The M.Arch 1 program is a three-year degree open to applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field of study. Rather than focus on a single ideology, methodology or technique, the M.Arch 1 program presents a broad range of approaches to the discipline of architecture, encouraging cross-pollination from other fields of study in a critical manner. Students are introduced to a more critical view of contemporary architectural issues – both theoretical and design-related – as a tool with which to examine the complex and shifting relationship between architecture and cultural, political, economic and social change. Students develop a framework of inquiry and experimentation through a series of rigorous core design studios that are integrally linked to various courses in Cultural Studies, Applied Studies and Visual Studies. On completion of the core sequence, students have acquired a set of skills, critical ideas and unique experiences that allow them to address more complex architectural issues while testing their own intellectual and design convictions. Students then progress to the vertical studio sequence, in which they are offered a choice of studios devoted to a wide range of topics chosen and taught by distinguished Los Angeles-based and international architects, as well as upper-level elective seminars taught by leading thinkers in their area of expertise. The program culminates in the public presentation of a thoroughly researched independent design Thesis project.
The M.Arch 2 program is a two-year degree specifically designed to build upon and reconsider knowledge gained from undergraduate degrees in architecture, and has as its aim the reappraisal of the discipline of architecture. Through the intensive study of the latest design software and means of fabrication and prototyping, and through the exploration of new materials, the program provides students with an understanding of new design methodologies, while placing them in their historical and contemporary contexts. On completing the core sequence, students can choose from Vertical Studios and elective seminars that either continue the focus of their core studies or broaden the scope of their education. The program culminates in the public presentation of a thoroughly researched independent design Thesis project.
Visit the 2012/2013 SCI-Arc online viewbook here
View current SCI-Arc alumni work here
Browse issues of the SCI-Arc alumni magazine here
Undergraduate Open House, Monday, October 22, 10am to 1pm
Graduate Open House, Friday, October 26, 2pm to 5pm
2012/2013 Application Deadlines:
M.Arch 1: December 14, 2012
M.Arch 2: December 14, 2012