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Yale School of Architecture Admissions Q&A

Yale School of Architecture Admissions Q&A


Hi, I’m Deborah Berke and I’m Dean of the
Yale School of Architecture. And I’m Sunil Bald I’m Associate Dean at the Yale
School of Architecture and Associate Professor at the School.
Max Wirsing, incoming M.Arch I student. And Shikha Thakali, incoming M.Arch I student. So we’re here today to answer some questions that you might have in terms
of thinking about applying to Yale and what Yale School of Architecture
is about and then some of the more nuts and bolts questions about the process of
applying so Max and Shikha will be asking some questions that they had when they
thought about applying to the school and and we’ll do our best to respond. So I
actually did not major in architecture in my undergraduate; can I still apply to the School of Architecture? Yes, in fact we
encourage people who didn’t major in architecture as undergrads to apply to
our program and we pride ourselves on the diversity of backgrounds that our
students come from. And then for those who did major in architecture what
program do they apply to? How how does that work? so the in we have two programs,
two M.Archs. One is the M.Arch I and the M.Arch II. The M.Arch I is geared towards
people with non professional degrees in architecture so if you have a BA in
Architecture as opposed to a BArch and it’s a three year program. And the M.Arch II is
a post professional degree program so people who do have a BArch, a
five-year professional degree from the United States or from another another
country. One question that we’ve been getting a lot lately is if you do have a
professional degree from another country but hope to practice in the United
States, we still encourage you to apply for the post professional program
as there are a number of countries that have a kind of reciprocal relationship
with NCARB, the professional certification agency in the United
States, that then allows that to count as a first professional degree. What
makes Yale School of Architecture different from the rest of the schools out there?
You make me smile. We’re great and but there are many good
schools of architecture. We’re small and we pride ourselves on the size of our
community because everybody here, every faculty member and every student in the
school gets to know each other and can rely on each other for support and
critique and advice. We are a small school within one of the world’s great
universities and that is another one of our strengths. You are free to take
courses anywhere in the university if you’re a student at the Yale School of
Architecture, so we have many distinguishing characteristics but those
I think are the two strongest and most important: our size and our presence here at Yale
Can you speak a little about the facilities and the resources that we would have
access to? Yeah I mean we have students who come here, they have a
lot of real estate for we’re you know every every student is given two desks
this is a sort of nitty gritty in terms of facilities. One is like a digital desk,
the other is a making desk and so that ends up being your home base but then
within the building too we have an incredible amount of sort of
digital facilities for making, fabrication, you know all the sort of
latest software, a great shop, and then there are even facilities that
are off-site in two different in the different parts of the university and
then we also now have space in West Campus, a kind of series of warehouses
where for what’s called the Yale Building Project we’re doing sort of
full-scale fabrication that then gets kind of built into final built
structures so the way that technology is woven into the curriculum
is really something that is encouraged and thought of and for students to
really kind of like get their hands dirty as they’re sort of expanding their
minds. Do you want to talk a little bit more about the Building Project and what
that is? You know the Building Project is a key part of our curriculum and one of
the things that sets Yale School of Architecture apart. We’ve been doing it
for 50 years now something I’m very proud of and our most recent iteration
on it is that students in the second semester of the first year together
design a building and then build it. We are in a five-year cooperative agreement
with Columbus House, a local homeless support agency and we are building small
houses to help address the homeless community needs here in New Haven. And
what about a thesis? Is that something that’s required in your final year
here? No, actually we do not have a thesis in the M.Arch I program. We do allow students
to do independent studies and in with the right preparation and the right
faculty support it is possible to do an independent studio and that’s certainly
possible to do independent course work with faculty support. And then in
terms of tailoring our education: is it possible to take coursework in other
departments: could I take a sculpture class, could I take a Gender Studies
class? Absolutely. Yale University is open to all students
at Yale University so whether it’s the Art School across the street or the
Music School down the block or the Drama School a lot of our students take
courses in the Drama School in set design but you can take Italian or
French or Gender Studies or American Studies, so any school and department at Yale
is open to you. And can you return that into a dual degree? How does that work? So we
have dual degrees, official dual degrees, with the School of Forestry and then we
also have a dual degree program with the School of Management and so both of
those are one applies to each school separately and is acceptanced to
each school separately. there’s no there’s and but they’re become
increasingly popular and you know through the years that I’ve been here
the number of students that choose dual degrees on both sides has really been
increasing. Is that something that I could then halfway through my
architecture degree opt into? Yes, thank you, yes. If you’re already here and you’ve decided
that you have a strong interest in getting a degree at the School of
Management or at F&ES, School of Forestry and Environmental Science you can apply
while you’re here and essentially the dual degree programs save you time and
therefore money and condense to get the amount of time it takes to get those
both of those degrees. What about the open house? When does that take place?How
many times a year? We have two open houses and actually a lot of these
questions will also be answered there and applicants we do really really
encourage you to come to the open houses for various reasons. We have
