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ARC1113

Sketchbook Studies

3 credits

This course focuses on the development of perception and awareness of major architectural monuments, historical sites, and public spaces through two-dimensional architectural renderings performed in situ. Freehand perspective drawings will be created in black and white, with color as applicable. Mediums of presentation will vary from pencil to pen. (3 hr. lecture; 2 hr. lab)

 

ARC1115

Architectural Communications 1

2 credits

Exercises in freehand drawing, sketching and linear perspective are designed to increase the student's awareness of the architectural environment. This is accomplished through a series of form studies of nature, architectural forms, and abstract elements of composition. Corequisite: IND 1020. Laboratory fee. (1 hr. lecture; 2 hr. lab)

 

ARC1126

Architectural Drawing 1

4 credits

Exercises in the visualization and drafting of architectural objects and construction conditions using orthographic projection, isometric and sectional drawings as an expression of architectural communication. Includes plans, elevations, details, schedules, and sections of a wood frame and masonry structures. Prerequisite: BCN 1251 One year high school architectural drafting. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC1128

Architectural Drawing 2

4 credits

A simulation of an actual architectural drafting room. The instructor issues preliminary design drawings from which the student prepares working drawings. The problems presented have varied materials and structural systems, differing occupancies, etc., offering a series of new experiences in architectural drawing. Prerequisite: ARC 1126. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC1131

Architectural Presentation

3-4 variable credits

Discussion, demonstration and application of multimedia used within the profession to present architectural and interior design subjects. Topics include, but are not limited to, pencil, ink, colored pencil, markers, water-color, airbrush, model building, photography and portfolio layout. In depth training will be provided in one or more of the media. Prerequisites: ARC 1115, 1301. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 2-4 hr. lab)

 

ARC1301

Architectural Design 1

4 credits

Introductory course to architectural design, its scope, methods and vocabulary interfacing graphics and design as a means towards an awareness and understanding of basic organizational principles. Design concepts analyzed through graphical representation and modeling. Pre/corequisite: ARC 1115. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC1302

Architectural Design 2

4 credits

A continuation of ARC 1301, emphasizing the application of ordering concepts, and aspects and determinants of form and space. An individual design process is developed by the student. Pre-/Co-Requisites: ARC 1126, 2701; Prerequisite: ARC 1301. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC1949

Co-op Work Experience 1: ARC

3 credits

This is a course designed to provide training in a student's field of study through work experience. Students are graded on the basis of documentation of learning acquired as reported by student and employer. Students will be assigned specific course prefixes related to their academic major prior to registration. All students must contact the Co-operative Education office to obtain registration approval. Prerequisite: 2.0 GPA, approval of Co-op Program Director and a minimum of 6 credits in field or approved work experience. (3 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2052

Architectural Computer Techniques

1 credit

An introduction to computer-aided architecture, including basic computer concepts, current hardware and software and their application in the solving of architectural problems. Prerequisite: ARC 1126. Laboratory fee. (1 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2053

Architectural Computer Applications

4 credits

Applications of software and computer languages in the fields of architecture, building construction and interior design. Corequisite: ARC2052. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2056

Computer Aided Architectural Presentation

4 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the concept of three-dimensional modeling and rendering for the purpose of producing an animated architectural presentation. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2171

Computer Aided Drafting 1

4 credits

Computer-aided drafting as it applies in the fields of architecture and interior design using office simulation. Emphasis is on the production of computer-aided drafting of working drawings involving different types of structure. Prerequisite: ARC 1126 or 2461. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2172

Computer Aided Drafting 2

4 credits

This course is designed for students with previous computer-aided design knowledge. Students will use both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional CAD software to further develop their abilities to apply CAD techniques to the solution of architectural, engineering, and interior design problems. Prerequisite: ARC 2171. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2178C

Introduction to Building Surfacing

4 credits

A BIM course introducing building surfacing and form finding technology. Students will learn the practice of creating complex building models and non-traditional architectural geometries, exploring design intent modeling, and generating solid models from surface models through AEC related objects. Design drivers, computational geometry, and advanced assembly techniques are explored. Prerequisite ARC 2180C (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2180C

Introduction to 3D building Modeling

4 credits

An introduction to 3D building modeling and generative drafting as it applies to the fields of architecture and interior design. Students will learn current practices in 3D building design by emphasizing the manipulation of commands used for modeling, drawing, editing, dimensioning, basic drawing management, and drawing output. Prerequisites: ARC 2172, CGS 1060, MAC 1105. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2201

