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The FCAS major is organized by faculty and staff at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College and facilitated by Five Colleges, Inc. Contact us for more information.

Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA  01002

Program Chairs:
Thom Long, Hampshire College
Naomi Darling, Mount Holyoke College
Gabriel Arboleda, Amherst College

Five College Staff Liaison:
Sue Dickman, FCI Interim Director for Academic Programs

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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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About the 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.

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The Major

The FCAS major is a liberal arts degree designed to provide students the essential foundations in architectural history, theory and studio design, but allows students to develop their own area of study with the broader discipline of architectural studies.

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The Five College program provides a wide array of creative resources for students. There are studios on all five campuses, digital fabrication maker spaces and advanced computer labs open to all students. As well, student have access to five full library collections and research materials, delivered to their home campus library.

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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.