Design

The Design program offers courses in architecture, drafting, and engineering for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution or gain employment in the fields of architectural design, computer aided design, mechanical design, and engineering design. The program also offers courses for those who may not be pursuing a career in design but who have an interest in or need to understand graphic communication. The engineering course work includes engineering design graphics courses for students majoring in aerospace, civil, environmental, industrial, mechanical, and structural engineering. The architectural course work 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 degree, include urban planner, surveyor, draftsperson, building inspector, corporate architect, and technical illustrator. Employers for students obtaining certificates and associate degrees include federal, state, and local land use planning agencies; building and transportation agencies; private architectural, contract, and construction companies; and for-profit industrial and manufacturing companies in life science, defense, sport/recreation equipment, and various other industries.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Paul Clarke

Dean: Al Taccone

Department: Design

Office: Building OC4800, 760.795.6811

Full-Time Faculty

Paul Clarke
David Parker

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

  • Architectural Design

  • Computer-Aided Drafting

  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

  • Mechanical Design

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.

Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

Architectural Design

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, construction 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.

Required courses: 
DESN 100Fundamentals of Design3
DESN 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DESN 102Architectural Drawing3
DESN 103Architectural Communications3
DESN 105Construction Materials3
DESN 200Architectural Design I3
DESN 201AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting II3
DESN 207Revit Building Information Modeling3
Choose one unit from the following two courses:1
Internship Studies
Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Select at least 6 elective units from the following:6
History of Western Architecture -A Sustainable Perspective
Advanced 3D Modeling and Prototyping
Landscape Design
Landscape Construction
Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop
Total Units32

 

Certificate of Achievement

Computer-Aided Drafting

This certificate provides a solid foundation in computer-aided drafting (CAD). In addition to the common core of required courses, students choose an area of emphasis (architecture, engineering, or landscape) and complete all the courses from that emphasis. Completion of this program prepares students for entry level support positions in a variety of local industries or for continuing their education. Typical job titles of students completing this certificate include drafter, CAD operator, AutoCAD technician, and architectural and civil drafter.

This certificate consists of 18 units of required core courses and 6-8 units of elective courses from one area of emphasis: architecture, engineering, or landscape. Students should select an emphasis area and complete both courses in that emphasis.

Required courses: 
DESN 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DESN 110Graphics Communication4
DESN 201AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting II3
DESN 203SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I3
DESN 204Advanced 3D Modeling and Prototyping3
DESN 290Portfolio and Presentation1
or DESN 292 Internship Studies
or DESN 299 Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Select an area of emphasis in either Architecture, Engineering or Landscape from below:6-8
Emphasis in Architecture (6 units):
Architectural Drawing
Revit Building Information Modeling
Emphasis in Engineering (8 units):
Engineering Design Graphics
Manufacturing Processes
Emphasis in Landscape (6 units):
Landscape Design
Computer-Aided Landscape Design Applications
Total Units24-26

 

Certificate of Achievement

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

This certificate provides a solid foundation in computer-aided drafting and design (CADD). In addition to the common core of required courses, students choose an area of emphasis (architecture, engineering, or landscape) and complete at least 9 elective units from that emphasis. Completion of this program prepares students for entry-level support positions in a variety of local industries or for continuing their education. Typical job titles of students completing this certificate include designer, CAD technician, design drafter, and architectural and civil designer.

This certificate consists of 18 units of required core courses and 9-11 units of elective courses from one area of emphasis: architecture, engineering, or landscape.

Required courses: 
DESN 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DESN 110Graphics Communication4
DESN 201AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting II3
DESN 203SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I3
DESN 204Advanced 3D Modeling and Prototyping3
DESN 290Portfolio and Presentation1
or DESN 292 Internship Studies
or DESN 299 Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Select at least 9 units from one of the three areas of emphasis (Architecture, Engineering, or Landscape):9
Architecture Emphasis
Fundamentals of Design
Architectural Drawing
Construction Materials
Architectural Design I
Revit Building Information Modeling
Engineering Emphasis
Engineering Design Graphics
Manufacturing Processes
Revit Building Information Modeling
Trigonometry
Landscape Emphasis
Architectural Drawing
Plant Identification: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
Landscape Irrigation
Landscape Design
Computer-Aided Landscape Design Applications
Total Units27

