PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The COS Architecture Department offers multiple programs.  Students generally work towards the AS Degree and pick up the Certificates along the way. We are committed to both "tactile" (by hand) and cutting edge "digital" (computer) techniques. Many of the courses utilize powerful computer software programs such as ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Maya, SketchUp, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE
Completion of the 2 year Associate of Science Degree in Architecture allows the student to pursue employment with
an architectural firm or allied design profession as a CAD Technician or to transfer to a 4 year accredited school of architecture. This is the primary program offered by the Architecture Department.  It is the education path chosen by most students. Courses include Design, Visual Communication, History/Theory, Drafting, Construction Technology, and General Education. Units vary depending on For Transfer or Not For Transfer requirements.
 
ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES 
Completion of the 1 year Achievement Certificate in Architecture (39 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as a CAD Technician and provides a foundation for further study in architecture. Courses include Design, Visual Communication, Drafting and Construction Technology
 
Completion of the 1 year Achievement Certificate in Architectural Drafting (17 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as a CAD Technician and provides a foundation for further study in architecture. Course include Drafting and Construction Technology.
 
Completion of a 1 year Achievement Certificate in Architectural Design (16 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as an entry level Architectural Designer and provides a foundation for further study in architecture.
 
Completion of a 1 year Architectural Visual Communication (12 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as an entry level Architectural Renderer and provides a foundation for further study in architecture.
 
Completion of a 1 year Achievement Certificate in Sustainability (11 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as an entry level Sustainability Specialist and provides a foundation for further study in architecture. This certificate partners with the Southern California Edison AGTAC and the US Green Building Council.
 
SKILL CERTIFICATES
Completion of a 1 year Skill Certificate in Autodesk AutoCAD for Architecture (10 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as a CAD Technician and provides a foundation for further study in architecture.
 
Completion of a 1 year Skill Certificate in Architectural History (6 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as an entry level Architectural Historian and provides a foundation for further study in architecture.
 
Completion of a 1 year Skill Certificate in Building Information Modeling / BIM (8 units) allows the student to pursue employment with an architectural firm or allied design profession as an entry level BIM Designer and provides a foundation for further study in architecture.
 
Note: A related degree and certificates are offered through the COS Drafting Technology Department.  
Last Updated: 12/12/2014 11:03 AM