AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Augusta plans to offer a five-year bachelor of architecture degree, becoming the first public university in New England to do so.
The program starting in 2013 will prepare students to become licensed architects.
University President Allyson Hughes Handley says there are three components to an architect’s training: coursework, an internship and a series of licensing exams. The four-year bachelor of arts in architecture that the university now offers does not prepare students for the exams.
The University of Maine System Board of Trustees voted last week to allow the university to create a five-year professional degree.
The Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/sU54OJ) reports that the new program will accept 30 to 45 students each year.