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Course Descriptions ARCH

ARCH 300
Introduction to Design Professions
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 36 hours LEC
This course is a comprehensive study of the professions related to the built environment including architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, construction, city and urban planning, interior design, building inspection, environmental and energy planning. Guest speakers from various design and construction professions will engage students in discussions related to their professional practice and the necessary preparation in education and experience. Each student will evaluate his/her interest and potential of success in the areas of his/her choice. The course will include an overview of architectural history, an introduction to some of the major architects and class discussion of current issues in the environmental design professions. Additional topics in the class will include: transfer, licensing requirements and environmental design vocabulary.
ARCH 302
Introduction to Sustainability in the Built Environment I
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course, along with ARCH 303, is an overview of the process of green building, covering theory, history, state of the industry, and best practices. This course can be taken independently or consecutively with ARCH 303. The course covers various building assessment systems including LEED, Green Globes, GreenPoint Rated, etc. Topics include: the background of the green movement; high performance green and natural building design; green building assessment; the green building process and ecological design; sustainable sites including transportation, habitat, landscaping and encouraging pedestrian environments; building thermal performance and envelope; mechanical and electrical systems. It is a comprehensive look at an emerging process for economic and resource sustainability.
ARCH 303
Introduction to Sustainability in the Built Environment II
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course, along with ARCH 302 is an overview of the process of green building, covering theory, history, state of the industry, and best practices. This course can be taken independently or consecutively with ARCH 302. The course covers various building assessment systems including LEED, Green Globes, GreenPoint Rated, etc. Topics include: the background of the green movement; high performance green and natural building design; green building assessment; the green building process and ecological design; building water conservation systems; recycling, re-use, waste management and green material selection; indoor environmental quality including air quality, daylighting, views and thermal comfort; green construction operations; building commissioning; and economic analysis of green buildings. It is a comprehensive look at an emerging process for economic and resource sustainability.
ARCH 310
History of Architecture
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course studies the architecture design theories and practices of the late 19th and 20th century to the present including the Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, De Stijl international style, Fascist Ideologies, Regionism, Post World War II Amalgamations of Twentieth Century idioms and recent reactions to contemporary standardization.
ARCH 320
Architectural Design and Communication I
3.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: It is recommended that students enrolling in this course should have either completed a drafting course or ADT 300.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to the concepts and processes associated with two and three-dimensional design. A series of design projects are used to discover principles and concepts of design while simultaneously addressing the skills associated with representing envisioned ideas, objects and environments. This includes the development of freehand sketching, manual drafting and graphic skills for communication of analysis and design concepts. Students may also enroll in ARCH 325 to learn methods for digital construction of design and drawing projects assigned in ARCH 320.
ARCH 321
Architectural Design and Communication II
3.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: It is recommended that students enrolling in this course should have completed ADT 300 or ARCH 320 or a drafting course, in order to have abilities at drafting and to understand basic drawing types of orthographic, paraline and perspective.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is a continuation and development of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 320 plus the principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the construction of shadows and reflections, physical model building, entourage and color theory. A series of design projects are used to discover principles and concepts of design while simultaneously addressing the skills associated with representing envisioned ideas, objects and environments. This includes the development of physical model making, freehand sketching, manual drafting and graphic skills for communication of analysis and design concepts. Students may also enroll in ARCH 326 to learn methods for digital construction of design and drawing projects assigned in ARCH 321.
ARCH 322
Architectural Design and Communication III
3.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: It is recommended that students enrolling in this course should have completed ARCH 320 or ARCH 321 or ARCH 330 in order to have abilities at design, drafting and to understand basic drawing types of orthographic, paraline and perspective.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is a continuation and development of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 320 and 321 plus the issues, concepts, processes and skills pertaining to the analysis and design of architectural form, space and organizations. A series of design projects are used to discover principles and concepts of design while simultaneously addressing the skills associated with representing envisioned ideas, objects and environments. This includes the development of freehand sketching, manual drafting, architectural delineation and graphic skills for communication of analysis and design concepts. Students may also enroll in ARCH 327 to learn methods for digital construction of design and drawing projects assigned in ARCH 322.
ARCH 325
Architectural Digital Design and Communication I
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ADT 302 and ARCH 320
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a studio course to explore principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the digital construction of drawings employing orthographic, axonometric, oblique, and lineal perspective drawing systems to represent ideas, objects and environments.
ARCH 326
Architectural Digital Design and Communication II
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ARCH 321
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a continuation and development of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 325, plus the principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the digital construction of shadows, digital and physical model building, entourage and color theory.
ARCH 327
Architectural Digital Design and Communication III
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ARCH 322
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a continuation and extension of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 325 and ARCH 326, plus the principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the digital visualization and communication of quantitative and qualitative information to support analysis and conceptualization.
ARCH 329
Architectural Working Drawings
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: It is advised that students taking this have completed a drafting course or have completed ADT 300 or Arch 321.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides an introduction to residential design and construction documents. Students will design a residence and produce a complete set of architectural working drawings.
ARCH 330
Design Fundamentals
3 Units
Prerequisite: ARCH 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course introduces design fundamentals, such as the study of creative problem solving processes, model-making, and three-dimensional design. The course provides theories and concepts pertaining to the analysis and design of architectural form, space and organizations to communicate intended concepts and meaning.
ARCH 332
Design Awareness
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ARCH 320 and 330
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course examines design problems and the environment by providing theories, concepts, processes, studies and skills pertaining to space, form, structure, context, materials, climate, livability and sustainability. The course covers sustainability as determinants that shape and impact the built environment.
ARCH 334
Advanced Design in Three Dimensions
3 Units
Prerequisite: ARCH 332 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ARCH 320 and 330
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course is a continuation of the content in ARCH 332 that emphasizes design process, with a focus on advanced design in terms of three dimensional design and design problems pertaining to the environment. The course studies the theories, concepts, processes and skills pertaining to space, form, structure, context, structure, materials, climate, and livability, as well as sustainability as determinants that shape and impact the built environment.
ARCH 342
Introduction to Green Buildings
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is the study of theory and application of climate, energy use and thermal comfort as determinants of architectural form in envelope load dominated buildings. Emphasis is placed on sustainable architectural methods and topics related to resource conservation and waste reduction; site analysis; sun access; sun shading; daylighting; lighting, ventilating, cooling and heating for envelope-load dominated buildings; and sound in buildings. The course enhances students' knowledge base and preparation for design classes ARCH 332 and ARCH 334. This course replaces the ARCH 340 and 341 two-course sequence, and is therefore not open to a student that has received credit for both ARCH 340 and 341.
ARCH 495
Independent Studies in Architecture
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
ARCH 498
Work Experience in Architecture
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Architecture.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
ARCH 499
Experimental Offering in Architecture
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB