Majors & Minors (Undergraduate)

Architectural Design Major

Architecture doesn't just change the shape of things, it changes the way we think about them.

At MICA, Architectural Design students enter a dialogue about the spacial, social and cultural considerations of each project. They form allies with the fine arts and design disciplines, which are conveniently housed under then same MICA roof.

What Makes Us Unique

Why Architecture at MICA?

Architectural firms are looking for students with strong technical skills and expansive abilities as thinkers and designers. Because of this, MICA's rigorous study in architectural design is complemented the ability to take electives across multiple studio disciplines, giving students confidence in both 2D and 3D design environments.

Recent grad Brandon Brooks ’18, for example, pursued diverse interests while at MICA – including participating in the College's Annual Benefit Fashion Show. As he explained, “Architecture is more that drawing and fabricating. It’s about designing for people and interacting with people. The fashion show and the effort that goes into putting it together is a way of connecting with people. But fashion is also connected to architecture in how we build. In both, you express an idea in 2D and then build it in a three-dimensional form.” Brandon's hard work paid off when he landed a competitive, year-long paid internship at the Danish Institute of Scandinavia (DIS) shortly before his graduation in 2018.

State-of-the-Art Spaces

Dolphin Design Center

Dolphin Design Center was created specifically for designers in the 21st century, with state-of-the-art fabrication and design spaces that support the multidisciplinary ways creative makers work. Home to the B.F.A. programs in Architectural Design, Game Design, Interactive Arts, and Product Design, the Dolphin Design Center provides students with the materials and tools they need to design and make whatever they can imagine.

Set design for Brandon Brooks, Performance of Gender Requires Duality, 2018
Performance of Gender Requires Duality by Brandon Brooks + Enlarge
Sculpture and installation by Claudia Chang
The Space Between by Claudia Chang + Enlarge
Artwork by Eun Byeol Cho
Construction Through Emotion: Semiology of Architecture by Eun Byeol Cho + Enlarge
Artwork installation by Christina Stone
Circular by Christina Stone + Enlarge
Set design for Brandon Brooks, Performance of Gender Requires Duality, 2018

Performance of Gender Requires Duality

Artist
Brandon Brooks
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Sculpture and installation by Claudia Chang

The Space Between

Artist
Claudia Chang
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Artwork by Eun Byeol Cho

Construction Through Emotion: Semiology of Architecture

Artist
Eun Byeol Cho
Date
2017
Credit

Joseph Hyde

Artwork installation by Christina Stone

Circular

Artist
Christina Stone
Date
2018
Credit

Joseph Hyde

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