The College of Architecture, Design and the Arts

The College of Architecture, Design and the Arts excels in visual and performing arts in the city of Chicago, the nation and the world. Its partnerships with local cultural institutions, theaters and museums allows its students to engage in the creative community and recognize their potential.

  • Home to the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, a National Historic Landmark
  • Offers student exchange programs in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland

Program coursework is rooted in architectural technology and theory. Studio-centered curriculum teaches technique, disciplinary response to external situations and conducting advanced design research.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATGRE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSCalculus I.

Letters of Recommendation:
Three required, preferably from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s recent academic, professional or creative work. Letters from professors who can assess the applicant’s academic abilities and potential for graduate school are the most useful. Letters from employers are also acceptable.

Personal Statement: A 500-word statement in which applicants should discuss academic interests and objectives, how they can be pursued through study at UIC, what the applicant would contribute to the program, and why they want to pursue a degree at UIC, specifically. Applicants should also explain how their architectural interests have been shaped by significant past experiences.

Other Requirements: Portfolio review and evaluation of previous course work are required for all applicants. As a designed book, the portfolio indicates an individual’s aesthetic sensibility and intellectual curiosity. It may include any visual, design, or creative work, such as paintings, collages, freehand drawings, sketches, photographs, sculpture, furniture design, etc. Both in the works themselves and in the inquiry or argument framed through their presentation, applicants should exhibit their potential to develop original design work. Individual work is preferred, but if including group work, the applicant’s role and contribution should be carefully noted. The portfolio should not document CAD drafting skills or technical course work that is independent from design work. Work from an architecture office, such as construction drawings or renderings, should not be included unless the applicant had a significant role in the design process.

Students without undergraduate degrees in architecture must complete:
Two Art History or Architecture History courses; the two courses combined should preferably cover a visual history of ancient or Renaissance periods up through the present. The second course should emphasize (or at least fully cover) modern and contemporary art and architecture.

QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES1. Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in architecture from an accredited university.

2. Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in any discipline from an accredited university.

Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

AVAILABLE ENTRYFall

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SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Architectural Theory and History (4 credits)
  • Architectural Design (6 credits)
  • Architectural Technology (4 credits)
  • Topics in Architectural Theory and History (4 credits)
  • Topics in Architectural Technology (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 100

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS18
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

An annual portfolio is required at the beginning of each spring semester for all MArch students.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 100

Students participate in an intensive program exploring advanced topics in art history. Coursework covers topics in ancient, medieval, early modern and modern art throughout Southeast Asia, the Western Mediterranean and North Africa, Europe and the Americas.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM7.0 (no sub score lower than 6.5)
GRE/GMATGRE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSForeign Language Requirements: Students must present evidence of advanced knowledge of a language other than English as it relates to their chosen area of research in order to receive their degree. Evidence of the ability to pursue research in additional languages may be necessary, depending on the availability of literature in the field selected. The selection of languages must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Letters of Recommendation: Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s training, ability, and experience.

Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose (1–2 pages).
Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a sample of their written work (approximately 15 pages).

Curriculum Vitae: Applicants must a submit a list of their academic and professional achievements (1-3 pages).

Skype Interview Required

QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Historiography of the Visual Arts (4 credits)
  • The Many Marcel Duchamps (4 credits)
  • Issues in the Art of the Americas (4 credits)
  • 400-level Seminar (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 36

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 36