Architectural Technologies

The Architectural Technologies program at CCD prepares students for a variety of roles in the architectural and environmental design career fields, from Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to building project design and management roles. The AAS Degree and associated targeted certificates are designed to together provide continuing education for people at all stages of their career in architecture. 

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Technologies

The Architectural Technologies program offered by the Community College of Denver allows students to pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree that provides for the development of critical skills needed to fill both traditional and evolving roles in the building design industry. This degree program will include studies grounded in visual thinking, freehand design drawing, sustainable design strategies, current and emerging 2D- 3D digital design technologies, and building design approaches encompassing spatial composition, urban and historic contexts, and fire and life safety principles. Students considering transfer to a four-year institution after completion of the AAS in Architectural Technologies should contact the institution to which they wish to transfer, a CCD Academic Advisor, and the Architectural Technology Chair before registering for any General Education courses.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program.
  2. Meet with Program Chair or Academic Advisor. Call to make an appointment.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 100 Introduction to Design Theory 1 3
ART 121 Drawing I 1 3
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
ENG 121 English Composition I : GT-CO1 1 3
MAT 121 College Algebra : GT-MA1 4
 Subtotal16
Second Semester
AEC 102 Residential Construction Drawing 1 3
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 4
AEC 104 Architectural Drawing Theory 1 4
AEC 125 History of Architecture 3
MAT 122 College Trigonometry: GT-MA1 3
 Subtotal17
Third Semester
AEC 123 Commercial Construction Drawing 4
AEC 218 Sustainable Building Systems 3
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
CAD 227 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3
 Subtotal16
Fourth Semester
AEC 225 Architectural Design and Development 4
AEC 236 International Building Codes 3
CAD 217 Rhino 3
PHY 111 Physics Algebra-Based I with Lab: GT-SC1 5
 Subtotal15
 Total Credits64
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 Building block course

Certificate in Architectural Technologies

Basic Architectural Technologies Certificate

This certificate provides currency and skill training for individuals wanting to work in the field of Architecture. Attainment of this certificate reflects successful completion and basic proficiencies in skills necessary for entry-level career positions in digital drafting and Building Information Modeling. The certificate is fully transferable to the Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technologies. Please see an Academic Advisor about this pathway.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program.
  2. Meet with Program Chair or Academic Advisor. Call to make an appointment.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 100 Introduction to Design Theory 1 3
ART 121 Drawing I 3
ENG 121 English Composition I : GT-CO1 1 3
MAT 121 College Algebra : GT-MA1 1 4
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
AEC 102 Residential Construction Drawing 1 3
AEC 104 Architectural Drawing Theory 4
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 4
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
 Subtotal14
 Total Credits27

Certificate in Architectural Technologies

Intermediate Architectural Technologies Certificate

This certificate builds on the Basic Certificate, providing technical skills enhanced in breadth and depth, supporting career pursuits as a technical specialist in the design and documentation of buildings. The certificate is fully transferable to the Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technologies. Please see an Academic Advisor about this pathway.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program.
  2. Meet with Program Chair or Academic Advisor. Call to make an appointment.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AEC 100 Introduction to Design Theory 1 3
ART 121 Drawing I 3
ENG 121 English Composition I : GT-CO1 1 3
MAT 121 College Algebra : GT-MA1 1 4
 Subtotal13
Second Semester
AEC 102 Residential Construction Drawing 1 3
AEC 104 Architectural Drawing Theory 4
CAD 224 Revit Architecture 4
CAD 225 AutoCAD Architecture 3
MAT 122 College Trigonometry: GT-MA1 3
 Subtotal17
Third Semester
AEC 123 Commercial Construction Drawing 4
AEC 236 International Building Codes 3
CAD 227 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3
 Subtotal13
 Total Credits43

Certificate in Architectural Technologies

Architectural Technologies Professional Development Certificate

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

This certificate is designed to improve the skill set of practicing professionals. It emphasizes developing skills and retooling professionals for the new challenges of the job market. It targets the aspects of the architectural profession that are rapidly evolving in the shift to Building Information Modeling. It also examines aspects of the profession that develop across the course of time, such as Building Codes and Sustainable Systems.

Program Admission Requirement

Meet with Program Chair or Academic Advisor. Call to make an appointment.

Requirements

AEC 218Sustainable Building Systems3
AEC 236International Building Codes3
CAD 115Sketchup3
CAD 224Revit Architecture3
CAD 227Advanced Revit Architecture3
Total Credits15
1

 Building block course

Certificate in Architectural Technologies

Architectural Technologies Architecture Professional Studies (ARE Prep) Certificate

This certificate is designed to help practicing professionals prepare for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). It emphasizes the skills that are expected to be demonstrated in the Multiple Choice divisions of the ARE. The skills presented in this certificate would also be of benefit for an entry level employee in an architect's office to help prepare for a more advanced position in the firm.

Program Admission Requirement

Because these classes are intended for practicing professionals to prepare for the ARE, either the prerequisite requirements of CAD 224 and AEC 102 must be met, or students must meet with the Program Chair for approval. Call to make an appointment.

Requirements

AEC 121Construction Materials and Systems3
AEC 122Construction Practices and Documents2
AEC 205Applied Statics and Strengths of Materials3
AEC 215Elementary Site Planning3
AEC 221Building Electrical/Mechanical Systems3
AEC 228Contracts and the Legal Environment3
Total Credits17

Certificate in Architectural Technologies

Revit Certificate

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

This one-semester certificate provides currency and skill upgrade training for individuals working in the field or individuals in a related field wishing to obtain Revit skills beyond the entry level. Drafting graduates whose skills are dated and wish to update should use this six-credit hour certificate to gain those skills required by the profession. Students with little or no experience in architecture or drafting should not select this program.

Program Admission Requirement

Meet with Program Chair or Academic Advisor. Call to make an appointment.

Requirements

CAD 224Revit Architecture3
CAD 227Advanced Revit Architecture3
Total Credits6

Certificate in Architectural Technologies

Architectural Technologies Architectural Computer Visualizations Certificate

This certificate focuses on the tools used by architectural offices to create computer visualizations of their designs. This certificate focuses on cutting edge computer graphics using Revit, Sketch Up, 3D Studio Max and other visualization software to prepare the student in the creation of presentation renderings, animations and other computer visualizations. This certificate is intended for people who wish to add computer modeling and rendering skills to their skillset, and it assumes that the student has basic knowledge of the architectural profession.

Program Admission Requirements

1. Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program.

2. Meet with Program Chair or Academic Advisor. Call to make an appointment.

Requirements

CAD 115Sketchup3
CAD 217Rhino3
CAD 2193DS Max3
CAD 222AUTODESK Navisworks3
CAD 224Revit Architecture3
CAD 227Advanced Revit Architecture3
Total Credits18