Create. Innovate. Inspire.
Imagine a College that is as creative, innovative, and inspiring as Miami; one that utilizes the power of the arts and design to generate solutions to social problems. With more than 2,000 majors in seven academic departments-Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Art + Art History, Communication Arts, Music, and Theatre, The College of Architecture + The Arts is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate students an intimate and nurturing atmosphere. While pursuing your degree, you will grow culturally as well as academically in a College that successfully blends theory, practice, and experiential learning into an array of course offerings in design, communication, visual arts, and the performing arts. You will have the unique experience of interacting with your highly recruited peers and our award-winning faculty in the College’s state-of-the art facilities.
We are FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts, but our friends like to call us, “CARTA.” (Take the C from College, the AR from Architecture, and the TA from The Arts.) Our College was formed in 2006 with one central vision: to be at the forefront of teaching, research, and service in art, design, performance, and communication.
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Frequently Asked Questions From Applicants:
Who Are We?
Housed in seven academic units, students in the College of Architecture + The Arts(CARTA) pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture, Art, Art History, Communication Arts, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Music and Theatre. The College is defined by an intimate, nurturing and exhilarating atmosphere. Whichever unit and degree you chose, you will be part of a dedicated community of like-minded artists, designers, performers, and communicators united by their commitment to the creative spirit and the cultivation of the imagination
At the College of Architecture + The Arts, what you learn inside and outside the classroom empowers you to think, create and act differently; to make a difference within your community and in the world.
Who teaches our classes?
The talented teachers in the college are also productive scholars, researchers and creators themselves. As a student in the college, you will be taught by a remarkable team of distinguished scholars, designers, performers and artists. Globalization, changing social and cultural conditions, emerging environmental considerations, and new technologies present a mandate for innovation and engagement across all of the disciplines represented in our college. Our faculty embrace these challenges in the classroom and in their own work. They are local national, and global leaders in defining and advancing the design, performance and creative disciplines. They are global influencers in their chosen creative fields and are dedicated to advancing the cultural enterprise and improving human welfare through their research, and through their scholarly and creativity work.
How Do the Programs In the College Rank Nationally?
All of our programs are excellent in their own way. Just ask any of our current students to tell you how they have experienced that excellence. Recent program ranking surveys suggest that the quality of our programs is not a secret! Our architecture program ranked 11th in the nation in the 2013 Graduateprograms.com national rankings of all architecture programs, and our Interior Architecture program was ranked 4th in the South in the “2013 Design Intelligence” rankings of all interior architecture programs by region. In short, your educational experience and your degree’s reputation will be valued wherever your career may take you.
What Are Classes Like?
As any CARTA student will tell you, no two classes are alike. They can vary widely depending on the subject, and the level. Many of our classes are very small and some give you one-on-one opportunities to work directly with your professor. Large lecture classes, which include some of the most popular courses at FIU, may have smaller discussion sessions to supplement what students learn in lecture class.
Can I Study Abroad?
With Miami’s emergence as one of the great global capitals for arts and culture, our students love studying in Miami for obvious reasons. So why are CARTA students choosing to study abroad more frequently than ever before?
Some students study abroad to gain new perspectives, to learn a new language, or to gain a new perspective on their choice of a major or their chosen career. Regardless of their reasons, most CARTA students who return from a study-abroad experience say that it changed their lives and that it is among their most treasured memories of their educational experience. Study-abroad opportunities are available in all CARTA programs. regardless of your major. CARTA students can take advantage of a full spectrum of academic opportunities worldwide. We have offered programs lasting from two weeks up to a full year. Whether it’s a semester spent studying architecture in Italy, researching Shakespeare in England for the summer, or spending two weeks in Tokyo learning about cutting edge sustainability practices, you’re likely to find a program that interests you.