Which Architecture Schools Are in Georgia?

Learn about architecture programs in Georgia. Get information about available degrees and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering AutoCAD Drafting & Design Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Should Know

Architecture programs in Georgia can typically be found in technology institute, school of art & design and university settings. You could expect to earn a bachelor's degree in architecture or landscape architecture in 4-5 years, but additional training and credits are required beyond the 4-year option to qualify for certification or licensure. Depending on your undergraduate degree, you could also earn a master's degree in 2-3.5 years. With a bachelor's degree, you could also expect to earn a Ph.D. in about 6.5 years, in which you complete a thesis and choose from areas of specialization such as evidence-based design and design computation. Most programs are hands-on and include internships. Keep reading to learn the details of studying architecture in Georgia.


Architecture Bachelor's Degree Programs in Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Program: Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Program Length: 4 years, full-time
  • Tuition: $21,098 per year for Georgia residents, $39,308 per year for non-Georgia residents (total estimated cost for on-campus students from 2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
  • Requirements: SAT or ACT scores, essay
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,750 undergrads, 6,970 graduate students
  • Address: 247 4th St. NW, Ste. 351, Atlanta, GA, 30332
  • Phone: 404-894-4885

Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, offers a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in the heart of Atlanta. The program aims to prepare students for graduate studies in architecture and includes coursework in architectural history, design studios and electives. This is a pre-professional program and will not prepare you for licensure or certification as an architect. The program is centered around a studio culture of hands-on learning. During your second semester you'll be required to submit a portfolio to the architecture department.

Southern Polytechnic State University

  • Program: Bachelor of Architecture
  • Program Length: 5 years, full-time
  • Tuition: $16,992 per year for Georgia residents, $27,488 per year for non-Georgia residents (total estimated cost for on-campus students from 2011-2012)
  • Requirements: Architecture summer design workshop
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 4,812 undergrads, 702 graduate students
  • Address: Building N, 1100 South Marietta Pkwy., Marietta, GA 30060
  • Phone: 678-915-7253

Southern Polytechnic University offers a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program. The program includes two foundational years of design study and three additional years in the professional program. Coursework includes subjects like design foundations, structures, urban planning and environmental technology. After completing all fundamental and professional coursework, you can complete an internship and become eligible to take your licensing exam.

University of Georgia

  • Program: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
  • Program Length: 5 years, full-time
  • Tuition: $20,820 per year for Georgia residents, $39,030 per year for non-Georgia residents (total estimated cost for on-campus students from 2011-2012)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 25,947 undergrads, 8,730 graduate students
  • Address: 609 Caldwell Hall, Athens, GA 30602
  • Phone: 706-542-1816

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Georgia includes coursework in construction, plant species and studio design. You will complete an internship and senior project during your program. The University of Georgia also offers a Master of Landscape Architecture to students wishing to continue their education.


Architecture Master's Degree Programs in Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Program: Master of Architecture
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time for students with an undergraduate degree in architecture, 3.5 years, full-time for students with an undergraduate degree in another field
  • Tuition: $607 per credit for Georgia residents, $1,286 per credit for non-Georgia residents. Required credits range from 60-108. (Tuition for Fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree
  • Requirements: Application and fee, three letters of recommendation, college transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, portfolio
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,750 undergrads, 6,970 graduate students
  • Address: 247 4th St. NW, Ste. 351, Atlanta, GA, 30332
  • Phone: 404-894-4885

If you're looking to pursue a graduate degree in architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology offers a number of options. You can choose a 2-year track consisting of at least 60 credit hours or 3.5-year track consisting of 108 credit hours, depending on your undergraduate major. Generally, students with a 4-year architecture degree can complete the program in two years. Coursework includes architectural theory, criticism and studios. You may alternatively choose to pursue a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in digital design and fabrication, high performance building or health and design. Such a degree would be better suited to a professional working in the architecture field, but who does not want to work as a practicing architect.

Savannah College of Art and Design- Savannah Campus

  • Program: Master of Architecture
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition: $30,960 per year for graduate students (tuition for 2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree
  • Requirements: Application and fee, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, portfolio, resume, GRE scores
  • School Type: 4-year, private; 8,352 undergrads, 1,968 graduate students
  • Address: P.O. Box 2072, Savannah, GA 31402
  • Phone: 912-525-5100

Although the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has four campuses, you'll attend the Savannah campus as an architecture student. The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and gives you access to state-of the-art facilities and software. Coursework includes design studios, sustainable, structural and landscape design and an internship. The School of Building Arts at SCAD also offers a BFA in architecture.


Architecture PhD Programs in Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Program: Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture
  • Specialization Areas: Building Construction, Design Computation, Evidence-Based Design, High Performance Buildings, History and Organizational and Cognitive Performance
  • Program Length: 6.5 years on average, first two years required full-time
  • Tuition: $441 per credit for Georgia residents, $1,120 per credit for non-Georgia residents (tuition for Ph.D. candidates in Fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree
  • Requirements: Application and fee, three letters of recommendation, postsecondary transcripts, personal statement and biography, GRE scores, writing samples
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,750 undergrads, 6,970 graduate students
  • Address: 247 4th St. NW, Ste. 351, Atlanta, GA, 30332
  • Phone: 404-894-4885

In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees, Georgia Institute of Technology offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture. You must spend your first two years attending full-time, complete a qualifying paper, pass an exam and construct a PhD thesis. The program can vary in length but on average, takes students 6.5 years to complete. You may choose to focus your studies in building construction, design computation, evidence-based design, high performance buildings, history or organizational and cognitive performance.


Career Info for Georgia Architects

To enter this field, you must earn a professional degree, complete an internship and pass a national exam. Internships typically last three years or more. After interning, you must pass the Architect Registration Examination to become licensed. Additionally, the Georgia State Board of Architects requires candidates to be certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. A program that can prepare you for licensure and certification typically results in a 5-year bachelor's degree or a master's degree.

Salary and Job Outlook for Architects

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2011, there were 2,270 architects and 320 landscape architects working in the state of Georgia. The average yearly salary for architects in the state that year was about $78,000 while landscape architects made a lower salary of about $62,000. These wages are slightly lower than the national average. The Atlanta metropolitan area was among those with the highest employment level of architects that year. About 1,860 architects were working in this region in May 2011, according to BLS findings. Demand for architects nationwide is predicted to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 24% from 2010-2020, according to the BLS.

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