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Architectural Technology

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 or related fields. Students develop two-dimensional (2D) and three-­dimensional (3D) drawings and models utilizing industry standard CAD, Revit, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, and learn presentation methods and construction documentation conventions. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Architectural Technology (5708) is fully embedded within this AAS.


Academic Plan 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.

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
ARC/INT250Basic Revit3
ARC251Intermediate Revit3
ARC265/INT251Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup3
ARC270Architectural Technology Synthesis3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must select an additional twelve (12) credit hours from the following course options. Selected courses will not apply to both Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas.
ARC+++++Any ARC Architecture courses except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.1-9
ARC296++Any Cooperative Education courses1-4
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+++++Any CNS Construction course3
DFT+++++Any DFT Drafting Technology courses1-6
INT115Historical Architecture and Furniture3
INT120Modern Architecture and Furniture3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment. (0)0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics [MA] area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] 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-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area.
  • Apply current standards in dimensioning, symbology, linetypes, lineweights, drawing notes for working drawings, design related drawings to read, interpret, and produce construction documents and portfolio-quality working drawings. (ARC141, ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245, ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC265/INT251, ARC270, [MA]).
  • Use the latest 2D, 3D, and 3D parametric modeling CAD software to develop technical drawings and solid models in a manner that is efficient and compliant with standard industry practices. (ARC141, ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245, ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC265/INT251, ARC270, [MA])
  • Utilize BIM concepts in project development. (ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC270)
  • Employ the principles and theory of construction processes and properties of materials. (ARC141, ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245, ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC265/INT251, ARC270, [MA])
  • Apply construction industry codes and standards. (ARC141, ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245, ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC265/INT251, ARC270, [MA])
  • Produce sketches, multi-view layouts, sections, details, working drawings, and building components schedules. (ARC141, ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245, ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC265/INT251, ARC270, [MA])
  • Utilize traditional modeling techniques and 3D printing for project conceptualization. (ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC270)
  • Communicate with others in verbal and in written form to collaboratively solve complex problems within the discipline. (ARC141, ARC142, ARC243, ARC244, ARC245, ARC/INT250, ARC251, ARC265/INT251, ARC270, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])

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