The Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design / Pre-professional is a four year undergraduate degree that prepares candidates for admission with advanced standing to most professional architecture graduate programs. It is also good preparation for other roles that benefit from an understanding of and exposure to architectural design and problem solving such as government, development, management, planning, art, graphic design, and digital arts.

Applicants are admitted into the program in their junior year after completing two years of coursework and undergoing a competitive admissions process. During Years Three and Four, the coursework provides students with a firm foundation in the historical, theoretical, technological, and environmental forces that influence architectural design. Architectural design studios provide students with the opportunity to synthesize their knowledge and skills through design projects undertaken in an intensive studio environment.

The prerequisite classes students must take for admission into the program include:

ARCH 200: Architectural Design and Representation I (AU)
ARCH 350: Architecture of the Ancient World (AU)
ARCH 201: Architectural Design and Representation II (WI)
ARCH 351: Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance Architecture (WI)
ARCH 352: History of Modern Architecture (SP)

For application guidelines and materials, see Admissions.

The Architecture Department also offers a dual degree program leading to a BA in Architectural Design and BS in Construction Management. Visit here for more information. All interested University of Washington students are welcome to participate in this first two-year sequence. Pre-architecture majors should seek advising through the UW UAA Advising Center to ensure their prerequisite courses are being met. For more information or to speak to the undergraduate pre-major advisor please contact:

Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising
141 Mary Gates Hall
(206) 543-2550

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This program consists of two 2-year sequences. During Years One and Two students complete coursework including 19 credits of architectural prerequisites and 71 credits satisfying the UW’s General Education Requirements.  These include coursework in the visual, literary and performing arts, math, science, the social sciences, and other knowledge areas. The intent of these first two years is to have students build their skills in communication and critical thinking, gain broad exposure to other disciplines in order to make more informed academic and career decisions, and to provide the broad academic foundation essential to successful study in architecture.

Download a PDF of the BA Arch Design curriculum template.