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At the University of Memphis, the study of architecture and interior design encompasses both the art and science of design. The focus is on the education of the individual student through a well-rounded approach in a sequence of foundation courses, design studios, and professional/technical courses.  The program of study for each degree program is structured to engage students in the processes and professional standards of design and technology necessary for shaping the built environment. Students are placed at the center of discovery-based studies, and required to assume responsible participation in the study of architecture and interior design.

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture is a professional degree fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and meets the education requirements for registration as an architect.  Please visit the page on accreditation for more information.
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Master of Architecture Courses 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture

The BFA in Architecture is a pre-professional degree.  Together the four-year BFA and the two-year M.Arch make up the professional "4+2" sequence.
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BFA in Architecture Courses  (please see below for the ARCH-prefix courses required in the BFA in Architecture degree)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

The BFA in Interior Design is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.
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BFA in Interior Design Courses  (please see below for the ARCH-prefix courses required in the BFA in Interior Design degree)

Bachelor of Fine Arts Dual Major (Architecture + Interior Design)

The Department of Architecture offers a special opportunity to major in both Architecture and Interior Design without adding significant time to the duration of the degree.  In fact, this can be completed within the normal four-year time period to complete either degree separately.  Please contact architecture@memphis.edu for details..

Special Note on Course Sequencing and Pre-Requisites/Co-Requisites

Courses in the Department of Architecture are generally offered only in one semester per academic year. Most courses have pre-requisites or co-requisites. Virtually all courses are open only to students majoring in architecture and/or interior design.  For the semester in which each course is offered, please see below.

Fall Semester Courses
ARCH 7930, Architecture Research
ARCH 7713, Advanced Design Studio 3
ARCH 7711, Advanced Design Studio 1
ARCH 7211, Contemporary Architectural Theory
ARCH 7013, Advanced Design Seminar 3
ARCH 7011, Advanced Design Seminar 1
ARCH 6231, Issues in City Building (open to non-majors)
ARCH 4715, Design Studio 5*
ARCH 4441, Construction Documents*
ARCH 4231, Issues in City Building (open to non-majors)
ARCH 3713, Design Studio 3*
ARCH 3613, Computer Applications in Design 3*
ARCH 3421, Environmental Systems*
ARCH 3321, Structural Design 1
ARCH 3221, Determinants of Modern Design
ARCH 2711, Design Studio 1*
ARCH 2611, Computer Applications in Design 1*
ARCH 2411, Building Technology 1*
ARCH 2212, History of Architecture 2*
ARCH 1120, Introduction to Architecture + Design*
ARCH 1112, Architectural Graphics Studio*
Spring Semester Courses
ARCH 7996, Architecture Thesis Studio
ARCH 7712, Advanced Design Studio 2
ARCH 7431, Advanced Professional Practice
ARCH 7421, Advanced Environmental Systems
ARCH 7222, Contemporary Architecture 2
ARCH 7012, Advanced Design Seminar 2
ARCH 6421, Sustainable Design (open to non-majors)
ARCH 4716, Design Studio 6*
ARCH 4421, Sustainable Design* (open to non-majors)
ARCH 3714, Design Studio 4*
ARCH 3431, Professional Practice* ID
ARCH 3322, Structural Design 2
ARCH 3222, Contemporary Architecture 1
ARCH 3213, Survey of Interiors + Furniture* ID
ARCH 2712, Design Studio 2*
ARCH 2612, Computer Applications in Design 2*
ARCH 2412, Building Technology 2*
ARCH 1211, History of Architecture 1*
ARCH 1113, Design Visualization Studio*
ARCH 1111, Fundamentals of Design Studio*
Students majoring in Architecture take all courses shown except those denoted ID.
* ARCH-prefix courses required for the BFA in Interior Design degree
IDARCH-prefix courses unique to the BFA in Interior Design degree
Summer Courses
Please contact Professor Michael Hagge for details on courses offered in the summer.
Elective Courses
Please contact Professor Sherry Bryan for details on elective courses.