Course Descriptions


ARC110 - Architectural Design Graphics I Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to the essential skills needed for design composition and communication specific to architecture, interior design and allied fields. The process of design and analysis will form the context for the development of visual communication competencies that include manual drafting, freehand drawing, conceptual diagramming, computer based graphics and presentation composition. Design vignettes of increasing complexity will provide learning experiences that reinforce application of a design process. Course content will include instruction and activities that introduce students to careers, collaborative work and studio culture.

ARC112 - Architectural Drafting I Credits: 3
The techniques of making architectural drawings are practiced by means of plans, elevations, and sections; attention is given to the individual trades such as plumbing, and electrical; each student will complete a set of plans for a light frame building using CAD software.

Prerequisite: ARC-110, ARC-120, CAD-101

ARC114 - Building Materials and Construction Processes Credits: 3
The study of basic construction materials and methods including wood, steel, concrete and masonry. Floor framing systems, heavy steel construction, footings, foundations, and water and dampproofing will be studied. Site visits to buildings under construction will supplement classroom learning.

ARC120 - Light-Frame Construction Credits: 3
ARC 120 Light-Frame Building Construction involves the study of basic construction materials and methods for light-frame construction. The integration of assemblies, concepts, and systems into the design and construction process will be studied. This will include floor framing systems, footings, foundations, wall and roof framing, water/damp proofing, sustainability, and building codes. There will be a special focus on the impact of design and construction on energy efficiency and the environment. Site visits to buildings under construction will supplement classroom learning.

ARC175 - Architectural Design Graphics II Credits: 3
Through a series of studio design exercises, architectural expression and visual literacy competencies acquired in Architectural Design Graphics I will be further developed using these and new skills including freehand drawing, manual drafting, model building, and computer aided modeling and rendering. Traditional graphic/rendering media such as watercolor, colored pencil, color marker, and charcoal will be applied to the practice of three dimensional graphics and model construction. A significant part of the course will be devoted to acquiring skill in computer-aided rendering, three dimensional modeling, and animation by the use of CAD and other software programs. These learning experiences will reinforce and enhance the student's ability to communicate design ideas, record the built environment, and solve design problems.

Prerequisite: ARC 110

ARC191 - Architectural History I Credits: 3
The Ancient to the Gothic Periods is a survey course covering the major public and private architectural monuments of the Ancient, Classical, and early European worlds. The principal focus will be on such topics as architectural style, function, patronage, and materials. The course will include study of how the philosophic, religious, political, and economic currents of the times have been recorded by the contemporary architectural works.

ARC192 - Architectural History II Credits: 3
The Renaissance to the Modern Periods is a continuation of ARC 191, but may also be taken independent of the first part. The periods covered begin with the early Renaissance in 1400 and continue through to the early Twentieth Century Modernism. The focus and study will be similar to those of ARC 191.

ARC205 - Architectural Design Fundamentals I Credits: 3
Introduction of basic two-dimensional and three-dimensional design concepts including the study of spatial and functional relationships in architectural design. Design of simple objects and buildings with emphasis on the design process itself. Projects will include simple conceptual studies, structural problems, functional problems involving anthropometrics and scale, and more comprehensive problems involving the design of habitable space and buildings.

Prerequisites: ARC 110, ARC 175 or permission of instructor.

ARC212 - Mechanical Equipment Credits: 3
The basic theories and applications concerned with building equipment; topics covered include the design and operating principles of heating systems, water supply, plumbing and drainage piping; single phase electrical wiring systems are studied and poly-phase systems are introduced.

Prerequisites: ARC 112, ARC 114 or permission of instructor.

ARC213 - Surveying Credits: 3
Introduction of surveying covering the skills and calculations used in laying out a plot and determining levels; field work will be used to learn the use of surveying equipment.

Prerequisites: ARC 112, MAT 111 or permission of instructor.

ARC215 - Structural Analysis I Credits: 3
The basic principles of Mechanics, Strength of Materials, and Theory of Structures relevant specifically to architectural design. Forces, moments, resultants, equilibrium conditions of force systems; the basics of stress-strain relationships, interpretations of physical test data, applications in the design of beams and columns.

Prerequisites: MAT 111, PHY 121, ARC 114 or permission of instructor.

ARC216 - Structural Analysis II Credits: 3
Includes the study of the stresses and strains that occur in bodies; stresses in riveted and welded joints, shear and bending diagrams, investigation and design of beams and deflection of beams; investigation of the design of simple steel and concrete beams; the digital computer is used as an aid in the solution of selected problems.

Prerequisites: ARC 112 and 215 or permission of instructor.

ARC219 - Estimating and Architectural Practice Credits: 3
Students will study and practice methods of building cost estimating and project scheduling from an architectural viewpoint. Contract documents in architecture; the relationship between the owner, architect and contractor; and the operation and coordination of the architectural firm will be studied.

Prerequisite: ARC-102

Co- requisite: ARC-220

ARC220 - Commercial Construction Credits: 3
ARC 220 Commercial Construction involves the study of basic materials and methods related to heavy frame buildings. A focus on life cycle cost and sustainability will be emphasized while studying material manufacture and building assemblies. Site visits to buildings under construction will supplement classroom learning.

ARC226 - Architectural Drafting II - Working Drawings for Commercial Construction Credits: 3
This course involves the production and coordination of architectural, mechanical, and structural systems with emphasis on commercial construction. Each student will prepare a drawings set of working drawings including architectural, mechanical and structural systems for a commercial building.

Prerequisites: ARC 112, ARC 114 or permission of instructor.

ARC230 - BIM Design Studio Credits: 3
BIM Design Studio introduces a Building Information Modeling program into the design development and presentation process. As a continuation of ARC 205 design problems will be more advanced and of a larger scope including a continued exploration of fundamental design concepts and architectural projects that involve site planning, building planning, and the integration of related technology into building design.

Prerequisite: ARC 205, CAD 101

ARC290 - Architectural Engineering Technology Practicum Credits: 0
As part of the Architectural Engineering Technology program students are required to participate in an industry-based experiential learning activity. The practicum consists of 120 hours of work in a professional setting. Students will gain exposure to the professional practice of architectural design, drafting, office practice, and project administration. In addition to documented attendance and active participation at the work site, students are required to complete periodic reports and compile a portfolio of work to document employment activities.

Prerequisites: CAD 101, ARC 110, ARC 114
Corequisites: ARC 112 or permission of the instructor