Architecture, M.Arch.

The Master of Architecture program is structured with required courses and electives to give students a thorough professional preparation, and opportunities for study in the liberal arts and for advanced study in architecture. First-year courses include required study in design, visual and digital media, architectural history and theory, and technological systems, in addition to writing, and other electives in cultural knowledge and scientific inquiry. The emphasis in first year design is on developing a fundamental understanding of formal, spatial and material principles in architecture, while obtaining a strong skill base in freehand drawing, descriptive geometry, material techniques, and visual and digital media. First year electives allow students to supplement their background in physics or calculus, to begin or advance foreign language study, to broaden their skill in the arts, or to choose any other subject area from among over forty offered throughout the Universitys undergraduate divisions. In their first semester, students will also participate in one of the many TIDES (Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience) offered throughout the university to engage other students and faculty in an intimate interactive environment. Second and third-year courses include the majority of program requirements. Intensive studio work in architectural design is complemented by study in architectural history and theory, structures, technological systems, digital media and urban studies. In the second year, students are fully immersed in digital design techniques while learning to incorporate knowledge from historic, environmental, social, programmatic and technological studies into the design studio. This is followed by a third year, where a fully integrated program of coursework allows students a truly synthetic experience in the comprehensive design of a complex architectural project. The fourth year curriculum involves advanced architectural design in elective studio courses as well as graduate level seminars in architectural theory, technology, professional concerns, urban studies and digital media. In the fourth year of study, emphasis is placed on the relationship of architecture to the urban environment, both locally and globally. Students will spend one semester at the new Tulane City Center, studying in one of the many programs ranging from urban design, to housing, to design-build. After completing third year, students will also have the opportunity for international study, through various programs ranging from one week to full semester abroad programs in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Upper level study is intended to be diverse and includes many electives intended to provide significant opportunities for study within architecture as well as in the liberal arts and sciences. In the fifth year of study, students will develop an advanced thesis through research, analysis and design in one of four curricular streams. In addition to academic year studies, students are also required to spend two summers working in architecture firms in order to gain an understanding of architecture as a profession.

Transfer students with previous college work but without any background in architecture may take an intensive summer curriculum as the equivalent of first-year. The intensive summer program includes no English or general electives because previous college work is a prerequisite. For such students, the Master of Architecture as a first college degree may then be obtained in four additional years.


Curriculum: 5 Year Professional Program: Master of Architecture

The information listed below is incomplete due to curricular revisions. Please refer to http://www.tulane.edu/~tsahome/ for current curricular information and course descriptions


Typical Curricular Schedule
  Credits
First Year – Fall  
Design Studio I (DSGN 110) 4
Visual Media I 2
Writing/English 101 4
University Elective: Cultural Knowledge 3
University Elective: Cultural Knowledge or Foreign Language 3-4
Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience (TIDES) 1
Semester Total: 17-18
   
First Year – Spring  
Design Studio II (DSGN 120) 4
Visual Media I (100 level) 1
Digital Media I (100 level) 1
History of Architecture I (100 level) 3
Technological Systems I (100 level) 3
University Elective: Cultural Knowledge or Scientific Inquiry 3
University Elective: Cultural Knowledge or Foreign Language 3-4
Semester Total: 18-19
   
Second Year – Fall  
Design Studio III (DSGN 210) 6
Digital Media II (200 level) 3
History of Architecture II: Historic Elective (300 level) 3
Technological Systems II (200 level) 3
University Elective: Cultural Knowledge or Scientific Inquiry 3-4
Semester Total: 18-19
   
Second Year – Spring  
Design Studio IV (DSGN 220) 6
Digital Media III (300 level) 3
History of Architecture III: Modern Elective (300 level) 3
Technological Systems III (300 level) 3
University Elective: Cultural Knowledge or Scientific Inquiry 3-4
Semester Total: 18-19
   

Portfolio Review

Third Year – Fall  
Design Studio V (DSGN 310) 6
History, Theory + Analysis I: Contemporary Issues (400 level) 3
Integrated Technology I (400 level) 3
Professional Concerns I: Professional Context (400 level) 3
University Elective: Cultural Knowledge or Scientific Inquiry 3
Semester Total: 18
   
Third Year – Spring  
Design Studio VI (DSGN 320): Architectural Integration 6
Digital Media IV: Digital Fabrication (400 level) 3
History, Theory + Analysis II: Precedent Analysis (400 level) 3
Integrated Technologies II: (400 level) Advanced Structures, Systems, Materials 3
Professional Concerns II: (400 level) Contract Documents, BIM, Programming 3
Semester Total: 18
 

