The Architecture program provides a balance of architectural, technical design, and lower division courses to provide students with a diverse foundation of knowledge in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning which prepares students for careers in a wide range of design fields. The program is designed to prepare students to work as architectural technicians or designers in an architectural, engineering or development office. The curriculum visualizes architecture as a cultural, creative, technical practice, and discipline with direct social impact. The program provides preparation for baccalaureate degrees and/or the training for professional careers while providing a technical associate degree or certificate of achievement.
This course is the study of architectural design, including concepts of size, shape, material, context, number, variety and relationship (pattern, hierarchy, contrast, and balance). Students will design and execute two-dimensional presentations composed of drawings, images, and/or text that support intended communication and provide solutions to defined design problems.
This course provides experience in construction blueprint reading and plan review. Experiences will include the study of lines, symbols, notations and dimensions used on architectural drawings. Code interpretation and design compliance will be stressed.
This is an advanced blueprint reading course for inspectors, contractors, and designers interested in commercial and industrial construction. This course will provide training in blueprint reading comprehension, system assemblies, and material specifications. Subjects to be covered will include soils, foundations, site work, concrete, masonry, structural steel, welding, and mechanical and electrical systems.
This course provides beginning students with a hands-on design and construction experience in coordination with their first design and visual communication studios. Focus will be on the safe operation of wood and metal tools and equipment, and the design and construction of a small scale project.
This course is the study and practice of basic techniques used for graphic communication. Techniques will include orthographic and isometric projection, mechanical perspective, shades and shadows.
This course includes further development of freehand and mechanical graphic communication skills for representation of conceptual ideas, analysis and design concepts.
This course is an introduction to the use of AutoCAD including commands, editing, printing and plotting with emphasis on two-dimensional, and introduction to three-dimensional drawings. Industry trends, practices, and employee/employer expectations will be addressed.
This course emphasizes AutoCAD instruction including three-dimensional drafting, customization of AutoCAD, advanced computer assisted drafting (CAD) methods, and an introduction to computer assisted machining (CAM). The course will address industry trends, practices, and employee/employer expectations.
The course is designed to introduce digital tool components to architecture students. Course assignments develop the student's understanding and skills associated with 3D modeling (Sketchup, Rhino), image editing (Photoshop) and page layout (In-Design), or similar program applications.
This course is designed to train students in preparing architectural construction drawings. Drawings include site plan, foundation plan, floor plan, elevation and detail drawings. Emphasis is on concepts, methods, processes, detailing and documentation of wood frame construction.
This course is designed to train students in preparing construction drawings. Emphasis will be placed on the techniques and methods for major building material use, such as wood, masonry, concrete, and steel. Design principles will be discussed.
This course provides an opportunity for students to apply computer applications in architecture through the assignment of architectural projects. Students may select individual projects focusing on graphic techniques, design or construction drawings. All work will be performed using computer assisted drafting (CAD).
This course includes theories, principles, methods and means pertaining to the creation of architectural form, space and organizations, and the incorporation of function and light as issues that shape the built environment and support the communication of intended concepts and meanings.
This course includes theories, principles, methods and means pertaining to the incorporation of context, structure and climate as issues that shape the built environment and support the communication of intended concepts and meanings.
This course is an introduction to the International Residential Code (IRC). Students will learn interpretation and use of the residential building code as it applies to current construction. Design criteria and inspection processes will be emphasized. Course content will include information related to residential code certification for inspectors and designers. Topics of instruction will follow the content of the most recent IRC as published by the International Code Council (ICC).
This is an introduction to the International Building Code (IBC), as published by the International Code Council (ICC). The IBC is the building code used for commercial and industrial structures. Subjects to be covered will include structural design requirements, inspection procedures, code comprehension and ICC inspector certification.
This is an introductory course designed to give the student an overview of basic construction engineering principles. This course will study subjects such as live and dead loads, uniform and concentrated loads, footing and foundation design, post and beam sizing, shear transfer, load path transfer, building material selection, connection methods, safety codes, and other aspects of structural design.
This course is an introduction to residential and light commercial building construction, including materials, foundations, framing, roof and stair cutting, drywall, finish work and building codes. The course is intended to serve as an overview of the construction process.
This course is a study of California and federal regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California Title 24 Regulations, which cover building accessibility for disabled persons. Both public and private buildings will be studied as well as parking, exterior routes of travel, entrances,exits and other accommodations. This course is intended for building designers as well as contractors and inspectors. This course will also help prepare students for industry certification.
This course is an introduction to residential and light commercial electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. Subjects to be studied will include vocabulary, equipment, materials, construction methods, system design, and basic inspection requirements.
This course offers specialized study opportunities for students who wish to pursue projects not included in the regular curriculum. Students are accepted only by a written project proposal approved by the discipline prior to enrollment.
This course offers students who are volunteers (unpaid) an opportunity to obtain work experience related to their field of study. Students are accepted as a result of consultation with a designated faculty member in the discipline and the acceptance of an approved work proposal. This is an unpaid occupational work experience course, where 1 unit of credit is earned for each 60 hours of unpaid internship. A maximum of 4 units can be completed in a semester, and no more than 16 units can be earned in total.
This course offers students who are employed in the field an opportunity to expand their work experience related to their field of study. Students are accepted as a result of consultation with a designated faculty member in the discipline and the acceptance of an approved work proposal. This is a paid occupational work experience course, where 1 unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid internship. A maximum of 4 units can be completed in a semester, and no more than 16 units can be earned in total.