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Four Studio Track

College of Architecture and Planning


Curriculum Overview 


The Four Studio Track curriculum for the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program is divided into six major components, totaling 60 semester hours in residence at University of Colorado Denver:
  • Design Studios and Seminar 27 semester hours
  • Representational Studies required elective     3 semester hours
  • Historical/Cultural Studies required elective    3 semester hours
  • Technological studies required elective             3 semester hours
  • Professional studies  9 semester hours
  • Open Electives 15 semester hours

A wide array of electives in these areas allows you to tailor your graduate studies to your interests. Of 15 general elective semester hours, nine must be fulfilled with courses taken in the Architecture Department. Students may choose to take elective courses in the summer session. It is highly suggested that students use the summers to study abroad or participate in a professional internship. 

In order for a student to complete the course of study within the 60 semester hours (two years of study) a student must have completed the following courses with a grade of B or better: 
  • 4 design studios (five or six credits each)
  • 2-3 course sequence covering the history of architecture
  • 1 course introduction to the theory of architecture 
  • 2 course sequence on sustainable environmental control systems
  • 2 course sequence on structures addressing statics, material mechanics, structural analysis, and design of simple structural elements and systems

  • 2 course sequence on building materials and construction 
  • 1 course on architectural visualization and representation
  • 1 course on Building Information Modeling

Above courses not completed by the time the student enrolls in the program will be added onto the 60 semester hours and will need to be completed at the University of Colorado Denver prior to graduation. An official review of the student's previous course work will be conducted in the spring following admissions and will be sent to the student upon the receipt of the student’s intent to attend. 

For brief descriptions of courses, see the course catalog.

Course of Study


​​YEAR 1: FALL SEMESTER Semester hours 15
ARCH 5130 Design Studio III (Analytical) 6
ARCH 5430 Social Context of Design 3
Required or Open Elective 3
Required or Open Elective 3
YEAR 1: SPRING SEMESTER Semester hours 15
ARCH 5140 Design Studio IV (Analytical) 6
ARCH 5450 Sustainable Design Practices 3
​​Required or Open Elective 3
Required or Open Elective 3
YEAR 1: SUMMER SEMESTER (optional)
YEAR 2: FALL SEMESTER Semester hours 15
​​ARCH 6150 Design Studio V (Reflective) 6
ARCH 5410 Professional Practice 3
Required or Open Elective 3
Required or Open Elective 3
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YEAR 2: SPRING SEMESTER Semester hours 15
ARCH 6170 Design Studio VI (Reflective) 6
ARCH 6171 Integration Seminar 3
Required or Open Elective 3
Required or Open Elective 3
YEAR 2: SUMMER SEMESTER (optional)








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