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Architecture Schools in Birmingham, AL with Degree Summaries

Nov 30, 2018

There are only two architecture schools in the Birmingham, Alabama, area, and neither is closer than about 100 miles of downtown. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Birmingham-Area Architecture Schools

The only two schools near Birmingham that offer architecture programs are both about a 2-hour drive from the city. This article looks at both those schools and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about each school, such as tuition, enrollment and graduation rates, that might be useful to prospective students.

  • Auburn University is a public school about 99 miles from downtown Birmingham. It offers bachelor's degree programs in architecture and interior architecture as well as a master's degree program in landscape architecture.
  • Students who are looking for a small private school can enroll at Tuskegee University, about 99 miles from Birmingham. It offers a bachelor's degree in architecture.

Comparison of Schools

The following table lists important facts about each school in a format that makes it easy for prospective students to compare them.

Auburn University Tuskegee University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 29,776* 3,289*
Campus Setting Small city Distant town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $10,968 in-state; $29,640 out-of-state* $22,170*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 76%* 95%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 84%* 50%*
Retention Rate (2017) 92% for full time-students; 87% for part-time students* 68% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 77% (16% transfer-out rate)* 52% (14% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Auburn University

The College of Architecture, Design and Construction offers accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs to students who are interested in careers as architects or designers. Curricula are designed to give students professional experience through internships and class projects.

Bachelor of Architecture

Students in this 5-year program prepare for architecture licensing exams. Coursework includes pre-architecture and professional studies components. Classes cover digital media and visual communications as well as architectural history, materials, structures and research. Students also take part in studio classes. A thesis rounds out program requirements.

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

After their second year of study, students can enroll in the interior architecture program to earn a Bachelor of Interior Architecture along with their B.Arch. Curriculum allows students to gain experience designing architectural interiors as well as exteriors. Program requirements include a semester of summer study. Students interested in this program must complete a separate admissions process.

Master of Landscape Architecture

This 2-year degree program is open to students with and without design experience. Curriculum places an emphasis on urbanism, globalization and environmentalism. Students examine such topics as construction materials, plants, ecology and hydrology. They also learn how urbanization and climate change impact the future of the industry. Students also participate in lectures, studio classes, fieldwork and professional practice.

Tuskegee University

The Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science offers a professional architecture program that lasts five years and allows students to gain a broad understanding of the field. The school also features a career center that helps students find internships and acquire professional experience.

Bachelor of Architecture

Students spend the first two years completing a pre-architecture curriculum that includes liberal arts and math courses. This is followed by three years of professional study. Students take classes covering all aspects of architecture, including urban planning, architectural theory and history. They also develop their problem-solving skills in studio sessions and field trips. The school is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and prepares students for licensure as professional architects.

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