The curriculum for the Bachelor of Architecture degree includes a combination of required and elective courses which offer the student a solid professional program of study, a sound general education, and opportunities to pursue personal interests.
Students begin design courses in the first year of study, so that they receive immediate exposure to the creative thought process in visual thinking, and the self-fulfillment which comes with it. While the design studio is at the core of the professional program, students must also take architectural history and technical courses, including computer applications. Almost 30% of the curriculum is devoted to the humanities and electives, so that students have a chance to explore other areas of personal interest.
At the core of the architecture curriculum are the ten semesters of design studio, where students recognize, generate, and explore design ideas at levels of increasingly complexity. At the conclusion of three years of study, all students take the "Integration Studio" in which designers integrate their technical knowledge and design skills in a project with a high degree of development.
As students advance through the curriculum, the opportunity for personal choice expands. In the last three semesters of the design studio, students have a wide variety of choices for special topic studios which may include:
- Off Campus UT Program in Krakow
- Off Campus UT Program in Finland
- Off Campus UT Urban Design in Nashville
- Other Off Campus opportunities sponsored by other universities
- Interdisciplinary Interior Design Studio
- Interdisciplinary Real Estate Development
- Sustainable, Energy Efficient Design
- Urban Design Studio
- Historic Preservation Studio
- Comprehensive Design Project
As the student progresses through the curriculum, opportunities for elective courses expand, allowing advanced students to pursue personal interests. Some students take a wide variety of courses, while others develop a personal plan to complete a minor in areas such as business, ornamental horticulture, language, or fine arts.
College of Architecture + Design
Art + Architecture Building
1715 Volunteer Boulevard,
Knoxville, TN 37996
phone: (865) 974-5265
fax: (865) 974-0656