 

Certificate of Achievement

Mechanical Design

This certificate prepares individuals for entry-level jobs with companies and agencies involved in the design and/or manufacture of mechanical objects, devices, and equipment. Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to take design ideas from concept sketches to digital models, physical prototypes, detail drawings, and subsequent manufacture and production. Job titles of students completing this certificate include drafter, designer, mechanical designer, and engineering assistant. The certificate also equips employed and transfer students with expertise using the latest industry-standard design tools required for job promotions, advanced study, and professional practice.

Required courses: 
DESN 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DESN 110Graphics Communication4
DESN 111Engineering Design Graphics4
DESN 120Manufacturing Processes4
DESN 203SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I3
DESN 204Advanced 3D Modeling and Prototyping3
Select one unit from the following list of courses:1
Portfolio and Presentation
Internship Studies
Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Total Units23

 

Certificate of Proficiency

Applied Design

This certificate prepares individuals with skills fundamental to careers in professional interior and industrial design. It is designed for students who desire to secure entry-level positions or who plan to continue their education at a college of design. Job titles typical of students completing this certificate include design assistant or interior design assistant. 
 

Required courses: 
ART 100Drawing and Composition3
DESN 100Fundamentals of Design3
DESN 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
Select an area of emphasis in Interior Design or Industrial Design from below:6-7
Emphasis in Design (6 units)
Architectural Drawing
History of Western Architecture -A Sustainable Perspective
Architectural Design I
Emphasis in Industrial Design (6-7 units)
Graphics Communication
SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I
Advanced 3D Modeling and Prototyping
Total Units16-17

 

Certificate of Proficiency

Engineering Design Graphics

This certificate provides students an opportunity to explore and become proficient with the graphic tools used by designers and engineers to take ideas from design concept, to prototype, to physical product. Students who complete this certificate are encouraged to then pursue the Mechanical Design or CADD Certificate of Achievement and continue their engineering education.

Required courses: 
DESN 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DESN 110Graphics Communication4
DESN 111Engineering Design Graphics4
DESN 203SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I3
Total Units15

 

Certificate of Proficiency

Drafting Fundamentals

This certificate introduces and provides an overview of the issues and skills involved in drafting education or a career in drafting. A graphics communication course covering sketching, visualization, and projection is combined with a computer-aided drafting and architectural drawing course to help students develop skills using the board and AutoCAD. These courses provide a foundation for work or study related to drafting.

Required courses: 
DESN 101AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I4
DESN 102Architectural Drawing3
DESN 110Graphics Communication4
Total Units11

 

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Courses

DESN 100: Fundamentals of Design

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces the fundamentals of the design process as students develop and apply design skills using visual elements and principles of two- and three-dimensional design. It includes solving visual problems and creating authentic designs using black and white and color media in both two- and three-dimensions. Students also study design in historical, social, and multicultural contexts. (Formerly DRAF 136.)

DESN 101: AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting I

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces computer-aided drafting. Students use computers with AutoCAD software and peripheral equipment to develop computer-generated drawings for various fields and industries, including architecture, engineering, landscape, and interior design. Students learn principles and techniques that enable them to create, edit, modify, scale, and plot two-dimensional technical drawings. (Formerly DRAF 101.)

DESN 102: 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. (Formerly ARCH 101.)

DESN 103: Architectural Communications

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DESN 102.
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. (Formerly ARCH 103.)

DESN 105: Construction Materials

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0201.00)

This course provides an overview of the processes and materials used in construction. Topics include elements of planning, designing, and contracting of the work. The course emphasizes site preparation and the materials used in residential and commercial projects, including wood, concrete, steel, glazing, and masonry as applied to the interiors and exteriors of buildings. (Formerly ARCH 105.)

