Art & Design Department

Register now for a virtual information session on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. to learn more about the new accelerated architecture program. A Zoom link will be sent to you via email prior to the event.

Would you like to see your creative gifts become a reality through the buildings you designWould you like to explore service opportunities and foster dignity while shaping the world around you? Become an architect!

Architecture Coming Fall 2022

Beginning Fall 2022, Harding will offer an accelerated five-year architecture program. Moving through a cohort model, students will declare a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies as their undergraduate major and may apply for the Master of Architecture degree in their third year. The master's program will begin in the fall of 2025.

Taught from a Christian perspective and with an emphasis on a liberal arts foundation, the curriculum will support and encourage interactive learning with dedicated space for lectures, seminars, labs, shops and equipment. Additionally, there are plans for an international program component to the degree, exposing students to a diverse set of architectural examples around the world.

The foundation of the Harding architecture program is to develop architects with character, integrity and hearts for service who are grounded in technical capability and empowered to explore unlimited passion and creativity through the process of design.

An accredited professional degree in architecture is required for licensure as an architect in the U.S. Harding has already begun working toward accreditation by the National Architecture Accrediting Board and the Higher Learning Commission with a strong commitment from the University. New architecture programs may only pursue accreditation after they begin because evidence of student progress and achievement is required to demonstrate that the program meets NAAB requirements for accreditation.

National Architecture Accrediting Board 

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Harding will be pursuing accreditation through NAAB for our Master of Architecture degree. 

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The Architecture is part of the Art & Design Department in the College of Arts & Humanities.