Professor Michael Aurbach, Pre-Architecture
Department of Art
(615) 322-8437, (615) 322-2831
The recommendations below will help students prepare for
most graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, environmental
design, urban planning, historic preservation, architectural history,
and related fields.
Students should check www.acsa-arch.org
for additional information from the Association of Collegiate Schools
Minimum Requirements (recommended by Vanderbilt)
A. At least one semester of analytic geometry and calculus (Math 140)
NOTE: One year of calculus (Math 150 ab or higher) is preferred
B At least one year of calculus-based physics
C. Portfolio of creative work (drawings, paintings, sculpture, creative
writing samples, etc.)
D. Two courses from the social sciences
E. Two courses in English/writing
F. Two courses in the humanities
G. Two courses in art history and/or architectural history
H. GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
NOTE: These courses should not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
It does not matter which discipline the student selects as an undergraduate
major as long as the minimum requirements have been met. It is similar
to the pre-med program in that respect.
Students are encouraged to serve as summer interns at architectural firms
and/or take special summer pre-architecture classes at various universities.
Most schools accept AP (Advanced Placement) credit as long as it is listed
by course on the college transcript. Some programs are selective about
which AP credits will be accepted.
Most programs desire a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Strong creative
work (portfolio) may help those with a lower G.P.A.
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