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The University of Texas at Arlington
Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Program in Architecture

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Dean

Donald Gatzke, M.Arch.
203 Architecture

School of Architecture Overview | Program in Landscape Architecture
Admissions Requirements | Fellowships | Degree Requirements | Dual Degree Program | Courses: ARCH

Area of Study and Degree

Architecture

M.Arch.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute (Design Thesis) and Non-Thesis (Advanced Studio)

Dean, School of Architecture

Donald Gatzke
203 Architecture, 817.272.2801

Graduate Advisor

David Jones
203 EB Architecture, 817.272.2801

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Baum, Duncan, Ferrier, Hamilton, Henry, Kuhner, LaGess, McDermott, Mehta, Price

Associate Professors

Boswell, Gintole, Guy, Maruszczak, Pinno, C. Wright, Yardley

Dean Emeritus

G. Wright

Objective

The purpose of the Master of Architecture program is to educate for ultimate leadership positions within the architecture profession.

Design is emphasized as central to the discipline of design deeply informed by history, theory, technology, and the broader cultural setting. Design studios, lecture courses, seminars, and workshops develop the critical mind as well as the visual sensibility.

Architecture and its practice exist within the social fabric. Thus discourse and communication are a vital part of the educational process. Through case studies in studios and courses, students learn to present ideas, and to use and give commentary. Visiting faculty leading practitioners and teachers from other schools provide a rich connection to the world of building and to a variety of views. In addition, international student exchange programs, study-travel courses, and numerous internship opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area connect the learning of architecture with the wider world.

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-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. The University of Texas at Arlington does not offer the Bachelor of Architecture degree.

The professional program leading to the Master of Architecture degree consists of a sequence of coordinated core courses that introduce and develop architectural knowledge; this is followed by a flexible array of more advanced and speculative course options. The preparation each student brings determines where, in this progression from introductory to advanced work, the program is entered. Path A is for those with a baccalaureate degree but no specific background in architecture; this sequence normally takes 3.5 years to the M.Arch. Path B is for those with a four-year undergraduate baccalaureate degree with a major in architecture; this sequence assumes satisfactory core studies and consists of about two years of more advanced professional studies. Path C is for those who already hold an accredited professional degree in architecture and who wish for a second professional degree; at least one year of advanced work is required.

Admissions Requirements

Unconditional Admission

Path A: For unconditional admission to the Path A program, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

Path B: For unconditional admission to the Path B program, the candidate must meet the above requirements, and in addition must:

Path C: For unconditional admission to the Path C program, the candidate must meet the requirements of the Path A and Path B programs (except the requirement of a B.A. or B.S. degree) and must:

Probationary Admission

Path A: Candidates who do not meet the criteria for unconditional admission to Path A, will be considered for probationary admission in which they will be required to maintain a grade of B or better in the first 12 credit hours of courses in the program. To be considered for probationary acceptance, the candidate must perform well on four of the following six criteria:

Path B: Candidates who do not meet the criteria for unconditional admission to Path B may be considered for probationary admission in which they will be required to maintain a grade of B or better in the first 12 credit hours of courses in the program. And/or they may also be required to take one or more Path A and/or fourth year design studio as determined by the graduate advisor on review of their portfolio before continuing with the Path B design studio sequence.

To be considered for probationary acceptance, the candidate must perform well on three of the following five criteria:

Path C: Candidates who do not meet the criteria for unconditional admission to Path C, may be considered for probationary admission in which they will be required to maintain a grade of B or better in the first 12 credit hours of courses in the program. To be considered for probationary acceptance, the candidate must perform well on three of the following five criteria:

Note: Applicants whose native language is not English who do not meet the program's minimum TOEFL score, may be asked to complete extramural training in English, as approved by the program and the Graduate School.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the submission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission. All missing documentation must be received before the end of the first semester of study.

Deferred Admission

A deferred admission may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

Candidates who do not satisfy the requirements for probationary admission will not be admitted.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistant position, the candidate must be admitted without provisional conditions. Candidates whose native language is not English must submit an acceptable score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE-A) before arriving in the United States. GTA positions in architecture are limited and are very competitive.

Fellowships

To be considered for a Dean's Fellowship, the candidate must have a favorable review in most of the evaluation criteria. Candidates must be new students coming to UTA, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours and any graduate credit hours, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours in both long semesters to retain their fellowships. Fellowships in architecture are limited and very competitive.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the Graduate Advisor and discuss their options, the admission process, and how the M.Arch program may fit in their professional plans. Students are also invited to visit the School, sit in on classes, and meet faculty and students at the School of Architecture.

Degree Requirements

Professional Degree Program: Path A (3.5 years)

For applicants holding a baccalaureate (B.A., B.S.) degree in a subject outside architecture, such as liberal arts, sciences, business, or another profession.

A minimum of 104 credit hours in architectural design, theory, and practice is required of Path A candidates for the professional degree in architecture (M.Arch). Due to the rigor of the program (not unlike any other professional school, law or medicine), students entering this program are advised to discontinue outside employment.

Advancement in Professional Degree Program Path A is predicated upon successful and timely completion of required coursework as well as an annual review of the student's portfolio of design work by the Directors Group of the Architecture Program.

