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Portfolio (Supplementary Information)

Priority Application Deadline/Application Deadline

Application Decisions

Test Credit and Dual Credit

Course Selections

Cost of Attendance

Program-Specific Questions

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Application and Admissions

How can I find out more information about degrees and admissions?

The College of Architecture and Design hosts Information Sessions for undergraduate applicants. Please visit the Information Sessions page to learn more or download our Prospective Student Information Packet.

I am a high school student. How do I apply to the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston?

Please refer to our admissions page for the specific details for applying to the College of Architecture and Design as an incoming freshman.

I am currently taking courses at another institution. How do I apply to the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston?

Please refer to our admissions page for the specific details of applying to the College of Architecture and Design as a transfer student.

I am a current UH student interested in changing my major to the College of Architecture and Design. How do I apply to the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston?

All change of major students must submit a General Petition along with a portfolio. Please follow these steps when filling out your General Petition:

1) Complete the top portion of the General Petition by writing legibly. Please leave the top right box blank.

2) Check option 5, "Student request pan (major) change from". State your current major in the first blank, and the major you intend to pursue in the second blank. Undeclared students must list their current major as "Exploratory Studies". (For example: "Biology to Architecture")

    • Post-baccalaureate students should check option 3, "Add new career", and then check the second option "Second bachelor's degree". Follow the third and fourth steps outlined below.
    • Students seeking to double major should check option 8 "Student Requests Additional Plan" and specify intended major. Follow the third and fourth steps outlined below.

3) Explanation of Request should be simple: Request a major change to [major of choice].

4) Sign and date the bottom of the form and submit it to the Student Services Office. Please visit the Student Services Office page for contact information, office hours, and more.

How should I prepare for the College of Architecture Design?

Exploring various art and design media is an excellent way to prepare for the College of Architecture and Design. Sculpting, drawing, painting, graphic design, and creative writing are just a few examples of art and design. Academics are also important to your application to the College of Architecture and Design:

  • Freshmen: Strong SAT/ACT scores and a demonstration of creative ability will make you a competitive applicant.
  • Transfer Students: Strong GPAs from your previous institution(s) and a demonstration of creative ability will make you a competitive applicant.
  • Change of Major Students: Strong UH and any transfer GPAs and demonstration of creative ability will make you a competitive applicant.

What is a portfolio (also referred to as supplementary information), and what can I include in it?

a) About the Supplementary Information

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit supplementary information to the College of Architecture and Design to help the College Admissions Committee better evaluate applicants. Supplementary information may include examples of creative work, awards, work experience, recommendations, and personal letters of intent.

b) Creative Work

Evidence of creative work is not limited to Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design work. Examples of creative work may include designs, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture, writing, etc. Creative performance work such as music or dance may be submitted via CD or DVD. Be aware that drafting work, either by hand or computer, is usually not the best example of creative work. It may be included to show a skill attained, but other work may be better for demonstrating creativity. You may include a brief explanation of each work including when it was done.

c) Format for Submitting Supplementary Information

All information must be submitted in a portfolio no larger than 8.5" x 11" and 1" thick, clearly marked with the applicant's name and contact information. Examples of portfolios include, but are not limited to: 3-ring binder, spiral bound at a print shop, photo books, etc. Do not submit original work; submit reproductions only. The College cannot guarantee the work will be returned. The College will attempt to return the work if a self-addressed, stamped envelope or mailer is included. A brief statement describing each of the items submitted will help the committee better evaluate the work. Your portfolio may be submitted to the Student Services Office in room 151 of the College of Architecture Building.

Is it necessary to submit a portfolio when applying to the College of Architecture and Design?

While not required, it is strongly recommended that a portfolio be submitted upon applying. Keep in mind that space is limited, making the application process very competitive. Submitting a portfolio might help influence admission decisions. It also helps the admissions committee determine where admitted students will be placed in the design sequence.

