Architectural Design Certificate

(formerly Architectural Studies)

Curriculum ARC.STD CERT (C448X)

(Total Program Credits: 32)

The Architectural Design Certificate provides students with the group of classes that focus on becoming a creative thinker and designer in the architecture industry. These classes are the core of most architectural curriculum at four-year colleges and university and the certificate will prepare you for transfer.


Upon successful completion of the Architecture Design Certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • utilize state of the art equipment and software as it applies to design and construction;
  • identify sustainability and global environmental issues and their impact in the construction field;
  • resolve programmatic, spatial, social, political and sustainable issues in a rational design solution;
  • apply the history of architecture and aesthetics to design solutions; and
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate design solutions verbally and in 2-D and 3-D representations.

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

(Fall 2021)

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARC 104Introduction to Architecture

3 credits

ARC 189AutoCAD & 3D Computer Modeling

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARC 170Design I #

4 credits

ARC 187Architectural Drawings & Models #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARC 171Design II #

5 credits

ARC 210History of Architecture I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARC 214History of Architecture II #

3 credits

ARC 272Design III #

5 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

See ARC course descriptions.

Coordinator: Frances Figg, Ext. 3129; email: