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The major is a part of the School of Art, Design and Art History, an academic unit within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Architectural Design major educates future design leaders. It is an intensive program focused on rigorous design processes. Architectural design is approached holistically– emphasizing investigations into the nature of materials and objects, interior space, ergonomics, history and theory, programmatic invention, functional poetics, and collaboration across disciplines. The curriculum instills purpose, craft, technological competencies and versatile thinking.

Teaching licensure in art is available as part of all degree programs. As a student enrolled in art education course work, you will be exposed to both theoretical and practical issues related to comprehensive art education delivery. In addition to intensive art education methods course work, you will participate in three practicum experiences designed for elementary, middle and high school levels.

For further information, visit the School of Art, Design and Art History website.

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Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students

All prospective freshmen, transfer, or change of major students intending to major in Architectural Design must meet JMU admission requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. In addition to meeting JMU admission requirements, all students are required to submit a portfolio to the school's SlideRoom account. There is a $10 charge for this submission. For transfer/change of major students, a statement that explains your educational and artistic goals is required; the educational/artistic goals form is located on the school's SlideRoom page. 

The submission of a portfolio is seen as evidence of a student's interest and potential for future success in art. It is also an opportunity for all students to be considered for a scholarship. All scholarship awards are based on merit and vary in amount, up to the full cost of tuition. It is advised that portfolios be submitted as early as possible for scholarship consideration. Should a student desire feedback about their portfolio prior to submitting it to SlideRoom, the School of Art, Design and Art History will be offering portfolio feedback days. Portfolio feedback days will include an opportunity to meet with faculty, receive information about the Architectural Design major, and take a tour of the School's facilities. If you plan on attending one of our portfolio feedback days, complete an electronic RSVP which can be accessed on the School's website.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
See above. 

Other Declaring Information 

Admission to the Major

Admission to the architectural design major is selective and competitive for a limited number of seats. Completion of all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the major. Admission to architectural design is based upon completion of all prerequisite art courses and individual merit as determined by a faculty review of your art portfolio submitted in satisfaction of the course ARCD 208, Portfolio Review.

Progressing in the Major

To progress in the architectural design major, you must be a declared architectural design major and have completed all lower-division (100 and 200 level) complete all of the following lower-division prerequisite foundation courses and introductory Architectural Design courses:

  • ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 104. Drawing I
  • ART 106. Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 108. Drawing II
  • ART 205. Foundations Seminar
  • ARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
  • ARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern

Students seeking official acceptance into the Architectural Design major must enroll in ARCD 208 and submit a portfolio representing work completed in ARCD 200: Architectural Design Studio and ARCD 202: Architectural Design Studio II. Students not admitted may reapply the following year.

You must be enrolled in ARCD 208, Portfolio Review, during the semester in which you are enrolled in ARCD 202.

Portfolios developed as part of ARCD 208, are reviewed during the spring semester (February) prior to pre-registration. Students should contact area coordinator of Architectural Design, Professor Evelyn Tickle,, (540) 568-6696, to determine the exact time and location for each semester's ARCD 208 portfolio review.

Students not accepted to the Architectural Design major will have one opportunity to reapply in the following semester or may choose other majors within the School of Art, Design and Art History.

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