fau school of architecture

Upper Division

  • Upper Division Students
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Students applying to the upper division must meet all requirements including the portfolio submission requirements. For more information, please review the SoA Applications section of our site.

Applicants to the professional degree program with an approved A.A. preprofessional degree in Architecture or transfer students from an accredited program in architecture must submit evidence of having completed the necessary prerequisite courses or course equivalents. Course equivalents for in-state colleges are determined by state guidelines. Course equivalence from other accredited programs is verified by faculty review of the corresponding published course descriptions and syllabi. Only grades of "C" or better are accepted for all required courses. Courses for which grades of "C-" or lower are indicated in official transcripts shall not be accepted for credit toward the 159-credit requirement.

Admission to upper division is fall entry only. All students admitted to the B.Arch. program are expected to enter the professional course sequence with the ability to prepare graphic presentations utilizing normative, descriptive, architectural drawing techniques. For more information on admission requirements please see the catalog (link to catalog).

A minimum grade of "C" is required for each architecture (ARC-prefixed) course, including electives. A grade of "C-" or below does not meet this requirement. When a grade below a "C" is earned, the course will not count toward any portion of the 159-credit requirement.The 159-credit requirement must be met by all students seeking the first professional B.Arch. degree.

Year 3 (Junior Level)
Architectural Representation ARC 3133 2
Architectural Design 5 ARC 3320 4
Materials and Methods of Construction ARC 3463 3
Pre-Modern Architecture History and Theory ARC 3710 3
Site Planning and Engineering ARC 3374 3
Architectural Design 6 or
Vertical Studio
ARC 3321
ARC 4322
Architectural Structures 2 ARC 3503 3
Environmental Technology 1 ARC 3610 3
Introduction to Digital Modeling and Documentation ARC 3185C 3
Architectural Research Methods and Analysis ARC 3091 3
Year 4 (Senior Level)
Architectural Theory ARC 4219 3
Architectural Design 7 or
Vertical Studio
ARC 4326
ARC 4322
Modern Architecture History and Theory ARC 4712 3
Architectural Design 8 or
Vertical Studio
ARC 4327
ARC 4322
Environmental Technology 2 ARC 4620 3
Architectural Structures 3 ARC 4504 3
Digital Elective   3
Electives   9

Note: Students may enroll once in ARC 4322, Vertical Studio, as a substitute for one of the following: ARC 3321, ARC 4326 or ARC 4327. Prerequisites and corequisites for each of the above courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. (See Course Descriptions section for ARC 3321, ARC 4326 and ARC 4327 for further information.)

Year 5 (Thesis Level)
Advanced Architectural Design 1 ARC 5328 6
Professional Practice A ARC 5271 3
Comprehensive Design Project ARC 5352 6
Professional Practice B ARC 5272 3
Introduction to Urban Design ARC 6305 3
Electives (3000, 4000, 5000 level)   15

For Further clarification of coursework or if you have any questions as a current or incoming Architecture student, please contact the Academic Advisor, Versel Reid at (vreid@fau.edu).

For more information please review the Frequently Asked Questions.