|201 Cowgill Hall (0205)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United StatesMain Phone: 540-231-5383
Web site: http://www.archdesign.vt.edu
|William U. Galloway, Associate Professor of Architecture
All applications for admission to undergraduate programs within the School of Architecture + Design must be completed through the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Admissions office.
Frequently asked questions regarding admission to the undergraduate Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture Programs:
Is a portfolio required for admission?
No. Many high schools do not teach art classes. Our Foundation Design Laboratories (ARCH 1015, 1016) provide the design fundamentals needed to be a successful designer. Admissions are primarily based on a student’s grade point average and SAT or ACT score. If you have questions regarding the admission requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org; orhttp://www.admiss.vt.edu/ .
What classes should I take in high school to best prepare me for a major in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture?
Advanced placement courses in Math, Science, English, and Foreign Languages are the best preparatory courses. These classes show dedication to one’s learning and are the best preparation for taking the SAT exam. Art and architecture classes are encouraged, but now required.
What is the foreign language requirement?
Students who do not complete 2 units of a foreign language in high school must earn 6 credits of a college foreign language, these credits are in addition to those normally required for graduation.
If you are a high school student trying to decide on a foreign language, we recommend Spanish. Italian is also a good choice. Many of our study abroad opportunities travel through Italy due to the rich tradition of design excellence in Italy.
I am a student currently enrolled at Virginia Tech and I would like to transfer into the Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture program. What is the process for acceptance?
We refer to currently enrolled Virginia Tech undergraduate students who want to change their major and transfer into Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture as “internal transfers”. Applications are required and available at the beginning of the spring semester. Applications will be accepted beginning the first day of spring semester, January 17, 2012. The application deadline is February 10, 2012.
Applications for Architecture and Industrial Design may be picked up in 201 Cowgill Hall and applications for Interior Design and Landscape Architecture may be picked up in 121 Burruss Hall. You may access the application online. Please see the applications listed below.
Please review the internal transfer process for further information. (Internal Transfer Process)
Please Note: A meeting will be held during the fall semester 2012, for students in University Studies, who are interested in the internal transfer process.
If I am accepted as an internal transfer student in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture, what happens next?
Students enrolled at Virginia tech who are accepted through the Internal transfer process are all required to take the Summer Qualifying Design Lab during the following first and second summer session.
I am enrolled at another University or Community College (not a student at Virginia Tech), and I would like to transfer into the Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Landscape Architecture program at Virginia Tech. What do I need to do?
You would be classified as an “external transfer student”. You need to apply for admission through the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students admitted through the external transfer process will be required to take the Summer Qualifying Design Lab during the first and second summer sessions prior to entering the fall semester of the academic year in which application has been made. Placement during the fall semester will be determined upon completion of the second summer session.
I have Advanced Placement, CLEP, International Baacalaureate, and/or credit from another institution. How can I find out if the credit will transfer to Virginia Tech?
You may access the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Transfer Equivalency Database to determine how credit taken through another institution will transfer to Virginia Tech.
You may access the AP, IB & CLEP information through the Registrar’s website to determine how this type of credit will transfer to Virginia Tech.
Admission to Graduate Programs
All graduate applications to the School of Architecture + Design must be completed through the Virginia Tech Graduate School. (See the Graduate School Applications Web Page)
For information on admission to the Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, and Ph.D. in Architecture and Design Research degree programs, please see below:
Students are admitted to the Graduate Architecture Program on a competitive basis. Applicants are reviewed by an admissions group comprised of faculty members from the School of Architecture + Design and are evaluated on the basis of their previous background, including academic performance and relevant work experience. It is essential that applicants demonstrate qualities necessary for successful study at the graduate level through their previous academic work, and that they have shown responsibility, judgment, motivation, imagination and receptivity to new ideas.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to use the on-line application to the Virginia Tech Graduate School. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the completed application and required supporting materials are received by the University Graduate School and the Graduate Architecture Program, including the portfolio (required for M.Arch. 1 & 2 candidates), no later than January 15th for admission for the following fall semester to the M.Arch., MS.Arch., or Ph.D. A+DR programs. (The application deadline for the MLA program is February 15th.) If all materials are not received by the deadline, the application may not be considered for admission.
Every effort will be made to notify applicants by mail of the admission decision by the first week of April. However, some applications will be held for further review pending available space.
Applicants who are accepted and cannot attend the Fall Semester, may request that their admission date be deferred; however, this deferral is not automatic and requires the approval of the Graduate Architecture Program Chair and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Applicants to the M.Arch.1, M.Arch.2, and Ph.D. programs who plan to begin their studies at the Washington-Alexandria Center should so indicate in their application. However, ALL APPLICANTS for graduate study in architecture should send required application materials to the Graduate Architecture Program office in the School of Architecture + Design on the Virginia Tech Main Campus in Blacksburg, VA.
