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Architectural Design 1, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_ARCD

Control Number: 22369

Financial Aid Eligible

The Architectural Technology Program offers courses in design, building materials, construction documents, design visualization and graphics, computer-assisted design, building information modeling and fabrication. Our comprehensive program provides students with the discipline and critical thinking skills necessary to transfer to a broad range of universities and the training and technical skills to gain employment with the many and varied firms in Southern California that hire our graduates. Former California Architects Board President, Christine Lampert, AIA, rates our program as one of the top community college programs in the state. OCC’s Architecture program has a long history of successful graduates and our current students continue to excel as indicated by winning design awards, high transfer rates, and becoming valued members of the professional community.

This certificate may be completed with no required textbook costs. All required courses will have at least one section each semester that has either an online textbook provided to you free of charge or no required textbook. Most of the restricted electives are also textbook cost free. You may be required to purchase other course supplies for these classes. You may also choose to purchase a print copy of any of these texts if you wish.

Program Outcome

The 1st year Certificate of Achievement in Architectural Design 1 prepares students for an entry-level professional position at an architectural or related design office.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ARCH A105Architectural Drawing and Design Visualization 12
ARCH A110Introduction to Architecture2
or ARCH A110H Introduction to Architecture Honors
ARCH A115Architectural Design and Theory 14
ARCH A155BIM 1 for Architecture2
ARCH A180Architectural Construction Documents4
ARCH A205Architectural Drawing and Design Visualization 23
Architectural Design Restricted Electives select 2-3 units2-3
No course may be applied to more than one Architectural Design award.
Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Introduction to FrameCAD Steel Framing
Tiny House Design
FrameCAD Studio 1
FrameCAD Studio 2
Introduction to Resouse Management
CAD 2-D for Architecture 1
Environmental Advocacy
BIM 2 for Architecture
3-D Modeling: SketchUp 1
3-D Modeling: Rhino 1
Presentation Graphics
Introduction to Design Fabrication
Design Fabrication 1
Design Fabrication 2
Design/Build 1 for Architecture
Design/Build 1 for Architecture Honors
Environmental Design Field Studies
FrameCAD Workshop 1
FrameCAD Workshop 2
FrameCAD Workshop 3
Total Units19-20

Elective courses not textbook cost free. 

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ARCH A105 Architectural Drawing and Design Visualization 1 2
ARCH A110 Introduction to Architecture 2
ARCH A155 BIM 1 for Architecture 2
Semester 2
ARCH A115 Architectural Design and Theory 1 4
ARCH A180 Architectural Construction Documents 4
ARCH A205 Architectural Drawing and Design Visualization 2 3
 Total Units19-20