Bachelor of Design in Architecture


> Get Started - High School Graduates
High School Graduates
  • Start at Valencia College after high school graduation:

As a partner with UCF, Valencia College is the most direct option for preparing yourself for the UCF Architecture program. Students who attend Valencia should complete the Associate of Arts degree in the Architecture Pre-Major offered. (Students who have previously earned an AA from a Florida public institution only need to complete the Architecture Pre-Requisites. This program ensures completion of the state of Florida General Education Program as well as the 10 required pre-requisites for the UCF Architecture Program. The further benefit of attending Valencia College is the Direct Connect to UCF program offered as collaboration between the two institutions. Students who participate in the program and successfully complete an AA degree from Valencia College are guaranteed admission to the University of Central Florida. While an application to UCF and the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program is still required, candidates from Valencia College are usually competitive applicants to the Architecture program.

  • Start at UCF after high school graduation:

If you are a First Time in College (FTIC) student and admitted to the University of Central Florida, you can work with the School of Visual Arts and Design Advising Office to prepare yourself for the Architecture program. This route will have you taking the General Education Program requirements for UCF at the UCF main campus while traveling to the Valencia West campus as a transient student to complete the nine required Architecture Pre-Requisites. Physics (PHY 2053C) can be taken at UCF if you are a current student. If this is the option that applies to you, the contact information for the department advising office: architecture@ucf.edu

> Get Started - Transfer Students with earned college credits
Transfer Students
  • Transfer Students from a Florida public state college/university:

If you are a student transferring from a state of Florida public state college or university, you can meet the same requirements. Students are encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts degree with a Florida public state college or university to meet the General Education Program (GEP) requirements. Additionally, the Architecture classes listed above can be found at various institutions around the state. Similar courses, or courses from schools outside of the state of Florida public state college and university system (including all out of state institutions and all private colleges and schools), will need to be evaluated for equivalency by the University of Central Florida's Office of Undergraduate Admissions *AND* the faculty of the UCF Architecture Program. Similar courses are not guaranteed to transfer. Therefore, it is recommended that the Architecture Pre-Requisites be taken at Valencia College or a state of Florida public college or university.

  • Transfer to UCF from a regionally accredited institution outside of Florida or a private institution in Florida:

Students transferring to UCF from any other institution will need to meet the UCF GEP requirements and complete the 10 architecture pre-requisites listed above to be considered for admission to the Architecture program. Courses from schools outside of the state of Florida public state college and university system (including all out of state, international, and all private institutions), will need to be evaluated for equivalency by the University of Central Florida's Office of Undergraduate Admissions *AND* the faculty of the UCF Architecture Program. Similar courses are not guaranteed to transfer. Therefore, it is recommended that the Architecture Pre-Requisites still be taken at Valencia College or a state of Florida public college of university.

> Admission to the Program

All students must be accepted to UCF before applying to the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program. Standard admissions requirements for transfer students must be met for a student to be accepted to UCF. The program is restricted-access and requires an additional admission process. The pre-requisite requirements include: Architecture Pre-Requisites.

Students from institutions other than Valencia must have their transcripts evaluated.


> Scores and Ranking

All applicants are selected for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program by a competitive ranking process, according to cumulative scores—a combination of overall GPA, architectural GPA and pin-up review score.

The committee evaluation model for admissions decisions is based on a pre-set point system:

Overall GPA (4.0 scale) 1 point
Architectural GPA (4.0 scale) 2.5 points
Pin-up Review 2.5 points

Total 6 points
> Pin-Up Review

PIN-UP EXHIBIT

All students interested in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture will be required to participate in a Pin-Up Review.

A team of faculty and industry professionals will rate each exhibit. While rating exhibits on the basis of overall quality rather than individual categories, they will look for examples of the following:

    • Design process: Development of ideas, as well as two- and three-dimensional diagramming skills.
    • Design resolution: Organizational skills in both two- and three-dimensions relating to spatial enclosure and circulation systems.
    • Communication skills: Drawing quality (free-hand and hardline); three-dimensional drawings (axonometric, one-point and two-point perspectives); use of hierarchy in organizing information; and model-building skills.

PIN-UP DETAILS
Applicants must present samples of their best architectural design studio work in their pin-up exhibits. The exhibit must conform to the following specifications:

    • Fit exhibit on a 4ft x 7ft board (not provided by UCF). The board will be displayed vertically.
    • The upper 24 inches of the pin-up board must include only work from Design 1 and Design 2 (students may choose to use work from one or both of their first-year studios in this area). No work from Design 3 or 4 should appear in the upper 24 inches of your board. The remaining area of the board must include work from both Design 3 and Design 4. Other work may also be displayed in this section.
    • Affix all work to the board with T-pins or push pins only. No nails or adhesives.
    • Display models on the floor set-up directly in front of the board. They may be placed on concrete blocks, card board boxes or similar items. Photograph larger pieces of three-dimensional work and mount them with other two-dimensional work on the board. Students will be afforded 18 inches in front of their boards to display physical models.
    • Keep the focus on your work. An exhibit’s format should not distract from the work. Elaborate displays are discouraged and can be detrimental to exhibits.
    • Cover all personally identifiable information on any work, as all exhibits are to be anonymous.


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It's All Right Here

Every step of your education in architecture can be completed right here in Central Florida. The associate and bachelor degree programs are housed at the joint-use University Center on the Valencia West Campus, and the master program will be housed at the UFs Citylab Orlando in downtown Orlando.



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