BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE CURRICULAR MILESTONES
Milestones are competency verifications that help ensure that students are acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be certified for the accredited degree.
The Bachelor of Architecture program has two milestones, the first situated between Foundation (year 1) and Core studies (years 2 through 4); the second between Core and Application studies (years 4 and 5).
Admission from Foundation to the Professional Phase is done via Milestone 1, which certifies architectural aptitude. It comprises a portfolio review and grade calculation. Up to 90 qualified students are advanced each school year.
The weighted criteria for Milestone 1 are:
- Portfolio—25%: A portfolio of work from the Foundation studios, submitted at the completion of ARC 102.
- GPA—15%: The student's University of Arizona cumulative GPA.
- Studio grades—45%: The average of ARC 101a/b and ARC 102.
- History + Theory Grade—15%: As part of ARC 101a/b students are introduced to concepts, themes, precedents, and movements throughout architectural history. Students attend weekly lectures, produce journals and complete essays. The average grade from these assignments (including attendance) is then averaged with a History + Theory writing sample from the portfolio to constitute this part of the Milestone 1 score.
Advancement into the Professional Phase is made as soon as grades are available, typically end of May for students who began in the Fall and early August for students who began in the Spring. Summer students can only be evaluated only after the formal receipt of grades.
A "Notification of Acceptance" form will be sent to students who pass Milestone 1. It must be returned to the School of Architecture by the deadline to insure acceptance into the Professional Phase.
Passage into the final three semesters of the Bachelor of Architecture, the Application stage, is done via Milestone 2, a mandatory review of progress toward the accredited degree. Based on a portfolio review covering the Core stage (second through forth year), this Milestone verifies that students have competency in each curricular area of the degree: Studio, History+Theory, Design Communications, Technology, and Practice.
Milestone 2.0 asks students to reflect on their progress by considering individual strengths and weaknesses while speculating on a career trajectory. The Milestone 2 Portfolio is started in the second year and is regularly updated until it is evaluated in the middle of the fourth year.
The essence of Milestone 2.0 is synthesis: students demonstrate how they integrate what they have learned in their multiple courses. Milestone 2 is not a re-grading of past coursework, it is the construction of a case, using an assemblage of evidence from Core courses and studios, that demonstrates the student’s acquisition of skills and knowledge. This Milestone is a recognition of preparedness for the complex studies undertaken in the final semesters. e.
Milestone 2 Portfolio
The Milestone 2 Portfolio is prepared with a template designed to facilitate fair and consistent evaluation while giving students a basis for a professional portfolio.
The portfolio review is anonymous: prior to submission, students are assigned a random three-digit number that remains confidential from the Milestone Jury Chair. This number is the only identifying marker in the portfolio. While the composition of the Milestone Jury will include faculty members familiar with some of the student work, it is the charge of this Jury to review the work in an impartial and objective manner; at no time will student names be used in referring to the work.
Milestone 2 results in one of five potential trajectories:
- Advance: Portfolios judged to demonstrate competency result in advancement to the Applications stage.
- Re-presentation: If the jury believes that evident deficiencies were the result of an inadequate portfolio, a student may be given one opportunity to revise and resubmit.
- Directed Learning: If the work is found to be generally competent but significantly weak in a few areas, the student advances to the Applications stage with directed curricular options.
- Core Skill Strengthening: If the work is deemed to be more substantially deficient, the student will be assigned specific goals for improvement and will be required to take coursework in the relevant areas, regardless of grades in previous courses.
- Core Skill Fundamentals: If the work indicates general unpreparedness to transition to Application studies, the student will be required to re-enter the Core curriculum at a specific point and begin anew, regardless of previous grades.