Master of Architecture 4+2 Prerequisites

Masters of Architecture 4+2 Program Prerequisites:

In addition to the Masters of Architecture 4+3 Prerequisites, prior to starting this program at NewSchool, it is expected that an applicant has completed the following courses (or the equivalent at an outside institution) in accordance with NAAB accreditation requirements. For students that have not completed these courses prior to applying to NewSchool, the missing coursework will be added as required supplemental coursework to the student’s 4+2 degree requirements.

Materials & Methods I/II (AR721/AR72): These classes provides students with the fundamental knowledge of the properties and methods of construction for wood, steel, aluminum, iron, concrete, masonry, gypsum products, glass, and finishes available for the interior and exterior of buildings, and thermal and moisture protection materials. A detailed analysis of the methods of application of these materials is the main focus of these courses.

Statics (AR723): This course provides an introduction to the concept of static equilibrium and its role in structural design. The basic concepts of structural design, such as stresses, tension, comprehension, shear, and bending moment will be studied.

Structures I (AR725): Structural Systems & Principles - This course introduces the student to the overarching theory and practice of structural design as a system of elements (foundation, column, beam, slab, bearing wall, etc.) as they are deployed across the various building materials.

Structures II (AR726): Wood, Steel, & Concrete - This course focuses on the analysis of forces, stresses, and deflection as they relate to post, column, beam, joist, truss, and other aspects of conventional wood, steel, and concrete construction.

Structures III (AR727): Long-span, Seismic, & Emergent Trends – This course emphasizes both seismic and wind?load considerations, and explores the principles and primary design criteria for long?span structural systems. Additionally, the course exposes the student to emergent trends in non?conventional and sustainable structural design.

Representation I (AR741): This course focuses on both freehand drawing and mechanical drafting techniques as tools of exploring, evaluating, and understanding the built form and the larger urban environment, as well as cultivating and expressing the student’s own architectural ideas. These methods will introduce students to drawing as both a language and an analytical tool fundamental to seeing, thinking, understanding, and communicating.

Representation II (AR742): This course focuses on the integration of freehand and digital representational techniques and introduces the student to ideas of critical representation. The course gives emphasis to the speculative nature of drawings and their capacity to provoke the imagination and to communicate the “unseen” ideas and concepts present in both our minds and the environment. The development of keen analytical sensibilities, precision, and rigor in thought and expression is valued over the use of any single technique or software program.

History of Architecture: Neoclassic through 20th Century/History of Architecture, Early Christian through Baroque/History of Architecture, Pre-historic through Roman. (AR763/AR762/AR761): These courses cover architectural history from pre-historic through 20th century.