DESN 107: History of Western Architecture -A Sustainable Perspective

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

This course introduces the history of Western architecture from the ancient Near East to the present day with an emphasis on the timeless principles of sustainability. It examines selected significant historical works of architecture to shed light on the technological, religious, and social forces that shaped these works. Students explore the principles of sustainable design as they examine past exemplars of architectural design through the lens of present day sustainability guidelines.

DESN 110: Graphics Communication

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in DRAF 110 or ENGR 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces graphics as a fundamental means of communicating technical information for product design, manufacturing, and construction. Students develop an understanding of graphics communication in the design process and gain hands-on experience using modern computer-aided solid modeling software to produce part models, assemblies, and drawings according to industry standards. (Formerly DRAF/ENGR 110.)

DESN 111: Engineering Design Graphics

Units: 4
Prerequisites: DESN 110
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in DRAF 111 or ENGR 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course prepares engineering and design students to use the graphic communication tools used by engineers in industry. Students develop an advanced understanding of these tools in the engineering design process and gain hands-on experience using modern computer-aided solid modeling software to produce complex part models, assemblies, and drawings. (Formerly DRAF/ENGR 111.)

DESN 120: Manufacturing Processes

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4 hours. (0953.00)

This course provides students a basic understanding of the properties of materials and how these materials, including plastics, metals, ceramics, and composites, are transformed into finished products. Students study basic and advanced manufacturing processes, including material removal, joining and assembly, molding and casting, surfacing, and finishing. (Formerly DRAF 120.)

DESN 200: Architectural Design I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DESN 102.
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. (Formerly ARCH 102.)

DESN 201: AutoCAD Computer-Aided Drafting II

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DESN 101.
Corequisite: DESN 101 if prerequisite not met.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course focuses on applying advanced AutoCAD skills in the design process to create models, drawings, and related documentation for a variety of applications and industries. Topics include tolerancing, block libraries, attributes, bills of materials, isometric drawings, plotting, modeling, and photo-realistic 3D rendering. Students develop and apply skills in visualizing, creating, and editing 3D shapes for modeling, testing, rapid prototyping, and marketing. The course emphasizes improving productivity and developing modeling and presentation skills. (Formerly DRAF 201.)

DESN 203: SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: DESN 101.
Advisory: DESN 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (0953.00)

This course introduces design students to the basics of 3D parametric solid modeling, including part and assembly model creation, modification, and storage. From these models, students produce CAD drawings, renderings, and presentation media based on their understanding of end-user needs. Additional topics include sketching, the user interface, configurations, design tables, and rapid prototyping. (Formerly DRAF 203.)

DESN 204: Advanced 3D Modeling and Prototyping

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DESN 203 or DESN 201.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (0953.00)

This course provides advanced theory and hands-on application of 3D modeling and prototyping to students with prior CAD modeling experience or coursework. Building upon the fundamentals, students develop skill in solid and surface modeling, mold designing, rapid prototyping, and additive manufacturing. Students develop and refine modeling skills, produce prototypes, enhance presentation models, and use simulation and 3D printing tools to solve design problems. Additional topics include file translation, presentation assessment, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) techniques. (Formerly DRAF 204.)

DESN 207: Revit Building Information Modeling

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: DESN 101 and DESN 102.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ARCH 207 or DRAF 207.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0953.00)

This course prepares intermediate design students to create, detail, and present CAD models of the built environment using Revit building information modeling software. Students create and modify building models, produce presentations including renderings and animated walk-throughs, manipulate parametric objects, create schedules and details from the data base, and generate construction documents from the model. The course is intended for students pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, construction, drafting, and landscape and interior design. (Formerly ARCH 207/DRAF 207.)

DESN 290: Portfolio and Presentation

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0953.00)

Students develop a professional portfolio using their best work from previously completed architecture and drafting courses to highlight their design and drawing achievements. The course also covers how students can market themselves for the workforce through resume writing, job search strategies, and presentation and interview skills.

DESN 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. (Formerly DRAF 292.)

DESN 296: Topics in Design

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (0201.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Drafting that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule. (Formerly DRAF 296.)

DESN 298: Directed Study in Design

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (0201.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement. (Formerly DRAF 298.)

DESN 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. (Formerly DRAF 299.)

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