Architectural Technologies

Center for Career & Technical Education
CCD.edu/Architecture

The next generation of architectural designers will be challenged to give shape to a sustainable world. CCD’s architectural technology programs are designed to provide a springboard into a rewarding career, whether it involves transfer into a four-year degree program or direct employment within the design community as an architectural technologist paraprofessional. CCD’s pathways offer a balance of technical skill training with the development of collaborative design-thinking abilities that are crucial to solving the complex range of today’s building tasks. Community College of Denver currently offers three Associate of Applied Science degrees in architectural technology.

  

Architectural Technologies

Obtain an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in architectural technologies. This degree prepares you for a career as an architectural technologist, whose primary role is in the development of detailed design for the construction and renovation of buildings to meet the needs of a sustainable world. The focus of the curriculum is on the knowledge base and decision-making processes involved with shaping building form and assembling architectural materials and components in a manner that supports minimal energy and resource consumption and produces functional, robust architecture.

The contemporary building technology certificate and Revit certificate both seamlessly transfer into the A.A.S. in artchitectural technologies.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program. Meet with the program chair or your academic advisor to discuss this program.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 100 Introduction to Design Theory 1 3
AEC 116 Building Materials 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 1 3
MAT 121 College Algebra: GT-MA1 4
Choose One Art Course 3
Drawing I 1  
Visual Concepts 2-D Design  
 Subtotal16
Second Semester
AEC 104 Architectural Drawing Theory 1 4
AEC 125 History of Architecture 3
PHY 105 Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1 4
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
 Subtotal14
Third Semester
AEC 102 Residential Construction Drawing 4
AEC 218 Sustainable Building Systems 3
AEC 205 Applied Statics and Strengths of Materials 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 3
COM 217 Group Communication 3
 Subtotal16
Fourth Semester
AEC 225 Architectural Design and Development 4
AEC 236 International Building Codes 3
AEC 122 Construction Practices and Documents 2
AEC 123 Commercial Construction Drawing 4
Choose One Computer Aided Drafting Class 3
Rhino  
Advanced Revit Architecture  
 Subtotal16
 Total Credits62

 

  

Digital Design Media

This program, which shares a core set of courses with the other A.A.S. architectural technology degrees, focuses on developing a proficiency in a broad spectrum of current and widely used digital design software. The degree prepares you for career pathways involving leadership in architectural drawing production, architectural rendering and presentation, and digital visualization roles in professional design practices.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 100 Introduction to Design Theory 3
ART 121 Drawing I 3
AEC 116 Building Materials 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
MAT 121 College Algebra: GT-MA1 4
 Subtotal16
Second Semester
AEC 104 Architectural Drawing Theory 4
AEC 125 History of Architecture 3
PHY 105 Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1 4
CAD 115 Sketchup 3
 Subtotal14
Third Semester
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
ART 131 Visual Concepts 2-D Design 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 3
MGD 101 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
AEC/CAD Elective 3
 Subtotal15
Fourth Semester
CAD 217 Rhino 3
CAD 227 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
CAD 219 3DS Max 3
AEC 218 Sustainable Building Systems 3
AEC/CAD Elective 3
OR  
Visual Concepts 4-D Design  
 Subtotal15
 Total Credits60

 

  

Sustainable Design

This program, which shares a core set of courses with the other A.A.S. architectural technology degrees, focuses on developing a proficiency in a integrated concepts for energy and resource conservation in architectural design and the methodologies used to implement them. Studies include regional and global implications of sustainable design and training in the use and administration of green building standards in professional practice. The degree enables you to pursue a career in sustainable design consultation and green building certification administration.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 100 Introduction to Design Theory 3
AEC 116 Building Materials 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
MAT 121 College Algebra: GT-MA1 4
ART 121 Drawing I 3
OR  
Visual Concepts 2-D Design  
 Subtotal16
Second Semester
AEC 104 Architectural Drawing Theory 4
AEC 218 Sustainable Building Systems 3
PHY 105 Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1 4
CAD 115 Sketchup 3
 Subtotal14
Third Semester
ENV 101 Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1 4
AEC 125 History of Architecture 3
AEC 205 Applied Statics and Strengths of Materials 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 3
ANT 240 Environmental Anthropology 3
OR  
Anthropology of Energy  
 Subtotal16
Fourth Semester
AEC 225 Architectural Design and Development 4
AEC 122 Construction Practices and Documents 2
AEC 219 LEED Exam Preparation 3
PHI 218 Environmental Ethics: GT-AH3 3
AEC/CAD Elective 3
 Subtotal15
 Total Credits61

Center for Career & Technical Education
CCD.edu/Architecture

Community College of Denver currently offers six certificates in architectural technology. These certificates reflect the core course makeup of each A.A.S. degree concentration. As a student pursuing any of the three A.A.S. degrees, you can typically add an additional full semester to complete any of the other two certificate concentrations.

