Architectural Technology - AAS

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: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

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Course Format

Classes are offered in-person (only) day and evening. While some classes are day-only, faculty can, under special circumstances, make accommodations for students who are unable to attend day classes. Faculty believe that the classroom/lab atmosphere is essential for learning this highly technical skill set; in-person classes provide immediate feedback to questions generated during lectures, discussions, and demonstrations, immediate help trouble shooting problems encountered during the completion of assignments, and an opportunity for students to learn from each other as they complete the assigned work.

Program Length

Both the AAS and Certificate programs are designed for 4 semesters of full-time coursework as classes are tightly integrated to build on preceding classes’ skills and knowledge. In some cases, if a student’s schedule allows, and ideally if a student has a certain amount of previous experience in hand, course work can be accelerated to a 3 semester framework (but that is a heavy load). There is no “set deadline” for completing of the coursework – students whose daily work or family demands preclude full-time enrollment can complete the required coursework over a longer time frame with no consequence.

It is not unusual for advanced students to find part-time or, in some cases, full-time office work prior to their graduation.


Instructional materials including extensive hard copies and web-based instructional aids and information are provided free of charge to students for all Architectural Technology courses excepting Basic and Intermediate Revit classes. Texts for those Revit classes have a suggested retail price of $80 and a suggested bookstore price of $50 at time of this document --- text costs are subject to change.

Program Contacts

Offices and laboratories are located in the Applied Sciences (AP) Building at the East end of campus – entry #4.  Prospective students are welcome to arrange for a tour.

Email will typically illicit the quickest response.

Myron R. Brower, Architect, Architectural Technology Program Director
(general program questions and advisement or to arrange a face-to face meeting)

Office: AP 272
Phone: (480) 423-6299      

Michael J. Kuzmik, Architect, Residential Faculty
(specific questions about Revit courses)

Office: AP-235
Phone: (480) 423-6293

Alexis Hale
Division Secretary
Office: AP-237B
Phone: (480) 423-6599 -- Best contact during Summer break.  Your message will be forwarded.

Program notes:

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ARC141Architectural CAD I: Introduction3
ARC142Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations3
ARC243Architectural CAD III: Site Plans and Sections3
ARC244Architectural CAD IV: Structural Systems3
ARC245Architectural CAD V: Mechanical and Electrical Systems3
ARC250Basic Revit3
ARC251Intermediate Revit3
ARC265Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup3
ARC270Architectural Technology Synthesis3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
ARC+++++Any ARC Architecture courses except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.1-9
ARC296++Cooperative Education (any suffixed courses)1-4
ARH100Introduction to Art3
ART111Drawing I3
BLT+++++Any BLT Building Safety and Construction Technology course3
CAD+++++Any CAD Computer-Aided Drafting courses1-6
CIS+++++Any CIS Computer Information Systems Adobe Photoshop course1-3
CNS+++++AnyCNS Construction course3
DFT+++++Any DFT Drafting Technology courses1-6
INT115Historical Architecture and Furniture3
INT120Modern Architecture and Furniture3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 21-26
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area
General Education DistributionCredits: 9
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 2
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 SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) commands, operations and file management required to complete plan and elevation drawings. (ARC141)
  • Use CAD to create fully annotated, professional quality plan and elevation views for residential or commercial applications. (ARC142)
  • Using CAD and working from residential or commercial layouts, develop fully annotated, professional quality roof, roof framing, floor framing and foundation plans. (ARC244)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Demonstrate basic drawing, modeling and rendering skills to complete architectural drawings using Revit. (ARC250)
  • Analyze and interpret architectural working drawings and related contract documents. (ARC251)
  • Demonstrate basic skills to create 3D views of architectural drawings using Sketchup. (ARC265)
  • Using AutoCAD, integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in prerequisite courses to complete working drawings under supervision comparable to workplace situations. (ARC270)

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