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Architecture

正规平台the architecture program has been a long-standing component of the arts curriculum at deerfield academy and introduces students to drawing, design, and model-building techniques, architectural vocabulary, and the role and responsibilities of architects and architecture in society. it also strives to incorporate a larger philosophical discussion regarding our current- and future-built environment that will enable students to be active participants in later discussions and decisions, regardless of their eventual career path.

Philosophy

The architecture curriculum at Deerfield continues the Classical tradition through the ideas, theory, methods, and tools of traditional design and its emphasis on sustainable, human-scaled buildings strongly rooted in a sense of place. Towards that end, students are taught using traditional drafting, drawing, rendering, and model-buildings techniques before translating those skills to the computer. The courses focus on the timeless qualities of beauty, harmony, elegance and balance to produce drawings, designs, and models that emphasize connections with both the tradition of architecture as well as 21st century needs and technology. The Deerfield Academy campus and the surrounding environment are utilized as much as possible to illustrate topics and concepts covered in class.

Goals

students are introduced to the discipline of architecture through a series of lectures, readings, campus tours, and drawing and design exercises. topics covered include drawing and design skills, the history and philosophy of architecture, and materials and construction techniques.  

Frequently Asked Questions

before they enter deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. if the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the academic dean.

正规平台study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

in order to garner honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. high honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the cum laude society, a national honor society. 

because of its commitment to rigorous academics, deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and advanced placement courses. all of deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but ap and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

all students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at deerfield. after their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with deerfield’s faculty. advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. they are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at deerfield. in addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. advisors are a key component of the deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at deerfield.

the pursuit of excellence policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. the office of the academic dean determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Academics

academics@b-marlin.com
413-774-1470
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Boyden Library
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7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342