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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to the Architecture major will require successful portfolio review in addition to fulfillment of the standard University admissions requirements.

 

Prospective applicants are welcome to email the department or call (413) 577-0943 for information about the program and building tours.


Freshman Admissions

High school seniors with exceptional visual arts backgrounds can apply directly to the Architecture major when they apply for admission to the University, subject to portfolio review.

 

Application Deadlines

  • Early Action Deadline: November 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

How to apply to the Department of Architecture:

Apply to the University of Massachusetts Amherst as directed on the university website: Undergraduate Admissions.

  1. Indicate a plan to declare Architecture as your major.
  2. Submit a portfolio and statement via the Common Application as directed.

 


Transfer Admissions

Application Deadlines for all transfer students

  • For Fall Registration: apply by April 15
  • For Spring Registration: apply by October 1
 

Massachusetts Public Community College MassTransfer Students:

Please refer to the UMass Amherst MassTransfer web page. You may also consult with your community college transfer advisor or contact a transfer counselor in the UMass Amherst Admissions Office at mail@admissions.umass.edu or (413) 545-0222.

MassTransfer / Community College must also submit a portfolio directly to the Architecture Department.

 

Click here to access our online portfolio submission platform.

 

Current UMass Students:

Current UMass Amherst students in other majors (or undeclared/exploratory status) can apply directly to the Architecture major while taking foundations level studios and art history survey courses, subject to portfolio review. Due to the requirements of the program, current UMass students must apply during their first year at UMass.

 

Click here to access our online portfolio submission platform.

 

External Transfer Students:

External transfer students with strong visual arts backgrounds can apply directly to the major when applying to the University, subject to portfolio review.

 

Apply to the University of Massachusetts Amherst as directed on the university website: Undergraduate Admissions.

  1. Indicate a plan to declare Architecture as your major.
  2. Submit a portfolio, statement, and transcript via the Common Application as directed.

 


Portfolio

A portfolio of 12 – 15 pieces should represent your best artwork, and it should also demonstrate independent thought and the diversity of your experience in visual arts.  Your portfolio can include finished pieces and work in progress and can include that you have made in art class, during a summer exploration program, or on your own.

 


Portfolio Content

Statement

Your portfolio should include a statement that speaks about your interest in architecture and your aspirations.

Images

Drawings:  The portfolio should emphasize works from real-life observation such as still life, figure drawings, portraits/ self-portraits, and landscapes.

Other media:  In addition to observational drawings, the portfolio may include a limited number of works in other media such as painting, 2-D and 3-D designs, photography, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, architectural designs and models, stage designs, fashion or costume designs or any other visual media that demonstrate your interest and aptitude in creative and graphic work.


Portfolio Presentation

The Architecture Department accepts only digital portfolios.  High school seniors and external transfer students applying via the Common Application will submit statement and images as part of the Common Application process.  On campus transfer students and MassTransfer students will submit their statement via our portfolio submission link.

Submit only high quality digital images (JPEG and PDF).  Name each image using your last name and the numerical order in which you intend the work to be viewed (example: Smith_1.jpg, Smith_2.jpg, etc.). Be prepared to provide the following information for each image:

  • Title
  • Dimensions
  • Media
  • Date created
  • Whether it was done on your own or in class
  • Any additional information that may provide context for the artwork