If I miss the February 1 priority application deadline, can I still submit an application and a portfolio?

The College of Architecture and Design continues to accept applications after the priority deadline.

All applications and portfolios can be submitted until August 1. All applicants are encouraged to apply by the February 1 priority application deadline because of the competitive admissions process.

Please note that any applications submitted after February 1 are admitted on a space-available basis. Because of space restrictions, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

When can I turn in my application and portfolio if the February 1 priority deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday?

The applications and portfolios should be submitted on the following Monday.

Can I apply for the Spring semester?

No. The College of Architecture and Design does not admit students for the Spring semester because of the studio sequencing. The curriculum is designed for courses to be taken in sequence, beginning in the Fall semester.

What is a myUH number, and where can I retrieve mine?

A myUH number is issued by University Admissions at the time of application. To retrieve it, visit myUH, follow the prompts, and reset the password after logging in.

If you’re having trouble accessing the account, then contact University Information Technology at support@uh.edu or call 713-743-1411.

Why should I log into my myUH account?

Your myUH account allows you to verify if any items are missing on your application to the university. Once you are admitted to the University, your myUH account becomes your primary resource for your enrollment, transfer and test credits, and finances.

I heard the College of Architecture and Design offers a Summer Program. How do I apply for it?

The College of Architecture and Design offers a Summer Program to a select group of Architecture and Interior Architecture students who have completed a specific set of courses and who demonstrate strong academic and creative ability. This program is by invitation only and does not require an additional application. Every student who applies to the College of Architecture and Design is automatically screened for Summer Program eligibility. Students who participate in the Summer Program will complete ARCH 1200, ARCH 1500, and ARCH 1501 before the start of the Fall semester.

Only students who have completed the following courses by the time of application are eligible:

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • College Algebra
  • Precalculus (or higher)

Application Decisions

How will I be notified if I’ve been accepted?

All applicants will be notified by postal mail. Decisions are sent to the mailing address listed in the student's application.

The College of Architecture and Design does not have specific deadlines of when applicants will be notified. Generally, letters are sent out during the Spring. If an applicant has not received a letter stating the admissions decision by summer, then an academic advisor should be notified.

I was accepted to the College of Architecture and Design. Now what?

All incoming students are required to attend an orientation. Please see the College of Architecture and Design's Orientation page for more information on New Student Orientations, Advising and Registration for Transfers Conferences, and Change of Major Orientations.

Why was I denied acceptance?

Remember that applying to any school is a similar process to applying for a job. Depending on the applicant pool for an admissions cycle, some applicants will not be selected. Admission to the undergraduate program is very competitive due to space constraints.

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications, portfolios, and additional materials as early as possible. Items submitted after the February 1 priority application deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis.

If I am denied, what should I do?

Applicants who are denied can try again the following Fall semester. Enrolling in core courses and other exploratory courses is highly recommended. Be sure to do well in all of your courses, and continue to explore art and design.


AP, IB, Dual Credit, and Early College Course Work

Will my AP or dual credit coursework count toward the College of Architecture and Design majors?

Yes. The College of Architecture and Design and the University of Houston honor test credit and dual credit for coursework. For the College of Architecture and Design, this credit is typically for core courses. Please see the AP and IB page for more information.

For students with dual credit, please refer to the Credits and Transfers page.


Course Selections

I've already completed my core courses. What else should I enroll in?

Students have several options for their educational path. Students who do not need to be full-time may elect to be a part-time student while they complete their College of Architecture and Design major. Students who are required to be full-time are recommended to pursue a minor in a different discipline. To see a list of minor options at the University of Houston, please see the Minor Listing page

If I am core complete, how long will the program take me?

The Bachelor of Architecture degree plan will require 5 years to complete and the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture will require 4 years to complete. The requirements for studio coursework dictate the length of the programs. Students are unable to take more than one studio per semester, which is why the programs cannot be completed in fewer semesters. Please visit the Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, and Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture pages to learn more about the degree plans and studio sequencing.

