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The Department of Architecture (DoArch) offers two degrees; a non-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a professional Master of Architecture degree.
The whole department is focused on an interactive, haptic, and performance based curriculum rooted in fundamental issues of professional architecture and design practice. The undergraduate degree program begins with a unique design based liberal arts education. Our professional graduates will know how to make buildings well; how to make good drawings and models of architecture; and how to make places by building.
We are a small, new architecture program in a place where there's a wonderful culture of small practice requiring a generalist's knowledge of building. We aim our professional education at South Dakota but we know that our students can succeed wherever they practice.
DoArch is a small program training design students for professional practice in small firms in small places.
Brian T. Rex
Associate Professor & Department Head
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2 year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Master's degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially,constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.