The Architecture major at Keene State College is a pre-professional four-year program designed to give students a solid foundation in the artistic, scientific, and technical aspects of architecture. The curriculum offers a range of courses in studio design, building science, sustainable design, history/theory, digital technology, and practice.
The education of KSC architecture majors, grounded in the liberal arts, focuses on teaching students to become effective, creative problem solvers with the tools to adapt and evolve their career paths to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Graduates in architecture are prepared to pursue graduate study or transition directly into careers in architecture, planning, building science, construction management, environmental design, design-build, or other related professions.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
|Major Requirements (56 credits)|
|ARCH-180||Introduction to Architectural Design||4|
|ARCH-230||Architectural Design I||4|
|ARCH-260||Sustainable Design & Building Science||4|
|ARCH-280||Architectural Design II||4|
|ARCH-330||Architectural Design III||4|
|ARCH-350||Architectural History I||4|
|ARCH-355||Architectural History II||4|
|Select at least two of the following:||8|
|Architectural Representation & Analysis|
|Adv Architectural Representation|
|Solar Design & Building Science II|
|Statics and Structural Analysis|
|Architectural Design IV|
|Architectural Design V|
|Advanced Special Topics|
|Architecture Allied Requirements:|
|MATH-111||Applied College Algebra (or any higher level MATH)||4|
|ARCH-480||Senior Design Project||4|
|Advanced Cooperative Education (*encouraged, not required)|
Select additional courses of your choice to bring total number of credits earned to 120. Students are encouraged to complete a minor or an organized cluster of courses related to their career interests.
40 credits at the upper-level
Upon completion of the architecture major students will understand:
- Basic design principles underlying two- and three dimensional design.
- The relationship between aesthetic, social, cultural, historical, behavioral, environmental, and technical aspects in synthesizing design solutions.
- A basic visual vocabulary of cities, buildings and landscapes in their historical, cultural, social, philosophical, political, and religious contexts.
- Fundamentals of building sciences including basic: physics of structures, properties of materials, construction processes, and building systems.
- The science and practice of sustainable design
- Basics of architectural practice concerning ethics, client relations, regulatory factors, and contracts.
Upon completion of the architecture major students will be able to:
- Apply design principles and theories, synthesizing concepts into architectural forms
- Gather and analyze information about human needs and behavior to inform the design process.
- Investigate appropriate materials and building systems for their designs.
- Analyze, research, and question how the built environment relates to a social, cultural, historical, religious, and political context.
- Apply basic principles (qualitative and quantitative) of sustainable design to analyze the environmental impact of their design solutions.
- Analyze simple structural problems and communicate with structural engineers.
- Employ and express design solutions using conventional and state of the art visual graphic media.
- Communicate architectural ideas in written and oral form.
- Collaborate and communicate with colleagues, clients, and others.
- Create an on-going portfolio of individual architectural work.
Upon completion of the architecture major students will be disposed to:
- Promote the value of aesthetics or beauty in our society.
- Encourage the growth of communities within a social, historical, and cultural context.
- Employ and promote principles and practices of environmentally sustainable design in architecture, urban planning, and their daily lives.
- Embrace teamwork and collaboration in all settings.
- Engage in service to their communities through design.