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Architectural Studies

Start on your path to designing the buildings of the future with ACC’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Studies.

Blueprints

Learn and develop skills in the emerging technologies of BIM (Building Information Modeling), the 3D model-based process professionals use to plan and design buildings and infrastructure. Gain knowledge and skills in sustainable design with an emphasis on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the U.S. Green Building Council’s leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide. Hone your sketching skills and learn advanced computer-aided drafting design to enhance your presentation techniques.

What You'll Learn

Our Architectural Studies program will be introduce you to a wide range of architectural and construction topics, such as:

  • Design and modeling concepts
  • Structural analysis
  • Building service systems
  • Sustainability
  • Building materials
  • Building codes
  • Print reading
  • Digital graphic design

CIP 150101 (ARC3)

The Associates of Applied Science of Architectural Studies - Architecture Technician at Arapahoe Community College offers two concentrations:

  • Architectural Studies - Pre-Architecture, AAS - For students interested in licensure and continuing their education
  • Architectural Studies - Architecture Technician - For students wishing to enter the profession upon graduation from this program

Students will be introduced to a wide range of architectural and construction topics such as design and modeling concepts, structural analysis, building service systems, and sustainability.

The Architectural Studies - Architecture Technician degree provides a foundation for transfer to university or, in combination with out internship and certificate programs, will help facilitate entry into or continuing education for the profession.

Program Requirements

Concentration (12 credit hours)

The Architectural Studies – Architecture Technician concentration is for students interested in entering the professional work force but is not intended for licensure. Students can find employment as an intern (based on experience, prior education, and personal networking) or start their own consulting business as a drafter, designer, or modeler.

Students must choose 12 credit hours minimum from the following:

  • CAD courses
  • AEC courses
Total: 61 credit hours

CIP 150101 (ARC2)

The Associates of Applied Science of Architectural Studies - Architecture Technician at Arapahoe Community College offers two concentrations:

  • Architectural Studies - Pre-Architecture - For students interested in licensure and continuing their education
  • Architectural Studies - Architecture Technician, AAS - For students wishing to enter the profession upon graduation from this program

Students will be introduced to a wide range of architectural and construction topics such as design and modeling concepts, structural analysis, building service systems, and sustainability.

The Architectural Studies - Architecture Technician degree provides a foundation for transfer to university or, in combination with our internship and certificate programs, will help facilitate entry into or continuing education for the profession.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (39 credit hours)
  • ART 110, ART 111, OR ART 112 3 Credits
  • HIS 101 OR HIS 102 3 Credits
Total: 61 credit hours

CIP 150101 (DRA2)

The Architectural Drafting Certificate provides the educational background and basic technical training necessary for the student to seek employment within one of the area architecture firms. Students will be prepared for a variety of entry level positions that include Draftsperson or Computer Aided Design Technician. Refer to your catalog for basic skills assessment required for this program.

Any student who has an interest and feels he/she can profit from the program may enroll.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • An interview is usually held by the program chairperson with the prospective student to determine the student's interest and desire and to discuss the purpose of the program with the student.

Program Requirements

Electives (3-4 credit hours)
  • or ART GT course AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4 or CAD or AEC courses
Total: 28-29 credit hours

CIP 150101 (ARCA)

The Computer Aided Drafting certificate prepares the students for advanced levels of computer aided design within industry, utilizing the latest hardware and software releases. The certificate may be completed within one year. This certificate prepares students to perform 2D and 3D design including customization and AutoLISP programming with their CAD system. Students may choose from an area of design concentration including architecture, mechanical design or interior design.

Job Potential

The Architectural Engineering Technician concentration will prepare you to work with architectural and engineering firms, contractors, surveyors and governmental agencies. You may further customize your degree with electives, such as estimating, scheduling, applied structural analysis, surveying, contracts or the LEED® Exam prep course.

The Pre-Architectural Engineering concentration will put you in the path to licensure and to transfer to a 4-year institution.