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BS Architecture

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
30106 USD
National
13640 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 50 USD
Department
School of Architecture
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1390
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

At Illinois, we are an internationally recognized leader in educating future professionals and scholars in architecture and allied fields. We provide a robust technical and conceptual program that enables students to create and innovate. The depth and breadth of our curriculum enables students to become leaders in a range of disciplinary specialties. Our comprehensive programs prepare students to design and research in a rapidly changing global context from the macro to the micro scale through our bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

The School of Architecture offers a four-year preprofessional curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) degree as well as a minor in Architectural Studies. The BS in Architectural Studies degree provides an undergraduate academic education in architecture that can serve as a foundation for advanced professional education. The undergraduate curriculum offers an appropriate balance of basic professional studies in architectural design, architectural history, practice and technology, structures, and studies in the arts and sciences.

The following statement is from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB):

"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 eight-year, three-year, or two-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 require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.”

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Fine and Applied Arts, School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

Master of Architecture (Pre-professional undergraduate degrees + 62 graduate credits)
Master of Architecture (Undergraduate degree + 65 prerequisite credit hours + 54 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023

Since 1967, the School of Architecture operates a full academic-year study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain, which is open to qualified students on a priority basis. Course offerings parallel those available to students on the Urbana-Champaign campus but stress the European context.

The School of Architecture occupies design studios, lecture rooms, and offices in the Architecture Building, Architecture Annex, and Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. The Ricker Library of Architecture and Art is located in the Architecture Building.

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Eligibility Criteria

English Language Requirement-
TOEFL IBT- 80

IELTS Academic-

  • Overall Score 6.5
  • Listening 6
  • Writing 6
  • Reading 6
  • Speaking 6

PTE Academic

  • Overall Score 54 
  • Listening 47
  • Writing 56
  • Reading 51
  • Speaking 53 

TOEFL PBT

  • Total Score 550 

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Course Modules

Courses
ARCH 101   Introduction to Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

An introduction to architecture, architectural education and the profession with emphasis on issues that influence architecture and the people and processes involved.

ARCH 164   Architecture as a 2nd Language   credit: 3 Hours.

Unique to architects is the combination of thinking tools in a conceptual toolbox, a resource to which they have access at any time and in all situations. These tools can be thought of as a second language. Architecture as a Second Language is a hands-on, experiential online course in which students are immersed in challenging activities similar to those architects face. The course helps develop new perspectives, capabilities, and insights that can be applied to any calling or discipline.

ARCH 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

  • May be repeated.

ARCH 210   Intro to the Hist of Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

Visual and cultural analysis of selected buildings, urban spaces, and cities, from ancient Greece to modern times; emphasizes the architectural traditions of Western Civilization, especially as they affect the built environment of America and the Middle West. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

ARCH 222   Islamic Gardens & Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as LA 222. See LA 222.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
ARCH 231   Anatomy of Buildings   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to building technology, materials and methods emphasizing integration of design and technology. Introduces buildings as a network of systems including space, structure and environmental controls operating within a larger context of environment and social function. Skills developed include analysis of building form and function, understanding of design/technology interrelationships, and communication of ideas through drawing. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ARCH 271 or ARCH 471.

ARCH 233   Construction of Buildings   credit: 4 Hours.

Second course in building science and technology with emphases on the process of project execution from the initiation of design to the completion of construction of commercial, institutional, and other heavy construction building types. Includes comprehensive study of the construction of buildings and their systems, materials and methods, and their implications on building sustainability and design decision-making. CAD and BIM systems are used to develop construction documents for a case study building. Prerequisite: ARCH 231 or consent of instructor.

ARCH 271   Graphics for Architects   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to architectural graphic communication skills that architects use to visualize, analyze, and record creative thoughts: 1) freehand sketching; 2) architectural delineation; and 3) digital applications. Prerequisite: ARCH 101 and concurrent enrollment in ARCH 231.

ARCH 272   Strategies of Arch Design   credit: 4 Hours.

Integration of formal principles with functional fundamentals of architectural design; functional vocabulary, principles, and concepts of architectural design; introduction to precedent study and analysis; skills development in sketching, drafting, rendering, layout, and modeling; and creative problem-solving in 2- and 3-dimensional exercises. Prerequisite: ARCH 271 and concurrent enrollment in ARCH 233.

