Students in Florida may choose to earn an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in or related to architecture. Although not all undergraduate degree programs will earn a student the eligibility to be licensed, they will provide pre-professional training, the ability to transfer to a higher-level degree program, and/or the possibility of entry-level employment in the field. Some programs require submission of a portfolio prior to admission. Completion of research projects, studio work, and a final design project are common in such programs.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Located in Tallahassee, this university offers NAAB-accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. Students who want to become licensed architects can earn the 5-year Bachelor of Architecture, a professional degree program that provides career training through hands-on and project-based studio classes. Students interested in licensure can also complete a Master of Architecture, which includes a two-year and three-and-one-half-year track depending on a student's undergraduate degree. Admission into the graduate program requires a portfolio and three letters of reference. Students may also complete non-professional degrees in architectural studies.
Florida Atlantic University
Located in Boca Raton, this university offers a Bachelor of Architecture through the School of Architecture. The program is approved by the NAAB, which means it is a professional degree program that prepares students for the licensure process. The curriculum includes courses in planning, engineering, architectural history and theory. Students complete studio and practice classes that build their skill levels, as well as design buildings as part of course projects. By the end of their studies, students take a research class and complete a comprehensive design project.
Florida International University
The university's School of Architecture, located in Miami, offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. The school offers a Master of Architecture, which is approved by the NAAB and meets licensure requirements. The program gives students an in-depth understanding of architecture, including its history, theories and application to the real world. Students learn to make their own projects through the use of campus labs and studios. Outside of class, students can attend symposiums and conferences that address issues and trends in architecture. The school also offers a Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture program, available to high school and community college students, among others.
Miami Dade College
Located in Miami, this school has two associate degree programs that involve architecture. The programs are not recognized by the NAAB and do not meet licensure requirements. Students who want to earn an associate degree in architecture take classes in architectural drawing, architectural presentation and architectural design. Throughout the program, students learn how to use architectural computer techniques and applications, such as computer-aided drafting.
Palm Beach State College
This Boca Raton campus of the Palm Beach State College features an Architecture Department that offers an Associate of Arts in Architecture. This program is designed as a transfer program and does not meet licensure requirements. As part of the program, students take classes in architectural graphics, theory and history. Before receiving the degree, students take specialized courses in architectural design and structures.
Seminole State College of Florida
Students who are beginning their careers in architecture can enroll at this Sanford school to earn associate degrees in architecture. The degree programs are not considered professional programs since they are not approved by the NAAB and will not lead to licensure. In the Associate in Arts in Architecture program, students take courses in design fundamentals and calculus. The school also offers a program in CAD design and drafting technology that covers building construction, materials, and blueprint reading.
University of Central Florida
Students who attend this Orlando college can earn a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in conjunction with the Valencia College. Students must complete a pre-major program before advancing to the bachelor's degree program. This program is not approved by NAAB, which means students will not qualify for the licensure exam. The program delves into architectural theory and history, digital architecture, design, materials and environmental technology. Students gain practical experience through internship opportunities and cooperative learning.
University of Florida
This Gainesville school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture through the School of Architecture. Students have access to a number of campus labs and studios where they can work on their portfolios and class projects, as well as an architecture gallery. The school offers a pre-professional bachelor's degree, as well as a Master of Architecture. The Master of Architecture is approved by the NAAB and leads to professional licensure. Classes focus on architectural design, methods, materials, theory and technology. The school also offers a Master of Science in Architectural Studies.
University of Miami
This Miami institution's School of Architecture offers several professional degrees in architecture. Students interested in licensure can complete a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture. The NAAB-accredited programs offer studio classes that allow students to learn about architectural design and style. Students who already are professional architects can enroll in post-professional degree programs like the Master of Science in Architecture. Combined programs are also available, such as the Bachelor of Architecture/Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering/Master of Architecture. Additionally, the school offers a wide variety of study abroad options for students who want to study global architecture.
University of South Florida
Located in Tampa, the University of South Florida's School of Architecture and Community Design offers a 105-credit-hour master's degree program in architecture, which is a professional degree program approved by the NAAB. Classes cover environmental technology, architecture history, design and technique. A master's thesis and professional practice are required for all graduate students.
Students who want to become architects must be licensed by the state of Florida. To get a license, students need to graduate from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architectural program, take part in an internship program, and pass an examination. In Florida, students can find several schools that offer architecture undergraduate and graduate programs. However, only six schools offer NAAB-accredited programs that lead to licensure in the state.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Architecture Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-19)|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies,
Bachelor of Architecture,
Master of Science in Architectural Studies,
Master of Architecture
|$5,785 in-state; $17,725 out-of-state*|
|Florida Atlantic University||Four-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Architecture||$4,831 in-state; $17,276 out-of-state*|
|Florida International University||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Master of Architecture,
Master of Arts in Architecture,
Master of Landscape Architecture
|$6,556 in-district; $6,546 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*|
|Miami Dade College||Four-year, public; large city||Associate in Arts in Architecture||$2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state*|
|Palm Beach State College||Four-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Arts in Architecture||$2,444 in-state; $8,732 out-of-state*|
|Seminole State College of Florida||Four-year, public, large suburb|| Associate in Arts in Architecture,
Associate in Science in CAD Design and Drafting Technology
|$3,131 in-state; $11,456 out-of-state*|
|University of Central Florida||Four-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Design in Architecture||$6,368 in-state; $22,467 out-of-state*|
|University of Florida||Four-year, public, midsize city|| Bachelor of Design in Architecture,
Master of Architecture,
Master of Science in Architectural Studies
|$6,381 in-state; $28,659 out-of-state*|
|University of Miami||Four-year, private not-for-profit, large suburb|| Bachelor of Architecture,
Bachelor of Architecture/Master of Business Administration,
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering/Master of Architecture,
Master of Architecture,
Master of Science in Architecture
|University of South Florida||Four-year, public; large city||Master of Architecture||$10,428 in-state; $21,126 out-of-state (graduate tuition)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator