MS.Arch Design-Build Program

TSOA’s Master of Science (MS.Arch) in Design-Build is a new 1.5-year (3-semester) post-professional MS.Arch program that engages the School’s unique approach to hands-on learning and material experimentation, situated within our stunning campuses at Arcosanti and Cosanti. The program offers a 36 credit-hour, post-professional degree that is open to all students holding a professional degree in architecture, such as a B.Arch, M.Arch or equivalent degree. The curriculum incorporates new courses and studios specific to the MS.Arch track, along with shared courses between the two programs (MS.Arch and M.Arch) with an emphasis on construction knowledge, sustainability in the built environment, architectural fabrication and a research driven approach to material experimentation. Central to the MS.Arch program is a design-build studio project at a collective scale.

In the first semester (Fall), students engage in studio work that focuses on fabrication at the scale of a temporary prototype or installation around a chosen public program, complemented by a workshop course in material experimentation. Non-studio coursework includes an advanced design technology seminar and two electives.

In the second semester (Spring), students work collectively on a temporary public design-build project. An interdisciplinary elective course that develops programming for the design-build project runs concurrently with the build. Non-studio coursework includes an advanced design technology seminar and an elective.

Students oversee the operations and programming of their Spring built structure through the end of the final summer semester as a 2-credit course.Students may take an additional two electives during the summer.

Please contact Admissions for more information: admissions@tsoa.edu or 480-750-4475.

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TSOA MS.Arch Curriculum

 

Year 1

 

Fall
Credits
Design-Build – Prototype
6
Workshop – New Materials
2
ARC-631: Communicate Design 3
2
Elective
2
Elective
2
Fall Total
14

 

 

Spring
Credits
Design-Build – Construct
6
Workshop – Interdisciplinary
3
ARC-632: Communicate Design 4
2
Elective
2

 

 

Spring Total
13

 

 

Summer
Credits
Experimental Studio / Internship
5
Elective
2
Elective
2
Summer Total
9

 

 

Year 1 Total
36