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Architecture Program

2016-2017

Description

The Architecture Program is designed for those who desire employment in architects’ or engineers’ offices or who plan to enter a college of architecture or engineering. Emphasis is placed on the office practices, procedures, principles and ethics of these professions. Students planning to transfer to a school of architecture should consult with architectural counselors to select acceptable transfer courses.

Gainful Employment Information

Landscape Architecture Option

The landscape architecture program is designed to train individuals to have employable technical skills related to professional landscape design development, or to prepare those who plan to enter a college of landscape architecture. Students planning to transfer to a school of landscape architecture should consult with landscape architectural counselors to select acceptable transfer courses.

Woodbury University Option

Woodbury University is a fully accredited private university with a satellite campus in San Diego. Students who maintain a 3.0 average in all San Diego Mesa College architecture design studies qualify for transfer to Woodbury’s third year design studio (Design Studio 5) with portfolio review.

Program Goals

The program is designed for students wishing to transfer to university programs in architecture and landscape architecture leading to B.A.Arch. and M.A.Arch. degrees and for students seeking employment in professional design offices.

Award Type Units
Associate of Science Degree:
Architecture Technician 28*
Architecture 35*
Construction Management 29*
Landscape Architecture Technician 31*
Landscape Architecture 27*
Woodbury University Track 35*

* and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Career Options

Students seeking licensure as architects can transfer to university programs in architecture, and/or seek employment in architecture and landscape architecture offices.

program learning outcomes

Students who complete the Architecture Program will be able to:

  • Critical Thinking: Think critically in a problem/ project based curriculum that requires solving spatial, social, engineering and sustainable design problems developing personal, creative and individual solutions.
  • Communication: Write about, speak about, and/or graphically articulate solutions to design problems and the processes of arriving at these solutions to faculty, visiting critics, clients, and fellow students.
  • Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrate a greater sense of self-awareness and interpersonal skills while participating in team projects, role-playing, and workplace scenarios.
  • Global Awareness: Demonstrate knowledge of global issues and an awareness of design programs, design projects, historical design issues, and cultural and social perspectives that are international in scope, including issues of sustainability and environmental sensitivity.
  • Technological Awareness: Demonstrate technological awareness through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and software including computers, scanners, plotters, printers, copiers, digital projectors, and current editions of software utilized in the profession.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Associate of Science Degree

Landscape Architecture 

Courses: Units
ARCH 100 Graphic Design Communication I 2
ARCH 135 Tree Identification 3
ARCH 136 Shrubs, Vines, Groundcover Identification 3
ARCH 155 Environmental Design 1: Creating Exterior spaces 5
ARCH 190 Environmental Design II: Urban and Community Design 5
ARCH 220 Graphic Design Communication II 2
ARCH 221 Graphic Design Communication III 2
ARCH 230 Sustainability in the Built Environment 5
Total Units = 27

Recommended Electives: Art–Fine Art 155A; Architecture 101, 155, 190, 270, 290; Mathematics 104; Physics 125.

Architecture*

Courses: Units
ARCH 100 Graphic Design Communication I 2
ARCH 101 Introduction to ArchiCAD 3
ARCH 105 Introduction to AutoCAD 2
ARCH 126 History of Ancient World Architecture 

or

ARCH 127

History of World Architecture:
Renaissance Through Contemporary

3
ARCH 170 Architectural Design 4
ARCH 172 Architectural Design II 4
ARCH 175 Advanced Architectural Design I 5
ARCH  180A Advanced Architectural Design IIA 5
ARCH 220 Graphic Design Communication II 2
ARCH 221 Graphic Design Communication III

2

ARCH 226 Architectural Theory 3
Total Units = 35

Recommended Electives: Art–Fine Art 155A; Architecture 155, 190, 270, 290; Mathematics 104; Physics 125.

Landscape Architecture Technician*

The Associate Degree in Landscape Architecture Technician counts as one educational unit in qualifying to sit for the California State Landscape Architecture licensing exam.

Courses: Units
ARCH 100 Graphic Design Communication I 2
ARCH 105 Introduction to AutoCAD 2
ARCH 135 Tree Identification 3
ARCH 136 Shrubs, Vines, Groundcover Identification 3
ARCH 155 Environmental Design I: Creating Exterior Spaces 5
ARCH 190 Environmental Design II: Urban and Community Design 5
ARCH 220 Graphic Design Communication II 2
ARCH 235 Plants and Design 4
ARCH 250 Site Design, Topography and Grading 4
  Total Units = 31

Recommended Electives: Art–Fine Art 150A, 155A; Architecture 126, 127, 221, 230; Biology 100, 120.

Architecture Technician

Courses Required for the Major:
Units
ARCH 100 Architectural Drafting 2
ARCH 105 Introduction to AutoCAD 2
ARCH 106 Advanced Computer Aided Drafting I 3
ARCH 111 Architectural Production Detailing 4
ARCH 126 History of Ancient World Architecture
or
ARCH 127 History of World Architecture:
Romanesque through Contemporary
3
ARCH 130 Materials of Construction 3
ARCH 200 Architectural Detailing 4
ARCH 205 Estimating 3
ARCH 250 Site Design, Topography and Grading 4
Total Units = 28

Construction Management

Courses Required for the Major: Units
ARCH 100 Architectural Drafting 2
ARCH 105 Introduction to AutoCAD 2
ARCH 111 Architectural Production Detailing 4
ARCH 130 Materials of Construction 3
ARCH 205 Estimating 3
BLDC 68 Electrical, Plumbing and
Mechanical Codes
3
BLDC 70 Building Codes and Zoning 3
BLDC 75 Construction Management I 3
BLDC 80 Construction Project Management
and Scheduling
3
BLDC 95 Building Contractor’s License Law 3
Total Units = 29

Woodbury University Track

Courses Required for the Major: Units
ARCH 101 Introduction to ArchiCAD 3
ARCH 126 History of Ancient World Architecture 3
ARCH 127 History of World Arch: Romanesque Through Contemporary 3
ARCH 130 Materials of Construction 3
ARCH 170 Architectural Design 4
ARCH 172 Architectural Design II 4
ARCH 175 Advanced Architectural Design I 5
ARCH 180A Advanced Architectural Design IIA 5
ARCH 220 Graphic Design Communication I 2
ARCH 226 Architectural Theory 3
Total Units = 35

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.