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Programs of Study

At the University of Memphis, the study of architecture and interior design encompasses both the art and science of design. The focus is on the education of the individual student through a well-rounded approach in a sequence of foundation courses, design studios, and professional/technical courses.

For students wishing to study architecture, we offer the pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Architecture and the professional Master of Architecture degree.  Together, these degrees make up the professional "4+2" curriculum.  For students wishing to study interior design, we offer the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Interior Design.

The program of study for each degree program is structured to engage students in the processes and professional standards of design and technology necessary for shaping the built environment. Students are placed at the center of discovery-based studies, and required to assume responsible participation in the study of architecture and interior design.

Special Note on Course Sequencing and Pre-Requisites/Co-Requisites 

Courses in the Department of Architecture are generally offered only in one semester per academic year. Most courses have pre-requisites or co-requisites. Virtually all courses are open only to students majoring in architecture and/or interior design.

For a list of required core courses and pre-requisites and co-requisites, please follow the links in the column to the right. For the semester in which each course is offered, please see below.

Fall Semester Courses

ARCH 7930, Architectural Thesis Research
ARCH 7713, Advanced Architectural Design Studio 3
ARCH 7711, Advanced Architectural Design Studio 1
ARCH 7211, Contemporary Architectural Theory
ARCH 7013, Advanced Architectural Design Seminar 3
ARCH 7011, Advanced Architectural Design Seminar 1
ARCH 6231, Issues in City Building (open to non-majors)
ARCH 4715, Architectural Design Studio 5
ARCH 4441, Construction Documents
ARCH 4231, Issues in City Building (open to non-majors)
ARCH 3713, Architectural Design Studio 3
ARCH 3421, Environmental Systems*
ARCH 3321, Structural Design 1
ARCH 3312, Structures 1
ARCH 3221, Determinants of Modern Design
ARCH 2711, Architectural Design Studio 1
ARCH 2611, Computer Applications in Design 1*
ARCH 2411, Building Technology 1
ARCH 2212, History of Architecture 2*
ARCH 1120, Introduction to Architecture + Design*
ARCH 1111, Fundamentals of Design Studio*
IDES 4713, Interior Design Studio 5
IDES 4430, Interior Design Internship (may be offered in spring and summer)
IDES 3711, Interior Design Studio 3
IDES 3442, Interior Detail Drawing
IDES 3213, Survey of Interiors + Furniture
IDES 2711, Interior Design Studio 1
IDES 2470, Components of Interiors 

Spring Semester Courses

ARCH 7996, Architectural Thesis Studio
ARCH 7712, Advanced Architectural Design Studio 2
ARCH 7431, Advanced Professional Practice
ARCH 7421, Advanced Environmental Systems
ARCH 7012, Advanced Architectural Design Seminar 2
ARCH 6421, Sustainable Design (open to non-majors)
ARCH 4716, Architectural Design Studio 6
ARCH 4421, Sustainable Design* (open to non-majors)
ARCH 3714, Architectural Design Studio 4
ARCH 3322, Structural Design 2
ARCH 3313, Structures 2
ARCH 3222, Contemporary Architecture 1
ARCH 2712, Architectural Design Studio 2
ARCH 2612, Computer Applications in Design 2*
ARCH 2412, Building Technology 2
ARCH 1211, History of Architecture 1*
ARCH 1113, Design Visualization Studio*
ARCH 1112, Architectural Graphics Studio*
IDES 4714, Interior Design Studio 6
IDES 3712, Interior Design Studio 4
IDES 3430, Interior Design Business Practices
IDES 3221, Human Factors in Interior Design
IDES 2712, Interior Design Studio 2
IDES 2470, Components of Interiors
IDES 2411, Lighting the Built Environment
IDES 1110, Color + Composition 

*ARCH-prefix courses required for the BFA in Interior Design degree

Summer Courses

Please contact Professor Michael Hagge for details on courses offered in the summer.

Elective Courses

Please contact Professor Sherry Bryan for details on elective courses.


Degree Programs and Courses

Master of Architecture Information
Master of Architecture Courses

BFA in Architecture Information
BFA in Architecture Courses

BFA in Interior Design Information
BFA in Interior Design Courses

Accreditation Information

Architecture Accreditation
Interior Design Accreditation


Contact the Department of Architecture

404 Jones Hall
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

901.678.ARCH (2724)


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