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.
To view course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps for the architectural studies undergraduate major, minor, and master's graduate program, see the Norwich University academic course catalog.
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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.
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.
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), 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, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Combined, Norwich University School of Architecture + Art’s B.S.A.S and M. Arch. form a five-year professional degree (175 credits) accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The program was granted an eight-year term of accreditation, effective Jan. 1, 2017; it is scheduled for its next visit for continuing accreditation in 2025.
Public dissemination of the Architecture Program Report and the Visiting Team Report is a condition of accreditation and can be found here:
Architect Registration Examination
The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is the third component of the “three E’s” required in the path toward professional architectural licensure (i.e., Education, Experience and Examination). Education is met by completing a National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited professional degree.
Our Learning Environment and Culture
The School of Architecture + Art fosters a natural and effective mentoring relationship between faculty and students. With typical design studio ratios of 14 students to 1 professor, classes in some ways resemble a large architectural office and encourage the exchange of ideas and intense effort. You will learn design processes to expand your imagination and discover innovative, grounded solutions to real-world problems.
Courses take a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture, embrace environmental sustainability and resiliency, and encourage students to develop their own vision as designers.
For more than 20 years, our students have constructed full-scale projects to address Vermont community needs. Building on the seven affordable-housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the Collaborative continues not only to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also to organize and coordinate related research and programs between the schools comprising the College of Professional Schools and partner with community organizations.