The mission of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is to understand, through acts of creation, design, construction, and analysis, the forces that give meaning and value to the built environments that shape our lives.
Our highly ranked and competitive undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught by internationally known faculty who care about student success. Through our four schools and the multi-college Program in Real Estate, we offer 11 undergraduate majors, 7 minors, and 13 graduate degree programs. [ Click Here for more information ]
With degree programs that are regularly ranked among the best in the country, the School of Architecture + Design provides design education from bachelor’s through PhD. We offer Architecture and Landscape Architecture graduate degree programs through the Blacksburg, Virginia, Campus as well as our Old Town Alexandria location, the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. We offer bachelor’s degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and interior design in Blacksburg.
The Myers-Lawson School of Construction encompasses programs from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate construction-related degrees that come together and allow for exchange and communication across college, department, and program boundaries to prepare graduates for careers in the construction industry. The school is the administrative home to Construction Engineering and Management, Building Construction, the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program and is closely tied to the Program in Real Estate, which spans six colleges.
The School of Public and International Affairs is preparing students to model the practice of good governance that we expect of government, to offer insight and support for the most pressing policy questions of our time, and to be a voice for public service and the importance of research and knowledge in the policy-making process.
The School of Visual Arts offers an expansive undergraduate and graduate education in fine art, art history, creative technologies, and graphic design. Our programs enable students to combine technical expertise with critical and creative inquiry. The Studio Art and Graphic Design BFA programs offer an inclusive approach to educating artists and designers, implementing new and established technologies that are uniquely available at Virginia Tech. Our Art History BA educates students to place visual culture in its broader historical context. At the graduate degree level, we offer an MFA in Creative Technologies and a cross-departmental MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities.
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In the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, international experiences are a part of daily life. Our faculty and students hail from more than 30 countries around the world and bring their experiences and perspectives into the classrooms. Faculty research and outreach projects also extend far beyond the borders of the United States, embodying Virginia Tech’s global Land Grant mission.
The college has a long-standing tradition of encouraging students to become global citizens. International opportunities in the college include active student exchanges, outreach, and education abroad, as well as individual trips. In fact, 62% of undergraduate students from our college travel abroad — the highest percentage at Virginia Tech! [ Click Here for more information ]