BFA Admission Requirements
All students intending to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree within the Department
of Architecture must complete the Incoming Evaluation in addition to the standard
admission requirements of the University of Memphis.
The Department Evaluation consists of an application form, a writing element, and
a portfolio of five representative works. Submissions are reviewed by faculty and
applicants are accepted on the basis of potential in the field of architecture or
Transfer students seeking advanced standing should submit a portfolio representing
previously completed architecture or interior design studio work as well as detailed
support course information. The review committee will determine if the work is equivalent
to comparable courses at the University of Memphis. Placement in the degree program
is dependent upon the review. Even if admitted to advanced standing, the student may
be required to remedy previous course deficiencies.
BFA Candidacy Review
A Portfolio must be submitted after completion of the BFA core with a grade of C or
better in all courses. This occurs after the third semester of study. Representative
work from all the architecture or interior design core courses must be included in
the Portfolio. Admission is selective and is based on an evaluation of the Portfolio
and course work reflecting professional standards and expectations of the Department
Admission to the University of Memphis and completion of the core courses do not guarantee
placement in the BFA in Architecture or BFA in Interior Design program.
After review, the candidate is notified of: (1) full acceptance into the BFA degree
program, (2) one semester acceptance into the program on a probationary basis, (3)
recommendation to correct the deficiencies and reapply, (4) recommendation to pursue
studies in another major or concentration within the College of Communication and
Fine Arts, or (5) denial of admission into the program. Permission to enroll in any
3000-4000 level course within the Department of Architecture is based upon this review.
Guidelines and application forms for admission to the BFA degree programs are available
in the Department of Architecture office and from Department faculty advisors. Consultation
with a faculty advisor is strongly recommended before or during preparation of the
Candidacy Review Portfolio.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Four scholarships are made available through the Department of Architecture. These
are the Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Scholarship, The Van Walton Memorial Scholarship,
the Dempsie Morrison, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, and the Interior Design Alumni Scholarship.
Other scholarships are available through the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
Contact a faculty advisor for more information and application form.
In addition, the university offers academic and other scholarships at various levels
in many categories. Students wishing to make application for financial aid should
visit the Student Financial Aid Office web page.
All architecture and interior design students must meet with a Department of Architecture
advisor prior to being permitted to enroll in courses offered by the Department. In
addition to general advising sessions, students may schedule an appointment to meet
individually with an advisor.
Professor Sherry Bryan, winner of the University of Memphis Distinguished Advisor
Award for Faculty, serves as advising coordinator for the Department of Architecture
and advises all architecture students. Interior Design students are assigned an advisor.
All students entering degree programs offered by the Department of Architecture must
attend the Architecture New Student Orientation. All new undergraduate students should
also attend the University New Student Orientation.
In the design studio, students quickly find the value in peer critiques and comments.
Whether in a formal setting or an informal late night conversation, beginning students
and more advanced students learn from each other and build upon their experiences
to enhance their success in the studio.
To help facilitate this exchange of ideas and information, volunteers representing
all academic levels serve as Student Mentors. They can offer advice on classes, techniques,
model-making supplies, books, and a variety of other subjects. Ask your faculty advisor
for more information on how you can talk with a Student Mentor.
Visit the Department of Architecture
If you are considering enrolling in the any of the Department of Architecture degree
programs, we encourage you to visit the studios and talk with faculty and students.
Contact Professor Sherry Bryan at 901.678.3302 to schedule a visit.