All students admitted to the architecture program enter the Bachelor of Science in Architecture Technology (B.S.A.T.) program and undertake a two-year common core curriculum, including the first-year AAID sequence with interior design students. This curriculum includes design studios and architectural history courses as well as liberal arts courses such as English composition, math, physics, behavioral science, economics, fine arts, and social science.
After successful completion of the two-year common core curriculum, students may:
- Continue in the four-year B.S.A.T. program, which is accredited by New York state and may lead to New York state licensure, or
- Apply for admission to NYIT’s five-year, 160-credit B.Arch. program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) through 2025. Completion of the B.Arch. degree will allow you to proceed with the sequence of internship and professional steps that lead to licensure and certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. The B.Arch. also prepares you for New York state licensure and reciprocal licensure in other states.
Candidates for admission into the B.Arch. program must submit a representative portfolio of individual student design work, called the Foundation Portfolio, upon completion of ARCH 202, which is reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Following acceptance of the Foundation Portfolio by the review committee, the candidate may apply for admission to the B.Arch. program. At the time of application, the student must demonstrate a cumulative grade average of 2.75 for all courses undertaken at NYIT or 3.0 for courses undertaken in architecture exclusively.
Overview of the B.S.A.T. and B.Arch. Programs
With the B.Arch., the successful student may proceed with the sequence of internship and the professional steps that lead to licensure as well as eligibility for certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The B.S.A.T. is a non-professional degree offering that permits the successful student to gain a license to practice architecture in the state of New York but does not make the degree holder eligible for NCARB certification. Should the successful B.S.A.T. graduate later seek to gain a first professional degree in architecture, he/she could pursue a first professional B.Arch. or a first professional M.Arch.
Those students who choose to undertake the B.S.A.T. program may wish to consider the opportunity to concentrate their studies in construction management. Upper-level courses in areas such as contract management, construction supervision, and real estate fundamentals make up the offerings of the B.S.A.T. with a concentration in construction management.
Two semesters of Design Fundamentals, the first-year design studios, introduce the student to the basic principles of 3-D design through a series of composition, planning, and introductory design problems. In the second year, progressively more demanding challenges, in addition to significant building design analysis exercises, are undertaken. Students accepted into the five-year B.Arch. program are required to complete Design III through Design VIII, or an additional six semesters of design studios. In the third year, students are required to solve architectural problems involving small but increasingly more complex building programs. Urban and community design and building design programs requiring inventive structural systems are emphasized in the fourth year. In the fifth and final year of the program, students undertake a terminal thesis project, individually chosen, which serves to demonstrate a cumulative grasp of all the factors that influence the design of a complex work of architecture.
In the fourth and final year of the B.S.A.T. curriculum, students are required to complete a Capstone Project Integration Studio, where all aspects of a building design and architectural technology are fully explored and integrated into one comprehensive exercise.
Although design studios form the core of the experience at the School of Architecture and Design, complementary avenues of study and inquiry operate as essential aspects of the program and the training of students. Courses in architectural history introduce students to the history of the built domain from the earliest times to the present. Methods of historical building design analysis and interpretation are introduced to students through the study of great architectural monuments and cities. Architectural history is introduced not only as a chronology of building development but also as a body of knowledge, an anthology that serves as a tool in the design process. In addition to survey courses, the school offers history seminars in areas such as architectural theory, building technology, and urban planning. A coordinated sequence of drawing and computer courses provides students with the skills to visualize and document design ideas starting with an introductory course focusing on hand drawing and the use of art media, and concluding with a course on advanced digital visualization and rendering.
The School of Architecture and Design is widely respected by the professional community for its course offerings in areas of building technology. Technical competence is cultivated by exposure to an array of course offerings that cover all aspects of building materials, structural systems, and mechanical and electrical systems. The management of the construction process is covered by comprehensive upper-level courses that focus on the procedures of professional practice and construction supervision as well as contemporary use of computers in the construction industry. The technology faculty, as active members of the construction community, bring real-world experience to coursework and maintain an up-to-date bridge between the curriculum and changes in professional practice. The degree, Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Technology, is also offered.
All work completed in fulfillment of course requirements or in conjunction with a student’s coursework shall be the property of the School of Architecture and Design. The school may waive this right at its discretion. Students reserve the right to gain access to materials for the purpose of making copies and reproductions.
School of Architecture and Design exercises a policy of student redistribution in design studio sections that meet at the same scheduled time period in order to promote diversity in the learning experience. Redistribution is based on the student’s prior experience with design faculty members and their previous academic performance.
Summer Study Abroad
School of Architecture and Design has a variety of summer study abroad programs, including studio trips, collaborative programs and exchanges with other institutions. These programs are offered under the direction of one or more full-time faculty members. The school offers one to three diverse programs each summer depending upon student interest and faculty availability. Thus far, NYIT has offered programs in China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, the Netherlands, Israel, Finland, and India. These programs put NYIT students and faculty in contact with foreign students and architects while immersed in another culture, enabling them to understand firsthand the range, diversity, and power of living architecture as individual buildings or as entire cities and spaces. Summer study abroad course credits can be applied to a student’s specific curriculum and field of study. The summer programs are open to students enrolled in any degree program offered by the School of Architecture and Design.