In addition to completing an introductory curriculum beginning in the summer of the first semester of enrollment, students must also complete the Path B core curriculum of 39 credit hours. The core curriculum of this course of study is ARCH 5325, 5326, 5329, 5331, 5333, and 24 hours of advanced studio. Students approved by the Directors Group to substitute a design thesis for the last semester of the required studio sequence must also take ARCH 5363 prior to enrollment in ARCH 5693.

Electives must include at least one course from each of the following categories of courses offered by the school: (a) history and theory (b) technology and practice, and (c) allied disciplines (landscape architecture, urban design, housing, and interior design).

Suggested Course Sequence: Path A

First Year
Summer Semester Fall Semester
5591 Design Studio I
5301 Principles of Architecture
5342Architectural Graphics I
5592 Design Studio II
5323 Construction I
5343 Architectural Graphics II
5303 History of Architecture I
Spring Semester
5593 Design Studio III
5324 Architectural Structures I
5304 History of Architecture II
Elective 3 hours

Second Year
Summer Semester Fall Semester
5594 Design Studio IV
5329 Computers and Design (or approved alternative)
Advanced Studio 6 hours
5327 Architectural Structures II
5325 Environmental Controls I
Elective 3 hours
Spring Semester
Advanced Studio 6 hours
5328 Architectural Structures III
5326 Environmental Controls II
Elective 3 hours

Third Year
Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Advanced Studio 6 hours
5331 Professional Practice
5363 Design Research
(for design thesis option)
5333 Construction II
Elective 3 hours
Advanced Studio 6 hours
or
5693 Design Thesis
or
5698 Thesis
Electives 6 hours
(Thesis or advanced studio options)

Professional Degree Program: Path B (2 years)

For applicants holding a baccalaureate degree with a major in architecture. Placement in the graduate curriculum may be adjusted on the basis of previous academic and professional work.

A minimum of 54 credit hours is required for the thesis option or 57 for the design thesis and advanced studio options.

The core curriculum for this course of study is ARCH 5325, 5326, 5329, 5331, 5333, 18 hours of advanced studio, and 5693 or 5698 or advanced studio. Students in design thesis option must take ARCH 5363 prior to enrollment in ARCH 5693.

Electives must include at least one course from each of the following categories of courses offered by the School of Architecture: (a) history and theory (b) technology and practice and (c) allied disciplines (landscape architecture, urban design, housing and interior design).

Suggested Course Sequence: Path B

First Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Advanced Studio 6 hours
5325 Environmental Controls I
5333 Construction II
Elective: 3 hours
Advanced Studio 6 hours
5326 Environmental Controls II
5329 Computers and Design (or approved alternative)
Elective: 3 hours

Second Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Advanced Studio 6 hours
5331 Professional Practice
5363 Design Research (for design thesis option)
Elective: 3 hours
6 hours (advanced studio option)
5698 Thesis
or
5693 Design Thesis
or
Advanced Studio 6 hours
Electives: 6 hours

Post-Professional Degree Program: Path C (1 year)

For applicants holding a previous professional degree in Architecture (B.Arch.) from an accredited program. The M.Arch, as a second rather than a first professional degree, does not receive NAAB Accreditation.

Thirty credit hours are required of students in Path C with thesis while 33 hours will be required of students with design thesis or advanced studio options.

A minimum of 18 hours is required in architectural program courses including six hours of history/theory as well as thesis, design thesis, or advanced studio. Students are also required to take an advanced studio which may be waived by student request if design proficiency or equivalent experience has been demonstrated. The remainder of the work will be arranged with and approved by the Graduate Advisor to suit the interests of the student. Courses of study provide for an area of specialization or for advanced general studies.

Suggested Course Sequence: Path C

Fall Semester Spring Semester
History/Theory: 3 hours
Advanced Studio: 6 hours
5363 Design Research (for design thesis option)
Elective: 3 hours
History/Theory: 3 hours
Advanced Studio 6 hours
or
5693 Design Thesis
or
Electives: 9 hours (for design thesis or Advanced studio options)
6 hours (for thesis option)

The School of Architecture offers international study programs in Rome, Barcelona, Innsbruck, and Lund. The Rome Program, conducted for five weeks each summer by U.T. Arlington faculty, is open to upper division and graduate students and may be used to satisfy history and elective requirements. The Barcelona, Innsbruck and Lund programs are semester-long exchange programs with universities in these cities, with the normal expectation of both studio and elective credit.

M.C.R.P. and M.Arch. Dual Degree Program

Students in this dual program may earn both the Master of City and Regional Planning and the Master of Architecture degrees in a curriculum of 87 semester credit hours. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the M.C.R.P. and the M.Arch. programs. City and Regional Planning students wishing to earn the M.Arch degree will be required to take Path A in the Architecture Program unless they have earned an undergraduate degree in architecture which will allow CIRP applicants to take Path B. Programs of study will follow both master's programs, with all of the 15 credit hours of electives in the M.Arch program to be taken in the MCRP program. In addition to the 36 credit hours of architectural core courses, the remainder of coursework will be in the City and Regional Planning program with a required thesis proposal and programs of work to be jointly approved by the City and Regional Planning Program and the Architecture Program. A thesis supervisor should be selected from CIRP or the School of Architecture, and committee members should be selected from both faculties.

Course selection and programs of study should be designed with the assistance of the Graduate Advisors in both programs. Only in special instances may students select the thesis substitute plan of the MCRP program. The successful candidate will be awarded both degrees rather than one joint degree.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Architecture (ARCH)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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