Study tours are an integral component of the curriculum in the School of Design + Construction. It is important that students in the design and construction professions be able to visit and experience the places, ideas and cultures that are presented in the classroom.
INTEGRATED STUDY TOURS
SDC 444: is a collaborative tour among all four disciplines and is required in the fall semester of the fourth year for architecture and landscape architecture students. For interior design students it is required in the fall semester of the third year. Construction management students in their fourth year may participate as an elective. Students are charged a study tour course fee commensurate with the cost of airfare, lodging, transportation, and site admission fees (approx. $900-$1500). Meals are the responsibility of each student. This tour will typically be to the Eastern part of the US (i.e. Chicago).
Please note: SDC 444 is a new course and will be phased in over the next few years as new students certify into the program. Students certified under a catalog prior to Fall 2013 will register and pay for the integrated study tour under Arch 401 and I_D 477 until SDC 444 is fully implemented.
ARCH 511: is an international study tour required for all Master of Architecture graduate students enrolled in Architecture 511. Graduate students in interior design and landscape architecture are invited to participate as an elective. A large portion of travel expenses are covered by a course fee. Alumni donations to the SDC also contribute. Destinations differ from year to year. Previous tours have visited Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Tokyo, Portugal and Paris.
Please note: SDC 555 (Integrated Design Graduate Study Tour) is a new course currently under review. If approved, it will be required for all graduate students and will have a course fee (approx. $2500) to cover travel expenses.
ARCHITECTURE THIRD YEAR STUDY TOUR
ARCH 309: is required in the fall semester of the third year of the architecture program in conjunction with enrollment in Arch 309. Students are charged a study tour course fee commensurate with the cost of airfare, lodging, transportation, and site admission fees (approx $900-$1200). Meals are the responsibility of each student. Typically this study tour is focused on the West Coast of the US (i.e. San Francisco).
INTERIOR DESIGN SECOND YEAR STUDY TOUR
I_D 277: is required in the fall semester of the second year of study. Students typically visit firms and cities of the Northwest (Seattle, Portland) and the course fee ($450) covers the expense of travel to those destinations.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDY TOURS
Lnd_Arch 222: is required in the fall semester of the second year of study. Students typically visit firms and cities of the Northwest (Seattle, Portland) and the course fee ($400) covers the expense of travel to those destinations.
Students enrolled in Lnd_Arch 520 and Lnd_Arch 521 will travel to portions of the Northern Rocky Mountain regional landscape to study biophysical and cultural characteristics. The course fees ($350) cover travel expenses.
SEATTLE URBAN DESIGN STUDIO
Since 2008 a summer design studio has been offered in Seattle. Architecture students that enroll in this program receive credit for ARCH 301 during the summer. Program duration is six weeks. The studio is housed within one of the architecture firms in Seattle and is led by an SDC faculty member. Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students can participate in the studio as well and receive elective credit for the course.
Each year the SDC offers faculty-led opportunities for students to study overseas. Program lengths range from a few weeks in the summer to an entire semester. Interior design and landscape architecture students have the opportunity to spend their fall semester in the fourth year in Florence and can substitute study abroad credit for required or elective credit at WSU. Summer programs offer elective credit for students who participate. In the past, summer programs have been to Japan, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
DANISH INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM
During the spring semester of the fourth year students have the option of spending the semester in Copenhagen at the Danish International Studies. WSU has been sending students to this program for over 30 years. The program provides a comprehensive education with both studio and lecture courses as well study tours which are built into the program fees. More information can be found be visiting DIS at www.dis.dk.