NAAB Accreditation Statement
New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design’s Bachelor of Architecture (five-year) program are accredited by the NAAB. The National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredits the New York Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Architecture program. The following statement is included in the catalog, pursuant to the requirement of the NAAB:
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, offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission; however, the pre-professional degree is not by itself recognized as an accredited degree.
New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE (160 undergraduate credits)
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This program has specific admission requirements in addition to our general requirements (below).
All students interested in the Architectural Technology, B.S.A.T. or the Architecture, B.Arch. degree will be reviewed for admission to the B.S.A.T. degree program. Upon completing a two-year common core curriculum and meeting specific requirements, you may apply to progress into the five-year B.Arch. degree or complete your B.S.A.T. degree, which is accredited by New York state and may lead to New York state licensure.
Admission Requirements for the B.S.A.T. Program
- Recommended minimum combined SAT score of 1080 (critical reading and math only) or ACT composite score of 21
- Students who do not meet this requirement may be offered admission via the NYIT Summer Bridge Program held during the summer preceding the first fall semester of enrollment. During the bridge semester, students undertake selected coursework that fosters the exploration of architecture and design, while providing students the opportunity to demonstrate academic success in a college setting. Acceptance to the B.S.A.T. program is possible after successful completion of the bridge program.
- Three years of math
- A portfolio is not required as part of the admissions process; however, you will need to submit a portfolio for review and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or 3.0 GPA in architecture courses after completing Architectural Design II (ARCH 202) for entry into the B.S.A.T. program with major concentrations.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for coursework completed at other institutions or at NYIT.
- A portfolio is required in order to receive transfer credit for design work. You will be given instructions on how to submit your portfolio when you receive your credit evaluation.
If you are admitted to this program, you will need to complete the two-year common core curriculum, including the first-year AAID sequence. This curriculum includes design studios and architectural history courses, as well as liberal arts courses such as English composition, math, physics, behavioral science, economics, fine arts, and social science.
After successful completion of this program, you may:
- Continue with the four-year B.S.A.T. degree with major concentrations
- Continue with the four-year B.S.A.T. degree with a minor in another discipline
- Apply for admission into the Architecture, B.Arch. degree
- Continue with the four-year B.S.A.T. degree and then apply to the Master of Architecture
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NYIT maintains two paths for admission to the B.Arch. degree program:
Apply for direct freshman B.Arch admission. Required materials include a completed application plus supplemental materials in the form of a creative portfolio and home test. Applicants who are not admitted for direct freshman B.Arch. admission will be considered for admission to the pre-professional B.S.A.T. Please see Option 2 for rules governing internal transfer from the B.S.A.T to the B.Arch.
Application Materials for Direct Admission into the Bachelor of Architecture Program
All applicants must provide the following:
- Completed common application materials
- Direct admission into the Bachelor of Architecture also requires a completed home test and a portfolio review
Deadlines for Direct Admission
- First-Year Priority Deadline: March 1
- Regular Admission: April 15
Apply for our Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology (B.S.A.T). Required materials include a completed application, but not the supplemental materials (creative portfolio and home test are optional for the B.S.A.T.). After completion of the first two years of the B.S.A.T. program, the School of Architecture and Design accepts applications for internal transfer from the B.S.A.T. program to the B.Arch. program. To apply, you must submit a portfolio of academic work that includes all studio courses plus excerpts from Visualization and Technology courses. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 overall, or a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all Architecture courses is also required.
Application for admission into the B Arch. program received after April 15 will be considered for acceptance based on conditions of space and enrollment. Those not initially accepted for direct admission to the B.Arch. will be considered for admission into the B.S.A.T. and evaluated for future admission to the B.Arch. under the conditions of the Option 2.
Admission Requirements for Transfer from B.S.A.T. into B.Arch. Program
Prior to enrolling in ARCH 301, you must be accepted to the B.Arch. program, which has the following requirements:
- Submit your Foundation Portfolio for review upon completion of ARCH 202. This is a representative portfolio of your individual design work, which is reviewed by a committee of faculty members. If your portfolio is accepted by the committee, you may apply for admission to the B.Arch. program.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all courses taken at NYIT
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Admission Requirements for A.A.S.
This Associate of Applied Science degree in Architecture follows our general admission requirements (below). A portfolio is not required as part of the admissions process for the A.A.S. program.
- A recommended minimum combined SAT score of 1080* (critical reading and math only) or ACT composite score of 21
* Applicants with below minimum scores on the SAT or ACT may be eligible for admission through the NYIT Summer Bridge program which takes place during the summer before the first fall semester of enrollment in the program.
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This program follows our general admission requirements.
- Completed application
- $50 nonrefundable application fee
- Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your midyear and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
- Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. You have the option of submitting results from the previous or redesigned SAT. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official SAT or ACT scores.
- NYIT SAT Code: 2561, NYIT ACT Code: 2832
Two letters of recommendation
300–350 word essay on one of the following topics:
- Tell us about your career goals and why attending NYIT would further these goals.
- Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and why.