Summer Internship or Foreign Study

Fourth Year – Fall  
Design Studio VII (DSGN 410): TCC/URBANbuild Elective Studio, Advanced Elective Studio or International Study Studio 6
Architecture or Urban Studies Elective (300+ level) 3
Advanced Technology Elective (500/600 level) 3
Advanced Professional Concerns Elective (500/600 level) 3
University Elective (300+ level) 3
Semester Total: 18
   
Fourth Year – Spring  
Design Studio VIII (DSGN 420): TCC/URBANbuild Elective Studio, Advanced Elective Studio or International Study 6
Architecture or Urban Studies Elective (300+ level) 3
Advanced Digital Media Elective (500/600 level) 3
Advanced History/Theory Elective (Writing Intensive) (500/600 level) 4
University Elective (300+ level) 3
Semester Total: 19
   

Summer Internship or Foreign Study

Fifth Year – Fall  
Research + Analysis Studio IX: (DSGN 510) 6
Thesis Studio, Research Studio, Advanced Integrated Studio Advanced Design Research class* (500/600 level) 3
Architecture Elective (400+ level) 3
University Elective (400+ level 3
Semester Total: 15
   
Fifth Year – Spring  
Design Studio X: (DSGN 520) 6
Thesis Studio, Research Studio, Advanced Integrated Studio Advanced Design Research class* (500/600 level) 3
Architecture Elective (400+ level) 3
University Elective (400+ level) 3
Semester Total: 15
   

Summary: 5 Year Professional Program: Master of Architecture

   
Professional Coursework  
   
DESIGN  
6 core Design Studios 32
2 Advanced Elective Studios (1 in the Tulane City Center) 12
Thesis Option Studio: 2 semesters 12
Thesis Studio, Research Studio, or Advanced Integrated Studio  
   
VISUAL/DIGITAL MEDIA  
2 course Visual Media sequence* 3
course Digital Media sequence* 10
1 advanced Digital Media Elective 3
*courses fully integrated with Design Studios  
   
HISTORY/THEORY  
3 course History of Architecture sequence 9
2 course History, Theory + Analysis sequence 6
1 advanced History/Theory elective 4
   
SYSTEMS/TECHNOLOGY  
3 course Technological Systems sequence 9
2 course Integrated Technologies sequence 6
1 advanced Technology elective 3
   
PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS  
2 course Professional Concerns sequence 6
1 advanced Professional Concerns elective 3
Required Professional Credits: 118
 
1 Urban Studies Elective 3
3 Architectural Electives 9
2 Advanced Architectural Research Electives* 6
*(advanced research electives may be taken outside the school of architecture provided the subject area is directly related to thesis)  
Total Professional Credits: 136
Portfolio Review at the Conclusion of Second Year  
   
University Core Curriculum Distribution and Electives  
Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience (TIDE) 1
1 course Writing 4
2 courses in Foreign Language* 8
4 courses in Cultural Knowledge:  

2 Humanities and Fine Arts

6

2 courses Social Sciences

6
3 courses in Scientific Inquiry:  
1 course in Quantitative Reasoning 3-4
2 courses in Physical Sciences Behavioral or Life Sciences* 6-8
3 courses general electives 3
1 course fulfilling distribution or elective requirements must be writing intensive 1

*Technological Systems class fulfills 1 course in Physical Science *Proficiency at the 102/112 level and at least one foreign language course at Tulane University in the same language.

Total of 13 Courses Outside of Architecture: 42

In addition:

1 course fulfilling distribution or elective requirements listed above must focus on Perspectives in the European Tradition and one on Perspectives outside the European Tradition or Comparative Cultures and International Perspectives non western traditions. Refer to general section of undergraduate catalog on Core Curriculum for more detailed information and competency requirements.

Minimum Credits Required for Graduation: 178

Independent Study

The Independent Study option allows a student with a demonstrated record of academic excellence, to propose a course of individual study in a subject that is not available within the regular curriculum. Under the direction of a faculty member he or she has chosen, the student designs course objectives, methods, content, and requirements. The Associate Dean prior to registration must approve course objectives, requirements, and credit. The student continues to work closely with the faculty adviser throughout the semester through scheduled meetings. Students register for an Independent Study through the School of Architecture academic affairs administrative office. Credit is awarded and final evaluation undertaken jointly by the faculty sponsor and the Associate Dean. Students may enroll in Independent Study for a maximum of six credits with no more than three credits per semester.

Directed Study

Similar to an Independent Study, a Directed Study allows an individual student, or a small number of students to work closely under the direction of a faculty member on a special topic or in a research area of shared interest. The faulty member in consultation with the student(s) develops the objectives, methods, content and requirements of the proposed directed study. These objectives and requirements, as well as course credit must be approved by the Associate Dean. The registration process, credit limitations and final evaluation procedures are the same as that for the Independent Study.