Theory of Architecture

3 credits

An introduction to the meaning of Architecture to society, the foundation theories of architecture and an exposure to the ways and means of the creative process. Prerequisite: ARC 1115. (3 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2303

Architectural Design 3

5 credits

Integration of the natural and built environment with physiological, functional, organizational, spatial and environmental forces. Prerequisites: ARC 1302 and 2461. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 6 hr. lab)

 

ARC2304

Architectural Design 4

5 credits

A continuation of ARC 2303. Introduction to programming and design methods in architecture. Applications of building technology in the design process. Overview of computer applications in design. Prerequisite: ARC 2303; pre/corequisites: ARC 2053, 2681. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 6 hr. lab)

 

ARC2312C

Introduction to Building Assembly Modeling

4 credits

Introduction to the principles of Building Assembly Modeling. Students will learn to explore a building as an assembly of architectural objects and subassemblies, using virtual design and construction software. In addition, students will learn part modeling, assembly modeling, generative drafting, and general representational and modeling techniques. Prerequisites: ARC 2172, CGS 1060, and MAC 1105. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2461

Architectural Materials and Construction 1

4 credits

An introduction to basic materials and methods of building construction. Emphasis is on wood, concrete, unit masonry, and light steel construction. Laboratory projects may include working drawings interpretation, sketching construction details, or field trips to construction sites and fabricant plants. Designed primarily as the initial materials and methods course for architectural transfer students. Prerequisite: ARC 1126 or BCN 1251. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2580

Architectural Structures 1

4 credits

A basic structural course, designed primarily for Architectural and Construction majors, covering the fundamentals of statics. Timber design emphasized. Prerequisite: MAC1114; pre-/corequisites: PHY 2053, 2053L and ARC 1126, 2461. Laboratory fee. (3 hr. lecture; 2 hr. lab)

 

ARC2581

Architectural Structures 2

4 credits

Fundamentals of structural design: beams, columns, frames, axial force, shear, bending and torsion. Load-deflection behavior and properties of common structural materials. Steel design emphasized. Prerequisite: ARC 2580. Laboratory fee. (2 hr. lecture; 4 hr. lab)

 

ARC2681

Environmental Technology

3 credits

An introduction to technology aspects of building design which relates to human comfort, safety, and building performance. Includes a survey of the fundamentals of water supply, waste lines, plumbing equipment, heat and air conditioning; solar applications; and electrical components and equipment in the design and construction of buildings. Prerequisite: ARC 1126. (3 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2701

History of Architecture 1

3 credits

A general survey of architecture from primitive times through the 18th century including an integration of art forms, structural forms and ornamental forms used in various cultures of the world during those times. (3 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2702

History of Architecture 2

3 credits

A general survey of architecture from the 19th century through the present, including an integration of art forms, structural forms, and ornamental forms used in various cultures of the world during these times. Gordon Rule assigned. (3 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2765

An Introduction to: Cities of the World

3 credits

This course is a comparative study of contemporary cities both industrialized, developing and redeveloped and/or reconstructed. This course is conducted abroad. Students will learn about improving the quality of our man-made environment by seeing first-hand, positive progress towards civilizing cities of the world. Separation of pedestrian and traffic ways, and the amenities which result, will be a major element of study Assiduous use of the natural environment will be observed and studied. (3 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2767

Architectural History: Urban Spaces

3 credits

Studies in situ of major urban spaces, with accompanying critical analyses of those spaces. An historical overview of the architecture of the places and spaces studied, with specific attention given to the ambiance, color, light, texture, and patterns, will be presented. The history of the community activities occurring in the spaces will be further analyzed, with appropriate urban and regional planning evaluations. Principles of positive planning will be studied, with the intention of developing knowledge of urban planning process and practice. (3 hr. lecture)

 

ARC2949

Co-op Work Experience 2: ARC

3 credits

This is a course designed to continue training in a student's field of study through work experience. Students are graded on the basis of documentation of learning acquired as reported by student and employer. Students will be assigned specific course prefixes related to their academic major prior to registration. All students must contact the Co-operative Education Office to obtain registration approval. Prerequisite: 2.0 minimum GPA, approval of Co-op Program Director and completion of ARC 1949. (3 hr. lecture)




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