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Architectural Drafting

Award Type: Certificate of Accomplishment

A certificate in architectural drafting prepares students to articulate into a professional program at a four-year institution, which offers a baccalaureate degree or equips students for an entry-level position in the building industry such as drafter, inspector, or materials technician.

The graduate of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Architectural Drafting will:

  • Develop graphic communication skills including orthographic, paraline, and mechanical perspectives with shades and shadows.
  • Create three dimensional representations using both electronic and manual methods.
  • Produce a complete set of residential plans that may be submitted for plan check approval.
  • Develop familiarity with components, materials, types, and methods of building construction; terminology as applied to codes, foundations, concrete, light frame wood, heavy timber, soils, and the structural elements.
  • Develop the ability to use computer-aided design software to generate three-dimensional models and design presentations.
  • Become familiar with the latest building code requirements and be able to make job site judgments based on the code.

Program Requirements

A total of 17 units is required for the certificate.

Required core courses (17) units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ARCH 111 Architectural Graphics & Design I 3.0
ARCH 112 Architectural Graphics & Design II 3.0
ARCH 121 Architectural Drawing 1 4.0
ARCH 122 Architectural Drawing 2 4.0
ARCH 131 Building Construction Materials and Methods 3.0