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2021-2022 Transfer Advising Guides [Archived Catalog]

Interior Design - AA to BS - The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) 2021-2022

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Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AA degree

The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 69 college-level hours, of which 64 will transfer and apply as EDUC 1300, 1 SCH of ARCH 1304 and 1 SCH of ARCH 1308 will transfer but will NOT be applicable towards the UTSA baccalaureate degree in Interior Design.

Note: UTSA Accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree. Students must complete the specified number of advanced credits and credits in residence for their degrees.

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is degree complete and field of study complete, but NOT core complete.

UTSA Distinguished Transfer Scholarship

Fall and spring transfer applicants who are transferring 24-66 credit hours and get admitted to UTSA by the Distinguished Transfer Scholarship priority deadline will be given automatic consideration for this scholarship valued up to $6,000* for up to two years or four semesters if renewal eligibility is maintained. The value is awarded on a competitive basis.

This scholarship is competitive so out-of-state and international students can receive a Competitive Scholarship Waiver and pay in-state tuition for every year they hold a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000.

*while funding is available

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone Course(s).

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Gateway Course(s)

### denotes Gateway Course(s)

Students pursuing this degree at UTSA must successfully complete each of the Gateway Courses with a grade of “C” or better in no more than two attempts.  A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution (including any colleges of the Alamo Colleges District), will not be allowed to select this major at UTSA.

Field of Study Curriculum for Architecture

§ denotes THECB Field of Study Curriculum Course

The field of study curriculum for Architecture consists of 36 lower-division semester credit hours.  The courses provide students the foundation and fundamental concepts in the field of Architecture.  Students will obtain knowledge and skills necessary to further their education at the university level.

Special Admission Requirements for UTSA Architecture

Admission Criteria for Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer from another institution into either of the two undergraduate degree programs (Architecture or Interior Design) in the Department of Architecture are required to submit an application package that includes their cumulative grade point average, and a letter of interest.

Transfer students with less than 30 transferable semester credit hours must:

  • meet all UTSA undergraduate transfer admission requirements, and
  • have a minimum transfer grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Transfer students with 30 or more transferable semester credit hours must:

  • meet all UTSA undergraduate transfer admission requirements,
  • have a minimum transfer GPA of 3.0, and
  • go through a portfolio review.

Students with architecture or interior design coursework are required to submit a portfolio of studio work (bound, maximum size 8.5 inches by 11 inches) until April 15th that will be used for studio placement. Students wishing to apply for transfer course substitutions will be required to submit course syllabi for those courses for Departmental review. Application packages and portfolios should be sent directly to the Department of Architecture. Transfer applicants placed into the first year will be required to complete the Foundation Year Program and apply for either the Architecture or Interior Design major as described below.

Freshmen students who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be part of “Exploratory Studies” where students will be able to work towards meeting the prerequisites needed to declare Architecture or Interior Design as their major.

Transfer students who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be placed in Multidisciplinary Studies where students will be able to work towards a bachelor’s degree.

Additional UTSA Advising Notes

Things to do and remember upon Admission to UTSA:

  • Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to UTSA, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at
  • Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the UTSA requirements for this degree plan from the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at
  • Information on Gateway Courses can be found at
  • Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at UTSA as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.

Using this Transfer Advising Guide with UTSA

This Transfer Advising Guide represents UTSA’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to UTSA. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.

The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review UTSA’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are UTSA’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon The University of Texas at San Antonio’s 2020-2022 catalog and is subject to change.

The Alamo Colleges District Advising

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.

Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.

For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.

Release Date:

Released on August 9, 2021

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