Academy of Art University

M.A. On Campus
18 months
1191 USD/credit
1137 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Throughout the studio-centric Architecture program of Academy of Art University, our graduate students become top designers, who share a deep understanding of architecture. We provide them with the knowledge and abilities necessary to investigate their ideas and transform their architectural visions into built reality.


The Architecture program of Academy of Art University prepares the student through the process of critical thinking, designing, and making to provide meaningful contributions to architectural design. We work to develop each student’s individual interest through critical thought, rigorous exploration, and personal vision. 

The MA-ARH Track 1 program is designed for students who have graduated from Bachelor’s program in Architecture, Environmental Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Design and Engineering. 

The Master of Arts degree program is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:


  • Demonstrate development of design exploration and understanding throughout the program

Visual Communication

  • Visually communicate ideas through multiple representation methods
  • Visually communicate ideas through architectural drawings: site plan, plan, section, elevation, and 3D representation
  • Produce accurate physical models of design ideas

Written Communication

  • Effectively summarize the project and process in a well-crafted proposal and thesis book

Presentation Skills

  • Professionally present the thesis proposal and final project

Building Systems, Materials and Methods

  • Demonstrate understanding of material systems and construction methods necessary for the thesis project
  • Demonstrate understanding of the general structure of the project

Thesis Proposal Development

  • Demonstrate development of a clear area of focus for the duration of the program
  • Clearly define the mission of the thesis project
  • Present research in relation to the project
  • Demonstrate the relevance of the thesis project to the field of architecture.


Our students enter the profession well prepared, as we educate them to become critical thinkers and visionary designers with skills and experiences to carry them into their architecture career. We provide them with the knowledge and abilities necessary to investigate their ideas and transform their architectural visions into built reality. We strongly believe in our students’ potential to shape the future of the our environment as critical leaders in their field.

City and Urban Planner

Master planning environmental design decisions at the scale of a neighborhood, district, city, or region, architects can be part of an urban or design team improving urban environments.

Construction Manager

As construction managers, architects contribute their knowledge of building design and coordinate the design delivery of a project from conception to final closeout.

Design Consultant

Graduates from an architectural school are qualified outside of architectural practice, to consult across disciplines; from building envelope design, historical preservation, industrial design, furniture design, color, branding, business and product consulting, among many other possibilities.

Project Architect

Collaborating on large or complex architectural projects, project designers are crucial member of a design team.

Self-Employed Architect

Operating as a sole practitioner, firm principals run small to mid-sized offices sometimes in partnership with other principals. Firm principals are responsible for signing and stamping construction documentation sets, and must be licensed in the state in which a project is being built.

Sustainable Design Consultant

Specializing in sustainability-driven design projects, sustainability consultants may be architects or other design professionals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Intermediate Design Studio
  • Digitally Generated Morphology
  • Architectural Theory
  • Architectural Tectonics
  • Advanced Design Studio 1 - Concept, Context, & Typology
  • Digitally Generated Fabrication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • College transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits and number of hours completed for each class
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio in your chosen discipline is required with detailed descriptions for all international graduate school applicants
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1191 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1191 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    1137 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1137 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.


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