Admission to the graduate programs at Virginia Tech is normally contingent upon holding an appropriate undergraduate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and presentation of evidence of potential to successfully pursue graduate level work in architecture. Completion of the Bachelor’s degree with a high academic standing is expected.
Beyond the University academic requirements described in the application package, applicants to the graduate program in architecture must have the following preparation:
Note: Applicants should make certain to note on the application the specific program option (M.Arch. 1, 2, or 3 or specific research concentration for M.S.Arch. or PhD) in which you intend to study. Changes from one program or program option to another are generally not possible without approval of a written request prior to admission.
Graduate study in all Master of Architecture programs typically begins in August, during the Fall semester each year. It is normally not possible to begin M.Arch. studies during the Spring semester.
For all graduate programs in architecture, a complete application should be received by Virginia Tech by January 15th for admission for the following fall semester.
In order for an application to be considered, the following items must be submitted:
All international applicants should refer to the Virginia Tech Graduate School website concerning additional admission requirements.
Candidates for admission to the M.Arch. 1 & 2 programs must demonstrate their competence in design beyond the academic transcript. A portfolio of studio work in architectural design and related visual studies is required of these applicants. For candidates for admission to the M.Arch.3 and MS.Arch. programs, submittal of a portfolio is not mandatory due to the variety of academic backgrounds of applicants. However, if an applicant has educational or professional experience in architecture, design, construction, or visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), submittal of a portfolio is recommended. Portfolios should be sent directly to the Graduate Architecture Program office. Portfolios can no longer be returned, therefore please submit a copy and not your only original portfolio.
Portfolios should be NO MORE than 20 (physical) pages, bound preferably in a spiral notebook. Your full name should be printed clearly on the cover page. The size requirement is 8 1/2” × 11” (North American standard) or A4 (International standard). The admissions committee does not have facilities to handle large drawings or original samples of an applicant’s work. Applicants should present a limited set of work, representative of their best efforts and most expressive of their interests and abilities. Applicants are discouraged from submitting digital portfolios; those choosing to submit a digital portfolio do so at their own risk, since, due to possible hardware and software compatibility issues, some members of the admissions committee may not be able to view it.
Faculty and students at Virginia Tech are available to talk with prospective applicants, provide tours of the architecture facilities, and answer questions about the graduate architecture program, so that applicants may determine whether study at Virginia Tech is appropriate to their educational goals. It is desirable for prospective applicants to visit the campus and talk with an advisor if at all possible; however, since travel is an obvious financial burden to many applicants, an interview is not required for admission to the graduate program, and lack of an interview will not reduce one’s chances of admission. If you wish to schedule an interview or a visit to the campus, please contact the Graduate Architecture Program via e-mail at email@example.com or via telephone at (540) 231-5683 for an appointment. Applicants are asked to consult the Virginia Tech calendar to avoid requesting an interview during the first and last weeks of each semester.
All incoming students in the Master of Architecture program are required to have a personal computer. Recommended specifications are identical to those for undergraduate architecture students. Please see the School of Architecture + Designcomputer requirement web page.
No student will be denied admission to Virginia Tech based on an inability to purchase a computer. Graduate students on financial aid may include their computer purchases in their cost of attendance.
Several forms of financial assistance are available to graduate students, including grants by federal agencies, fellowships, and scholarships awarded by corporations, foundations, and professional organizations, as well as low and moderate-interest, federally-insured loans, including subsidized loan programs. Interested students can obtain detailed and updated information directly from the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and The Graduate School. The School of Architecture + Design awards a limited number of graduate assistantships each year. Assistantships are service positions and normally involve providing support to faculty for research or teaching; typical duties include providing tutorial assistance in the various workshops, providing teaching assistance in design studios or for required courses, research project assistance, and photographic assistance in project documentation and presentation. Stipends depend on the student’s academic achievement and experience. Students seeking a Master’s degree are usually not awarded an assistantship position for more than two academic years; assistantships are not normally available to first year students in the M.Arch.3 program.
Note: Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office of Equity and Access .
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Admission to the M.Arch., M.S.Arch. and PhD (Arch. and Design Research) Progams:
Q: When is the application deadline?
Q: What are the prerequisites to apply to your Graduate Program?
Q: What is the mailing address to which to send portfolio, reference letters and/or transcripts to the Graduate Architecture Program?
Q: Do reference letters have to be on the reference form?
Q: Do you accept applications for the Spring semester?
Q: How do I apply for an assistantship?
Q: What is the portfolio format requirement?
Q: What is the minium GRE score?
Q: What is the minimum TOEFL score?
Q: What is the institutional code for Virginia Tech?
For more answers to frequently asked admissions questions, please see theGraduate School Applications Web Page .
Last Modified: September 27, 2011