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AAS - Architectural Technology

Description:
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Architectural Technology program is designed to provide the informational, attitudinal, and technical skills required for an entry-level position as a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) operator in Architectural or Interior Design offices; Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, or Civil Engineering offices; Landscape Architects' offices or related fields. Computer-aided design using AutoCAD and Revit software forms the core of this program.

Competency-based course work builds on residential and commercial plans developed in introductory courses progressing to a set of Architectural working drawings. Drafting courses are grouped and sequenced by specific drawing types. This allows detailed study and analysis of the theory, standards, and decision-making processes influencing the development of drawings as well as the interrelationships among various types of drawings in the finished set.

Students will work individually and in teams in a professional environment and will develop drawings, which incorporate typical design industry conventions and methods, code requirements, and local construction techniques. Lessons are real-world based and are designed to teach responsible problem solving, building from one situation or set of conditions to the next as students create professional quality working drawings.

A Certificate of Completion (CCL) program in Architectural Technology is also available.
Major Code: 3708
Award: AAS
First Term: 4136
Total Credits: 62-67
Last Updated: May 23rd, 2013
Prerequisites:
None
Required Courses: 30
ARC121 Introduction to Architectural Drafting: Manual 3
ARC141 Architectural CAD I: Introduction 3
ARC142 Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations 3
ARC148 Methods and Materials of Construction 3
ARC243 Architectural CAD III: Site Plans and Sections 3
ARC244 Architectural CAD IV: Structural Systems 3
ARC245 Architectural CAD V: Mechanical and Electrical Systems 3
ARC251 Introduction to Revit 3
ARC270 Architectural Technology Synthesis 3
BLT263AK Building Codes: IBC 3
Restricted Electives: 11 Credits
ARC+++++ Any ARC Architecture courses except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area. 1-9
ARC296++ Cooperative Education (any suffixed courses) 1-4
ARH100 Introduction to Art 3
ART111 Drawing I 3
BLT263AL Building Codes: IRC 3
CAD+++++ Any CAD Computer-Aided Drafting courses 1-6
CIS+++++ Any CIS Adobe Photoshop course 1-3
DFT+++++ Any DFT Drafting Technology courses 1-6
INT115 Historical Architecture and Furniture 3
INT120 Modern Architecture and Furniture 3
Free Electives: None
General Education: 21-26 Credits
General Education Core: 12-17 Credits
First-Year Composition: 6 Credits
Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area
Critical Reading: 0-3 Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
Oral Communication: 3 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area
Mathematics: 3-5 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area
General Education Distributed: 9 Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts: 2 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area. (ARH100 in Restricted Electives area would satisfy this category; however, an additional 3 credits of Restricted Electives would then have to be taken.)
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area
Natural Sciences: 4 Credits
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Program Competencies:
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of conventional board drafting equipment, conventions, procedures, standards, and vocabulary required to complete selected working drawings. (ARC121)
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) commands, operations and file management required to complete plan and elevation views. (ARC141)
  3. Use CAD to create fully annotated, professional quality plan and elevation views for residential or commercial applications. (ARC142)
  4. Identify and describe typical southwestern construction methods, systems, materials, and assemblies. (ARC148)
  5. Using CAD and working from residential or commercial layouts, develop fully annotated, professional quality roof, roof framing, floor framing and foundation plans. (ARC244)
  6. Given residential or commercial layouts, use CAD to produce fully annotated, professional quality electrical, mechanical (Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning - HVAC), plumbing and reflected ceiling plans. (ARC245)
  7. Incorporate applicable local codes, construction materials and methods, and professional office practices in the development of residential or commercial drawings and applications. (ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245)
  8. Analyze and interpret architectural working drawings and related contract documents. (ARC251)
  9. Using AutoCAD, integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in prerequisite courses to complete working drawings under supervision comparable to workplace situations. (ARC270)
  10. Demonstrate a rudimentary knowledge of building code, fire, structure, and occupancy regulations. (BLT263AK)