Master of Architecture

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Why has KCAD created a Master of Architecture program?

Because now is the right time and KCAD is the right place. Creating West Michigan’s first professional architecture program allows us to build on the foundation of human-centered design laid by our collaborative, industrial, and interior design programs. As an institution that understands the importance of collaboration and design thinking to the future of all places, KCAD is committed to helping grow your talent and make an impact. The profession and practice of architecture are changing rapidly. As a new program, the KCAD MArch is in an excellent position to focus education on where architecture is going, not where it has been.

Do I need a specific pre-professional degree to enroll?

We welcome students with any undergraduate degree! Those students with a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than architecture will normally be enrolled in the three-year program. Students with a pre-professional degree in architecture will normally be enrolled in the two-year program. However, each applicant is evaluated individually and placed appropriately.

What will I study?

The first part of each semester is devoted to an immersive, intensive, and broad investigation of architecture that asks you to make connections between areas of knowledge that are too often treated as disparate subjects: history, professional practice, technology, building science, critical theory, and design communication to name a few. The second part of each semester is a design studio that engages you in design research, thinking, criticism and making, applying knowledge developed through immersion to solve real-world problems. Learn more about the curriculum.

What are the program's technology requirements?

Specific technology requirements for the KCAD MArch can be found here.

What internship opportunities will be offered?

An internship in practice is required as part of the course of study. These internships are broadly supported by regional firms. The thriving design community of Grand Rapids will present you with numerous opportunities to expand your learning outside of the classroom, and internships outside of West Michigan are also available. The program will work closely with you to develop an internship experience that broadens your understanding of the possibilities and practice of architecture and design.

Are there any online, weekend, or summer course options being offered?

At this time, there is no online or weekend component to the KCAD MArch. Depending on your educational background, a summer studio in building science and design may be required prior to Year 2 (Year 1 for those students entering with a pre-professional architecture undergraduate degree).

How can I apply?

Click here to learn how to apply. If you have any additional questions concerning the application process, please contact us at kcadmarch@ferris.edu.

Can I work a full- or part-time job while enrolled?

The MArch is immersive, requiring a substantial commitment of time and effort. As such, it would be very challenging to complete the program while working full-time. It may be possible to work a part-time job, including internships, and complete your studies. The program is supported by the regional practice community, which is committed to providing opportunities for our students and graduates.

What is the timetable for accreditation?

The KCAD MArch program was approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2013 for a Fall 2014 entering class. The program has submitted a Plan for Achieving Initial Accreditation to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Upon fulfillment of the submitted Plan and because NAAB initial accreditation is retroactive, the degrees awarded to our inaugural class in the spring of 2016 will be accredited and will be recognized by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) as meeting the degree requirements for an NCARB Certificate. Have questions on this important topic? Feel welcome to contact kcadmarch@ferris.edu.

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