Architectural Design Technology

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Building Information Modeling (BIM)

This Degree program provides students with a background in Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for application to the architectural building space and design of buildings, interior space analysis and design to facilitate selection of materials & products promoting energy conservation, ecologically sustainable building space and building design using Green Building/LEED point principles.

Students who successfully complete the suggested program will be capable of performing pre-modeling (massing), modeling, and developing drawing documents normally expected of architects, designers, and drafting technicians.

The program is designed to provide job market skills, and college transfer skill opportunities within the Architectural Design disciplines and/or Construction Management as well as opportunities for students to qualify for employment in a variety of positions within the related industries. Additionally, this program offers opportunities for working professionals to take these courses for professional development to update and improve their skills in the Building Information Modeling field.

Note: It is highly recommended that each student keep a complete record of semester work/projects (i.e., a portfolio) to present for evaluation by university/college program advisors and/or employers.

This degree program utilizes various Building Information Modeling (BIM) software components, such as Revit Architecture, MEP, and Structure to prepare students for careers and college transfer in the area of Interior Building Architecture, Architecture, and Building Information Modeling (BIM), with an emphasis in the Architectural Technology area.

Highlights: State-of-the-Art computer lab and software.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ADT 300 Architectural Sketching and Modeling I 3
ADT 302 Architectural Sketching and Modeling II 3
ADT 310 Architectural Computer-Aided Drawing I 3
ADT 314 Architectural 3D Modeling 3
ADT 320 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) I 3
ADT 324 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) III 3
ADT 322 Building Information Modeling (BIM) II 3
ADT 326 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) IV 3
ADT 498 Work Experience in Architecture Design Technology 1 -4
Total Units: 25 - 28

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Research, evaluate and apply energy conservation, ergonomic considerations, American Disabilities Act (ADA), ecologically sustainable design solution and principles (Green Building/LEED) to design projects.
  • SLO #2: Formulate, categorize and identify Green Building/LEED certified materials and systems for use in residential and commercial projects.
  • SLO #3: Organize, categorize and illustrate the development of initial models into architectural design documents, individually or through work group methods.
  • SLO #4: Demonstrate, summarize and recall visual and verbal note taking methods and apply the information into models and finalized residential and commercial project designs.
  • SLO #5: Assess, compose and analyze architectural graphic information effectively to create solutions from a criteria matrix, bubble diagram and block diagramming methods.
  • SLO #6: Choose, assemble and distinguish the necessary skills in developing marketable BIM/CADD skills for university transfer and the job market, through measurable methods in project development and presentations.

Career Information

Architectural Draftsperson, Designer/Technician, Planning Assistant, CADD Technician, BIM Technician, Facilities/Space Planner.


A.S. in Interior Building Architecture

This Associate Science program utilizes CADD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to prepare students for careers in the area of Interior Building Architecture, Architecture, with an emphasis in Architectural Design.

Students who successfully complete the suggested program will be capable of performing pre-modeling (massing), modeling, and developing drawing documents normally expected of architects, designers, and technicians.

The program is designed to provide job market skills, college transfer opportunities in the Interior Building Architecture, Architecture and/or Construction Management disciplines as well as opportunities for students to qualify for employment in a variety of positions within related industries. Additionally, this program offers opportunities for working professionals to take these courses for professional development to update and improve their skills in the interior building architecture field.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that each student keep a complete record of work to present for evaluation by university/college program advisors and/or employers.

This degree program utilizes CADD and Building Information Modeling software components, such as Revit Architecture, MEP, and Structure to prepare students for careers in Interior Building Architecture, Architecture, Building Information Modeling (BIM), with an emphasis in Architectural Technology field.

