Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3708
First Term: 2015 Fall   
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-65
CIP Code: 15.1303

Occupational Area: Architecture and Construction
Instructional Council: Drafting (24)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: 17-3011 


Description: 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.

Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester



Required Courses
ARC141 Architectural CAD I: Introduction 3
+ ARC142 Architectural CAD II: Plans and Elevations 3
+ ARC243 Architectural CAD III: Site Plans and Sections 3
+ ARC244 Architectural CAD IV: Structural Systems 3
+ ARC245 Architectural CAD V: Mechanical and Electrical Systems 3
ARC250 Basic Revit 3
ARC251 Intermediate Revit 3
ARC265 Sketchup I: Introduction to Sketchup 3
+ ARC270 Architectural Technology Synthesis 3
Credits: 27

Program Competencies
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)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 28, 2015

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.