Additionally, as a student with a prior bachelor's degree or a mid-career professional seeking to enhance your skill sets, you are able to complete these certificates without fulfilling additional general education requirements

This is a stand-alone certificate recognizing successful completion of the two-semester progression of Revit courses.

These two certificates are designed to create a pathway to a successful career in the building trades as a well-rounded, skilled field worker. Both certificates blend a mix of classroom, digital design and construction learning opportunities.

  

Contemporary Building Technology

**This program is not yet eligible for federal student aid.**

This certificate seamlessly transfers to the Associate of Applied Science degree in architectural technology.

This certificate focuses on two aspects of critical skills necessary for the successful development of robust, sustainable architecture: the knowledge base of architectural materials and components, their selection and proper assembly, and the graphic documentation skills required to communicate their extent and relationships to a builder or fabricator. The successful completion of this certificate prepares you for employment as an entry-level architectural technologist and drafter.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 102 Residential Construction Drawing 4
AEC 116 Building Materials 3
AEC 205 Applied Statics and Strengths of Materials 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 3
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
AEC 236 International Building Codes 3
CAD 227 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
AEC 123 Commercial Construction Drawing 4
AEC 122 Construction Practices and Documents 2
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
CAD 244 Advanced Inventor 3
CAD 259 Advanced Solidworks 3
MTE 230 Design for Manufacturability 3
CAD 262 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing 3
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
 Subtotal15
 Total Credits43

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Digital Design Media

**This program is not yet eligible for federal student aid.**

This certificate seamlessly transfers to the Associate of Applied Science degree in digital design media.

Increasing specialization within architecturally related design practices — particularly larger ones — has created niches for individuals with interest and skills in 2- and 3-D project visualization and presentation. Technologists with training in a wide variety of digital media will be in growing demand as client and user expectations for these kinds of products and services during a typical project design process grows.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
CAD 115 Sketchup 3
ART 131 Visual Concepts 2-D Design 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 3
MGD 101 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
 Subtotal15
Second Semester
CAD 217 Rhino 3
CAD 227 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
CAD 219 3DS Max 3
AEC/CAD Elective 3
OR  
Visual Concepts 4-D Design  
 Subtotal12
 Total Credits27

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Sustainable Design

**This program is not yet eligible for federal student aid.**

This certificate seamlessly transfers to the Associate of Applied Science degree in sustainable design.

Sustainable design as an expectation is a fast-developing aspect of current architectural practice, and the sometimes lengthy and technical administration of green building certification is increasingly taken up by a specialized staff of consultants experienced and dedicated to these particular tasks within a larger design team. This certificate and associate degree enable you to pursue foundational studies in this specialized area.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENV 101 Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1 4
AEC 116 Building Materials 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 3
CAD 115 Sketchup 3
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
AEC 122 Construction Practices and Documents 2
AEC 219 LEED Exam Preparation 3
PHI 218 Environmental Ethics: GT-AH3 3
AEC 218 Sustainable Building Systems 3
AEC/CAD Elective 3
 Subtotal14
 Total Credits27

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Revit

**This program is not yet eligible for federal student aid.**

This certificate seamlessly transfers to the Associate of Applied Science degree in architectural technology, which provides for the development of critical skills needed to fill both current and evolving roles in the mechanical design and advanced manufacturing industries.

The Revit certificate delivers curriculum and well-designed competencies using current and emerging 2D/3D-digital design technologies. By blending classic 2D drafting (ISO, ASTM, ANSI) requirements, our students are ready to understand and meet all mechanical design and manufacturing needs for 2D documents and document control. Then the engineering graphics program builds a strong 3D foundation in modeling, assembling, and documenting their 3D solid designs. Lastly, to keep up with cutting-edge technology, we include 3D printing and 3D scanning, rounding out skills in concurrent design.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meet with the program chair or your academic advisor to discuss this program.

Course Map

CAD 224Revit Architecture3
CAD 227Advanced Revit Architecture3
Total Credits6

  

Basic Building Crafts

**This program is not yet eligible for federal student aid.**

This certificate prepares you with a well-rounded combination of conceptual and manual skills centered around light-frame construction materials and methods to enable competitive employment as a skilled construction field worker.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 102 Residential Construction Drawing 4
AEC 104 Architectural Drawing Theory 4
AEC 121 Construction Materials and Systems 3
AEC 122 Construction Practices and Documents 2
AEC 280 Internship 3
 Subtotal16
 Total Credits16

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Advanced Building Crafts

**This program is not yet eligible for federal student aid.**

This certificate is intended to build on the coursework and field experience acquired through the completion of the basic building crafts certificate. The advanced certificate develops skills in digital construction documentation, building code principles, and connects classroom design and documentation training with relevant field experience.

Successful completion of the basic certificate will be a prerequisite for pursuit of the advanced certificate.

This certificate seamlessly transfers into the A.A.S. in architectural technologies.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 123 Commercial Construction Drawing 4
AEC 236 International Building Codes 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 3
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
AEC 287 Cooperative Education 3
 Subtotal16
 Total Credits16

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