The only exception to this is for students who participate in the Summer Program. Please see the section above for more information about the Summer Program.

I am currently a student at UH. What courses can I take before I'm admitted to the College of Architecture and Design?

Students interested in taking Architecture courses before they are admitted to the College may choose from the following options:

  • ARCH 1200: Introduction to Architecture, Industrial Design, and Interior Architecture
    • Fall semester only
    • Prerequisites: None
  • ARCH 2350: Survey of Architectural History I
    • Fall semester only
    • Prerequisites: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1304
    • Core category: Creative Arts
  • ARCH 2351: Survey of Architectural History II
    • Spring semester only
    • Prerequisites: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1304 (may be taken before ARCH 2350)
    • Core category: Creative Arts
  • ARCH 3397: Computer Visual I: 3D Modeling
    • Offered most semesters
    • Prerequisites: None
  • ARCH 3397: Computer Visual II: Rendering
    • Offered most semesters
    • Prerequisites: None (knowledge of AutoCAD is helpful)

Cost of Attendance

What is the cost of tuition and fees for a semester?

Tuition and fees vary from year to year. Students are charged according to the number of hours they will be taking during a semester along with a college fee and any additional course and student fees. For updated figures, please consult the University’s tuition and fee guide.

What can I do to pay in-state tuition rates?

Accepted students need to fill out paperwork proving they are residents of the state of Texas. The residency questionnaire needs to be filled out and submitted to the Office of Registration and Academic Records. Please consult with the University’s residency requirements.


Program-Specific Questions

Where do I get academic forms, such as General Petitions, CoAD Scholarship Applications, Study Abroad Applications, etc.?

The Student Services Office of the College of Architecture and Design is your one-stop-shop for all academic forms within the College of Architecture and Design. This is also the location of portfolio and application submissions and retrievals. Please visit the Student Services Office page for contact information, office hours, and more.

What type of technology does the College of Architecture and Design use?

The College of Architecture and Design uses a variety of software programs including Adobe Creative Suite 5, AutoCAD, 3DSMax, Revit, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks, Rhino 4.0 with Grasshopper, and Solidworks.

Do I need a specific computer for the College of Architecture and Design?

Though many of the programs have Mac counterparts, programs such as SolidWorks and 3D Studio are PC only. Though Rhino has a Mac counterpart, it will not run plugins such as RhinoCAM and Grasshopper. Therefore, if you do decide on a Mac, please be aware you will have to also run Windows in order to use several programs that are widely used.

Are internships required?

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design is the only program within the College of Architecture and Design that requires an internship. The Bachelor of Architecture degree does not require an internship, however, internships are highly encouraged. To become a licensed architect, individuals must have completed and documented the “experience” component of the licensure requirements. Internships are an excellent way to complete this component of the licensure. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) oversees the monitoring of internship hours and experiences for future licensure, also known as the Intern Development Program (IDP). For more information, please go to www.ncarb.org.

What is studio culture like?

Students must successfully complete ten studio courses for the Bachelor of Architecture degree, and eight studio courses for the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. Each studio is 5 credit hours, and provides students with a hands-on learning environment. Each student in the College of Architecture is assigned a desk and locker each semester. Additionally, students within the College are given 24-hour access to the building. Students have the opportunity to work on projects at any time during the day to assist in the creative process.

What is the difference between Architecture and Architectural Engineering?

Architecture programs concentrate on the aesthetics and functional/spatial layout of buildings. Architectural Engineering programs emphasize the engineering aspects of building systems, heavily utilizing mathematics and physics principles. For other specific questions about the program, please visit the Bachelor of Architecture page.

What is Interior Architecture? Is it the same as Interior Design?

Interior Architecture and Interior Design are different. Please go to our Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture page for more information.

Is the program accredited?

The Bachelor of Architecture program is accredited through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The three Bachelor of Science programs are not accredited.