New York Institute of Technology
School of Architecture & Design
The School of Architecture and Design offers degrees in architecture and interior design. Four architecture degrees are offered: Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Technology Degree (A.A.S.) Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology (B.S.A.T.) Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design (M.Arch.) The B.Arch. degree is recognized as a first professional degree and is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (N.A.A.B.). The M.Arch. is a post-professional degree. The school also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (B.F.A.), a professional degree accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (C. I.D.A.).
NYIT's three campuses offer a rich variety of alternative academic environments to the student. In New York City, the Metropolitan Center provides the opportunity to study in an urban environment located on Broadway, near Central Park. On Long Island, campuses are located in park-like suburban settings at Old Westbury and Central Islip. Student residence halls are located at Central Islip. All three campuses feature open-access computer labs, wood shops and exhibit facilities.
Architecture is regarded as the "mother" of all the arts. As an art, the act of making architecture requires the use of the eye, the mind and the hand, in addition to a commitment to passion, precision and learning. Unlike the other arts however, architecture has a functional task in that it must provide built environments for human activity. Through design and construction, architecture addresses form and space making, as well as the interrelated physical, social, economic and cultural values prevailing in a particular place and time. The School maintains that an emphasis on design within the curriculum best prepares students for effective participation in the profession and for rendering service to the public. The intentions of the program are summarized as follows: (1) To stimulate artistic sensitivity and creative power. (2) To strengthen intellectual ability and self-confidence. (3)To teach technical expertise for the practice of architecture and interior design. Architecture today, operating in a changing world, must address diverse practical considerations such as energy management, ecological well-being and cost effectiveness while responding to fast-paced changes in contemporary society. The curriculum prepares the student by presenting a broad range of considerations occurring within and outside of the design profession. In response to the emergence of computers in the profession, the curriculum is committed to keeping up with change and anticipating the future.
Undergraduate Program Entering architecture students must complete a two-year core curriculum that includes design studios and architectural history courses, in addition to coursework in math, physics and English. After successful completion of the two-year common core curriculum, students may continue in the four-year Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology program or apply for admission into the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program, which provides the successful candidate with a first professional degree accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. The B.S.A.T. is a nonprofessional degree offering. Admission to the B.Arch. program requires the submission of a portfolio of student work that is reviewed by a faculty committee. Following acceptance, the student can gain admission to the B.Arch. program if his or her cumulative grade average meets a minimum of 2.75 for all courses undertaken at NYIT or 3.00 for courses in architecture. With the B.Arch. degree, the successful student may proceed with the professional internship that leads to eligibility for certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). All architecture students are required to complete four semesters of core design studios. Students accepted into the B.Arch. program are required to complete six additional studios. Design Fundamentals, in the first year, introduces the student to the basic principals of three-dimensional design. In the second year, more demanding problems and building analysis projects are undertaken. In the third year, students are required to solve architectural problems involving larger building programs. Urban design and building design solutions requiring inventive structural systems are emphasized in the fourth year. In the fifth and final year of the five-year program, students undertake a two-semester terminal thesis project. In the fourth and final year of the B.S.A.T. program, the student is required to complete a capstone Project Integration Studio where all aspects of a building design and architectural technology are fully coordinated. Historical analysis as a tool is presented in a sequence of architecture history seminars that introduce the student to the great architectural monuments and cities. History is introduced not only as a chronology of dates and events, but as a body of knowledge that serves the design process. Technical competence is taught with a curriculum that covers all aspects of building materials, structure, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the procedures of professional practice. Undergraduate Program in Interior Design Today's interior designers must know how to enhance the quality and efficiency of working and living environments, as well as make aesthetic decisions. The fully-accredited Interior Design program prepares the student for this. Following the completion of two semesters of Design Fundamentals studios and an architecture history course undertaken with architecture students, the student may proceed in the Interior Design program. The Interior Design program is based at the Old Westbury campus. Upon graduation and the completion of two years of Interior Design internship, the candidate becomes eligible to sit for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam.
- Community Design
- Cross-Cultural Contexts
- History, Theory, Criticism