Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to attend the College of Architecture and Design?
Learn about our costs at our Costs + Financial Aid page.
Is a portfolio required for admission?
All applicants must submit a portfolio of personally produced graphic or visual work. The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate visual talent and abilities as well as to provide insight into the creative thought process of the applicant: Portfolio requirements
What classes should a prospective student take in high school to best prepare for majoring in Interior Design or Architecture?
High school students are encouraged to take physics and calculus. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses should take the national AP exam. Students are also strongly encouraged to take freehand drawing and/or art courses as a way to develop visual ability.
Extensive drafting, mechanical drawing or architecture courses based on drafting are not recommended.
I am a student currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and I would like to transfer into the College of Architecture and Design. What is the process for acceptance?
See our admissions page to learn more!
I am not a student at University of Tennessee Knoxville and would like to transfer into the program. I have a previous undergraduate degree, or I am a student at another University or Community College. What do I need to do?
Information about transferring into the college is here.
What is the studio culture policy?
The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee is an academic and professional community, committed to promoting an environment of respect and academic excellence. As educators and students, we share a dual responsibility and opportunity to provide and pursue the best education possible.
The term “studio” refers to a series of specific, uniquely structured courses as well as a physical place founded on an educational ideal: the belief in an environment that fosters critical thinking—the forming and testing of ideas. Read about the Studio Culture Policy.
What is the Design Learning Community?
The Design Community is a unique living arrangement for architecture and interior design students who have been admitted to the College of Architecture and Design. As a freshman on campus, the transition to a large university can be quite intimidating. The Design Community provides architecture and design students with a “home base” cluster of fellow classmates and the chance to embark on this new chapter of life together. Residents are enrolled together in core freshmen courses and introductory courses in their individual programs and share rooms in a residence hall.
How do I apply to live in the Design Community?
Interested students should:
▪ Complete your electronic housing contract you will receive at your UTK e-mail address after paying your enrollment confirmation fee;
▪ Select your housing/dining preferences and learning community choices; submit your contract
How do I schedule a College of Architecture and Design visit?
Campus visits are conducted on Monday and Friday each week in the College. Architecture visits are scheduled from 11:00am-12:00pm, and Interior Design visits are scheduled from 12:00-1:00pm. Students should plan visits around their UT campus tour. Prospective students and their families will meet with a faculty member who will also provide a tour of the Art & Architecture Building. To schedule a visit please call 865-974-3232 to learn about a major in architecture or interior design.
As a student, what are the material requirements?
These drawing materials require a substantial investment. (approx. $400). If you take care of these materials, you will have many years use out of them. In addition to the following materials, you will need to purchase paper, cardboard and model supplies as needed. Some of the larger pieces can be purchased used from other students- check the bulletin boards.
• wooden drawing board (32″ x 42″) with parallel bar and board cover. (purchase in Knoxville) • lock for board (cable lock – red , bicycle type) – do not get chain lock • combination lock or padlock • 30/60º triangle (12″ minimum) • 45º triangle (10 ” minimum) • architectural scale (triangular 12″ length) • engineering scale (triangular 12″ length) • lead holder with drafting leads (2H, H, HB) • lead pointer • erasers : vinyl (white), pink pearl (pink), kneaded eraser (gray) • wooden drawing pencils (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, F, carpenter’s) 121 set will work • various black felt tip pens – Sharpie, Pilot fine point, Pentel sign pen • pencil sharpener (small battery operated electric is best) • box colored pencils – prismacolor -(buy the largest you can afford) • small pocket knife (suggested) • erasing shield • drafting brush • drafting tape (dots or roll) • conte crayon – brown, black • retractable utility knife (with blades) • paper cutting scissors • spring clips (2 medium) • carrying case for equipment – (tackle box works quite well) • drawing tube • 18″ roll of yellow trash (tracing paper) • glue (white sobo and rubber cement) • 18″ – 24″ metal ruler with cork back • x-acto knife handle – number 1, 5″ length, aluminum • small “X-acto” aluminum miter box with saw • #11 knife blades (minimum pack of 5) • plastic or metal stick pins (box) – gray metal is best • set of drawing pens (rapidograph or mars statler – min. of 4 point sizes) • portfolio to store drawings (20″ x 26″ or larger) • clip on lamp and extension cord (optional) • certified eye protection for shop • sheet of gray board (chip board) 1/8″ thick min. • box of Band-Aids • cutting surface, 18″ x 24″ recommended
Note: This is a generic example of a supply list needed for the first semester design lab. Your instructor may have additional items for your specific class. You may purchase these items in advance or on the first day of class.
What do I bring to the first day of studio?
Bring yourself. Beyond that there is so much to do, see, and talk about on the first day that the recommendation is that you bring a pencil, pen, and sketchbook to class.