Doctor of Design
“The Doctor of Design at FIU is a revolutionary new format for architectural education, that is designed to produce a generation of architects with doctoral degrees to meet the challenges facing the profession and discipline.” – Neil Leach PhD, Director of Doctor of Design Program
The FIU Doctor of Design (DDes) prepares students to reach the highest levels of the profession and academia and to contribute to the greater body of design knowledge through scholarship, research, and innovation. As a post-professional degree, the Doctor of Design provides specialized credentials for advanced professional and academic applied research.
The FIU Doctor of Design (DDes) is a 2-year minimal residency program that prepares students to reach the highest levels of the profession and academia and to contribute to the greater body of design knowledge through scholarship, research, and innovation. As a post-professional degree, the Doctor of Design provides specialized credentials for advanced professional and academic applied research.
Please note that for Spring Semester 2021 students may opt to take their courses 100% online.
Doctor of Design- 60 credits
(Not eligible for accreditation by NAAB)
The Doctor of Design is a 60-credit post-professional degree program that prepares students for the highest levels of the profession and academia and to contribute to the greater body of design knowledge through scholarship, research, and innovation. The Doctor of Design is designated as CIP 4.0902, Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology. This entitles students to apply for up to 3 years employment in the States under the OPT system: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stem-opt-hub/eligible-cip-codes-for-the-stem-opt-extension This program focuses on the application of the latest computer tools to the design, visualization, and fabrication of the built environment.
The Doctor of Design Program is seeking highly motivated and independent applicants with a record of scholarly, academic and/or professional work. Each applicant will need to submit a preliminary statement of research interest as part of their application.
Application to the Doctor of Design begins with an online application to the University Graduate School at http://gradschool.fiu.edu. Successful candidatesmust have an exceptional academic record and an earned minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.25 in a Master of Architecture degree from accredited program or equivalent professional architectural degree or other advanced degrees subject to program approval. The GRE exam is not required. Please review the Graduate School website, as well as, the link below for assistance with this portion of the process. GRADUATE CHECKLIST
International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5. A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL®(equivalent to 550 on the TOEFL®) is required. FIU’s English Language Institute (ELI) students who are seeking admission to FIU may receive a TOEFL® exemption if they complete all of the six courses of ELI’s Intensive English Program level with a passing grade.
A minimal score of 105 on the Duolingo English Language Test is a convenient alternative to the above options. This test may be conducted entirely online, and requires no appointment.
Furthermore, applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English are deemed to fulfill the English language requirement for international students.
Portfolios MUST contain:
- Examples of original scholarly and/or professional work.
- A two-page (maximum) statement describing the candidate’s proposal of research interest.
- A copy of the candidate’sMaster of Architecture degree from an accredited program or equivalent professional architectural degree transcript.
- Portfolios shall include published articles. Those who have not published should supply two samples of academic writing.
Formatting Submission Guidelines for Uploading:
- PDF File Size: Minimum of 500 KB / Maximum 5 MB.
- Image File Format: JPEG (JPG), 72dpi.
- Convert images to color profiles RGB.
- Do not submit slideshows, PowerPoint presentations, animations, movies, audio with images or embed images into Microsoft Word.
Letters of recommendations:
Submit three letters of recommendation to the Architecture Program Chair from faculty members or supervisors qualified to evaluate the applicant’s potential for doctoral work.
The deadline for complete admissions material is October 1, 2020
Submit portfolio and letters of recommendation to: Get Acceptd
Tuition and Fees:
The degree will be conferred when the following conditions are met:
- Completion of the 60- credit curriculum.
- Recommendation of the Doctoral Project faculty advisor and committee.
- Certification provided by the Department Chair, College Dean, and University Graduate School that all degree requirements have been met.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) ≥ 3.0.
- No grade below a “C” will be accepted for graduation in all courses.
Taken as part of Master of Architecture Degree: 15 Credits
Semester 1: Spring (12 Credits)
ARC 6229 Theories of the Digital, 3 Credits
ARC 6761 Miami Urban Studies, 3 Credits
ARC 6906 Independent Study, 3 Credits
ARC 7981 Advanced Research Methods, 3 Credits
Semester 2: Fall (12 Credits)
ARC 6184 Advanced Studies in Technology, 3 Credits
ARC 6204 Architectural Philosophy, 3 Credits
ARC 7980 Doctoral Project, 3 Credits
ARC 6906 Independent Study, 3 Credits
Semester 3: Spring (9 Credits)
ARC 7980 Doctoral Project, 9 Credits
Semester 4: Fall (12 Credits)
ARC 7980 Doctoral Project, 9 Credits
ARC 7XXX Doctoral Defense, 3 Credits
Total credits: 60 Credits
ARC 6184 Advances Studies in Technology (3). This course explores the role of emerging technologies including robotics, digital fabrication, sensing, and advanced visualization tools for innovation in design and architectural production.
ARC 6204 Architectural Philosophy (3). This course explores how ideas from contemporary continental philosophy and other related fields might inform a discourse about architecture and urbanism. Prerequisite: ARC 6229
ARC 6229 Theories of the Digital (3). This course explores theories of the digital. The aim is to develop a theoretical framework to understand the impact of the digital on architectural design, fabrication and urban life.
ARC 6761 Miami Urban Studies (3). Studies concerning the social, political, economic and environmental of Urbanism in Southern Florida in general and Miami in particular.
ARC 6906 Independent Study (1-6). Coursework on a particular aspect of Architecture under the direction of faculty in an individual study format. Prerequisite: Program approval.
ARC 7980 Doctoral Project (3-9). Coursework under the direction of faculty for the completion of the Doctoral Project by a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Design.
ARC 7981 Advanced Research Methods (3). Advanced methods of data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation used in architectural research.
ARC 7XXX Doctoral Defense (3). The formal defense of the Doctoral Project.
The College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts has a team of dedicated academic advisors, readily available to provide guidance with course selection and keep you on track for an on-time graduation. To make an appointment with an academic advisor, call (305)-348-7500.
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