• Undergraduate Architecture
  • Undergraduate Environmental Design
  • Undergraduate Landscape Architecture
  • Undergraduate Urban Planning

First Year Studio Tracks

Three different tracks address the differing needs of first-year students and allow for the most efficient allocation of space in the various courses. By the end of the first year, all students are ready to enter the discipline of their choosing, and all three tracks feature the same instruction—just a different path.

Fall Studio Track
Students in this track begin their studies in the fall semester and may complete all required First-Year Program courses during the fall and spring semesters.

Spring Studio Track
In this track, students spend the fall semester meeting University Core Curriculum requirements and wait until the spring semester to begin the required design and design communications studio course sequences. This option allows a semester to adjust to college life before beginning the rigorous studio courses and gives students the chance to complete more of their University Core Curriculum courses in the first year. It does, however, require students to continue through the summer semester in order to complete the course sequences.

About a quarter of the positions in this track are left open until the end of the fall semester. That allows students who missed the application deadline or who were initially declined admission to the college, a second chance to apply and dive into the First-Year Program. Decisions on these reapplications are made once fall semester grades are posted.

Accelerated Studio Track
Ball State or transfer students who have already completed 48 hours of college study may apply for this special track. This is an intensive program in the summer that compresses the first-year professional course work into two five-week terms offered during the summer. CAP follows a summer semester schedule that is somewhat different from the university’s schedule.

Following are specific details about the course work required in each track, and look in the course catalog for even more specifics:

Fall Entry Track
Fall Semester
CAP101
CAP161
ARCH 100, LA 100, PLAN 100       


Environmental Design and Planning 1
Design Communications Media 1
Intro to Professions (2)
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
Total Credits
3
2
2/2
3
3
15
Spring Semester
CAP 102
CAP 162
ARCH 100, LA 100, PLAN 100


Environmental Design and Planning 2
Design Communications Media 2
Intro to Professions
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
Total Credits
3
2
2
3
3
2
15
Spring Entry Track  
Fall Semester
ARCH 100, LA 100, PLAN 100




Intro to Professions (2)
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
Total Credits
2/2
3
3
3
3
16
Spring Semester
CAP 101
CAP 161
ARCH 100, LA 100, PLAN 100         


Environmental Design and Planning
Design Communications Media 1
Intro to Professions
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum
Total Credits
3
2
2
3
3
2
15
Summer Semester
CAP 102
CAP 162
FCS 135 or FIN 101
Environmental Design and Planning 2 
Design Communications Media 2
Personal Finance Core Curriculum
Total Credits
3
2
1
6
Accelerated Entry Track*
Summer Semester

CAP 101
CAP 102
CAP 161
CAP 162
ARCH 100
LA 100
PLAN 100

 

Environmental Design and Planning 1
Environmental Design and Planning 2
Design Communications Media 1
Design Communications Media 2
Intro to Architecture
Intro to Landscape Architecture
Intro to Urban Planning
Total Credits
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
16

* Students must have completed a minimum of 48 hours of college study prior to entry into the accelerated track.

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