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D-Clearance Request Form

The D-Clearance process is used by the School of Architecture to ensure our courses are open only to those who have met required pre-requisites and to manage class enrollment. Courses that require D-Clearance will have a “D” after the five-digit class number (i.e. 11200D), and you must obtain D-Clearance before you can register. D-Clearances are given on a first-come first-serve basis and must be requested from the Academic Department offering the course. 

Information for Students
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    ALL STUDENTS

    No more than 8 units of 499 or 8 units of 599 may be applied toward the degree.


    For sequenced courses, 'a' must be taken BEFORE 'b'.

     
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    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

    Undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture and B.S. in Architectural Studies students should check their latest Advisement Sheet, refer to the Catalogue (USC entry year) for the sequence of requirements or schedule an appointment with their Academic Advisor.


    USC Architecture Catalogue 2019-2020

    USC Architecture Catalogue 2018-2019

    USC Architecture Catalogue 2017-2018

    USC Architecture Catalogue 2016-2017

    USC Architecture Catalogue 2015-2016


    Students in the Minor in Architecture or Landscape Architecture should consult with their School of Architecture Academic Advisor prior to course selection.


    Students studying abroad MUST meet with their Academic Advisor in order to obtain d-clearance for those courses.


    ADDITIONAL FORMS

    ARCH 524 Professional Practicum: Submit the OIS CPT form and the internship offer letter to your Student Services Advisor for signature as well as d-clearance.


    ARCH-490 Directed Research Form: Please fill out this form and obtain the signatures prior to requesting clearance.

     
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    GRADUATE STUDENTS

    School of Architecture Graduate students should consult with their Program Director or Advisor prior to course selection.


    If a course should also apply to a Graduate Certificate, please indicate in the Comment section below.


    If you are requesting permission to register for a course outside of the School of Architecture, please list the course number, title, number of units in the Comment section below.


    Graduate Students must select courses numbered 400 and above in order to receive degree credit.


    ADDITIONAL FORMS

    ARCH 524 Professional Practicum: Submit the OIS CPT form and the internship offer letter to your Student Services Advisor for signature as well as d-clearance.


    ARCH-590 or 790 Directed Research Form: Please fill out this form and obtain the signatures prior to requesting clearance.

     
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    MASTER OF ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES (M.AAS) AND MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (M.ARCH) STUDENTS ONLY

    If you are requesting a required course and are on track for degree sequence, submit your clearance to: GENERAL.


    If you are requesting a required course but are out of sequence, submit your clearance to: SELWYN TING for approval. Such courses are noted as: ##Requires Selwyn Ting's approval if taking out of M.ARCH sequence##


    ARCH elective requests should be submitted to: GENERAL


    Elective requests from schools outside of ARCH should be submitted to: SELWYN TING for approval.

     
Courses
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    Spring 2020 (Click here for the list of courses)

    To view course descriptions, please visit: arch.usc.edu/courses


    11202 - ARCH-102B - Architectural Design I - 4 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH 102aL.

    11207 - ARCH-106 - Workshop in Architecture - 2 units. Does not require D-Clearance. Instructor Permission and D-Clearance will be required after 1st week of classes.

    11206 - ARCH-106 - Workshop in Architecture - 2 units. Does not require D-Clearance. Instructor Permission and D-Clearance will be required after 1st week of classes.

    11430 - ARCH-106 - Workshop in Architecture - 2 units. Does not require D-Clearance. Instructor Permission and D-Clearance will be required after 1st week of classes.

    11212 - ARCH-202B - Architectural Design II - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-202aL.

    11216 - ARCH-205B - Building Science I - 4 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-205aL.

    11230 - ARCH-211 - Materials and Methods of Building Construction - 3 units.

    11244 - ARCH-213B - Building Structures and Seismic Design - 3 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-213aL.

    11256 - ARCH-214A - World History of Architecture - 3 units.

