Thesis, Thesis Substitute (Design Thesis) and Non-Thesis (Advanced Studio)
203 Architecture, 817-272-2801
203 D Architecture, 817-272-2801
203 B Architecture, 817-272-2801
Baum, Duncan, Ferrier, Hamilton, Henry, Kuhner, McDermott, Mehta, Price
Boswell, Gintole, Guy, Maruszczak, Pinno, C. Wright, Yardley
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 disciplinedesign 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 facultyleading practitioners and teachers from other schoolsprovide 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 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.
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:
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.
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.
A deferred admission may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
Candidates who do not satisfy the requirements for probationary admission will not be admitted.
To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistant position, the candidate must be admitted unconditionally. 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.
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 schoollaw 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).
Summer Semester Fall Semester
5591 Design Studio I 5592 Design Studio II
5301 Principles of Architecture 5323 Construction I
5342 Architectural Graphics I 5343 Architectural Graphics II
5303 History of Architecture I
5593 Design Studio III
5324 Architectural Structures I
5304 History of Architecture II
Elective 3 hours
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).
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Advanced Studio 6 hours Advanced Studio 6 hours
5325 Environmental Controls I 5326 Environmental Controls II
5333 Construction II 5329 Computers and Design (or approved alternative)
Elective: 3 hours Elective: 3 hours
Summer Semester Fall Semester
5594 Design Studio IV Advanced Studio 6 hours
5329 Computers and Design 5327 Architectural Structures II
(or approved alternative) 5325 Environmental Controls I
Elective 3 hours
Advanced Studio 6 hours
5328 Architectural Structures III
5326 Environmental Controls II
Elective 3 hours
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Advanced Studio 6 hours Advanced Studio 6 hours
5331 Professional Practice or
5363 Design Research 5693 Design Thesis
(for design thesis option) or
5333 Construction II 5698 Thesis
Elective 3 hours Electives 6 hours
(Thesis or advanced studio options)
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.
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.
Fall Semester Spring Semester
History/Theory: 3 hours History/Theory: 3 hours
Advanced Studio: 6 hours Advanced Studio 6 hours
5363 Design Research or
(for design thesis option) 5693 Design Thesis
Elective: 3 hours 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.
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; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. 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. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. 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.)
Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.
5301. PRINCIPLES OF ARCHITECTURE (3-0). A survey study of the interrelationships between society, culture and architecture. Concurrent enrollment in ARCH 5591 and 5342 required.
5302. LYRICISM IN ARCHITECTURE (3-0). Concepts and models of architecture that express a philosophy concerning feelings, intuition, and creative spontaneity, emphasizing flowing rhythms and nature-inspired forms.
5303. HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (3-0). History of architecture from pre-history through the Middle Ages. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
5304. HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE II (3-0). History of Architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisites: ARCH 5303 and permission of instructor.
5305. THE CITY OF ROME (3-0). History, topography, and monuments of Rome and its environs from its legendary founding in 753 B.C. until the 20th Century, with special emphasis on imperial and papal Rome.
5306. URBAN DESIGN (3-0). Urban design theory, method, and implementation using contemporary and historic examples.
5307. THEORY OF CITY PLANNING (3-0). The physical aspects of city planning as it relates to the social, economic, and political aspects of planning as a discipline.
5308. HISTORY OF URBAN FORM (3-0). History of urban form, considered as the product of political, economic and social forces. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
5309. THE CITY OF LONDON (3-0). History, topography, and monuments of Greater London from before the Roman colonization until the 20th Century, emphasizing London's growth into a world capital since the Great Fire of 1666.
5310. AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE TO 1917 (3-0). Detailed consideration of the architecture of the United States from the 17th Century until World War I, with special attention to the great and little masters of the field. Prerequisites: ARCH 2303 and 2304.
5311. ARCHITECTURAL THEORY (3-0). A review and analysis of the concepts, philosophy, ideology, and models that promulgated 20th Century architectural design. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
5312. ARCHITECTURE OF TEXAS (3-0). The architecture of Texas broadly considered, including the vernacular built environment and the urban context, from the 18th century Spanish Colonial period until the 1960s, with reference to regional tendencies and national/international modes of expression.
