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M.ARCH 1 Graduate Degree Program

3 Years (7 Terms)

SCI-Arc's M.Arch 1 is a three-year, seven-term, professional Master of Architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and open to applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field of study. This program requires attendance for the fall and spring terms of the first two years, and the fall, spring and summer terms of the final year.

The core of the M.Arch 1 program is architectural experimentation and learning through making. The curriculum is horizontally integrated and vertically pro­gressive, starting with a four-semester core sequence in which students develop a framework for the discipline of Architecture, as well as a strong foundation for critical inquiry and experimentation.

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M.Arch 1, Design Studio Projects

By integrally linking each semester’s design studio with courses in visual, cultural and applied studies, students are offered an immediate instruction in the depth of the relationship between architecture and technological advances, representation, and social change. With each progressive semester increasing in sophistication, students acquire a unique ability to address a breadth of complex architectural issues while testing their own intellectual and design convictions.

Upon completion of the core sequence, students are encouraged to pursue their vision, investigating design through the latest innovations in technology, advanc­ing new praxes of design analysis and innovating through applied research with a choice of advanced studios and seminars. Students complete their studies with the presentation, in a public exhibition, of a thoroughly researched indepen­dent architectural thesis.

Throughout the M.Arch 1 program, particular emphasis is placed on the production of architecture, and the ways in which mak­ing produces a unique intelligence for the field. M.Arch 1 graduates are there­fore prepared to further this intelligence through significant contributions in the profession.

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