School of Architecture + Design
The School of Architecture + Design offers accredited professional undergraduate programs in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture, accredited professional graduate programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, non-professional and post-professional masters degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and a PhD in Architecture and Design Research.
As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to nearly 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of nearly $400 million.Founded in 1872 as Virginia's land-grant institution, Virginia Tech has the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia, more than 125 campus buildings, a 2,600-acre main campus, off-campus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, a 1,700-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus, a state-of-the-art conference center, and an airport. The campus proper is located in the Town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke. Adjacent to the university is the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation.
The mission of the School of Architecture + Design is to create a setting for the pursuit of theoretical, practical, and productive knowledge, embracing the duality of the education of an individual and the practice of a profession.The School takes a decidedly Modern position towards design and simultaneously seeks to understand the structure of historical development and culture. The School has a long-standing commitment to international and urban studies through the Washington Alexandria Center, the Study Abroad Program, and the University's Center for European Studies and Architecture. The objective of the School of Architecture + Design is to produce graduates who will be leaders in their chosen professions and in the communities in which they live. The School seeks to provide a forum that cultivates vigorous dialogue and debate, enriching the interrelations between education and practice.
Bachelor of Architecture: The 5-year professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) curriculum at Virginia Tech requires successful completion of at least 156 semester credit hours and results in a first professional degree in architecture, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Master of Architecture (M.Arch.): The M.Arch.1 option is intended for applicants who have already earned a professional degree in architecture (B.Arch.) and results in a post-professional degree requiring successful completion of at least 30 credit hours. The M.Arch.2 and M.Arch.3 options result in the conferring of a first professional degree, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). TheM.Arch.2 option is intended for applicants who have earned a 4-year pre-professional architecture degree or equivalent and requires the successful completion of at least 54 credit hours. The M.Arch.3 option is intended for applicants who have earned undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture and requires the successful completion of at least 81 credit hours. Master of Science in Architecture: The Master of Science program allows a student to conduct a research-based program of study which can be expected to contribute to the body of knowledge in the design and building professions, and may lead to future study in the doctoral program, where advanced standing may be awarded for acceptable graduate credits earned at the master's level. Ph.D. in Architecture and Design Research: Doctoral studies in architecture and design are for those students who desire to pursue careers in the research fields of advanced professional and academic practice and teaching.
- Art & Design
- Building Technologies
- Cross-Cultural Contexts
- Digital Design
- Graphics And Visualization
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Materials And Construction