    11262 - ARCH-220 - The Architect's Sketchbook - 2 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11270 - ARCH-302B - Architectural Design III - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-302aL.

    11303 - ARCH-303 - Principles of Spatial Design I - 4 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-203. Not for ARCH/ARCS majors.

    11276 - ARCH-305B - Building Science II - 4 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-305aL.

    11261 - ARCH-307 - Digital Tools for Architecture - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11286 - ARCH-315 - Design for the Luminous and Sonic Environment - 3 units.

    11314 - ARCH-402B - Architectural Design IV - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-402aL.

    11322 - ARCH-404 - Topics in Modern Architecture in Southern California - 3 units.

    11326 - ARCH-405B - Building Science III - 4 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-405aL.

    11407 - ARCH-406 - Global Studies: Topics in - 2 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-214ab or ARCH-304.

    11408 - ARCH-406 - Global Studies: Topics in - 2 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-214ab or ARCH-304.

    11334 - ARCH-411 - Architectural Technology - 3 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-313.

    11437 - ARCH-414 - Perspectives in History and Theory in Architecture - 2 units. Pre-requisite: Pre-requisite: ARCH 214a, ARCH-214b or ARCH 304. (Master's students must submit a d-clearance for this course in order to have the pre-requisite waived).

    11466 - ARCH-418 - Designing with Natural Forces - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11342 - ARCH-419 - Architectural Sustainability Tools and Methods - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11210 - ARCH-420 - Visual Communication and Graphic Expression - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance. Not open to students with Freshman or Sophomore standing.

    11344 - ARCH-421 - Digital Architectural Photography - 2 units. Does not require D-Clearance. D-Clearance required after the first class meeting.

    11363 - ARCH-422 - Architectural Photography - Film and Digital - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance. D-Clearance required after the first class meeting.

    11423 - ARCH-423 - Light, Color and the Character of Material - 2 units. Does not require D-Clearance. Not open to students with Freshman or Sophomore standing.

    11432 - ARCH-432 - People, Places and Culture: Architecture of the Public Realm - 4 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11385 - ARCH-470B - Architectural Studies Capstone - 3 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-470A.

    11566 - ARCH-481 - Furniture Design - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    ARCH-490 – Directed Research (Must fill out Directed Research Form and obtain signatures prior to clearance request).

    11404 - ARCH-502A - Architectural Design V - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-500aL & ARCH-501.

    11410 - ARCH-505B - Graduate Architecture Design I - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-505aL.

    11412 - ARCH-507 - Theories of Computer Technology - 3 units.

    11512 - ARCH-512 - Material + Process: Material Systems - 2 units.

    11235 - ARCH-514B - Global History of Architecture - 3 units. ##Requires Selwyn Ting's approval if taking out of M.ARCH sequence##

    11516 - ARCH-517 - Current Topics in Building Science - 1 unit. Meets the first half of the semester.

    11518 - ARCH-518 - Advanced Surface Tectonics: Methods in Material - 2 units. Recommended preparation: A prior knowledge of fundamental building systems and 3D modeling.

    11519 - ARCH-519 - Sustainability in the Environment - 3 units.

    11241 - ARCH-520 - Housing and Community Design for an Aging Population - 2 units.

    11523 - ARCH-523A - Structural Design and Analysis - 3 units. ##Requires Selwyn Ting's approval if taking out of M.ARCH sequence##

    11414 - ARCH-524 - Professional Practicum - 1 units. Not open to students with Freshman or Sophomore standing.

    11525 - ARCH-525 - Professional Practice: Pre-Design, Project and - 3 units.

    11251 - ARCH-526 - Professional Practice: Legal and Economic - 3 units.

    11529 - ARCH-529 - Urban Housing: Programs, Precedents, and Recent Case Studies - 2 units.

    11243 - ARCH-534 - Landscape Construction: Topographic Design - 3 units.

    11431 - ARCH-535 - Landscape Construction: Performance Approaches - 3 units.

