Architectural Studies and Design A.S.
This associate of science (AS) degree program is designed for students who wish to continue in architecture school following graduation from the program. It also prepares students for entry-level positions in architecture and related design fields, including urban planning, environmental design and interior design. Required courses include architectural design, architectural history, architectural technology, architectural graphics, mathematics, physics, English, humanities and social sciences.
Core courses address design vocabulary, process, composition, and design as a means of communication. Students also explore the materials of design and construction and how architects make use of them in their work.
Students explore social, environmental, behavioral, aesthetic, technological and political forces that influence architectural forms, ideas and urban patterns, as well as learn to recognize and graphically depict forms and textures in the natural and built environment. Faculty have extensive professional and academic experience, providing insight into both the practice of architecture and the cultural context in which it is made.
The Architectural Studies and Design program is characterized by small class sizes, allowing professors to spend more time with each student than at many colleges. Students have extensive opportunities to become involved in the campus community through student groups, including the Architecture Club. The club promotes excellence in architectural education, training and practice, while fostering an appreciation of architecture through periodic visits to architecturally significant sites.