Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology - AAS

Effective term: 
2015 Fall
Final term: 
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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.

Program notes

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

++ indicates any module/suffixed courses.

ARC141Architectural CAD I: Introduction 3
ARC142Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations 3
ARC243Architectural CAD III: Site Plans and Sections 3
ARC244Architectural CAD IV: Structural Systems 3
ARC245Architectural CAD V: Mechanical and Electrical Systems 3
ARC250Basic Revit 3
ARC251Intermediate Revit 3
ARC265Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup 3
ARC270Architectural Technology Synthesis 3
Restricted Electives
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 Art 3
ART111Drawing I 3
BLT+++++ Any BLT Building Safety and Construction Technology course 3
CAD+++++ Any CAD Computer-Aided Drafting courses 1-6
CIS+++++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems Adobe Photoshop course 1-3
CNS+++++Any CNS Construction course 3
DFT+++++ Any DFT Drafting Technology courses 1-6
INT115Historical Architecture and Furniture 3
INT120Modern Architecture and Furniture 3
General Education
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.
  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) commands, operations and file management required to complete plan and elevation drawings. (ARC141)
  2. Use CAD to create fully annotated, professional quality plan and elevation views for residential or commercial applications. (ARC142)
  3. Using CAD and working from residential or commercial layouts, develop fully annotated, professional quality roof, roof framing, floor framing and foundation plans. (ARC244)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. Demonstrate basic drawing, modeling and rendering skills to complete architectural drawings using Revit. (ARC250)
  7. Analyze and interpret architectural working drawings and related contract documents. (ARC251)
  8. Demonstrate basic skills to create 3D views of architectural drawings using Sketchup. (ARC265)
  9. Using AutoCAD, integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in prerequisite courses to complete working drawings under supervision comparable to workplace situations. (ARC270)