FIVE COLLEGE ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES

One Major. Five Campuses. Infinite Possibilities

The Five College Architectural Studies program is unlike any other. Students receive the experience of a small liberal arts college, yet have access to hundreds of courses and dozens of professors on five campuses. The breadth of courses, programming and resources for students is unprecedented amongst the nation's liberal arts programs.

Research

A broad and historic understanding of the built environment is critical. In the FCAS program, students can explore a wide range of research projects and focuses.

Experiment

Experimentation and risk-taking are essential to the creative process and are encouraged and fostered here.

Create

Bringing designs to life on paper is great, but realizing them in the world is even better. FCAS has a range of design-build projects each year to become a part of.

The FCAS Program

The FCAS program engages in myriad of questions about architecture and design. It encourages students to define and engage with the aspects of history, theory and design that they find most compelling. The program provides the essential concrete foundations, but an open-ended curriculum.

Student Success

This year alone, our graduates have earned spots in the top graduate programs in the country including the Harvard GSD, Columbia University GSAPP, Princeton Graduate Schools of Architecture and Yale Graduate Schools of Architecture. Check back soon to see our Student's Stories page to learn more.

How to Apply

The FCAS major is offered at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College. Students interested in this unique program must apply to one or more of these schools. 

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A Unique Program

In the FCAS program, students are welcome and encouraged to take courses in history, theory, sustainable technology and architectural studios at all Five College campuses--Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In this program, students take a core suite of foundation courses and are free to explore architecture and the built environment in their own unique curriculum.

Find out what makes the FCAS program so unique

Applying to the Program

The FCAS major is offered at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College. Students interested in this unique program must apply to one or more of these schools. The application details can be found below.

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The Five College Architectural Studies program is an interdisciplinary course of study that bridges five campuses and is available to students currently enrolled in Hampshire College, Amherst College or Mount Holyoke College.