5313. HISTORIC RESTORATION AND ADAPTIVE RE-USE (3-0). Investigation of methods and procedures used in restoration of buildings, including building diagnostics, re-fabrication of architectural details, cleaning and waterproofing, structural investigation and reinforcement; examination of office procedures and practice, production of measured drawings, photogrammetry, code investigation, working drawing techniques and problems of aesthetic integrity/design retrofit.
5314. HISTORIC PRESERVATION (3-0). Concepts of historic preservation as expressed in legislation, institutions and actual projects. Lectures and case studies designed to familiarize the student with methods of architectural and bibliographic research, preservation legislation, historic certification procedures, economic strategies, and current problems in adaptive use of historic landmarks.
5315. TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY (3-0). Courses to explore and present selected topics in architecture and related fields of the Ancient Mediterranean, the Classical World, the Middle Ages, the 19th Century, and the Non-Western Traditions. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
5316. MODERN ARCHITECTURE I: 1890 TO 1945 (3-0). Origins and development of Modern Architecture in Europe from 1890 to World War II, and its further evolution in Europe and America from 1918 to 1945. Prerequisites: ARCH 2303 and 2304.
5317. MODERN ARCHITECTURE II: 1945 TO PRESENT (3-0). Architectural developments in Europe, Asia, and America since World War II. Prerequisites: ARCH 2303 and 2304.
5318. RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE (3-0). Detailed consideration of Renaissance and Mannerist architecture in Europe of the 15th and 16th centuries. Prerequisite: ARCH 2304 or equivalent.
5319. HOUSING DESIGN (3-0). Evolution of housing from the end of the 19th Century to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary design methods, techniques and solutions.
5320. BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE (3-0). Detailed consideration of Baroque architecture in Europe from 1600 until about 1750. Prerequisite: ARCH 2304 or equivalent.
5321. ADVANCED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3-0). The study and application of specialized computer programs in environmental design. Prerequisites: ARCH 4329 or 5329 or the equivalent, and permission of the instructor.
5323. CONSTRUCTION I (3-0). Construction materials and structural concepts as used in buildings. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
5324. ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES I (3-0). Statics, strength of materials and simple structural systems in buildings. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
5325. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS (3-0). Illumination, acoustics, climate controls, mechanical and electrical systems, and their significance in the total design.
5326. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS (3-0). Continuation of ARCH 5325.
5327. ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES II (3-0). Continuation of ARCH 5324 with emphasis on structural theory and systems in wood and steel. Prerequisite: ARCH 5324.
5328. ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES III (3-0). Continuation of ARCH 5327 with emphasis on structural theory and systems in masonry and reinforced concrete. Prerequisite: ARCH 5327.
5329. COMPUTERS AND DESIGN (3-0). Computer aided design, drafting and graphic techniques as applied to architecture. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
5330. COMPARATIVE STRUCTURES (3-0). Comparative analysis and design of structural systems and construction techniques, including architectural and economic determinants. Prerequisite: ARCH 5328 or permission of the instructor.
5331. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3-0). Survey of the administrative functions, and the ethical and legal responsibilities of the architect.
5332. ENERGY USE AND CONSERVATION IN ARCHITECTURE (3-0). Concepts of the efficient use and conservation of energy and their embodiment in the built environment. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
5333. CONSTRUCTION II (3-0). Advanced construction assemblies and methods, including the principles of cost control. Prerequisites: ARCH 5323 and 5328.
5335. ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE II: MARKETING DESIGN SERVICES (3-0). A study of the strategies and methods for marketing professional services. Presented as case studies of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firms.
5336. ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE III: PROJECT MANAGEMENT OF LARGE BUILDINGS (3-0). A study of how large buildings are realized through architectural offices, from preliminary design through construction.
5337. SOILS AND FOUNDATIONS (3-0). Soil classifications, field and laboratory identification, physical properties and load-bearing characteristics, retaining walls and foundations. Prerequisite: ARCH 5328 or permission of the instructor.
5338. MASONRY STRUCTURES AND CONSTRUCTION (3-0). Materials, construction, and structural aspects of loadbearing masonry. Masonry in non-loadbearing and veneer applications.
5342. ARCHITECTURAL GRAPHICS I (2-4). Architectural drawing, perception, projections, and three dimensional representation. Concurrent enrollment in ARCH 5591 is required.
5343. ARCHITECTURAL GRAPHICS II (2-4). A continuation of ARCH 5342 with emphasis on more advanced techniques: composition, tone, shades and shadows, and color.
5344. CONCEPTUAL DRAWING (3-0). Seminar to explore aspects of conceptual drawing for the architect and the relationship of design ideas in the drawing process.
5346. CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS I (2-4). 3 hours credit. The techniques of building construction, the communication of technical information, and the process of preparing contract drawings for construction.
5348. PRINCIPLES OF ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY (2-4). The use of photography as an investigative and presentation medium in architecture. Emphasis on composition in black and white technique.
5349. ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY (2-4). Advanced techniques in photography, including use of the view camera and lighting techniques, and their use in photographing architecture and architectural models.
5350. VESSELS (3-0). The design of objects for the post-Industrial Age, including vehicles, furniture, jewelry, household objects, and clothing.
5351. WILDERNESS: A CONDITION OF MIND (3-0). Changing conceptions of wilderness in Western thought, from ancestral prejudices to recent, revolutionary appreciation. Literary and visual documentation.
5352. PAINTERS AS ARCHITECTS (3-0). A study of artists' rendering of architectural forms and urban spaces in the pictorial arts. Examples of fictive architecture from several cultures are explored chronologically.
5353. PERSPECTIVAL SPACE (2-1). Issues concerning the aspects and potential of perspectival space will be presented in a lecture and discussion format. Readings and the making of perspective drawings will be used to explore the medium of perspectival vision for its cultural implications as well as depiction.
5363. DESIGN RESEARCH (3-0). Seminar directed toward the understanding of research methods and the programming of an independent design project, leading to the thesis substitute. Graded R.
5370. ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO (2-4). Studio course in the generation and development of architectural ideas in formal and environmental contexts. May be repeated for credit. Two of these courses are equivalent to ARCH 5670.
5591. DESIGN STUDIO I (3-6). An intensive studio course in architectonic theory and operations. Emphasis on analytic, conceptual, and manipulation procedures.
5592. DESIGN STUDIO II (3-6). Continuation of ARCH 5591. Studio course emphasizing the interrelationship of formal/spatial ideas, use, and the building fabric. Prerequisite: ARCH 5591.
5593. DESIGN STUDIO III (3-6). Continuation of ARCH 5592. Studio course emphasizing the interrelationship of formal/spatial ideas, use, and the building fabric with special attention to the urban context. Prerequisite: ARCH 5592.
5594. DESIGN STUDIO IV (3-6). Continuation of ARCH 5593. Emphasis on complex building designs in urban environments. Off campus study may be substituted.
5670. ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO (3-9). Studio course emphasizing the analysis and design of building aggregations within the urban context. May be repeated for credit.
5671. ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO (3-9). Studio course in the generation and subsequent development of architectural ideas in buildings. May be repeated for credit.
5693. DESIGN THESIS. Individual study project conducted by a supervising committee, with program and statement of intent to be filed with the Graduate Advisor during the previous semester. Graded R. Prerequisite: ARCH 5363.
5381, 5681. PRACTICUM (0-16). Internship program including work done through an approved architect's office, designed to give practical experience leading to a broader knowledge of the profession. Placement in offices must be approved, and in some cases may also be arranged by the school. Students may enroll in 5381 for half-time employment or 5681 for full-time employment. Students enrolled in Practicum may also participate in the Intern Development Program of the American Institute of Architects. No more than six total credit hours in Practicum are allowed for degree. Graded P/F/R.
5191, 5291, 5391. CONFERENCE COURSE. Special subjects and issues as arranged with individual students and faculty members. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R.
5195-5695. TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE. Studio, lecture or seminar courses to explore and present special topics in architecture and environmental design. May be repeated for credit as topics change.
5698. RESEARCH THESIS. Independent research and presentation of findings under direction of a supervising committee. May be repeated, but only six hours may be counted toward degree. Graded P/F/R.