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Undergraduate Degrees

The Department of Architecture offers two undergraduate majors providing a deep and broad undergraduate education in the fields of architecture, art and design. Course 4 leads to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and Course 4-B leads to the Bachelor of Science in Art and Design.

Situated in MIT's rich and intense educational environment, the programs emphasize the interconnected relationship between architecture, design, building technology, computation, and the history, theory and criticism of architecture, art and design. The Department's extensive offerings reflect the commitment to the cultural, social, political, technological and ecological issues of the built environment, and the teaching of art and design not just as a means to an end, but as a form of knowledge and creative practice. Committed to a rigorous and interdisciplinary approach, both programs challenge our students to be creative, innovative, and responsible leaders in the field.

The curriculum is structured to teach essential basics in multiple disciplines and provide flexibility for exploration. The range of studios, lectures, workshops and seminars provides an active learning environment in which individual creativity and criticality can be nurtured. The programs are continually evolving to engage new ways of thinking about architecture, art and design.

Approximately 250 students register in the department each year, of whom about 30 are undergraduates. The Department offers over 100 courses annually (graduate + undergraduate) taught by a faculty of 55.

Download a copy of the Undergraduate Student Handbook (New version being published soon.)