Admissions :: Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline? What are the admissions fees?
A non-refundable $30 application fee paid by check or money order must be submitted with applications. A $400 tuition deposit is due with confirmation of enrollment. This deposit is refundable through the end of September, 2012.
How much is tuition? Do you offer a payment plan or financial aid?
Interest-free monthly payment plans can be arranged. Limited financial aid is available in the form of work-study scholarships. Candidates may apply for aid when applying for the program, or after receiving their acceptance; however, aid applications will not be considered after July 13, 2012. Contact the Archeworks office to learn more.
When does the program begin and end?
What kind of degree or certification do I receive
once I’ve completed
the program? Can I transfer Archeworks credits to another institution?
What's a typical week like? How much time is required outside of studio?
Studio sessions consist of group design work (both facilitated and independent), lectures and charrettes with visiting practioners, project pin-ups and design reviews, and occasional site visits.
Participants can expect to spend an additional 2-4 hours each week outside of studio. This time commitment obviously fluctuates, and increases at the end of each semester in preparation for design reviews.
Is there any formal design instruction given?
Can I have a job while enrolled in the program?
Can I enroll for only one of the two semesters?
I don't live in Chicago, and I don't know anyone there. Are you
able to help students find jobs (especially design-related jobs)?
What do people do after they finish this program?
For those students working in professions other than architecture or design, Archeworks has exposed them to new ways of integrating socially conscious design within their current profession. Many alumni in this situation have used their Archeworks experience to be advocates for good design and have transferred the skills learned at Archeworks such as problem solving, team decision making, working with end-users and developing solutions to social concerns to their current professions. Other students have decided to change their career path and after Archeworks begin working in architecture or design firms, while other alumni have decided to gain an advanced degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and other related disciplines from schools such as SCIARC, Yale, Harvard, U Penn, Cornell, RISD and UIC.
Archeworks provides a year of creativity and collaboration with other professionals to create products that directly address social concerns. Archeworks is used to advance careers and respond first hand to real-life situations.
The Archeworks experience exposes you to a huge network of people in Chicago addressing socially and environmentally conscious design and community development. Since Archeworks is a small program, we like to think of our students, alumni, and faculty as a family. We keep in touch with everyone and help people develop their careers.
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