Highlights: State-of-the-art computer lab and software.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ADT 300 Architectural Sketching and Modeling I 3
ADT 302 Architectural Sketching and Modeling II 3
ADT 310 Architectural Computer-Aided Drawing I 3
ADT 314 Architectural 3D Modeling 3
ADT 320 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) I 3
ADT 322 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) II 3
ARCH 329 Architectural Working Drawings 4
CMT 112 Construction Estimating 3
Total Units: 25

The Interior Building Architecture Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Research, evaluate and apply energy conservation, ergonomic considerations, American Disabilities Act (ADA), ecologically sustainable design solution and principles (Green Building/LEED) to design projects.
  • SLO #2: Formulate, categorize and identify Green Building/LEED certified materials and systems for use in residential and commercial projects.
  • SLO #3: Organize, categorize and illustrate the development of initial models into architectural design documents, individually or through work group methods.
  • SLO #4: Demonstrate, summarize and recall visual and verbal note taking methods and apply the information into models and finalized residential and commercial project designs.
  • SLO #5: Assess, compose and analyze architectural graphic information effectively to create solutions from a criteria matrix, bubble diagram and block diagramming methods.
  • SLO #6: Choose, assemble and distinguish the necessary skills in developing marketable BIM/CADD skills for university transfer and the job market, through measurable methods in project development and presentations.

Career Information

Architectural Draftsperson, Designer/Technician, Planning Assistant, CADD Technician, BIM Technician, Facilities/Space Planner.

Certificates of Achievement

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Certificate

This Certificate program provides students with a background in Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for application to the architectural building space and design of buildings, interior space analysis and design to facilitate selection of materials & products promoting energy conservation, ecologically sustainable building space and building design using Green Building/LEED point principles.

Students who successfully complete the suggested certificate will be capable of performing pre-modeling (massing, modeling, and developing drawing documents normally expected of architects, designers and drafting technicians.

The program is designed to provide job market skills and opportunities within the Architectural Design disciplines and/or Construction Management as well as opportunities for students to qualify for employment in a variety of positions within the related industries. Additionally, this certificate offers opportunities for working professionals to take these courses for professional development to update and improve their skills in the Building Information Modeling (BIM)field.

This certificate program utilizes various Building Information Modeling (BIM) software components, such as Revit Architecture, MEP, and Structure to prepare students for careers in the job market in the area of Interior Building, Architecture, Architecture, Building Information Modeling (BIM), with an emphasis in the Architectural Technology field.

NOTE: Highlights - State-of-the-Art computer lab and software.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ADT 300 Architectural Sketching and Modeling I 3
ADT 302 Architectural Sketching and Modeling II 3
ADT 310 Architectural Computer-Aided Drawing I 3
ADT 314 Architectural 3D Modeling 3
ADT 320 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) I 3
ADT 322 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) II 3
ADT 498 Work Experience in Architecture Design Technology 1 -4
Total Units: 19 - 22

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Research, evaluate and apply energy conservation, ergonomic considerations, American Disabilities Act (ADA), ecologically sustainable design solution and principles (Green Building/LEED) to design projects.
  • SLO #2: Formulate, categorize and identify Green Building/LEED certified materials and systems for use in residential and commercial projects.
  • SLO #3: Organize, categorize and illustrate the development of initial models into architectural design documents, individually or through work group methods.
  • SLO #4: Demonstrate, summarize and recall visual and verbal note taking methods and apply the information into models and finalized residential and commercial project designs.
  • SLO #5: Assess, compose and analyze architectural graphic information effectively to create solutions from a criteria matrix, bubble diagram and block diagramming methods.
  • SLO #6: Choose, assemble and distinguish the necessary skills in developing marketable BIM/CADD skills for university transfer and the job market, through measurable methods in project development and presentations.

Career Information

Architectural Draftsperson, Designer/Technician, Planning Assistant, CADD Technician, BIM Technician, Facilities/Space Planner.