ARCH 300   Ind Studies in Urban Design   credit: 3 Hours.

The individual study of selected topics involving the history, design, and function of significant European cities. Prerequisite: One year of history of architecture or Art History; consent of instructor.

ARCH 314   History of World Landscapes   credit: 4 Hours.

Same as LA 314. See LA 314.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
ARCH 341   Environment Tech HVAC   credit: 4 Hours.

Study of the control of thermal environment, mechanical and related building sub-systems, and their integration into the overall building design. The specific topics include: thermal comfort and behavioral implications; fundamentals of thermal behavior of buildings; the principles of heat and moisture in buildings; indoor air quality and "Sick Building Syndrome"; energy and sustainability implications of building design; and mechanical systems including HVAC and plumbing systems. Prerequisite: ARCH 233.

ARCH 342   Environment Tech Ltg & Acoust   credit: 4 Hours.

Study of the control of luminous and sonic environments, the supporting building systems, and their integration into the overall building design. Specific topics include: lighting fundamentals; light sources; effects of lighting on comfort and performance; lighting calculations and design; energy economy and sustainability; acoustic fundamentals; room acoustics; noise control; and basic electrical and sound systems. Prerequisite: ARCH 233.

ARCH 351   Statics & Dynamics   credit: 4 Hours.

Study of equilibrium of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; trusses; shear and bending moments in beams; arches and frames; cables; friction; introduction to dynamics; architectural applications. Prerequisite: MATH 220 or MATH 221; and MATH 231 or PHYS 101.

ARCH 352   Mech of Mat & Design Appl   credit: 4 Hours.

Study of stresses, strains, and deformations in axially loaded members; direct shear and bearing stresses; torsion; beam stresses and deflections; stresses under combined loading; column buckling; design of structural members; introduction to statically indeterminate structures; architectural applications. Prerequisite: ARCH 351.

ARCH 373   Arch Design and the Landscape   credit: 5 Hours.

Building design in a landscape setting; creation of place; schematic building design and site planning issues, universal design and accessibility; principles of energy efficient building design; human-environment relationship issues; and architectural design and presentation methods; required field trips. Prerequisite: ARCH 272.

ARCH 374   Arch Design and the City   credit: 5 Hours.

Building design in the community setting; creation of place; introductory urban design and site planning issues, including universal design and accessibility; human-built environment relationship issues; architectural design and presentation methods; required field trips. Prerequisite: ARCH 373.

ARCH 399   Study in Versailles, France   credit: 0 to 18 Hours.

Study in the University of Illinois Architectural Program at Versailles, France. Approved for S/U grading only. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in the Versailles, France Study Abroad Program.

ARCH 400   Senior Honors in Architecture   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

For candidates for honors in Architecture. Independent guided study and research in a selected area of architecture. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours with consent of Director of School. Prerequisite: Senior standing in architecture, a University grade-point average of 3.0 or, in special cases, consent of Director of School.

ARCH 401   Independent Study   credit: 0 to 4 Hours.

Independent guided study and investigation in a selected area of architecture. 0 to 4 undergraduate hours. 0 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Junior standing in architecture, written proposal approved by a sponsoring faculty member and the approval of the Director of the School.

ARCH 402   Intro to Hist of Arch Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Architectural theory, criticism, and historiography from antiquity to the present. Based on close readings of texts from antiquity to the present day. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ARCH 403   Spec Topics in Arch History   credit: 3 Hours.

Special topics in Architectural History courses. Topics and subject matter to be published in course listings. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210 and sophomore standing.

ARCH 407   Rome: The Eternal City   credit: 3 Hours.

Considers the architecture and urbanism of the city of Rome across time. Special focus will be placed on critical strategies for understanding urban sites. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ARCH 409   Special Topics in Spanish Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores aspects of the architecture and urban design of Spain from antiquity until the present. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite:ARCH 210.

ARCH 410   Ancient Egyptian & Greek Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

Architecture and urban form in Egypt and the Greek world through the Hellenistic period. Same asCLCV 410. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210, ARTH 111 or CLCV 131.

ARCH 411   Ancient Roman Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

Architecture and urban form in the ancient Roman world from the Etruscans through the Late Antiquity. Connections between Roman Late Antique, Early Christian, and Byzantine Architecture will be considered. Same as CLCV 411. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210; ARTH 111,CLCV 131, or CLCV 132.

