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BArch Degree – Code #0135

Joseph Ebert, Program Coordinator
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You are considering studying architecture? You have found the right place! The Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program prepares students to be well-rounded, creative, and socially responsible architects who shape our world through the design of meaningful and inspirational spaces and places. The BArch is a professional program, which endeavors to prepare students for licensure shortly after graduation, reducing the need for further graduate education or an advanced degree.


  • Students are required to supplement studies with elective concentrations related to architectural practice, such as business, construction management, information technology, visual communication, or interior design. Elective courses may be taken in other departments at Alfred State and students may also cross-register for courses at Alfred University.
  • Upon successful completion of the BArch degree, graduates may begin an internship and the other professional steps leading to licensure as a registered, practicing architect. Students may participate in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) while enrolled at Alfred State. 
  • The BArch program provides a career-focused, project-based education integrating theory and practice with a strong multidisciplinary foundation that draws upon an institutional heritage of building and technology.
  • Alfred State has an agreement with Sorrento Lingue International Language Institute (Sant’Anna Institute) in Sorrento, Italy, to offer an optional study abroad opportunity to its students. To learn more, see 

A laptop computer is required for students entering the BArch program. Laptop specifications are available at

NAAB Accreditation Information

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

The Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture program was granted Initial Accreditation Status -- retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.  Projected visit for Continuation of Accreditation is spring 2021.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend architecture as being accountable to humanity's need for safe, affordable shelter, for dignified ways of living, and for offering corresponding symbolic meaning - and the ability to produce designs infused by this understanding.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of architectural ideas (and associated principles, strategies and devices) throughout history and of how these were marshaled by architects in the service of certain intended purposes, as well as the ability to apply such ideas in the student's own designs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategies for infusing design generally, and structural expression particularly, with poetic dimensions that help to transform environments - that would otherwise be merely good functionally and of sound construction - into inspiring and uplifting places.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability, construction technology, and integrated project delivery.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take on/participate constructively in urban renewal/social innovation projects that seek to serve the common good.
  • Info management (computer and research skills appropriate to degree level and type).
  • Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).
  • Critical thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 with an 86 or above average plus high school pre-calculus. Students must submit a standardized test score (SAT and/or ACT) with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1170 or a composite ACT score of 24. Physics is strongly recommended.

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent -- 88 percent are employed; 12 percent continued their education.

Portfolio Requirements

Prior to acceptance into the Bachelor of Architecture program, each applicant must submit a digital portfolio for review and consideration of their acceptance.

Through the portfolio, the department hopes to get a sense of the applicant as a creative individual. We understand that the portfolio will not demonstrate mastery of architecture, but instead present a student’s potential through explorations and representation of the built environment, which may be presented as art work such as drawings, sketches, models, sculpture, or photographs. The portfolio should focus mainly on the representation of space, but may also include a small representation of creative work such as woodworking, crafts, graphic design, and/or other creative endeavors (e.g., high school, college course) or from personal pursuits (e.g., employment, hobbies). Each portfolio should be a balanced representation of both two- and three-dimensional works.

The overall portfolio should include 10 to 20 examples of the applicant's very best creative work and creative process. All images should be clear (not blurry or pixilated) and include a short description of the work. The description should include: when the work was completed, the medium (materials) used to create the work, the dimensions of the original work, and whether the work was completed as a personal project or as an academic project. If the work presented was part of a group effort, the description should clearly identify any other group members and state your specific role and contribution.

The Admissions Committee strongly suggests using an online portfolio site such as AllYou, Behance, Portfoliobox, or similar site. All of these services offer a free option and are straightforward to set up. The department cannot answer questions about sign-in or set-up for these services. Questions about sign-in and set-up should be directed to the appropriate service provider.

The portfolio should be submitted by email to Alfred State accepts students on a rolling admissions system, which means students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, early application and portfolio submission may be important for certain scholarship consideration.

Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed 10-semester program.  


Career Opportunities

A wide range of activities are open to graduates of this accredited degree: intern architect, practicing architect (after successfully meeting state registration requirements), or practitioner in related sub-fields that include: sustainable architecture, urban design, interior architecture, adaptive reuse and historic preservation, building construction management, hospitality design, lighting design, acoustical design, religious building design, and others.

Post-Graduate Studies

BArch graduates who wish to continue academic study may choose to apply at another institution to master's or doctoral programs in architecture or related disciplines.

Typical Program

In the first and second years, a typical day consists of two one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio. At the junior, senior, and fifth-year levels, the studio meeting times are three hours. Students can expect to spend additional time working on projects and course work out of studio.

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student’s high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Math through Technical Calculus I must be completed. Students who start at a higher level of math must meet all SUNY general education and campus liberal arts and sciences course credit requirements for graduation.

General Notes:

Students must complete at least one course from seven of the 10 SUNY General Education silos.

All students who transfer in courses from another institution must undergo an academic portfolio review before placement in any studio course.

Minimum of "C" is required to continue from one studio course to the next. (This includes: ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, ARCH 4304, ARCH 5306, ARCH 6306, ARCH 7306, ARCH 8306, ARCH 8716, and ARCH 8776.)

Architecture - BArch Degree



ARCH 1184 Design Fundamentals 1 4
FNAT 2333 Survey of Design 3
FNAT 1303 Architectural History I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH 1054 Precalculus 4



ARCH 2394 Design Fundamentals 2 4
ARCH 2014 Computer Visualization 4
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
HIST 1113 Hist of West Civil Since 1648 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4



ARCH 3104 Design Studio 1 4
ARCH 3014 Construction Technology 1 4
ARCH 3003 Environmental Controls 1 3
  xxx3 Foreign Lang. 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3



ARCH 4304 Design Studio 2 4
ARCH 4014 Construction Technology 2 4
ARCH 4013 Municipal Codes & Regulations 3
CIVL 4103 Structures I 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3



ARCH 5306 Design Studio 3 6
FNAT 5303 Architectural History II 3
  xxx3 Concentration 3
  xxx3 Elective/LAS 3


ARCH 6306 Design Studio 4 6
CIVL 5213 Foundations and Concrete 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective/LAS 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed Elective/ Humanities 3



ARCH 7306 Design Studio 5 6
ARCH 7003 Environmental Controls 2 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3



ARCH 8306 Design Studio 6 6
ARCH 8003 Professional Practice 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3
  xxx4 Gen Ed Elective 4



ARCH 8716 Design Studio 7-Thesis Defntn 6
ARCH 8733 Modern Architectural Theory 3
ARCH 8753 Advanced Structural Concepts 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3



ARCH 8776 Design Studio 8-Thesis Develop 6
ARCH 8793 Professional Development 3
  xxx3 Concentration Elective 3


Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and/or receive licensure.