Graduates enter the workforce with a thorough knowledge of building systems, building materials, and structural design. They will also acquire the capacity to interpret design intent, develop architectural details, draft construction drawings, write specifications, and coordinate construction documents.
Students learn a full array of industry standard design technologies, including hand drawing, drafting, CAD, building information modeling, 3D modeling, and architectural visualization. They also frequently interact with leaders in the design profession in the context of in-process, real-world architectural projects. Concurrently, students engage in Arts & Sciences courses through study of oral and written communications; math and science; social and behavioral studies; and the arts and humanities.
The program utilizes a studio culture, whereby each studio synthesizes their education through the design, development and documentation of an architectural work. Each term concludes with a formal presentation of the work to faculty and guests from industry.
Degree Information: Graduates earn an associate of Applied Science degree; the program takes two years (four semesters) to complete.
Common Job Titles
Drafter; Estimator; Technician
Mortenson Construction; Van Sickle Allen and Associates; Permasteelia
National Median Salary
SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, www.bls.gov