Architecture – Associate in Arts Degree

Top Code: 2201.00

The Architectural major allows students to pursue an architectural education at a university level. It is designed for high-achieving students who seek a degree in a 5-year professional or 4-year non-professional degree university level undergraduate program in Architecture, Interiors Architecture, Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture in CSU, UC, and private schools. Curriculum in this major encompass the first two years of architectural curriculum following standards outlined by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) in architectural design, visual communications, materials and processes of construction, professional practice and history/theory. Courses focus on exploration and understanding of architecture’s cultural, environmental, and formal relevance to both individuals and society as a whole. Architecture students are trained to think creatively, abstractly, and to develop design concepts for critical inquiry and design. Students apply current design principles and processes of architectural design that produce design solutions. Architecture students effectively convey their creative architectural design projects, research and essays realized through physical, digital and verbal presentation forms. These completed works are then studied and developed into portfolios of individual student accomplishment for transfer.

Please Note: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements (specifically Math and Physics) required by public and private transfer institutions.

This major is primarily intended to prepare students to transfer and earn a 4- or 5-year bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 001–099. Students must complete all 37 units in the discipline listed below.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply creative and abstract thought to develop design concepts based on historical awareness and critical inquiry.
  2. Execute architectural design and research solutions employing current design principles and processes of architectural design and research.
  3. Convey creative architectural design projects, research and essays through physical, digital and verbal presentation forms.

Requirements for the major

ARCH 010AARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS3
ARCH 010BDESIGN FUNDAMENTALS3
ARCH 011INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURE2
ARCH 012AVISUAL COMMUNICATIONS I3
ARCH 012BVISUAL COMMUNICATIONS II (DIGITAL MEDIA)3
ARCH 013ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO PREPARATION3
ARCH 014MATERIALS AND PROCESSES OF CONSTRUCTION2
ARCH 020AARCHITECTURAL DESIGN6
ARCH 020BARCHITECTURAL DESIGN6
ARCH 024AHISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE3
ARCH 024BHISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE3
Total Units37

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree