Scott Poole, Dean
Jason Young, Director, School of Architecture and Interim Chair, Graduate Architecture
J. David Matthews, Director, School of Interior Design, Associate Dean of Facilities + Technology
Gale Fulton, Director, School of Landscape Architecture, Associate Dean of Research
To See and Understand.
To Envision and Create.
The mission of the College of Architecture and Design is the education of future design professionals. A professional education is characterized by integrity and responsibility, and informed by knowledge and orientation.
Our college is brought together to promote and sustain the built and natural environments, locally and globally, through the development of design skills and the pursuit of knowledge, and the application of both.
We are committed to the development of individuals with creative imagination, intellectual curiosity, and technical knowledge.
We educate students in the design disciplines who can form independent judgments grounded in the broader contexts of intellectual traditions.
The faculty, students, and staff of the College of Architecture and Design strive to make the college a community of inquiry, energy, and excellence, integrating research, creative activity, public service, teaching, and learning.
The College of Architecture and Design offers four professionally accredited programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Bachelor of Architecture
A professionally accredited five-year undergraduate first professional degree program of study.
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
A professionally accredited four-year undergraduate program of study.
Master of Architecture
A professionally accredited first professional degree for students from any academic background, including students with a degree from a four-year undergraduate architecture program. The college also offers a post-professional Master of Architecture (see Graduate Catalog for more information).
Master of Landscape Architecture
The landscape architecture program offers three different graduate degrees and four paths in landscape architecture, including a professional degree path, the Master of Landscape Architecture. Landscape architecture is an intercollegiate program jointly supported by the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (see Graduate Catalog for more information).
Minors in College of Architecture and Design
The College offers a series of different minors that are intended to promote interdisciplinary involvement within the College and University.
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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an 8-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
B. Arch. (168 undergraduate credits)
M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 102 credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022.
Most states require that an individual intending to become a licensed interior designer hold a professionally accredited degree. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. It is professionally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in interior design.
Admission to the College of Architecture and Design is highly selective, based on test scores, high school record, student application, and the optional submission of a portfolio.
Optional Portfolio for Architecture Applicants
The submission of a portfolio of work is optional, but recommended. The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate visual talent and abilities as well as to provide insight into the creative thought process of the applicant. The portfolio is a collection of the applicant’s creative work.
If a portfolio is submitted, it must contain at least three required images as follows:
- An instrument
- A visual description of where you live
At least two of the three images must be executed freehand.
The portfolio can include multiple submissions that express individual creativity and critical thinking. Aim for quality rather than quantity in selecting work for submission. An ideal number would be eight to ten examples of personal work. All work shall be neatly assembled in an 8½ x 11 format to be submitted digitally or physically, as an organized folder/notebook.
The following advice will assist applicants in selecting samples of personal work for the portfolio.
- Consider including examples of drawings, artwork, photography, or anything else that may demonstrate visual and creative abilities.
- Consider including examples of creative work such as graphic design, fashion design, industrial design, furniture design and/or other examples of creativity and invention.
- You may include work from course assignments (if any), as well as work completed independently.
- Submit digitally created or enhanced images only if they are illustrative of your creative thinking.
The following guidelines will assist applicants in submitting a physical portfolio.
- Submission of original work is not necessary. Inexpensively reproduced drawings, photographs, reductions, and photocopies are acceptable.
- For work that does not lend itself to representation in an 8½ x 11 format, such as films, websites, or recordings, provide access to the content through either a data stick, CD, website link, or other appropriate medium.
- Label all work with your name, the date when the work was executed, and the media used. Indicate if it was produced as a course assignment.
- The cover or cover page of the portfolio should include the student name and contact information.
- Both the application to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the School of Architecture must be completed and submitted by 01 November to be considered for institutional scholarships, or 01 December for all consideration for admission.
Faculty members of the Architecture Admissions Committee will review the whole application, including the portfolio, if submitted. Portfolios may be mailed or uploaded electronically through the UT admissions portal (http://www.utk.edu/admissions/). If mailed, please include a self-addressed stamped mailer for the return of the portfolio. Otherwise, portfolios will not be held nor returned. Mail the portfolio to:
The University of Tennessee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
320 Student Services Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996
Advice to High School Students
High school students are encouraged to take physics, art, and calculus. Students enrolled in any Advanced Placement courses should take the national AP exam. Drafting, mechanical drawing or architecture courses based on drafting are not necessary for admission to the architecture program.
All students wishing to transfer into the College of Architecture and Design must apply for admission. It should be noted that due to the strong sequential character of the curriculum, entry in any semester other than fall might be difficult. A course of summer study is usually offered which would allow transfer students to proceed to the second year course of study for the fall. Transfer students are required to have at least a 2.5 grade point average to be considered, and may choose to submit a portfolio for additional support for the application (see Optional Portfolio). The average grade point average has been 3.5 for students accepted in recent years. Internal transfer students should meet with and discuss their options with the Director of Student Services or College of Architecture and Design advisor. Students applying from other institutions should contact the Director of Student Services for more information regarding credit transfer.
A student may apply for readmission to the college if the student left in good academic standing and is within one calendar year of departure of leaving the program. If the time period has been longer than one year, the applicant for readmission will be considered by the college’s Academic Standards Committee.
Returning dismissed and probationary students will not be readmitted to a major in the College of Architecture & Design and will need to seek readmission to the University before reapplying to the College following the formal admissions process as outlined on the College’s website.
Students must plan their schedule in consultation with the college’s Student Services Center. In addition, entering architecture and interior design students will be assigned to an upper-class student who will serve as a peer advisor. The Director of Student Services is available to answer additional questions and to oversee questions related to admissions, advising, and career placement.
All academic policies of the College of Architecture and Design are summarized on the college website.
Students enrolled in Interior Design and Architecture are required to purchase a computer, software, and supporting components meeting technical specifications provided by the College of Architecture and Design. The computer specifications are typically provided at or before the start of the first semester and the computer is purchased during the first few weeks of the first semester. Students are strongly advised to wait until they receive computer specifications specific to their entering class and cohort prior to making a significant investment in a computer.
The average course load in any semester is 17 credit hours. The minimum which may be taken by full-time students is 12 hours. The maximum which may be taken without approval of the dean is 19 hours.
Satisfactory/No Credit Courses
Courses that are a part of the specific requirements of the college cannot be taken as Satisfactory/No Credit.
Credit hours over and above the specific graduation requirements may be taken Satisfactory/No Credit. A student who desires to take a course Satisfactory/No Credit should indicate this at the start of registration. Courses evaluated as Satisfactory will count as hours toward graduation but will not be calculated in the student’s GPA.
uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)
Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.