Undergraduate Degrees

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Architecture Undergraduate Degrees
HOW TO APPLY

The School of Architecture’s undergraduate architecture program combines the intensity of a professional education with opportunities afforded by a world-class research university. Our rigorous curriculum emphasizes design, as well as history, technology, representation, and structures. Early on, students are introduced to basic conceptual skills and the fundamental elements of architecture. They learn to communicate their ideas through models and drawings, working fluidly and seamlessly between analog and digital representation. In later years, they apply lessons learned to both real-world and speculative problems.

STUDIO LEARNING
At the center of the student experience is a sequence of studio courses that serve as laboratories of innovation. Studio learning encourages dialogue, collaboration, risk-taking, innovation, and learning-by-doing. Studio also fosters a close, tight-knit community and our students forge relationships that last a lifetime.

The design studio offers a synthetic form of education, where project-based learning becomes the foundation for developing an understanding of and commitment to the school's core values — broadmindedness, interconnectivity, professionalism, exploration, and activism — all in service of architecture's fundamental mission: to improve the quality of the built and natural environments.

DEGREE TYPES OFFERED
We offer two undergraduate degrees. A professional five-year degree and a pre-professional four-year degree. The School of Architecture also offers dual degrees, detailed below.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

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BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE [BARCH]

A five-year professional degree, the Bachelor of Architecture features a rigorous design-oriented curriculum with a solid foundation in technology and the history of architecture. The degree is evaluated and accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and contains the required academic coursework to pursue internship, and eventually, licensure.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES [BSAS]

A four-year pre-professional degree with an optional architectural history track that contains part of the coursework required for licensure. BSAS must be followed by a professional degree to pursue licensure and is an excellent platform for future graduate studies in architecture and associated fields.

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DUAL DEGREES

The School of Architecture also offers two undergraduate dual degrees. These include the Bachelor of Architecture / Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, sponsored jointly with the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Bachelor of Architecture / Plan II Honors, sponsored jointly with the College of Liberal Arts. 

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

The School of Architecture is one of the smallest academic units at The University of Texas at Austin. Our undergraduate student body exemplifies the diverse constitution of the communities we strive to serve. In support of unique perspectives and experiences, all applications are reviewed with an understanding that excellence may manifest itself in many areas and may be expressed in different forms. Visit our Undergraduate Admissions page for more information and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

STUDENT WORK

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    Final review week is upon us…<br /><br />Congratulations @utsoafirstyears on wrapping up your first semester! For the rest of you, we’re wishing you the best of luck as final review week continues. <br /><br />Follow along on our stories this Wednesday through Friday!
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    Final review week is upon us…

    Congratulations @utsoafirstyears on wrapping up your first semester! For the rest of you, we’re wishing you the best of luck as final review week continues.

    Follow along on our stories this Wednesday through Friday!

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    Happy Thanksgiving! This year, and every year, we are thankful for you, our UTSOA community 💛<br /><br />For prospective students interested in joining this special place, visit our link in bio for admissions deadlines and more information
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    Happy Thanksgiving! This year, and every year, we are thankful for you, our UTSOA community 💛

    For prospective students interested in joining this special place, visit our link in bio for admissions deadlines and more information

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    “Playscapes” by Hayden Hood, Charley Tyeskie, and Rachel Sisson // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner. Completed in Visiting Professor Miroslava Brooks’ Spring 2022 Advanced Studio.<br />
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    “Playscapes” by Hayden Hood, Charley Tyeskie, and Rachel Sisson // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner. Completed in Visiting Professor Miroslava Brooks’ Spring 2022 Advanced Studio.

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    Last day of classes before fall break, then final reviews kick off November 28. Hang in there y’all, you got this! 💪 <br /><br />📷: @moondragon_macek’s Wood Design class by @utsoabuildlab
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    Last day of classes before fall break, then final reviews kick off November 28. Hang in there y’all, you got this! 💪

    📷: @moondragon_macek’s Wood Design class by @utsoabuildlab

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    Tomorrow, Bachelor of Architecture student Jacob Levy @jalphototecture will be taking over our stories to show us his studio’s recent trip to Spain. <br />
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    Tomorrow, Bachelor of Architecture student Jacob Levy @jalphototecture will be taking over our stories to show us his studio’s recent trip to Spain.

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    Some high*lights* from Environmental Controls’ recent Light Show ⚡️✨<br />
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    Some high*lights* from Environmental Controls’ recent Light Show ⚡️✨

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    We’re excited to share new faculty and fellowship positions open at the UT School of Architecture. All appointments will begin in Fall 2023.<br /> <br />- Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture. Application review will begin December 1. <br />
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    We’re excited to share new faculty and fellowship positions open at the UT School of Architecture. All appointments will begin in Fall 2023.

    - Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture. Application review will begin December 1.

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    Tune in to our stories tomorrow for a special @texas.landscape student takeover.
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    Tune in to our stories tomorrow for a special @texas.landscape student takeover.

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    This Wednesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m., Beate Hølmebakk closes out our Fall 2022 lecture series with her lecture “Constructions on Sites and Paper.” Event details at the link in our bio.<br />
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    This Wednesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m., Beate Hølmebakk closes out our Fall 2022 lecture series with her lecture “Constructions on Sites and Paper.” Event details at the link in our bio.