Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5602
Curriculum Code: 2447
Campus Location: South
Engineering & Technologies Division
Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, Math II (Physics preferred)
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: 3 years Math
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Architectural Engineering and Construction or transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program
Architecture Technology is the application of technology and the applied arts for designing buildings and other physical structures within our constructed environments. The Erie Community College Architecture Technology program educates students in the methods of technical design as applied to the building process.
The Architecture Technology program goals include teaching techniques, graphic representation, work force skills, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and Building Information Management (BIM) via enhanced software applications, as well as a fundamental understanding of basic architectural design and working drawings, in order for students to understand the different elements of a building.
The fundamental objectives of the Architecture Technology program are threefold:
- focus on the education of architecture technology;
- preparing graduates to be integral employees in an architecture or construction related profession; and
- pursue additional post-secondary education.
Students are encouraged to think beyond conventional two-dimensional AutoCAD systems and begin thinking in 3D forms, while establishing a professional methodology to communicate ideas both verbally and graphically.
Graduates of the program will have the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate buildings in order to produce effective technical design solutions, and are prepared to assume integral positions within architectural firms. Additionally, Erie Community College Architecture Technology A.A.S. graduates have many options for transfer to various SUNY colleges and private institutions for advanced degrees.
To successfully complete the program, a candidate must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all departmental courses and a minimum overall Erie Community College GPA of 2.0.
Students are encouraged to become active in the departmental Architecture Club. Qualifying students in their fourth semester are encouraged to seek internships at local industry partners. Graduates will have a portfolio of their work to submit for employment or transfer. Students should consult regularly with department advisors for academic advisement, course selection, and career opportunities.
Upon graduation with an Architecture Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, the graduate will be able to:
- use critical thinking skills in the classroom assignments and projects that involve real world employment related issues;
- apply the basics of a computer graphics system to specific architectural applications;
- create 3D models or rendered drawings necessary to convey a proposed design solution;
- develop and convey ideas, concepts and designs for both written and graphic projects and present their thoughts to a group in a clear and precise manner;
- create, interpret, modify and select the necessary and appropriate contract documents required for the construction of both residential and commercial structures
- interpret and apply building codes; state, federal, and industrial codes; standards and regulations;
- observe general and specific conditions of buildings in the field;
- research, understand, identify and select products and materials in resources such as manufacturer's literature and industry standards that are sustainable and cost-effective;
- apply principles of structural mechanics, mechanical building systems and plumbing systems;
- use a computer with basic competency; and
- field measure.
Total Degree Credits: 64.0