University of Oregon
School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Areas of Study


The School of Architecture and Allied Arts offers degree programs in Eugene and Portland. There are currently three degree-granting programs at the White Stag Block. The Department of Architecture offers the master’s of architecture degree and the fifth year of study for undergraduate students enrolled in the bachelor of architecture degree program.  There are two bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) undergraduate degrees offered by the Department of Art Digital Arts Program and the Product Design Program.

These programs at the University of Oregon in Portland connect in multiple ways with the city and the metropolitan area through teaching, research, creative work, and service activities. Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for the University of Oregon and the school’s engaged and active students and faculty members. 


We welcome your interest in our programs. Please contact us for tours and to seek additional information. To apply for admission, please visit the department websites. Please note, students must apply to both the University of Oregon and to the major of interest. Special instructions for each application is available on the website or by contacting the department.

A&AA in Portland office
70 NW Couch Street  Floor 4R
Portland, OR 97209-4038

Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture in Portland focuses on the influence of urban design and planning on building design. The program builds on more than thirty years of teaching in the city, using Portland as a living laboratory for urban architecture. Students learn to design buildings as an integral part of the constructed and natural environmental systems that shape cities. The UO architecture program is ranked number one in the United States for sustainable design education in surveys of U.S. architectural firms published by Design Intelligence.

The program is primarily a graduate program that is also available to advanced undergraduate students. Our courses address architectural and urban design theory and history, building technology and sustainable design, digital design communication, and professional practice. We give our students the tools, approaches, and connections to build successful careers.  Students in the UO Department of Architecture in Portland actively engage with the city. Their creative design practice and research takes advantage of and contributes to Portland’s reputation as a unique urban center, a leader in green building, and a nexus of interdisciplinary creativity. We foster a supportive, yet rigorous, intellectual community, maintaining our student–centered program through a noncompetitive, individualized approach to learning.

To apply, visit the Department of Architecture website. Prospective students are invited to participate in the Department of Architecture Open House events to learn more about the the programs available in Eugene and Portland.

Applications for the graduate program are due the first Monday after January 1. Undergraduate applications are due January 15.

Portland Design Studio Gallery

Department of Art: Digital Arts

Digital Arts Students and Faculty

Students can earn an advanced degree in digital arts from the Department of Art while studying at the UO in Portland. The digital arts bachelor of fine arts (BFA) program is a yearlong professional degree for students holding a bachelor of art or bachelor of science degree in art, multimedia, or digital arts. The fifth–year program continues the program’s emphasis on creative thinking, experimentation, intense research, and visual communication delivery systems. Students learn how to combine an understanding of the theoretical discourses of new media and visual art with a strong technical sophistication, a rich sense of visual design, and an ability to articulate artistic research.

The UO Digital Arts Program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Northwest Commission on Colleges, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

To apply, visit the Department of Art admissions page.
Applications for the BFA program are due February 1.

Product Design Program

Furniture Design 439Product designers are the people who create the tools, transportation, computers, clothes, sofas, and sports equipment to fit the needs of people. These designers make products more energy–efficient, more ergonomically appropriate, more cost–effective, and more socially responsible.

The Product Design Program provides a thorough grounding in the use, invention, and production of consumer products. It integrates the theories and applied practices of the art, architecture, and the design disciplines.

The bachelor of fine arts program in Portland is a fifth year of concentrated study for students wanting to continue past the BA/BS level or transfer students wanting to expand on their design–related degree. The BFA program provides advanced undergraduate students with a full-time, one-year academic program.

Product Design reviewStudents learn to develop products from a personal, local, and global perspective by addressing the needs of individuals, communities, and industry. They gain in–depth knowledge about materials, idea generation, prototyping, and manufacturing. Faculty members focus equally on high– and low–tech working methods, stressing hand skills alongside 3–D rendering and printing. Our students come away from the program with the confidence and skills to work for a large company or to start their own business.

To apply, visit the Product Design admission page.
Applications to the BFA program are due January 15.

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