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Three schools in the state of Vermont currently offer courses in architecture. Only one of the schools has the full professional graduate degree needed to pursue licensure as an architect. The other two schools offer bachelor's degrees. Fieldwork experience is often included in such programs, sometimes in the form of an internship. At least one program allows for travel abroad. Many programs allow a measure of customization, allowing students to choose particular courses and electives that suit their professional goals. Below are short overviews of the architecture programs at these three schools, as well as a comparison table showing individual school offerings and tuition info at a glance.
This private school in Bennington, VT, offers numerous architecture courses as part of a bachelor's degree program in the visual arts field; the class offerings rotate by semester. Individuals enrolled in this program study the fundamentals of architecture and the three core principles of a quality building: firmness, commodity and delight. Classes could include a 'three houses, three sites' experience where students complete three house designs within specific parameters; other courses teach students about architectural graphics, architectural light and architecture analysis. In addition to traditional fall and spring semesters, Bennington students are required to complete seven-week field work terms in their chosen field of interest. Students are also given the freedom to design class schedules and majors that best suit their interests through the school's Plan Process.
Located in Middlebury in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, this private liberal arts school offers two architecture programs through its Department of History of Art & Architecture. All students in the department must complete a senior thesis, which is often influenced by travels abroad to study important or unusual architectural locales. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies program are introduced to architectural theory by exploring Western and non-Western art. The school also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies/Environmental Studies in which students learn about art, architecture and environmental issues. Before their senior year, students must complete four science courses and four architecture or art electives, which are chosen after consulting an adviser. Students who plan to pursue a master's degree in this field might consider taking additional classes in calculus and physics.
Founded in 1819 in Northfield as the nation's first private military college, Norwich University now offers undergraduate and graduate programs for over 3,400 people. Students in the university's School of Architecture and Art can join the American Institute of Architecture Students, which can help them advance as professionals while promoting architectural education. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program learn the fundamentals of architecture and drawing before being introduced to construction and materials and architectural history. They also explore advanced design and building systems and complete four design studios. A minor in architectural studies is also possible.
Students interested in continuing their education post-graduation can enroll in Norwich's Master of Architecture (MArch) program. Students must complete Norwich's B.S. in Architectural Studies program in order to apply to the Master of Architecture program, although the B.S. isn't a guarantee of acceptance. The MArch degree adds a summer internship and a full academic year to the bachelor's degree. Norwich's Master of Architecture curriculum is approved by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, so graduates are eligible to pursue licensure.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Architecture Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Bennington College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Arts||$48,220*|
|Middlebury College||4-year, private not-for-profit; rural|| Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies/Environmental Studies
|Norwich University||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies,
Minor in Architectural Studies,
Master of Architecture
Source: *NCES College Navigator