one in November, November 1will be this year and that is just a kind of a
great way to understand this program but then also even especially if you don’t
have a background in architecture to sort of understand a little bit more
what’s involved with an architectural education. Yeah it’s a great opportunity
to talk to students who are here, see our facilities, visit the campus, and museums
across the street. So I encourage you to come to open house. And if you can’t
make it in those two days are there other opportunities to school? Um yeah I
mean basically we we get visitors here all the time, just because of the
building that we’re in and we get them from all over the world but there is al
ways we especially on Mondays and Thursdays are the most active days and
so you’re able to kind of really wander through and because of the open nature
of the building as well and really get a sense of the classes that are going on
students are always, well you know, also always welcome questions from
prospective applicants as do the faculty so you can really just kind of
call ahead and make sure you know what might be the best time to come and then
just show up. So once I’ve decided I’m applying to Yale what is the process
like what is in terms of requirements? What do I need to make sure I have taken
care of? A studio course of some kind, freehand drawing, sketching, painting,
sculpture, architecture, all count as studio courses; ceramics, photography, and
film do not. We expect you to have taken two art or architectural history classes
as well. and yeah and also to have a bachelor’s
degree. Yes and so this is for the for the M.Arch I and especially for people
who might not have a background. Those that do have a background a lot
of this whole been covered in their undergraduate education and then for as
an M.Arch II applicant, you need to have a professional degree in architecture and
then with your application you will submit a portfolio there are other
things like sort of three letters of recommendation all this can be found on
the website as well as transcripts and so on but the portfolio is a digital
portfolio submission and can be a range of work
really just to sort of show who you are so if you don’t if you didn’t have an
architectural background we don’t necessarily, we want to just say if you
have a background in dance, for instance, or or visual arts, we’d like to see that
kind of visual sensibility or spatial sensibility or thinking sensibility
portrayed in the portfolio. We’re not looking for proficiency in doing architectural drawings.
We’re not looking at anybody’s drafting skills now so don’t whether you studied
architecture or not don’t worry about having to show us that you can draft or
use AutoCAD or Rhino or any that we’re not looking for that. We’re really
looking to understand you as a creative person and how you can best convey that
to us. So those, that portfolio will be submitted as a digital file PDF and so
and all this gets kind of uploaded on to the school system and you know you you
know there’s a link on the website which then allows you to register your own
kind of profile or file and then be continually sort of updated until the
application deadline. Do you have a minimum like GPA or GRE scores that you’re
looking for? No we have with things like say GPA and and to some
extent GRE although sort of recommended scores for the GRE is to have
like a 160 verbal, 148 quantitative, and a 4.0 in writing but still we really look
at the whole package together and this also goes for GPA as well so we it’s the
application process in architectural school is a very qualitative one it’s
it’s it errs on that side rather than the quantitative. The one quantitative
sort of score that score that really counts is for international
students that the TOEFL score needs to be 100 or more with a speaking score of
26 because partly because which is I think higher than most of our our
competitors because we just really value discourse at the school and that
students should be able to engage in the discipline not just through design but
also through thinking and theory, history, exactly. I’m actually an
international student but I did my undergraduate here in the United States
so do I still need to take the TOEFL? No if you have a if you have a degree from
an American university you do not need to take the TOEFL, or at any University where
English is the language of instruction. So if I’m coming from another
school and I want to transfer credits is that a possibility and how does that
work? You cannot transfer credits but you can when you get here you can use
the experience that you’ve had as an undergraduate or courses that you’ve
taken as an undergraduate to waive out of required courses that are here it also
on that note this question of advanced standing comes up often and so Yale
doesn’t offer advanced standing in our M.Arch I program so all students go
through the full three years the full four semester core studio curriculum as
well as two advance Studios. Financial aid—it’s a
big factor when deciding on schools so what kind of financial aid do you have
available? Is that available for international students like me as well?
Our financial aid is available to all applicants whatever their country
of origin and we offer as much aid as we possibly can in a combination based on
financial need and merit and I would encourage if you are applying to apply
for financial aid early in the application process, don’t wait to hear
if you’ve been accepted or not before applying. We accept need-blind that’s
really important but the faster you can get our paperwork your paperwork to us
the faster we can review your application. Once I accept and come here
are there work opportunities? We have broad teaching fellowship
and teaching assistantship opportunities within the school as well as additional
opportunities paid work in the summer after the Building Project. There are
fellowships for that and other fellowships available on campus but most
important is the ability for students to earn money through TA + TF positions.
There are a couple of important dates everybody should know about. The
application deadline is January 2nd at midnight, the financial aid paperwork is
required by February 1st but if you get it in earlier that’s great, and we will
let you know on or about March 15th whether you’ve gotten in or not.

1 comment found

  1. thankyou so much !! i really want to apply for m.arch ll i would really like to know the masters degrees available asin for landscape or city planning or restoration where can i ge t that information??

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