University of Arkansas School of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture
The University of Arkansas offers the professional architecture degree, Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) which is a fully accredited program recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The curriculum of the Bachelor of Architecture degree focuses upon technology, design, and history and requires a total of 157 semester credit hours taking 5 years, or 10 semesters, to complete. In the third year of study, students are evaluated for possible admission into the professional degree program depending upon completion of general education courses and academic performance. During the professional degree program, students will be required to not only take professional elective courses but also to travel abroad for a semester for international study.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The University of Arkansas created its first classes in architecture in response to the post-World War 2 building boom. The Fay Jones School of Architecture is named after a member of the university’s first graduating class who went on to teach architecture for 35 years and also served as the School of Architecture’s first dean. Fay Jones’s international reputation for architecture helped to establish the school’s reputation for excellence.
Housed in one of the most historic buildings on campus, the University Of Arkansas Department Of Architecture contains three very important tools used in the education of architecture students: a multi-media resource center, a materials shop, and a visualization lab allowing students to transfer software into 3-D images.
One of the top priorities of the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture is to encourage diversity. The school accomplishes this by recruiting students from underrepresented communities such as those from low-income families providing financial assistance as needed. Students are also required to spend one semester abroad, and faculty is supported in any research towards international design ideas.