Year after year, we hear from architects in the field that our graduates are well prepared for the profession, because they have a working understanding of what an integrated design process requires.
Given our intimate scale, the School of Architecture + Art fosters natural and effective mentoring relationships between faculty and students. Courses take a balanced approach to both the art and science of architecture, and we embrace environmental sustainability as part of Vermont’s ethos.
As part of the oldest private military college in the country, we offer a four-year bachelor of science in architectural studies degree (pre-professional); a one-year, NAAB-accredited master of architecture degree (first professional); and two art minors. All are designed for practical people who want to immerse themselves in an experiential academic lifestyle. The School of Architecture + Art is challenging, fun and dedicated to producing architects who will serve the needs of people.
The bachelor’s degree in architectural studies is a four-year pre-professional program that prepares students for a one-and-a-half-year master of architecture program (accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board) at Norwich. It is an introduction to the profession, where students learn vital technical, artistic, design, and communication skills.
Architecture majors study in a studio environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, independent learning, and the exploration of ideas through hands-on making. The studio environment in some ways resembles a large architectural office with 10 to 15 students assigned to one faculty member. The small size encourages both the exchange of ideas and intense effort. Studio encourages personal responsibility, teamwork, a sense of community, and a commitment to working on real-world problems. The integration of design-build studios as well as close collaboration between our technical courses and design studios creates an education deeply rooted in practical solutions and technical invention. Architecture majors also have the opportunity to spend a semester at Norwich University’s CityLab: Berlin.
In our unique Design: Build architecture studios, students collaboratively conceptualize, plan and make a habitable structure that benefits the community. Projects have included a town library, a house for Habitat for Humanity, an outdoor high-school classroom, a mobile energy research laboratory, and a solar house.
A bachelor’s degree offers students the chance to pursue a minor in other areas, including studio art, construction management, business, leadership, and art history.
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Art History Minor
Norwich students in all disciplines have the opportunity to broaden their college experience by earning a minor degree in art history. An art history minor helps students develop their awareness and knowledge of art as it has played a role in the formation and understanding of human culture.
The fine arts offer a profound testimony to meaning and significance of the arts to their own and function in a variety of ways: They illuminate the ideas, values, beliefs, manners, and customs of an age. They inform us of how artists interpret and understand the visible world in which they live. They alert us to moral and ethical perspectives which condition the artist's choice and treatment of the subject matter.
Courses in the fine arts (FA) explore the history of art, including why and what the artist creates; assess the changing nature and functions of art; probe the relationship of the artist to society; and examine the varied systems of beliefs and values that affect the discipline. All FA courses may be used towards fulfilling arts and humanities general education requirements.
To view course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps for the Art History minor, see the Norwich University academic course catalog:
Norwich students in all disciplines have the opportunity to broaden their college experience by earning a minor degree in art. A Studio Art Minor helps students develop their own creative skills and understanding of art in the studio.
To view course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps for a minor in art, see the Norwich University academic course catalog: