Virginia Beach Architecture Universities with Degree Overviews

Sep 21, 2018

The Virginia Beach area has two public universities that offer architecture degrees within roughly 30 miles of downtown. Learn about their program options and requirements to find out which one is right for you.

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Architecture Schools in Virginia Beach

Students interested in the field of architecture can find undergraduate and graduate education options within a 40-minute drive of central Virginia Beach, VA. Read an overview of the coursework requirements for the programs at these two schools, both of which participate in traditional federal loan programs and offer a variety of scholarship and grant opportunities. This article also includes a table of statistics on the institutions.

  • Students seeking a Master of Architecture in the Virginia Beach area can pursue that professional degree at Hampton University in Hampton, VA, which is located around 30 miles from Virginia Beach's downtown area.
  • Undergraduate degrees related to architecture are also available at Norfolk State University, which offers an associate's degree program in architectural drafting and technology. The campus is about 18 miles from the center of Virginia Beach.

Comparison of Schools

This table offers a wealth of facts and figures about the profiled universities so you can make an informed choice about where to study architecture. Check it out to get details on costs, acceptance rates, enrollment numbers and more.

Hampton University Norfolk State University
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,618* 5,303*
Campus Setting Midsize city Midsize city
Tuition (2017-18) $11,350 (graduate tuition)* $9,036 in-state (undergraduate), $20,478 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 95%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 36%* 90%*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2016-17) 78%* 71%*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 56%* 42%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Hampton University

Hampton University was ranked third on the list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2019. The 4-year private university offers a first-professional degree in architecture and is the closest public school to the Virginia Beach area to offer a graduate-level architecture program.

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture program has been designed in accordance with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accreditation standards. The program is focused on the creative and critical thinking skills used in architecture and typically takes 5 1/2 years to complete. Students have opportunities to join the American Institute of Architecture Students Chapter and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students.

The Master of Architecture curriculum consists of 168 credit hours and is divided between 12 semesters, which include travel and a required urban study abroad internship during two summer terms. The first and second years are focused on architectural acculturation and identification. The third year includes architecture structure and theory classes, as well as an opportunity to study abroad at architectural sites in locations such as Panama, France, Mexico or Thailand. During the summer between the fourth and fifth years, students gain professional practice through the completion of an internship. The fifth and final year focuses on the completion of a research thesis studio courses I and II, as well as two seminars and two elective courses.

Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University (NSU) is a 4-year public school that offers a 2-year program in architectural drafting for students seeking semi-professional technical positions in drafting.

Associate of Science Degree in Architectural Drafting Technology

The A.S. degree program requires the completion of 67 credits of coursework. Students learn about building codes, surveying, computer-aided drafting (CAD), engineering graphics, construction materials, and more. General education coursework includes computer literacy, communication skills, college algebra, and physics. Students also choose two electives and take a writing competency exam during the course of the program.

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