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New Architecture Degree Program Offered At IU
Updated March 14, 2017 7:13 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMINGTON) - A new Master of Architecture degree program based in the Indiana University Bloomington School of Art and Design was approved Thursday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The new program, which is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018, will focus on Columbus, a Hoosier city internationally recognized for architecture. Some courses also will be offered on the Bloomington campus.

The American Institute of Architects rates Columbus as the sixth most architecturally significant city in the United States, according to a news release from IU.

"The addition of the new Master of Architecture degree program, together with the new program in intelligent systems engineering, will contribute enormously to IU's efforts to create and sustain a culture of 'building and making' on our Bloomington campus," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie in the release. "We view this culture as being essential and transformative for IU, enabling us to maximize the university's potential for developing its inventions and innovations for the economic benefit of all Hoosiers. At the same time, architecture is a superb complement to IU's outstanding strengths in the arts and humanities."

The degree will be developed in collaboration with the Columbus community, according to the release. Twenty students are expected to be in the first class.

The university already has a presence in Columbus, with the IU Center for Art and Design Columbus, which opened in 2011.

IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel called the new degree "a brilliant step for our state and our School of Art and Design."

The program will be distinct from architectural programs in place at Ball State University, the release said, adding that Ball State and IU will collaborate in the discipline in the future.

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