John M. McRae, Dean
Barbara Klinkhammer, Associate Dean
Mark Schimmenti, Interim Director, School of Architecture
Barbara Klinkhammer, Interim Head, Interior Design Program
Laurie Roberson, Director of Student Services
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 through the development of design skills and the pursuit of knowledge.
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 judgment grounded in the broader contexts of intellectual traditions.
The 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.
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The College of Architecture and Design offers three professionally accredited programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level. The college also offers a new professional landscape architecture program at the graduate level and anticipates accreditation of this degree with the first graduating class.
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).
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 a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Master’s 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 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers both the five-year Bachelor of Architecture and a three-year Master of Architecture for students with an unrelated bachelor’s degree.
The four year pre-professional degree, where offered, or other architectural technology degrees are not accredited by NAAB. The pre-professional degree is useful for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas.
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.
Due to the limited size of the design studios and college resources, admission to the College of Architecture and Design is highly selective, based on test scores, high school record, student application, and portfolio. In making its decisions, the college also requires a portfolio from applicants (see information below).
All applicants must submit a portfolio of personally produced graphic or visual work. The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate visual talent and abilities.
Aim for quality rather than quantity in selecting work. An ideal number would be eight to ten examples of personal work. All work shall be neatly assembled in an 8 1/2 x 11 portfolio or organized folder/notebook. Submittals not adhering to this size requirement will not be reviewed. The portfolio must include at least three items.
- A freehand drawing of a stair.
- A freehand drawing of a collection of leaves.
- A freehand drawing of a bicycle.
The following guidelines have been established to assist applicants in selecting additional samples of personal work for the portfolio.
- Include other examples of drawings, artwork, photography, or anything else which may demonstrate visual abilities. Graphic, architectural or industrial design work may also be included.
- Include work for course assignments (if any), as well as work completed independently.
- Avoid extensive submissions of mechanically-drafted drawings or computer drawings, unless these are illustrative of a design project.
- Submission of the original item is not necessary. Inexpensively reproduced drawings, photographs, reductions, and photocopies are acceptable. Digital design work must be submitted as a hard copy. (No slides or disks.)
- Label all work with name, date when work was executed, and media.
- The cover or cover page of the portfolio should include the student name, address, phone number, and the program to which the application is made (Architecture or Interior Design).
The 8 1/2 x 11 portfolio should be sent with the application to the Office of Admissions.
- If applying online, make a copy of application and submit it to the Office of Admissions with portfolio by November 1.
- If applying with a paper copy, send the application to the Office of Admissions with portfolio by November 1.
The portfolio will be reviewed by members of the College Admissions Committee. In addition, include a self-addressed stamped mailer for the return of the portfolio. Otherwise, portfolios will not be held nor returned.
Advice to High School Students
High school students are encouraged to take physics, art, and calculus. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses should take the national AP exam. Extensive drafting, mechanical drawing or architecture courses based on drafting are not recommended.
It should be noted that due to the strong sequential character of the curriculum, entry in any semester other than fall may 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 submit a portfolio and to have at least a 2.3 grade point average to be considered. The average grade point average has been 3.5 for students accepted in recent years. Transfer students should apply by November 1 and should discuss their options with the Director of Student Services.
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.
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.