Tampa Architecture Universities with Degree Program Summaries

The Tampa area has three schools that offer architecture programs. Learn about the programs, admissions policies and program requirements for these schools, all within 20 miles of downtown Tampa, to make an informed education decision.

Universities with Architecture Programs in the Tampa Area

Individuals seeking architecture degree programs in the Tampa area have options at the undergraduate and graduate levels at three schools within a half-hour's drive of downtown. This article examines those colleges and the architecture programs they provide. There is also a table of information about each school, with statistics including the graduation rate and the acceptance rate, along with tuition and enrollment figures.

  • Hillsboro Community College offers two architecture associate's degree programs, one in architecture and the other in architectural design and construction technology, at its Dale Mabry campus, less than five miles from downtown Tampa.
  • St. Petersburg College, 18 miles from downtown Tampa in Clearwater, also provides an associate's degree program in architectural design and construction technology.
  • Students can obtain a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) at the University of South Florida, about 11 miles from downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals need to consider many factors when choosing a college. This table presents important facts regarding these three schools so prospective students can compare them.

Hillsboro Community College - Dale Mabry Campus St. Petersburg College University of South Florida - Main Campus
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 27,298* 32,681* 41,938*
Campus Setting Large city Small city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $2,506 in-state; $9,111 out-of-state (undergraduate)* $3,352 in-state; $11,607 out-of-state (undergraduate)* $10,428 in-state; $21,125 out-of-state (graduate)*
% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 84%* 81%* 97%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* 53%*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 61% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* N/A 89%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 29%* 33%* 67%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Hillsboro Community College - Dale Mabry Campus

Hillsboro Community College has multiple campus and satellite locations, but only one offers architecture programs. Students at the Dale Mabry campus have the choice of enrolling in an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science program to learn about architecture.

Associate of Arts in Architecture

This 81-credit hour program is geared toward students who plan to continue their education beyond the associate's level to become licensed architects. The curriculum fulfills the requirements for the first two years of a professional architecture degree program in Florida. Topics include computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), architectural theory and design, structures and calculus for business. General education units are also required.

Associate of Science in Architectural Design and Construction Technology

This degree program can prepare individuals to work as CAD technicians, government building inspectors or members of survey teams, to name a few professions. Some of the content also satisfies some of the requirements for licensure as a contractor in Florida. In addition to the degree, students who complete the 66 required credits receive certificates in design and drafting, CADD and sustainable design.

St. Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College offers several building construction programs, including an associate's degree in architectural design and construction technology. The credits earned toward this degree can be transferred to the bachelor's degree program in sustainability management at this school.

Associate in Science in Architectural Design and Construction Technology

This 66-credit degree program prepares students for employment as drafters or licensed contractors. Courses cover building codes, architectural design, contract estimation, job site superintending and architectural history. Electives can be chosen to complement the student's future career plans. Examples include business law, supervisory management and masonry construction methods. This flexible program offers day, evening and weekend classes.

University of South Florida - Main Campus

The Master of Architecture program at the University of South Florida's main campus is administered through the School of Architecture and Community Design. Each applicant is evaluated individually to determine what subjects are needed to complete the graduate degree.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

This program focuses on urban architecture, and students are required to submit a portfolio as a condition for advancement. The program offers several tracks. The 4-year track is geared toward students whose undergraduate degree is in a field other than architecture. These students start the program with core courses in design, history, structures and technology. Students who have completed a 4-year, pre-professional degree program in architecture or a related field can apply for a 2-year track. This program begins with advanced courses in design, development and research methods. There is also a 30-credit option for students who have completed a 5- or 6-year professional degree. Students must complete a thesis and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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