The Bachelor of Design in Architecture program is a partnership with Valencia College and the University of Florida, enabling students to complete an NAAB accredited architectural program in Central Florida. Students earn the credentials needed to become a design professional or begin preparing for a career as an architect.

Through the 2+2+2 program, you can complete your associate’s degree at Valencia, your bachelor’s degree at UCF and your master’s degree at UF.

Courses for the associate’s and bachelor’s degree program are taught at the joint-use University Center on Valencia’s West Campus. The master’s program is located at UF’s Citylab Orlando in downtown Orlando.

Please Note: Currently, there is no shuttle service available from UCF’s main campus to Valencia West.

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All students must be accepted to UCF before applying to the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program. The program is limited access and requires an additional admission process. Admission is contingent upon completion of the UCF General Education Program/State Core and all program prerequisites. Applicants are admitted to the Bachelor of Design program by a competitive ranking process that includes overall GPA, architectural GPA and Pin-Up review.

Students from institutions other than Valencia must have their transcripts evaluated.

The UCF Undergraduate Catalog provides information about degree requirements and course descriptions.

Complete the following Prerequisites:

  • ARC 1201 Theory of Architecture (3 credits)
  • ARC 1301 Architectural Design I (4 credits)
  • ARC 1302 Architectural Design II (4 credits)
  • ARC 1701 Architectural History I (3 credits)
  • ARC 2180 Introduction to Digital Architecture (3 credits)
  • ARC 2303 Architectural Design III (5 credits)
  • ARC 2304 Architectural Design IV (5 credits)
  • ARC 2461 Materials and Methods of Construction (4 credits)
  • ARC 2702 Architectural History II (3 credits)
  • PHY 2053C - College Physics I (4 credits)
  • Select One:
    • MAC 1114C - College Trigonometry (3 credits)
    • MAC 1140C - Pre-Calculus Algebra (3 credits)

Grade of “C” or better required in each course.

Official record of completion from your previous institution(s) must be sent to the UCF Registrar's Office.

Courses for the associate’s and bachelor’s degree program are taught at the joint-use University Center on Valencia’s West Campus.

 

  • Current UCF students requiring advising assistance should reach out to the UCF Architecture advisor, Melissa Choinski
  • Students needing to take the architecture prerequisite courses must complete a transient form.

All students must be accepted to UCF before applying to the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program. Standard admissions requirements for transfer students must be met for a student to be accepted to UCF.

The program is limited access and requires an additional admission process:

  • The Architecture Prerequisites must be met.
  • Students from institutions other than Valencia College must have their transcripts evaluated.
  • All applicants are selected for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program by a competitive process, according to cumulative scores (a combination of overall GPA, architectural GPA and pin-up review score).
    • The committee evaluation model for admissions decisions is based on a pre-set point system:
      • Overall GPA (4.0 scale) 1 point
      • Architectural GPA (4.0 scale) 2.5 points
      • Pin-up Review 2.5 points.
  • All students interested in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture will be required to participate in a Pin-Up Review. View Pin-Up Details.

TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM A FLORIDA PUBLIC STATE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY:

  • Students are encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts degree with Valencia College or with a Florida public state college or university to meet the General Education Program (GEP) requirements.
  • Architecture classes listed as prerequisites can be taken at Valencia College or various Florida public institutions.
  • Similar courses, or courses from schools outside the Florida public state college and university system (including all out-of-state institutions and all private colleges and schools), must be evaluated for equivalency by the UCF Registrar's Office *AND* the UCF Architecture Program.
    • Official course evaluations are not reviewed until after the student has accepted their UCF admission offer.
    • Previously evaluated courses are listed on the Transfer Credit Equivalency Portal
  • Similar courses are not guaranteed to transfer. Therefore, it is recommended that the architecture prerequisites be taken at Valencia College or a Florida public college or university.