Green Buildings Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals in the fields of architecture; construction; building management; construction management; building inspection; design technology; landscape; and planning, who want to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of an integrated, economic life-cycle approach to the design of the built environment. It includes study of green rating systems, material choices and environmental strategies for a livable, sustainable future.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ARCH 342 Introduction to Green Buildings 3
CMT 310 Materials of Construction 3
A minimum of 12 units from the following: 12
ARCH 332 Design Awareness (3)
ARCH 334 Advanced Design in Three Dimensions (3)
ADT 320 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) I (3)
ADT 322 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) II (3)
BIT 150 California Energy Code – Building Energy Efficiency Standards (3)
CONST 143 Photovoltaic Systems (3)
ECON 306 Environmental Economics (3)
GEOG 302 Environmental Studies & Sustainability (3)
GEOG 305 Global Climate Change (3)
GEOG 306 Weather and Climate (3)
Total Units: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • PSLO 1: Establish meaningful ethical, social and environmental objectives for buildings and communities based on the values of energy and resource conscious design.
  • Compare and contrast societal and economic implications of utilizing renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
  • Compare and contrast the effect of contextual issues and evaluate their impact on energy consumption, environment and the beneficial experience of interior and exterior spaces.
  • PSLO 2: Identify and articulate issues related to the choice of various building, landscape and environmental systems; ideate responsive solutions; and compare the alternatives in making effective, sustainable decisions.
  • Analyze and calculate energy use to make informed, environmentally-sound and economic choices to satisfy human needs for comfort and aesthetics.
  • Explain the concepts of resource conservation and waste reduction and make sustainable design choices related to materials and construction.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of green rating systems, livable communities strategies and the ability to apply these concepts in decision-making.
  • PSLO 3: Demonstrate independent learning, teamwork and continuing education habits that will help to encourage a life long pursuit of knowledge.
  • To use a team work process to identify issues, analyze criteria, research and apply learned principles to synthesize solutions to specific design projects.
  • To demonstrate habits of visual note making and independent research by developing a sketch and notebook to record learning.

Career Information

This certificate helps to develop the knowledge base related to sustainable green buildings and environments for the careers of architecture, construction, construction management, building inspection, horticulture, landscape architecture and architectural design technology.


Interior Building Architecture Certificate

This certificate program utilizes CADD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to prepare students for careers in the area of Interior Building Architecture with an emphasis in Architectural Design.

Students who successfully complete the suggested program will be capable of performing pre-modeling (massing), modeling, and developing drawing documents normally expected of architects, designers and drafting technicians.

The program is designed to provide job market skills and opportunities within the Architectural Design disciplines and/or Construction Management as well as opportunities for students to qualify for employment in a variety of positions within the related industries. Additionally, this program offers opportunities for working professionals to take these courses for professional development to update and improve their skills in the interior building architecture field.

Note: It is highly recommended that each student keep a complete record of semester work/projects (i.e., a portfolio) to present for evaluation by employers.

This degree program utilizes various Building Information Modeling (BIM) software components, such as Revit MEP and Structure to prepare students for careers in Interior Building Architecture, Architecture,Building Information Modeling (BIM), with an emphasis in the Architectural Technology area.

Highlights: State-of-the-Art computer lab and software.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ADT 300 Architectural Sketching and Modeling I 3
ADT 302 Architectural Sketching and Modeling II 3
ADT 310 Architectural Computer-Aided Drawing I 3
ADT 320 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) I 3
ADT 322 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) II 3
ARCH 320 Architectural Design and Communication I 3.5
ARCH 321 Architectural Design and Communication II 3.5
CMT 310 Materials of Construction 3
Total Units: 25

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Research, evaluate and apply energy conservation, ergonomic considerations, American Disabilities Act (ADA), ecologically sustainable design solution and principles (Green Building/LEED) to design projects.
  • SLO #2: Formulate, categorize and identify Green Building/LEED certified materials and systems for use in residential and commercial projects.
  • SLO #3: Organize, categorize and illustrate the development of initial models into architectural design documents, individually or through work group methods.
  • SLO #4: Demonstrate, summarize and recall visual and verbal note taking methods and apply the information into models and finalized residential and commercial project designs.
  • SLO #5: Assess, compose and analyze architectural graphic information effectively to create solutions from a criteria matrix, bubble diagram and block diagramming methods.
  • SLO #6: Choose, assemble and distinguish the necessary skills in developing marketable BIM/CADD skills for university transfer and the job market, through measurable methods in project development and presentations.

Career Information

Architectural Draftsperson, Designer/Technician, Planning Assistant, CADD Technician, BIM Technician, Facilities/Space Planner.

Architectural Design Technology, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and/or Interior Building Architecture (IBA), A.S. Degree

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Architectural Design Technology, A.S. Degree

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Architectural Design Technology, Interior Building Architect, A.S. Degree

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Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction, Certificate of Proficiency

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