G. Vasquez de Velasco, Dean; M. Mounayar, Associate Dean
The College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) offers degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and development, historic preservation, and urban design. The architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning programs are fully accredited by their respective professional accrediting agencies. The professional degree in architecture is part of an accredited combined 4+2 program. Professional graduate degrees in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning are also available for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than design and planning.
Admission RequirementsAll entry-level students must complete a supplemental application process and secure admission into CAP’s Common First Year Program. Required courses in the first year provide a foundation in theories and skills pertinent to all three disciplines. Look on the Ball State admissions page for more information about the CAP supplemental admission process.
Pre-Declaration Students in good academic standing who wish to pursue a career in landscape architecture or urban planning and development and have completed a minimum of 30 college credit hours may be admitted directly into these two degree programs by means of a special “Pre-Declaration Entry” track. For more information, please contact the dean’s office.
Selecting a Major During their first year, CAP students have opportunities to meet with faculty and professional advisors to discuss career and curriculum options in all of the college’s degree programs.
After successful completion of the Common First-Year Program students will declare their interest in one of the majors offered by CAP (architecture, environmental design [architecture], landscape architecture, urban planning and development). However, each department has instituted an enrollment management plan. In the event that the number of students who declare an interest in one of the majors exceeds one of the departmental enrollment limits, students may not be able to enroll in their preferred major, and may be advised about other available degree programs of the college and the university. That is, admission into the second year at CAP is subject to departmental enrollment review.
CAP Common First Year Program CAP 101: Environmental Design and Planning 1 CAP 102: Environmental Design and Planning 2 CAP 161: Design Communications Media 1 CAP 162: Design Communications Media 2 ARCH 100, LA 100, PLAN 100: Intro to Professions (Each student must take all three.)
Note: All courses of the Common First Year Program must be completed prior to continuation into the second year.
COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING (CAP)
101 Environmental Design and Planning 1 (3) Basic problem solving related to abstract and historical and contemporary problems in environmental design. Elements of space, form, function, and human use as they affect the natural and built environments.
102 Environmental Design and Planning 2 (3) Basic problem solving related to abstract and historical and contemporary problems in environmental design. Elements of space, form, function, and human use as they affect the natural and built environments. Prerequisite: CAP 101.
161 Design Communications Media 1 (2) Methods for environmental design communications in a variety of media.
162 Design Communications Media 2 (2) Methods for environmental design communications in a variety of media. Prerequisite: CAP 161.
198 Introduction to Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning (3) A two-week workshop in environmental design and planning including lectures, field trips, and hands-on studio experience. Offered credit/no credit only. Open only to high school juniors enrolled in the College Summer Program.
200 Design Thinking (3) Introduction to the fundamental characteristics and practice of design thinking. Students will become aware, understand, and learn to use design methods to match people's needs with what is feasible and viable in a creative framework that challenges conventional problem-solving and/or decision-making strategies.
381 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design 1 (3) Introduction to two-dimensional computer-aided design using micro- and large computer CAD systems. Hardware and operating system concepts, drawing and editing commands. Emphasizes environmental design and planning applications. Prerequisite: permission of the dean of the College of Architecture and Planning.
382 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design 2 (3) A continuation of CAP 381 in a three-dimensional environment. Introduction to the drawing environment, view manipulation, projections, coordinate systems, and hidden line and hidden surface shading. Emphasizes environmental design and planning applications. Prerequisite: CAP 381; permission of the dean of the College of Architecture and Planning.
400 Community-Based Projects (1-3) Independent study in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and architecture, offered in conjunction with the college’s Community-Based Projects Program. A multidisciplinary approach to problem solving in collaboration with faculty and professional consultants. Prerequisite: permission of the Community-Based Projects coordinator. A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.
498 Special Projects in College of Architecture and Planning (3) Special projects in the College of Architecture and Planning undertaken by groups of students. Prerequisite: junior standing; permission of the project director. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
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