Architect at drawing board

Architecture (AA)

Build your career from the ground up.

From towering skyscrapers to one-story ranch homes, architects plan and design structures of all shapes and sizes.

ACU’s Associate of Arts degree in architecture prepares you with essential design problem-solving techniques and skills, and explores how the technical and aesthetic aspects of architectural design affect a diversity of populations in a variety of contexts.

After earning the A.A., you may wish to complete your architectural training at another university or complete a bachelor’s at ACU in a related major such as interior design, engineering physics or three-dimensional studio art. Most graduate-level architecture programs will require some leveling work prior to acceptance.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 35 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 34 credit hours
+ Electives: 0 credit hours
= Total Required: 69 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 1
Department Art and Design
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Design Drawing
  • History of Architecture & Design
  • Digital Design Communication
  • Construction I: Materials & Methods
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  • Pre-Architecture

What can you do after graduation?

  • Architect
  • Building Surveyor
  • Structural Engineer
  • City Planner
  • Interior Designer
  • Drafter
  • Landscape Architect
  • Civil Engineer
Architect at work
Professor with students

Clubs and Activities

By design, much of what art and design students do in the classroom is hands-on. Other real-world opportunities are found in student organizations and co-curriculars including:

  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Student exhibitions
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts

About the Department of Art and Design

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Our versatile faculty in the Department of Art and Design is made up of award-winning artists; we are leaders in our various disciplines and media, artists that actively produce and exhibit our creative work. As artists and educators, we believe that art has a unique power to change our world, to make it a more beautiful, generous, rich and open place.

Alice Pratt Brown Art Hall is home to spacious studios, computer labs, specialized classrooms and a woodshop. Advanced students have competitive access to private and shared studio space. The Hall is also home to the Clover Virginia Shore Art Gallery and a sculpture courtyard.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.