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Fine Arts Admission

Design Project Submission & Review

Design Project Submission & Review 

All applicants for the undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture degree program must submit one of the following two options for review by the architecture admission committee: either the architecture portfolio of creative work or the architecture design project. The architecture admission committee will value the architecture portfolio of creative work or the architecture design project submissions equally, so you should choose the option that best fits your needs.



Design Project Submission 

The design project is the best option for applicants with limited or no portfolio work. It's composed of four parts and applicants must include all four parts to complete the submission. Completion of the design project will satisfy the architecture portfolio submission requirement. Review the design project preparation tips for more information.

Please download the design project instructions. This document contains complete instructions for the four parts of the design project.  Please read all instructions before beginning each part of the design project.  Review the submission instructions for information on how to upload each completed part to the SlideRoom Design Project Portal. Be sure to use the design project submission portal on SlideRoom (not the portfolio portal).  

Visit the SlideRoom Design Project Portal to electronically submit your Design Project to the School of Architecture.


On Campus Portfolio Review

The School of Architecture strongly recommends that applicants visit campus for an on-campus portfolio review. As part of an on-campus review, you’ll come to campus to interview with architecture faculty about your previously submitted architecture portfolio or design project, and receive an introduction to the school. You’ll be able to ask questions and engage with faculty, students and staff within the School of Architecture. (The School of Architecture faculty doesn't critique or evaluate portfolios outside of the scheduled on-campus reviews noted below.)

The School of Architecture requires an online submission of your architecture portfolio or design project even if you plan to come to an on-campus review. Your previously submitted work will be available during your review. Visit SlideRoom to electronically submit your work.

2014-15 On-Campus Portfolio Review Dates:

November 9 (Early Decision Applicants Only)
January 18
January 25

If participating in an on-campus portfolio review:

  • Early Decision applicants should attend the November portfolio review day (registering by November 1) and submit their work electronically by November 1, 12:00 midnight EST.
  • Regular Decision and Transfer applicants can attend either January portfolio review day (registering by January 1) and submit their work electronically by January 15, 12:00 midnight EST.

Design Project Preparation Tips

The goal of this four-part project is to assess your ability to do the following:

Part 1 - Visualize objects in three-dimensional space;
Part 2 - Observe the fundamental ordering principles of design in your environment;
Part 3 - Perceive and create figure-ground relationships; and
Part 4 - Demonstrate your process of making things.

We would like you to take your time and complete all components of the design project on your own timetable. This will vary from person to person, but the entire design project should not take a burdensome amount of time. Please note that some parts of this project may require interpretation; for Parts 2-4, there are no “right answers.”

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