 

TRANSFER TO UCF FROM A REGIONALLY ACCREDITED INSTITUTION OUTSIDE OF FLORIDA OR A PRIVATE INSTITUTION IN FLORIDA:

  • Students transferring to UCF from any other institution will need to meet the UCF GEP requirements and complete the architecture prerequisites listed in the UCF Catalog to be considered for admission to the Architecture program.
  • Courses from schools outside the Florida public state college and university system (including all out-of-state, international, and all private institutions), must be evaluated for equivalency by the UCF Registrar's Office *AND* the UCF Architecture Program.
    • Official course evaluations are not reviewed until after the student has accepted their UCF admission offer.
    • Previously evaluated courses are listed on the Transfer Credit Equivalency Portal
  • Similar courses are not guaranteed to transfer. Therefore, it is recommended that the architecture prerequisites be taken at Valencia College or a Florida public college or university.

START AT VALENCIA COLLEGE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION:

  • As a partner with UCF, Valencia College is the most direct option for preparing yourself for the UCF Architecture program.
  • Students who attend Valencia College should complete the Associate of Arts degree in the Architecture Pre-Major offered.
    • Students who have previously earned an AA from a Florida public institution only need to complete the architecture prerequisites.
    • This program ensures completion of the state of Florida General Education Program as well as the required prerequisites for the UCF Architecture program.
  • Valencia College is a Direct Connect to UCF® partner.
    • Students who participate in the program and successfully complete an AA degree from Valencia College are guaranteed admission* to the University of Central Florida.
    • Admission to the UCF Architecture program is competitive and not guaranteed by DirectConnect to UCF®.
  • While an application to UCF and the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program is still required, candidates from Valencia College are usually competitive applicants to the Architecture program.

*Consistent with university policy

START AT UCF AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION:

  • If you are a First Time in College (FTIC) student and admitted to UCF, it is recommended to work with the Architecture program advisor: [email protected]
  • You will be completing the General Education Program requirements at UCF and travel to the Valencia West campus as a transient student to complete the required Architecture prerequisites.

Applicants must present samples of their best architectural design studio work from the Design 1-4 courses. UCF utilizes the platform Conceptboard to provide each student with an individual virtual space to produce their exhibit, that will be provided at the time of Pin-Up to each qualifying student.

A team of faculty and industry professionals will review and evaluate each exhibit. Exhibits are reviewed on the basis of overall quality rather than individual categories based on the following:

  • Design Process: development of ideas, as well as two- and three-dimensional diagramming skills.
  • Design Resolution: organizational skills in both two- and three-dimensions relating to spatial enclosure and circulation systems.
  • Communication Skills: drawing quality (free-hand and hardline); three-dimensional drawings (axonometric, one-point and two-point perspectives); use of hierarchy in organizing information; and model-building skills.

CRITICAL DATES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2023
  • Architecture Information Session 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Zoom Meeting
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2023
  • Pin-Up Interest Survey Due
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2023
  • Undergraduate Admission Application Deadline – Required items:
    • Complete Undergraduate Admission Application on-line
    • Pay application fee on-line
    • Request/send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Request/send official high school transcripts (if foreign language was taken in high school)
    • Submit/send official test scores where applicable (CLEP, AP, IB, etc.)
    • Non-US Citizens-submit international documents such as Permanent Resident Alien Card (photocopy of both sides), Visa, etc. if applicable

    Send documents to:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    P. O. Box 160111
    Orlando, FL 32816-0111
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2023
  • Invitation to Pin-Up emails to candidates
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2023
  • RSVP deadline for Pin-Up (submit electronic form)
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2023
  • ConceptBoard links sent to eligible students
MONDAY, APRIL 17 – 21, 2023
  • Pin-Up Submission (virtual via ConceptBoard)
MONDAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 24 – 28, 2023
  • PIN-UP JUDGING
MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023
  • Notification emails sent
FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2023
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission to Fall 2023 ARCH cohort (submit electronic form)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2023
  • Orientation for ARCH BD students 9:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom*

*Zoom links will be emailed to all interested students at their official .edu accounts by the Architecture Coordinator, Program Director, and Design 4 Professors.

 

Virtual Pin-Up Workshops will be announced. Check back for updated information or consult your D4 instructor.
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Contact

Melissa Choinski
[email protected]
407-823-4547