Bachelor’s in Architecture – Fairmont State University

Overview

Fairmont State University Architecture students can earn an A.S in Architectural Engineering Technology in 2 years and a B.S of Architecture in 4 years.

The Architecture curriculum includes multiple facets. Faculty members focus on:

  • History

  • Design theory

  • Building systems

  • Graphic skills

  • Oral communication skills

For those students who choose to earn a 4 year degree, they should expect core and advanced Architectural lessons and projects. They will study:

  • Architectural history

  • Architectural theory

  • Building technology

  • Methodology

  • Technological and theoretical synthesis

  • Advanced design studios address methodology, and technological and theoretical synthesis through applied studies of a wide range of design inquiries and projects.

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Career Opportunities

Architecture students who earn a baccalaureate degree are qualified for entry-level positions such as designer or architectural technician. They may be employed in architectural offices, engineering offices, or corporations which produce their own in house construction documents, and construction-related fields. Additional career opportunities for Architecture students include:

  • Civil Engineer

  • Landscape Architect

  • Interior Designer

  • Architectural Drafter

  • Construction Manager

Program Objectives

Upon graduating from the Architecture Program at FSU, and during the formative years of professional practice, students should be able to successfully demonstrate the following:

  • Apply academic knowledge toward solving architectural problems and presenting ideas in a broad range of architectural and construction related settings.

  • Communicate and demonstrate design creativity, graphic skills, verbal presentation and organizational skills.

  • Perform all professional responsibilities independently, as a team member, or part of a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Awareness of the global influences of architecture and an understanding of how design influences the complex modern world system.

  • Engage the process of design and building in the discourse of social, ethical and professional responsibility.

Program Outcomes

Successful students in the Architecture Program shall be competent in the following areas. Students will:

  • Be able to apply creative problem solving skills to architectural problem solving.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of architectural history, theory, and practice in the solution of architectural design problems in a global society.

  • Be able to utilize freehand drawing, architectural graphics, and model building skills in the solution of design problems.

  • Be able to utilize the computer as a tool in a wide range of documentation and presentation applications, using CADD, 3-D visualization and rendering, electronic image composition and editing software.

  • Be able to identify, formulate, and effectively communicate the critical issues involved in the solution of architectural design problems.

  • Be able to gain admittance to professional programs in NAAB accredited schools or find employment in professional design offices of construction related fields.

Direct Assessment Measures

  • Design Projects, Architectural Portfolio

  • Tests, Quizzes, Case Studies, Reading Reflections

  • Design Projects, Architectural Portfolio

  • Tests, Application Exercises, Design Projects

  • Reading Reflections, Design Projects

  • Post Graduate Surveys

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