Denver Architecture Universities and Colleges with Degree Info

There are two schools within 30 miles of Denver's downtown area that award architecture degrees. Read an overview of the program options and requirements to find out which one is right for your goals.

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Architecture Programs in Denver

In less than 40 minutes from downtown Denver, aspiring architects can find training options at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This article highlights the required coursework and design studios available at two universities. It also includes a table of facts and figures on the schools for quick comparison.

  • The University of Colorado Denver is the only school offering architecture programs in Denver proper. The school is located about two miles from the city's center and offers a pre-professional bachelor's degree program in architecture as well as a Master of Architecture.
  • Located about 28 miles away from central Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder offers a bachelor's degree program in environmental design with the choice of an emphasis in architecture or landscape architecture. It also offers a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering. These programs are designed to prepare students for professional architectural programs.

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  • Architectural History
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Comparison of Schools

Get a side-by-side comparison of the universities in the table below. It shows where they differ in tuition costs, campus setting, acceptance rate and several other areas.

University of Colorado Denver University of Colorado Boulder
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 22,791* 32,432*
Campus Setting Large city Small city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $8,692 in-state, $23,704 out-of-state* $11,091 in-state, $34,125 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014) 75%* 63%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 73%* 84%*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2013-14) 72% * 84% *
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2008) 40%* 70%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver's College of Architecture and Planning is the only one of its kind in the state of Colorado. It enrolled 466 master's degree students as of Spring 2012, of which 249 were enrolled in the architecture degree program. In 2011, the school awarded 90 Master of Architecture degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

This bachelor's degree program is a new pre-professional program that will be available to transfer students in Spring 2013 and to new freshmen in Fall 2013. It's designed to prepare students for professional Master of Architecture degree programs. The curriculum will include studies in building systems, architectural history, and construction practices. Students will also participate in five different design studios where they can acquire practical experience.

Master of Architecture

Students who complete this professional program may fulfill the education requirements to qualify for the exam to become licensed architects. The program covers design theories, building and design practices, and their relevance today. Enrollees take at least four levels of design studios and four levels of design seminars. They also study environmental control systems, building technology, methods of building construction, architectural history, and the human aspect of design. Studies in professional practice and site planning are also an essential aspect of the degree program.

University of Colorado Boulder

The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Boulder offers a series of undergraduate degree programs designed to prepare students for careers and continued professional training. Students learn to make design and planning decisions for the real world that are professional, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Those who complete one of these programs may enter related graduate programs at University of Colorado Denver with advanced standing.

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Through this bachelor's degree program, students can pursue an emphasis in architecture, landscape architecture design, planning and urban design or design studies. The architecture and landscape architecture design options are intended to prepare students for graduate-level training. Courses include design and communication, environmental design theory, site planning, architectural history, and building systems and materials. Students also complete design studios in architectural design that provide practical experience.

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