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Course Descriptions

ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING (ARC)

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.