ARCH 412   Medieval Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores aspects of the architecture and urban design of medieval Europe from late antiquity to the late Middle Ages (approximately 300-1400). Same as MDVL 412. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210 or ARTH 111.

ARCH 413   Renaissance Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

Developments in architecture, urban design, and garden art in Italy and northern Europe in the fifteenth through the sixteenth centuries. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210,ARTH 112, or consent of instructor.

ARCH 414   Baroque & Rococo Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

Developments in architecture, urban design, and garden art in Italy, France, Germany, and England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210,ARTH 112, or consent of instructor.

ARCH 415   Neoclass & Nineteen Cent Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

Evolution of Continental and British architecture and urban planning from 1750 to World War I; includes some reference to American architecture of the same period. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210 or ARTH 112, or consent of instructor.

ARCH 416   Modern American Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

Development of American architecture and urban planning from the seventeenth century to the present. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210, ARTH 112, or consent of instructor.

ARCH 417   Twentieth-Century Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

Developments in Western architecture and urban design from 1900 to the present; examines the rise of modernism in Europe and after World War II; includes work in the United States, India, Japan, and Australia. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 210 or ARTH 112, or consent of instructor.

ARCH 418   Hist of the Urban Environment   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the evolution of town planning and urban design in Western civilization from prehistory to the present; studies cultural and technical advancements affecting the form of the urban environment. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

ARCH 419   Historic Building Preservation   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces historic preservation: legal, financial, and administrative assistance, graphic examination of restored buildings and sites, and application of conservation technology. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

ARCH 423   Soc/Beh Factors for Design   credit: 3 Hours.

Research-oriented introduction to existing social and behavioral knowledge, methods, and tools for relating man to his physical and social environment, with implications for theories and a philosophy of architectural design. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ARCH 424   Gender & Race in Contemp Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

Analyzes how the built environment reflects social attitudes towards gender and race. Identifies the work of women and people of color in architecture and related disciplines as consumers, critics, and creators of the environment. Provides links with valuable professional networks in Chicago and elsewhere. Same asGWS 424. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ARCH 441   Heat and Moisture in Buildings   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides information and skills necessary for the designer to deliver dry, durable and healthful buildings. First half covers theory, including heat transfer, psychrometrics, steady-state diffusion and conduction analysis, and transient analysis. Second half covers building applications: roofs, walls, windows, foundations, and mechanical systems. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 341or equivalent.

ARCH 451   Theory & Design Steel & Timber   credit: 4 Hours.

Analysis and design of steel and timber structures for buildings. Steel columns, beams, trusses, connections, roof and floor framing systems; timber beams, columns, roof and floor framing systems. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 352.

ARCH 452   Theory of Reinforced Concrete   credit: 4 Hours.

Concrete materials; behavior of reinforced concrete construction; behavior and design of structural elements, one-way slabs, beams, and girders; columns; ACI code requirements; and introduction to continuity in reinforced concrete structures. Course Information:4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 352.

ARCH 460   International Architecture   credit: 4 Hours.

Interdisciplinary opportunity to focus on, study, and record the design and planning of cities and rural settlements in other cultures. Through directed study and participation in the intellectual environment of a foreign university, students analyze unfamiliar settings, developing insights to enrich their professional development. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher in the School of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, or the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

ARCH 461   Critical Travel Documentation   credit: 4 Hours.

Modern and historic city forms and rural practices are analyzed while experiencing the realities of daily life traveling in another culture. Journals include drawings and writings that record buildings, environs, and landscapes. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher in the School of Architecture, the Department of Landscape Architecture, or the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

ARCH 468   Overseas Architectural Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

This course is designed to enrich the professional development of students in a study abroad location. Students participate in thematic workshops, seminars, lectures and field trips focused on understanding and analyzing architectural and urbanistic landmarks and settings on site through both directed and independent assignments. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated in separate terms up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the School of Architecture.

ARCH 471   Fundamentals of Arch Design   credit: 6 Hours.

Basic architectural design methods, fundamentals, principles and concepts including creative problem solving in two- and three-dimensions. 6 undergraduate hours. 6 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Limited graduate standing in Architecture and concurrent enrollment in ARCH 231.

ARCH 472   Arch Des in Landscape & Cities   credit: 6 Hours.

