Architecture (ARCH)

ARCH 015  2 Units  
Survey of Design and Drafting Software Applications  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course is an introduction to the theories and principles of industry-related software applications in the design and drafting fields. Topics of the course include dimensional graphics, three-dimensional modeling, and electronic mapping applications. Principal software applications will be explored as they relate to the fields of architecture, design, manufacturing, construction, and urban planning.

Associate Degree Applicable

ARCH 070  1 Unit  
Portfolio Design  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 112 or ARCH 113

This course is designed to assist architecture students in the preparation of their portfolio. The design portfolio is required to transfer to most four-year/five-year Architecture programs. This course also benefits the student entering the job force in documenting their experience. (Formerly ARCH 270)

Associate Degree Applicable

ARCH 098  1-4 Units  
Environmental Design Work Experience  

WRKEX: 300 contact hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 111 or ARCH 112 or ARCH 145 or ARCH 145H

This course involves supervised training, in the form of on the job employment that will enhance the student's knowledge in the selected field of study. The student's major and job must match. For paid work, 75 hours = 1 unit; for volunteer work, 60 hours = 1 unit. Students may earn a total of 16 units toward graduation in Work Experience 098 courses. See department for specific guidelines.

Associate Degree Applicable

ARCH 110  2 Units  
Introduction to Architecture  

Lecture: 36 contact hours

This course explores the professional and academic path of the architect and aspects of the architect’s relation to allied professions. Lectures will include licensing, academic options and pathways, history of the profession, practice, design theory, structures, and personal goal setting. Guest speakers and an office visit will provide students a firsthand opportunity to observe multiple aspects of the profession.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 111  2 Units  
Sketching and Design Visualization  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This introductory course in architectural visualization and drawing techniques will focus on how to communicate three-dimensional designs in a two-dimensional medium. Subjects and techniques include, orthographic projection, isometrics, basic one and two point perspectives, pralines, plan views, elevations, and line types. Emphasis on sketching and hand drafting and sketch-up media will be introduced in developing graphic skills.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 112  4 Units  
Environmental Design  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

This beginning architectural design course includes the perceptual and physical study of two and three-dimensional design theories, principles and compositional techniques used in the creation and manipulation of architectural form, space and light. Focus will be on the fundamental design skills and will progress to a three dimensional architectural design project including consideration of approach, transition and destination. Models, drawings and graphics will be utilized to study and communicate the design. (Formerly ARCH 100)

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 113  4 Units  
Environmental Design Communication  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

Advisory: ARCH 111 and ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H

This is an advanced studio course that builds on a basic understanding of design communication, strengthening complexity and design intention in two and three-dimensional design and three-dimensional visualization techniques, including freehand sketching, graphic conventions, modeling, shade/shadow, color rendering, graphic presentations, and a magazine page project based presentation. This course is intended to provide the visual communications skills needed to describe architecture and participate in the design communication process. It is project-based with projects selected by the instructor to build a student's range of expression, while focusing on a variety of visualization techniques and media. (Formerly ARCH 101)

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

ARCH 130  2 Units  
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Drafting  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course introduces Computer-Aided Design (CAD) as used to produce two-dimensional architectural drawings. PCs with AutoCAD will be used and instruction will focus on using a computer to draw a simple project, including the following drawing types: floor plan, site plan, elevation, and enlarged section/details. Students should have basic knowledge of computer operation and file management.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

ARCH 131  2 Units  
Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM)  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

Advisory: ARCH 130

This course introduces Building Information Modeling (BIM) as used to produce a three-dimensional architectural model with detailed construction information. PCs with Autodesk Revit will be used and instruction will focus on computer modeling a simple project and extracting construction documentation. Students should have basic knowledge of computer operation and file management.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

ARCH 133  2 Units  
Introduction to 3D Modeling and Design  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course introduces 3-D Modeling for design visualization using Rhino software. Hands-on instruction will focus on digitally modeling designs with rectilinear and non-rectilinear geometry, including preparing files for fabrication and presentation. Students should have basic knowledge of computers and file management.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

ARCH 145  3 Units  
History of Architecture: Early Design Through Gothic  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Advisory: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H

This course is a survey of Western architectural history from the early Egyptians through the Gothic period, in addition to the eastern architecture of India, Japan and China. The course includes a comparative study of architecture and architects with emphasis on the people, locations, structures, materials, and methods of construction and additional influences on the built environment.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 145H  3 Units  
History of Architecture: Early Design Through Gothic - Honors  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H

This course is a survey of Western architectural history from the early Egyptians through the Gothic period, in addition to the eastern architecture of India, Japan and China. The course includes a comparative study of architecture and architects with emphasis on the people, locations, structures, materials, and methods of construction and additional influences on the built environment. This course is intended for students in the Honors Program, but is open to all students who desire more challenging course work.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 146  3 Units  
History of Architecture: Renaissance Through Modern  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Advisory: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H

This is a survey course that covers the indigenous architecture in the Pre-Columbian Americas and the Western architectural history Renaissance period to modern times. This course includes a comparative study of architecture and architects with an emphasis on people, locations, structures, materials, and methods of construction.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 146H  3 Units  
Architecture History: Renaissance to Modern - Honors  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H

This is a survey course that covers the indigenous architecture in the Pre-Columbian Americas and the Western architectural history Renaissance period to modern times. This course includes a comparative study of architecture and architects with an emphasis on people, locations, structures, materials, and methods of construction. This course is intended for students in the Honors Program, but is open to all students who desire more challenging course work.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 212  4 Units  
Architectural Design and Theory II  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 112

Advisory: ARCH 113

This course will explore architectural and environmental design relationships between various programmatic models, normative building types, and technological themes with emphasis on physical, cultural, and historic contexts. The student will develop creative design skills and problem solving techniques as they apply to the architectural and related profession. Prerequisite may be waived subject to portfolio review of recent (within 5 years) work by Architecture department. (Formerly ARCH 200)

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 213  4 Units  
Architectural Design II  

Lecture: 36 contact hours
Lab: 108 contact hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 212

Advanced architectural design processes are explored in the urban setting, with the relationships between a variety of programmatic models, normative building types, and technological themes within specific physical, cultural and historic contexts. Focus is on advanced problems solving in spatial relationships, structures, and human requirements of advanced model building, based on challenging design criteria, communication and editing a design narrative. (Formerly ARCH 201)

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARCH 231  2 Units  
Advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM)  

Lecture: 9 contact hours
Lab: 81 contact hours

This course introduces Building Information Modeling (BIM) as used to produce a 3-dimensional architectural model with detailed construction information. PCs with Autodesk Revit will be used and instruction will focus on computer modeling a simple project and extracting construction documentation. Students should have basic knowledge of computer operation and file management as well as construction.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only

ARCH 233  2 Units  
Advanced 3D Modeling and Design  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 133

This course introduces fundamental skills of coding and 3-D computational design using Rhino software with additional plug-ins. Hands-on instruction will focus on parametrically modeling and testing design variations with rectilinear and non-rectilinear geometry, including preparing files for fabrication and presentation. Students should have basic knowledge of 3-D modeling.

Associate Degree Applicable

Transfers to CSU only