Denver's Best Architecture & Architectural Drafting Degree Programs

Students interested in studying architecture and architectural drafting in Denver, CO, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about a top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Most Denver institutions offering studies in architecture and architectural drafting are for-profit schools. Based on ranking, school type and student population, the following university is considered a top school in Denver for architecture and architectural drafting programs:

  • Winner: The University of Colorado at Denver is the largest and only public postsecondary institution in the city that provides degree programs in architecture and architectural drafting. Students can earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in these or related subjects.

School Info Chart

Category University of Colorado at Denver
Ranking #91 among universities in the West (2014)*
Location Denver, Colorado
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $7,933 (in state); $22,057 (out-of-state)**
Architecture and Architectural Drafting Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Architecture and Architectural Drafting Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 96**
Most Popular Architecture and Architectural Drafting Degree in 2012-2013 Master's degree (91 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 41%**
Noteworthy Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB); College of Architecture and Planning partners with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado to provide mentorships through the ColoradoMentoring Network program

Sources: *Forbes; **NCES College Navigator

University of Colorado at Denver

  • Architectural studies integrate classroom instruction with hands-on learning in design studios
  • Internship and international studies available in the Master of Architecture program
  • Areas of focus in the architecture college include sustainability, historic preservation, community engagement and new technologies

The University of Colorado at Denver enrolls more than 22,000 students in over 130 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges. The College of Architecture and Planning offers bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture and a doctorate in design and planning.

The pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BArch) program provides courses in structural theories, building systems, construction practices and architectural history. Students also take a series of design studios. Graduates of this program can enter the Master of Architecture program and complete it in less time than those who do not have the BArch degree.

The Master of Architecture program offers a track for students who have previously studied architecture and one for those who have not. Students in the latter track complete prerequisite courses in math, model building and computers. All architecture students take courses in design and cultural studies. Applicants' backgrounds can vary; however, they must have at least a 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate studies and submit a portfolio of essays, photographs, drawings and other examples of creative work.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Design and Planning program integrates studies in the history of architecture with sustainability. The program emphasizes research, and students have the freedom to individualize their studies. Before graduating, participants must pass a comprehensive examination - which includes both oral and written elements - and defend a research dissertation.

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