Intermediate architectural design methods, fundamentals, principles and concepts focusing on buildings in landscape and urban contexts. 6 undergraduate hours. 6 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 471 and concurrent enrollment in ARCH 233.

ARCH 475   Arch Design & Development   credit: 6 Hours.

Schematic design and development of a small-scale public building emphasizing the integration of the basic elements of building; materials, details, structure, technology, program, life safety, and universal design. 6 undergraduate hours. 6 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ARCH 374 or ARCH 472.

ARCH 476   Arch Design & Exploration   credit: 6 Hours.

Exploration of boundaries of architecture and the built environment. Focused exploration into specific design topics, such as issue-oriented building problems, urban design theory, intermediate building design and site planning theory, human-environment relationship theory, interdisciplinary design, and architectural design and presentation methods. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite:ARCH 475.

ARCH 490   Special Topics in Contemporary Architecture   credit: 1 TO 4 Hours.

Selected topics in and applications of contemporary architecture; see Class Schedule or department office for current topics. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms up to 12 undergraduate hours or 8 graduate hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. For majors only.

ARCH 491   Arch Professional Internship   credit: 0 Hours.

Full-time or part-time professionally supervised field experience in design intended to introduce students to the practice of architecture in a commercial firm or agency of government. Students work in the school-approved firm or agency of their choice. Written work reports and reflective experiential learning reports are required. 0 undergraduate hours. 0 graduate hours. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in separate terms a maximum of 3 times.Prerequisite: Graduate standing or upper-level undergraduate standing, or consent of instructor. For students enrolled in the BSAS and M.Arch. programs of study only.

ARCH 498   Directed Research in Arch   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Participation in on-going research projects which may include energy management, environmental perception, facilities development, building science, and other topics. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Approval of written proposal by instructor and Director of School.

ARCH 499   Off-Campus Study   credit: 0 to 12 Hours.

Provides opportunity for approved off-campus study. Detailed proposal for study off campus must be submitted for approval to the appropriate committee in the School prior to such study. Final determination of credit and its application toward the degree is made after a review of the student's off-campus work by the above committee and the Director of School. 0 to 12 undergraduate hours. 0 to 12 graduate hours. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing in architecture and approval of program prior to registration.

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How to Apply

Here's What You Need:
First Year applicants must meet these four core requirements to complete an application:

  • The Common Application online including the UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. See application tips for details. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript*, submitted electronically or via mail, along with the Common Application School Report 
  • ACT/SAT scores, submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts

*Please note that our mailing address changed recently. Check with your counselor or registrar to ensure that they send documents only to the following address.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 018) 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161  

Other requirements
Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Early Action applicants. Must have their Common Application, transcript, and test scores submitted by November 1. Applicants should select the Early Action option in the "preferred admission plan" question on UIC's Common Application Member's page.
  • Honors College and Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) applicants. Must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review. The following supplemental documents are required for Honors College and GPPA applicants: An essay for each program submitted with the application.
  • Two recommendations submitted through the Common Application or via mail.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core First Year requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. First Year applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 

Homeschooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable homeschool transcripts must include: a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year

  • Grades and/or examination results received (both passing and failing)
  • Maximum and minimum grades obtainable
  • Number of units earned

High School graduates who have attended another college or university since graduating. Must meet the Transfer Admission Requirements and will not be considered for First Year admission. High School graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

Most Transfer applicants must meet the following core requirements to apply:

  • Use the UIC web application or the Common Application. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver.
  • Official college/university transcripts*, submitted electronically or via mail, from every college/university you’ve attended.

Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Advanced Placment (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores are encouraged, particularly if they may count towards credit that satisfies your program's prerequisites. 
  • ACT or SAT test scores may be required for the following applicants:
  • Any transfer applicant with fewer than 36 hours of credit at the time of enrollment.
  • Applicants to the BA in Urban Education program within the College of Education are required to submit ACT/SAT plus writing scores.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core transfer requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. Transfer applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 
  • Honors College applicants must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review and include the following with their application: 
  • An essay submitted with the application.

Applicants to the programs below must submit supplemental documents with their Common Application or UIC Web Application (see Upload Guide).

  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Coordinated Program
  • Nutrition Science
  • Health Information Management
  • Public Health
  • Urban Education requires ACT/SAT plus writing scores

Non-residential fees- 29262

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