    11257 - ARCH-537 - Urban Plant Ecology: Environmental Perspectives - 3 units.

    11440 - ARCH-540 - Topics in Media for Landscape Architecture - 2 units.

    11223 - ARCH-541B - Landscape Architecture Design - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-541aL.

    11442 - ARCH-542B - Landscape Architecture Design - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-542aL.

    11544 - ARCH-544 - Urban Landscape: Process and Place - 3 units.

    11242 - ARCH-545 - Urban Landscape: Contemporary History and Prospect - 3 units.

    11249 - ARCH-546 - Topics in Landscape Architecture: Issues and Practices - 2 units.

    11245 - ARCH-547 - Urban Nature - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11247 - ARCH-548 - Media for Landscape Architecture: 3D Design - 3 units.

    11226 - ARCH-550 - Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning - 3 units. Recommended preparation: ARCH 549. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11446 - ARCH-551 - Conservation Methods and Materials - 3 units. Recommended preparation: ARCH 549. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11357 - ARCH-554 - Heritage Conservation Practicum Advanced Documentation - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11349 - ARCH-555 - Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation - 2 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11237 - ARCH-561 - Urbanism Themes and Case Studies - 2 units.

    11240 - ARCH-563 - Contemporary Architectural Theory - 2 units. ##Requires Selwyn Ting's approval if taking out of M.ARCH sequence##

    11239 - ARCH-564 - Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry - 2 units. ##Requires Selwyn Ting's approval if taking out of M.ARCH sequence##

    11455 - ARCH-566 - Cross Cultural Topics in Landscape Architecture History - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11291 - ARCH-573 - Seismic Design - 2 units.

    11289 - ARCH-574 - Parametric Design - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11287 - ARCH-575B - Systems - 3 units. Recommended preparation: ARCH-505b. ##Requires Selwyn Ting's approval if taking out of M.ARCH sequence##

    11288 - ARCH-576 - Sustainable Design for Healthy Indoor Environments - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11358 - ARCH-577 - Lighting Design - 4 units. Recommended preparation: some knowledge of physics and exposure to the design process and design presentation skills.

    11450 - ARCH-581 - Techniques in Digital Fabrication - 3 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    11462 - ARCH-585 - Visual Storytelling and Entrepreneurship in Media - 2 units. This course is 100% online but will have a dedicated synchronous meeting time online once a week.

    11586 - ARCH-586 - City Cine: Visuality, Media and Urban Experience - 4 units. Does not require D-Clearance.

    ARCH-590 – Directed Research (Must fill out Directed Research Form and obtain signatures prior to clearance request).

    11331 - ARCH-605B - Graduate Architecture Design- Comprehensive - 6 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-605aL.

    11500 - ARCH-611 - Advanced Building Systems Integration - 4 units. ##Requires Selwyn Ting's approval if taking out of M.ARCH sequence##

    11502 - ARCH-613 - Seminar: Structures Research - 4 units.

    11504 - ARCH-615 - Seminar: Environmental Systems Research - 4 units.

    11517 - ARCH-691A - Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis - 1 units. Pre-requisite: ARCH-549. Meets the first half of the semester.

    11520 - ARCH-691B - Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis - 4 units.

    11522 - ARCH-691Z - Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis - 0 units

    11526 - ARCH-692B - Building Science Thesis - 6 units.

    11524 - ARCH-692Z - Building Science Thesis - 0 units.

    11458 - ARCH-694 - Research Publication Methods for Building Science - 2 units.

    11233 - ARCH-698B - MLArch Thesis - 8 units.

    11234 - ARCH-698B - MLArch Thesis - 8 units.

    ARCH-790 – Directed Research (Must fill out Directed Research Form and obtain signatures prior to clearance request).

    11398 - ARCH-793B - Architecture Directed Design Research Option I - 6 units.

    11495 - ARCH-794Z - Doctoral Dissertation - 0 units.

     
D-Clearance Request Forms
Spring Semester

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