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Application Process

Because of the importance our program plays in northern New England, UMA/ARC has developed admissions requirements for a variety of new, transfer, and alumni students.

Admission to UMA’s B.Arch program is competitive with an emphasis on your Design Document Submission. For full consideration to the fall semester, interested students should submit ALL application materials at their earliest convenience.

First application due date is February 15th, but offers of admission will be considered as long as space remains in the program. Class size is limited to 20 per entering class.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Review the B.Arch Admission Criteria below to understand your specific application requirements.

Complete the UMA Application form.

Current UMA students should use the Change of Program Form.

UMA alumni applying for readmission should download the Readmission Application.

To download applications, you must have Adobes free Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

In addition to the UMA Application form, there are three essential items you’ll need to send to UMA:

Your official transcripts or your GED/HiSET test scores*

High School & GED/HiSET: If you have a copy of your transcripts or GED/HiSET scores, just attach them to your Application Form. Otherwise, call your high school or GED/HiSET Test Location and ask them to send transcript or scores directly to the address below.

College: Contact any colleges where you have taken courses and have them send an Official Transcript (no faxes or photocopies) directly to the address below.

Please Note: Some students are required to take academic placement testing prior to the admission review. Please refer to our Responsible Admission Policy.

*If you are a current student or alumni of UMA your transcripts are already on file.

Recommendation Forms

Download the Recommendation Forms (PDF). Two are required, at least one from a current or former teacher is preferred. Recommendations should speak to your potential for success in the BArch program.

Design Document Submission

As an applicant to UMA BArch, we want to understand who you are and how you see your world. We want to understand who YOU are, what YOU think about, and what YOU make.

We want to understand who you are as a creative person.

Your Design Document submission should demonstrate your capacity for spatial thinking, your commitment to craftsmanship, and your visual intelligence. It is perhaps the most important part of your application to architecture school.

This requirement can be met in one of two ways. Please submit one of the following:

The Portfolio
A portfolio of creative work may be submitted for admission to UMA’s Architecture Program. This is a personal statement about you, your visual training, interests, values, and aspirations. It is to your advantage to take the time to present yourself well.


The Artistic Review Challenge (ARC)
The ARC is a series of questions requiring a visual response. This submission is specially designed for those who don’t have material for a portfolio. Please understand there are no “right” answers – we truly want to see your creativity expressed in your submission. Please enjoy it and have fun!

Mail your complete portfolio to:
UMA Architecture Program – Design Document Submission
The University of Maine at Augusta, Handley Hall
331 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330

or if submitting electronically, send a single PDF file via email to:
Leo Labranche, Enrollment Specialist
(Please include the subject line, “UMA Architecture Portfolio Submission”)

Download Design Document Guidelines & Instructions here (PDF)

All application materials should be mailed to:

UMA Architecture Program – Application
The University of Maine at Augusta, Handley Hall
331 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330

Questions?  Please call us!  We are ready to help!

Eric Stark
Architecture Program Coordinator
(207) 621-3249


Note: Expenses are approximations. Actual costs will by course and curricular degree path.

Year 01 Year 02 Year 03 Year 04 Year 05 Cost for 5-year UMA BArch Degree
*Tuition, In-State
(for 15 credits/semester x 2 semesters = 30 credits)
$10,800.00 $10,800.00 $10,800.00 $10,800.00 $10,800.00
University Fees $1,027.50 $1,027.50 $1,027.50 $1,027.50 $1,027.50
Books (an average) $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00
General Supplies (an average) $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Specialized Supplies (an average) $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Computer Equipment / Laptop $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Computer Software (an average) $0.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Total per Year $12,227.50 $13,327.50 $12,327.50 $12,327.50 $12,327.50 $62,537.50
Year 01 Year 02 Year 03 Year 04 Year 05 Cost for 5-year UMA BArch Degree
*Tuition, Out-of-State
(for 15 credits/semester x 2 semesters = 30 credits)
$21,210.00 $21,210.00 $21,210.00 $21,210.00 $21,210.00
University Fees $1,027.50 $1,027.50 $1,027.50 $1,027.50 $1,027.50
Books $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00
General Supplies $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Specialized Supplies $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Computer Equipment / Laptop $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Computer Software $0.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Total per Year $22,637.50 $23,737.50 $22,737.50 $22,737.50 $22,737.50 $114,587.50

Studio Culture Policy

The goal of UMA Architecture is to have a stimulating studio culture that is accessible to its students. The cornerstone of studio is our downtown facility, Handley Hall. As our “space,” it is the uniting factor that brings us together in real time. The UMA design studio is governed by the three guiding principles of being Engaging, Supportive, and Productive.

Please follow this link to read our full Studio Culture Policy.

Sample Curriculum

UMA Degrees are flexible. Here is a sample of how you could complete your Architecture degree.

ARC 101 Intro to Architectural Design (4)
ARC 110 Intro to Architectural Presentation (3)
ART 115 Drawing I (3)
MAT 112
(or MAT 124, 125, 126)
College Algebra (3)
ARC 111/ARH 105 History of Art & Arc I (3)


ARC 102 Architectural Design I (4)
ARC 120 Intro to Digital Tools for Architecture (3)
ARC 241 Architectural Research & Analysis (3)
CIS 100 Introduction to Computing (3)
ARH 106 History of Art & Arc II (3)
ARC 203 Architectural Design II (4)
ARC 123 Philosophy of Architecture & Design THeory (3)
ARC 261 Computer Aided Design & Drafting (3)
COM 101 (or any 100 level Communications) Public Speaking (3)
ENG 101 College Writing (3)


ARC 204 Architectural Design III (4)
ARC 212 Building a Human World (3)
ARC 251 Sustainable Design Concepts (3)
ARC 350 Mechanical Systems in Architecture (3)
ENG 102W, or
ENG 317W
Intro to Literature (3), or
Professional Writing (3)
ARC 305 Architectural Design IV (4)
ARC 221 Concepts of Structures I (3)
ARC 231 Architectural Materials & Methods (3)
PHY 115 General Physics + Lab (3)


ARC 306 Architectural Design V (4)
ARC 262 Building Information Modeling (3)
ARC 332 Construction Techniques (3)
ARC 322 Structures II (3)
ART XXX Art Elective (3)
ARC 407 Architectural Design VI (4)
ARH 312 History of Modern Architecture (3)
ARC 421 Professional Practice (3)
ARC 417 Integrated Building Systems (3)


ARC 408 Architectural Design VII (4)
ARC 406 Arc Apprenticeship (1)
SOC XXX Social Science Elective (3)
ARC 489 Topics in Architecture (3)
ART XXX Art Elective (3)


ART 441 Arc Travel Experience (3)
ARC 509 Architectural Design VIII – Pre Thesis (4)
ARC 431 Architectural Theory (3)
ARC 361 Portfolio Development (1)
SOC XXX Social Science Elective (3)
GEN ELEC General Elective (3)
ARC 510 Architectural Design IX – Thesis (6)
ARC 489 Topics in Architecture (3)
GEN ELEC General Elective (3)

See the required courses »

Student Learning Outcomes

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (www.naab.org) has established Conditions of Student Performance to assure that graduates of professional architecture programs possess the minimum skills and knowledge necessary for completing the internship prior to professional licensure. Upon graduation, an UMA Bachelor of Architecture student will:

  • Graphics & Communication – Be able to utilize drawing, architectural drafting, model building skills and digital technology as tools in solving design problems, and be able to use these tools to foster visual and verbal communication.
  • Design Process – Be able to identify, formulate, effectively communicate and address the critical problems, limitations and issues involved in solving architectural design problems through knowledge of architectural history, theory, and practice.
  • Community & Culture – Be able to demonstrate through creative application an understanding of his or her role in the local and global community based in an exposure to a variety of ideas, cultures and climates.
  • Sustainability & Technology – Be able to integrate principles of sustainability and building systems in solving architectural design problems.
  • Professionalism – Be able to demonstrate an understanding of leadership and professional practice, and be prepared to contribute to the profession at an entry level.