Architectural Design

The BFA in Architectural Design program, currently in development for 2013, will offer rigorous study in architecture for students who share the uninhibited creativity valued at MICA.  It will prepare architects with the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills that will allow them to find solutions to pressing human needs that are fresh, imaginative, and innovative. One of the few such programs in the country at a college of art and design, MICA's program is set in a uniquely creative environment where students are immersed in the design process throughout their course of study.

The traditionally multidisciplinary nature of architectural education is amplified at MICA by a vibrant collaboration with the College's cutting edge fine arts programs. Students in architectural design will be able to interact with other disciplines and community partners through a rigorous curriculum that integrates theory with studio-based research and includes a variety of community-engaged projects in both core and elective studio coursework.

Throughout the program, students are introduced to a variety of digital skills sets-including CAD, 3D modeling and rendering, digital fabrication, building information management (BIM),

and geographical information systems (GIS)-and also have access to digital fabrication facilities such as CNC machines and multiple platforms in 3D printing.

By the end of the program, students in architectural design will be uniquely prepared to face the changing discipline and practice of architecture. Graduates are expected to leave MICA as innovators, leaders, and interdisciplinary thinkers prepared to compete for positions in graduate programs and architectural firms.

This robust new program evolved from the College's current degree offering in environmental design.  The architectural design program will welcome its first class of sophomores in 2013.

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