Architecture and Design

Ray Sova, class of '12

Ray Sova is not a typical student; he thrives on the hands-on education he is pursuing at Alfred State. Ray, an architectural technology student, learns through traditional classes, but he also learns through practicing on real-world problems, starting with his very first semester.

“I was anxious to begin my architectural training, and Alfred State gave me the chance to dive in right out of high school,” Ray said.

Ray also plays varsity baseball, learning “teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership that you simply cannot learn inside a classroom.” In fall 2009, Ray was given the “Most Dedicated Athlete” award. Ray’s athletics experience demonstrates that project-based learning can be found in every aspect of Alfred State’s culture.

Alumni & Friends: 
Academic Department: 

Architecture (BArch)

Application Code: 
0135
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
Academic Department Info: 
Description: 

360 Virtual TourThe Bachelor of Architecture program at Alfred State educates well-rounded, highly creative graduates who will be able to contribute to the world through meaningful and inspiring architecture.

Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry with an 86 or above average plus high school pre-calculus or a fourth-year math for New York State high school graduates. Students must submit a standardized test score (SAT and/or ACT) with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,100 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 24. Physics is recommended.

Graduation Requirements: 

Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed ten-semester program at a minimum cumulative index of 2.5, which is equivalent to a "C+" average.

As part of the graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture, students must complete a portfolio according to the following guidelines:

  • The portfolio must contain a minimum of eight (8) examples of creative academic work. These examples should demonstrate achievements as a designer. A minimum of three (3) examples must be from studio class projects in the last two years of the program. A maximum of two (2) examples may be of non-graphic work (example: written work).
  • Each example will be accompanied by a short description of the project and solution, and include the name of the class the project was produced for. If the item is part of a group effort, the specific role of the student should be included.
  • Completed portfolios must be submitted digitally in Portable Document Format (PDF) on a CD or as directed by the department chair.
  • Portfolios will be evaluated to determine whether they should be graded as "High Pass," "Pass," or "Fail." This assessment will appear on the student's permanent Alfred State transcript.
  • The completed portfolio must be submitted to the Department of Architecture and Design Office by April 1. This is an absolute deadline; no portfolios will be accepted after the April 1 deadline. Evaluation will be done on a yearly basis by faculty reviewers. All decisions are final.

Evaluation Criteria

Work in student portfolios should demonstrate:

  • A sophisticated understanding of building design; problem solving skills; and thorough design thinking;
  • The ability to communicate legibly design ideas in graphic and written form;
  • A working knowledge of a variety of construction systems and materials and how they affect building design;
  • Competence in the use of graphic tools and techniques including freehand drawing, computer-aided drafting, physical models, and computer imaging.

Interior Design (AAS)

Application Code: 
0656
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Description: 

360 Virtual TourThis program is designed to provide graduates with basic knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the interior design discipline. The program consists of a core graphics sequence with additional courses in appropriate technical areas. Computer applications are integrated throughout the four semesters with a strong component in 2D and 3D computer graphics.

Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry
Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0 which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Architectural Technology (BS)

Application Code: 
1452
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Academic Department Info: 
Description: 

360 Virtual TourThis program is designed to provide graduates with a comprehensive architectural education combining a philosophic perspective of building design with an applied technical knowledge of construction systems and materials, acquired in a technically oriented studio structure. A variety of graphic tools and techniques are explored in the studio sequence, including freehand drawings, physical models, 2D and 3D building information modeling, and animation applications. Students are exposed to - and use throughout the program - a wide range of software programs (such as Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and Revit), graphics communication techniques, and problem-solving skills.

Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended: Pre-calculus, Physics

Graduation Requirements: 

Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed eight-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

As part of the graduation requirements for Bachelor of Science in architectural technology, students must complete a portfolio according to the following guidelines:

  • The portfolio must contain a minimum of six (6) examples of creative academic work. These examples should demonstrate achievements as a designer. A minimum of two (2) examples must be from studio class projects in the last two years of the program. A maximum of two (2) examples may be of non-graphic work (example - written work).
  • Each example will be accompanied by a short description of the project and solution, and include the name of the class the project was produced for. If the item is part of a group effort, the specific role of the student should be included.
  • Completed portfolios must be submitted digitally in Patable Document Format (PDF) on a CD or as directed by the department chair.
  • Portfolios will be evaluated to determine whether they should be graded as "High Pass," "Pass," or "Fail." This assessment will appear on the student's permanent Alfred State transcript.
  • The completed portfolio must be submitted to the Department of Architecture and Design Office by April 1. This is an absolute deadline. Evaluation will be done on a yearly basis by faculty reviewers. All decisions are final.

Evaluation Criteria

Work in student portfolios should demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the philosophy of building design and problem solving skills, through original and thorough design thinking;
  • Ability to legibly communicate design ideas in graphic and written form;
  • A working knowledge of a variety of construction systems and materials and how they affect building design;
  • Competence in the use of graphic tools and techniques including freehand drawing, computer-aided drafting, physical models, and computer imaging.

Architectural Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
0443
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Description: 

360 Virtual TourThe AAS in architectural technology program offers a concentration of courses in architectural design and graphic communication as well as material in related areas such as structures, mechanical systems, professional practice, and construction technology.

Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry   
Recommended: Physics

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