New accelerated program lays the foundations for future architects

The department of art and design launched an accelerated architecture program designed for qualified students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies and a Master of Architecture in only five years.

“First and foremost, architecture at Harding is going to prepare students for practice,” said Mike Steelman, program director. “Even though design and creativity are interwoven throughout every aspect of the program, Harding is going to make sure students leave here prepared to become licensed architects. We’ll do that through involvement in real-world scenarios, practical experience in internships and projects that are designed not only to stretch your creativity but also give you experience with practical projects.”

The first cohort began this fall. The foundation of the program is to develop architects with character, integrity and hearts for service who are grounded in technical capability and empowered to explore unlimited passion and creativity through the process of design. The program also includes a semester of study abroad following the third year, giving students an opportunity to experience cultural diversity and foundational architecture around the world.

Harding is currently pursuing accreditation through the National Architectural Accrediting Board for the Master of Architecture degree.

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