Florida A&M University School of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program leads to a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)—the educational credentials needed for licensure as a registered, practicing architect..
The primary mission of the B.Arch program is to prepare students for the practice of architecture. The School fulfills this mission through an urban design studio, a comprehensive building design studio and various lecture courses. B.Arch students use the School and faculty as rich resources in the development of their professional interests. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a FAMU 4 year Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree
At FAMU, the B.Arch. program is provided as:
• a full time experience and,
• a part time experience (for students with a full time job).
A full time experience
Students may pursue the B.Arch degree as a full time student with classes that meet on a traditional schedule. Full time students can complete the degree in two semesters (15 credit hours each semester). Students take two design studios (12 credits), two courses in architectural practice (6 credits), one course in architectural programming (3 credits), one course in advanced building technology (3 credits), and two elective courses (6 credits).
A part time experience
Students may pursue the B.Arch degree as a part time student with classes that meet on a non-traditional schedule. For most architecture interns, quitting a full-time position, becoming a full-time student, and relocating to a college town is not impossible. Therefore, the FAMU SOA offers a unique professional development alternative for architecture interns. Started in fall 2002, the opportunity leverages the maturity of older students with the communication potential of contemporary technology to provide the B.Arch classes on a non-traditional schedule.
The non-traditional schedule delivers the classes on a two year cycle. During the “design studio” year, students complete two design studios, architectural programming and the building technology seminar. During the “professional practice” year, students complete two professional practice classes and two electives. Typically, the classes meet in Tallahassee every three weeks, on Monday. The five on site meetings focus on one class in the morning and one class in the afternoon. A part time student will finish the B.Arch program after four semesters, or two years.
For applicants that completed a four year degree more than five years ago, it is often difficult to produce a portfolio that includes academic experiences. Therefore, it is recommended that older applicants clarify their potential with;
• confirm the completion of IDP or registration in another state and
• a letter from their current employer/ supervisor that clarifies (a) the maturity of the applicant, (b) the support of the firm and (c) the recognition that the applicant will need to travel to Tallahassee every three weeks.
While most students that have a four year architecture degree from the State of Florida will complete the new option in four semesters of part-time study, a transcript evaluation may require additional courses. If your degree is not from the State of Florida, you should consider the M.Arch program. For more information, contact the B.Arch. Program Coordinator (850) 599-3244.
The B.Arch. curriculum is composed of design studios, lecture classes, professional practice classes, programming classes, building technology classes and electives. The full time (one-year) and the part time (two-year) curricula are available online by clicking here.
The FAMU SOA admissions committee will consider the applicant’s educational background and design portfolio. The committee’s decision is based on the overall strength of your application package, rather than isolated scores or criteria. The application deadline is typically the middle of January of each year. Contact the school for the specific date. Late applications are not necessarily turned away, but they cannot be guaranteed priority for placement or financial aid consideration.
The SOA will notify applicants with a letter from the Dean. The first letters are mailed at the end of February. Students are either admitted, on a waiting list or denied admission.
The Florida A&M University School of Architecture requirements includes the following:
• Non-FAMU applicants must submit a completed university application form and payment of the non-refundable fee. This is not required of current SOA students.
• All students must submit a completed "Bachelor of Science Course Equivalency Form."
• An official up-to-date transcript of undergraduate records sent directly from all previous colleges attended. FAMU students may print an unofficial copy from their iRattler account.
• A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average, covering the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work.
• A bound portfolio of design work that is not larger than 8½" x 11" with the applicant's name on the first page. Portfolios will not be returned. Written and diagrammatic explanations of your academic work are expected. If professional projects are included, explain your role in the project.
• A one page resume that provides clearly the applicant’s contact information, educational background and related work experiences.
• A letter of intent that demonstrates the applicant’s writing skills, in addition to clarifying the applicant's professional career goals and reasons for selecting the FAMU degree program.
• Three letters of reference that highlight the applicant's academic foundation or recent professional work. For your convenience, the School of Architecture provides a Recommendation Form that may be used.
• For foreign students, a TOEFL score of 550 or better, prior to admittance to the university.
Please send all materials to:
Florida A&M University School of Architecture
Graduate and Professional Programs
1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307-4200
If you have questions, please call the B.Arch. Program Director at (850) 599-3244.
Progress and Retention Requirements
All students seeking admission, provisionally admitted, or fully admitted to a graduate program in the School of Architecture and who are enrolled in upper-division or graduate courses within the School of Architecture are required to meet all of the provisions outlined in the university Catalog for satisfactory progress and retention as determined by the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The requirements for satisfactory progress for such students are different from the general requirements for progress and retention for students admitted and enrolled in undergraduate degree programs.
Students provisionally admitted and fully admitted to graduate programs in the School of Architecture who fail to maintain the required conditions for progress and retention could face termination of their graduate student status. A failing grade in a required course or a grade below that required for advancement in the student's graduate curriculum as described in the Catalog requires course retake. Such retakes follow different grade forgiveness policies from those that apply to undergraduate students' grades.