are admitted to the program.

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How do you determine the equivalency of my transfer coursework?

For Core Curriculum requirements and other non-architecture/non-interior design coursework, you may use the Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system if your coursework is from Texas. Texas residents may also refer to the Transfer Guide for Texas Community College Students for a list of course equivalencies. Students admitted for transfer from a college or university that is located outside of Texas will need to have the transfer work evaluated by the Office of Admissions.

The transferability of architecture or interior design coursework taken at another college is determined after an applicant is admitted to the School of Architecture.

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How competitive is it to get in to the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin?

Admission is very competitive. We receive around 250 external transfer applications per year. Admissions decisions are dependent in part on whether there is space available to admit transfer students. When space is available, external transfer students' portfolios are evaluated for possible placement in the first, second, or third-year design studios. We do not admit students into studios beyond the third year of our design sequence. Due to the variation in how design sequences and curriculum at other universities' architecture and interior design programs are structured, there is very often not a one-to-one match in what architecture and interior design courses applicants have taken elsewhere to what is required for degrees offered by the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. 

If not admitted directly into the School of Architecture, but admitted to UT Austin, students may be eligible to later apply as an internal transfer into the architecture or interior design majors.

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How long will it take for me to earn my degree?

It depends on when you were admitted to the School of Architecture, the chosen degree plan, and the number of architecture/architectural interior design courses that transfer into the program. Often transfer students offered admission are admitted as first, second, or third-year design students.

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WHAT is required to become an architect?

There are three categories when it comes to pursuing registration as an architect:  Education, Experience, and Examination. These requirements are often referred to as the “Three E's." Texas requires the following:

Please see the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards [NCARB] website for the most up-to-date information.  

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WHAT is required to become an Interior Designer?

Becoming an interior designer invovles enrollment in a college of university program followed by several years of professional experience, typically under the supervision of a qualified interior designer. They must also pass a qualifying exam. We refer to these requirements as the “Three E’s”:

Please see the National Council for Interior Design Qualification [NCIDQ] website for the most up-to-date information.  

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When are the courses required for the architecture and interior design degrees offered?

Most of the courses required for the undergraduate architecture and interior design degrees are offered fall and spring semesters only. Most are offered during the day on weekdays.
When courses are offered: Architecture
When courses are offered: Interior Design   

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What is required in a portfolio?

Applicants are required to upload a .pdf portfolio documenting their design work and containing no more than 40 images, up to 25 MB. Evidence showing an applicant’s original design work, spatial ability, and experience with hand drawing and model-making is required.

Please note that portfolios will not be printed, and will be viewed only on computer.

Letters of recommendation and the portfolio must be uploaded by March 1.

The portfolio may include design studio work that represents your best work, including drawings and photographs of models. Work may have been completed as part of formal coursework or independently. It is recommended that applicants identify the media and date of the work being shown. If the work was part of a course previously taken, please also indicate the instructor's name and affiliation.

To be considered for admission into the School of Architecture, applicants must submit transfer credit from an Architecture or Interior Design program. The UT Austin Office of Admissions administers the University of Texas at Austin transfer student application.

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If I have an Associate's Degree, do I apply as an external transfer student or a freshman?

Since you already have college credit, you should apply as an external transfer student.

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I already have an undergraduate degree, but would like to pursue a degree in Architecture. How do I apply?

Students who already hold an undergraduate degree, or who are very close to attaining an undergraduate degree, are referred to our graduate program. The First-Professional Master of Architecture program is designed for those who have a degree in something other than architecture. Please visit www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/grad/ for more information.

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I already have an undergraduate degree, but would like to pursue a degree in Interior Design. How do I apply?

Students with an undergraduate degree are typically referred to our graduate program. The First-Professional Master of Interior Design program is designed for those whom have a degree in something other than interior design. Please visit www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/grad/ for more information.

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I was accepted into a different College/School at UT Austin. Is it possible to internally transfer into the School of Architecture?

Undergraduates admitted into another college at The University of Texas at Austin may apply to internally transfer to a major offered by the School of Architecture by submitting an internal transfer application. If you are able to maintain at least a 3.25 UT Austin GPA based on 24 or more coursework hours in-residence at UT Austin  (completed by the end of a spring semester), you would then be eligible to apply for internal transfer into the School of Architecture. A portfolio is not required or accepted for internal transfer admission.

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