Certificate in Architectural Design

Design principles, complex animation and CAD systems are applied to problems in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. Proper and efficient methods of sketching, producing documents, models, 3D digital models, animations and multifaceted presentations are examined.

This certificate prepares the student for entry level opportunities as a CAD person or design person.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Architectural Design Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Describe effective architectural design principle techniques including graphic communication, orientation, and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use advanced technology to prepare architectural design drawings, Computer Aided Drawings (CAD), animations and multimedia presentations.
  3. Demonstrate complex planning techniques and administration of document control for architectural designs, presentations and animations.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to estimate time, material, labor and equipment for sophisticated architectural designs, presentations and animations.
Required courses:
Computer Aided Design (CAD)-Architecture and Drafting – Certificate of Achievement 122.5
ARCH 201Architectural Design I4
ARCH 202Architectural Design II4
ARCH 250History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism3
ARCH 251History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day3
ART 120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 121Three-Dimensional Design3
DRAF 290Introduction to Maya Practices3
Total Units45.5

This certificate must be completed first.

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Completion of the Computer Aided Design (CAD)-Architecture and Drafting certificate is required prior to starting this certificate.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ARCH 201 Architectural Design I 4
ARCH 250 History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism 3
DRAF 290 Introduction to Maya Practices 3
ART 120 Two-Dimensional Design 3
Assuming completion: CAD Architecture and Drafting  
Winter Term 1
ART 121 Three-Dimensional Design 3
COUN 160 Strategies for College Success 3
Spring Term 1
ARCH 202 Architectural Design II 4
ARCH 251 History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day 3
 Total Units26

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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