Architecture

The Architectural Technology program gives students a working knowledge of the practices and technical aspects of architectural design and drawing. Careers in architecture, some of which require an undergraduate or graduate degree, include urban planner, surveyor, draftsperson, building inspector, corporate architect, and technical illustrator.

 

 

Contact Information

Department Chair: Paul Clarke

Dean: Al Taccone

www.miracosta.edu/ARCH

Department: Design

Office: Building OC4600, 760.795.6873

Full-Time Faculty

Paul Clarke
David Parker

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

Architectural Technology

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for their chosen degree or certificate.

Certificate

Certificate of Achievement

Architectural Technology

This certificate program gives students a working knowledge of the practices and technical aspects of architectural design and drawing. Students complete the required core courses and choose an elective course that relates to their own career objective. Completion of this certificate provides students with a foundation in architectural design, building codes, building materials, computer-aided drafting, and building-information modeling, and it enables students to qualify for entry-level positions in detailing, revisions, design update, and general office practice.

ARCH 101Architectural Drawing3
ARCH 102Architectural Design I3
ARCH 103Architectural Communications3
ARCH 104Building Codes and Specifications2
ARCH 105Construction Materials3
DRAF 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DRAF 136Fundamentals of Design3
DRAF 201Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting Using AutoCAD4
DRAF/ARCH 207AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD2
Select at least 3 elective units from the following:3
Landscape Design
Landscape Construction
Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop
Total Units30

 

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Courses

ARCH 101: Architectural Drawing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0201.00)

This course provides the methods and techniques required for architectural drawing. It covers freehand sketching, line work, lettering, geometric constructions, orthographic and isometric projections, and construction drawings, which include floor plans, elevations, sections, and details.

ARCH 102: Architectural Design I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: ARCH 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0201.00)

This course introduces the basics of architectural design. Students learn and apply fundamental form and space concepts to a design project using visual communication, spatial communications, and creative problem solving.

ARCH 103: Architectural Communications

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ARCH 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0201.00)

This course provides students the fundamentals of architectural presentation, rendering, and model making. It introduces standards and applications of design language, color theory, pen and ink, freehand drawing, two-point perspective, and model making technique.

ARCH 104: Building Codes and Specifications

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours. (0201.00)

This course provides an introduction to the Building Code, with emphasis on locating, describing, and applying appropriate code sections in the design and development of residential and commercial structures. The course is recommended for architectural students and building contractors.

ARCH 105: Construction Materials

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (0201.00)

This course provides an overview of the processes and materials used in construction. Course topics include elements of planning, designing, and contracting of the work. Emphasis will be placed on site preparation and the materials used in residential and commercial projects, including wood, concrete, steel, glazing, and plastics as applied to the interiors and exteriors of buildings.

ARCH 207: AutoDesk Revit Building 3D CAD

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in DRAF 207.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (0201.00)

Introduction to modeling the built environment using Revit software. Students will create and modify building models, produce presentations including renderings and animated walk-throughs, manipulate parametric objects, create schedules/ legends from the inclusive data base, and generate construction documents from the model.

ARCH 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

ARCH 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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