Midlands Technical College and Clemson University have formally signed a transfer articulation agreement for architecture students.
Through the agreement, students in MTC’s new Associate in Arts with a Concentration in Architecture degree program can be accepted to transfer into Clemson’s Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program with advanced standing, according to a news release.
At MTC, students will learn the basics of design theory and be introduced to the discipline through courses on drafting and design, architectural history, and building materials. They will also take additional courses in humanities, math and science, fine arts, and communication.
The agreement was created to respond to predicted job growth rates for architects in South Carolina. Data analysts have indicated that growth rate for the profession in the state will be six percent through 2030 – twice the national average. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that each year there are about 9,100 openings for architects nationwide.
“This is an exciting and long-awaited development that allows students to pursue architectural careers while living in the Midlands,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames. “Students will save money and time and benefit from MTC’s smaller class sizes. It also will improve access for South Carolinians to seek professional licensure in such a prosperous and high-demand field.”
While this path is designed for students planning to earn a four-year degree at Clemson, the curriculum at MTC will prepare them for bachelor’s degrees in architecture at any four-year college or university.
“The Clemson University School of Architecture is excited to begin our partnership with Midlands Tech,” said James Stevens, director of the Clemson University School of Architecture and professor. “The agreement provides a new entry point for architecture students, ensuring our program is accessible to more students in the state.”