Certificate in Classical Architecture
The Certificate in Classical Architecture (CCA) program provides architects and designers with a working knowledge of classical architectural design. Requirements for completion ensure participants build a broad foundation of skills and knowledge in the ICAA core curriculum. The CCA serves as a catalyst for deeper appreciation and understanding of the classical tradition.
There are four paths to earning the certificate:
- Completion of the ICAA Intensive in Classical Architecture plus elective Continuing Education (CE) courses;
- Completion of the ICAA Summer Studio in Classical Architecture;
- Continuing education courses in approved classes in ICAA's core curriculum plus additional elective CE Courses;
- Completion of one of the above options plus approved programming offered through an affiliated institution.
Requirements for Completion
You can view more information about the full requirements for completing the Certificate program, including the four completion paths and the ICAA’s core curriculum subject areas, here.
Request a Transcript
If you are enrolled in the Certificate in Classical Architecture program, you may request a transcript of your current progress towards the Certificate by emailing [email protected].
Please use the form below to enroll in the Certificate program. If you are based outside of the United States and are having difficulties inputting your address, or if you have other inquiries about enrollment, please email us at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
Should you have additional questions about the program after reviewing these questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 212-730-9646 ext. 112.
1. Can I complete all of the Certificate requirements online?
Currently, it is not possible to complete all of the Certificate requirements through online courses alone. Most of the ICAA’s curriculum is based on hand drafting and other skills that are best taught in person. However, it is possible to earn some credit towards the Certificate through online programs. If you would like to get started with programming online, you can find the ICAA’s on-demand video courses here. The video course “The Foundations of Classical Architecture: Roman Classicism” is a good starting point, though you may watch whichever courses you are most interested in. In addition, any upcoming webinars will be listed on the ICAA’s calendar.
2. Where can I find courses that count towards the Certificate program?
Video courses that provide credit towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture are available here. Live courses, both webinars and in-person programming, are listed on the ICAA’s calendar under Continuing Education. Courses listings are for all of the ICAA’s 15 Chapters and National Office. Please note that not all ICAA programs count towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture. If a course carries Certificate credit, this will be listed on the individual program page. You may also be interested in exploring information about the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture (Certificate Path B) or the Intensive in Classical Architecture (Certificate Path A). In addition, many special programs such as the Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours and Workshops in Classical Architecture provide credit.
3. Is there a tuition cost associated with completing the Certificate program?
There is no cost for signing up for the program itself, but many of the courses that count towards the Certificate do carry a tuition cost. Tuition costs vary based on length and type of course. Many ICAA programs have scholarships available to offset the cost of tuition; information about this is available on individual program pages where applicable.
4. I have taken classes with the ICAA previously, but only just signed up for the Certificate program. Do those classes still count towards the program? Do credits expire?
Yes, previous courses taken with the ICAA can still count towards the Certificate program. The ICAA tracks attendance at all programs, so your credit should appear on your transcript, but if any previously-earned credits are missing when you request a transcript, please notify us. We do not consider credits to expire, and you are not required to complete the full Certificate program within a specific time frame.
5. I am enrolled in an architecture program at a university, or have been taking coursework through another organization. Can I count this coursework towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture?
Coursework taken through other organizations does not generally count towards the Certificate program. The primary exception is Path D towards the Certificate, which requires the coursework to be taken through a pre-approved design studio program.
6. A program on the calendar is listed as approved for AIA CES Learning Units. Does this mean it counts towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture?
No. The ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture program is not related to AIA CES. AIA CES approval of a course does not imply that it provides credit towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture program, and vice versa. As with AIA CES Learning Units, if a course carries credit towards the Certificate program, this will be specifically stated on the program page.
7. How long does it take to earn the Certificate in Classical Architecture, and what is the best pathway for me?
The amount of time it takes to complete the required coursework for the Certificate in Classical Architecture varies significantly between pathways and can be tailored towards your individual needs.
Generally, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture (Path B) is the shortest pathway and will take four weeks to complete. Path B is intended primarily for current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging professionals seeking to apply for graduate school.
The Intensive in Classical Architecture with additional coursework through Continuing Education (Path A) typically takes one or more years to complete. The Intensive covers 64 of the required 100 credits in eight days, with the remaining credits completed in any length of time that is convenient for you.
Completing the program only through Continuing Education courses (Path C) generally takes multiple years depending on course availability, and many choose to work towards the Certificate for a number of years by taking one or two courses in a given year. This Path offers the most flexibility.
8. Are international participants allowed to enroll in the Certificate program?
Yes, anyone may participate in the Certificate program. Prior to enrolling, please be aware that the majority of ICAA course opportunities are based within the United States.