Integrative Design and Architecture (IDA) Major
The Integrative Design and Architecture Concentration emphasizes the study of the built environment in a broad perspective that combines studio work with the study of the history of architecture and its political, social, economic, philosophical and environmental implications. It is not a narrowly pre-professional major, but provides students with a strong foundation in the visual arts supplemented with multidisciplinary coursework intended to prepare them to use their visual skills in solving problems, communicating ideas and engaging with social and political issues. This curriculum provides a background that can lead to graduate study in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning among others. Coursework is supplemented by an active program of workshops and visitors supported by the Conway Design Fund.
Advice for Majors
Declare your major as soon as you are relatively certain of it. Select an advisor in the Art Department -- consult him or her frequently.
The integrative design and architecture concentration in the art major requires five units of art studio, four units of art history, three units from other departments, and a two-unit senior capstone project. For students double-majoring, please be aware of the all college policy that in no case may more than three courses within the majors overlap.
Art Studio - 5 units required
AS102 Art Studio Foundations: 2-D Design
AS103 Art Studio Foundations: Drawing
AS110 Topics in Studio Art: Design and Architecture topics
AS114 Art Studio Foundations: 3-D design
AS207 Technical Drawing
AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art: Architecture topics
AS212 Design Workshop
AS401 Special Studio Problems: Graphics Research Lab
AS401 Special Studio Problems: Independent work relevant to Architecture
Relevant courses abroad: e.g. DIS in Copenhagen, Syracuse University in Florence, Temple University in Rome. Remember only three courses taken at another institution can be counted towards the major.
Art History - 4 units required
Art History builds cross-cultural awareness and visual literacy.
Electives - 3 units required
Three electives in environmental science, physics, performance design, political science, sociology or other relevant disciplines chosen from a current list in consultation with the student’s advisor. Courses must be approved by the advisor in advance.
Capstone - 2 units required
A two-block capstone, including senior seminar (AH412 or AS411) and a thesis project (AS411 or AH415). The thesis may take the form of a studio project/proposal with an architecture, urbanism, landscape design focus, and a written discussion and public presentation, or it might be a written thesis on a related topic.
Involve yourself in Art Department activities: lectures, field trips, workshops, student organizations, and life drawing. Work on your art, above and beyond your class assignments.