Architectural Technology

The Architectural Technology curriculum prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the fields of architecture, construction, construction management, facility management, and other associated professions.

Course work includes instruction in sustainable building and design, building information modeling, building codes, construction materials and methods, architectural graphics, and other topics related to the design and construction occupations.

Graduates of this pathway should qualify for entry-level jobs in architectural, engineering, construction and trades professions as well as positions in industry and government.

For career information, visit Career Coach at cpcc.edu/careercoach.

Architectural Technology (A40100)

Degree Awarded

The Associate of Applied Science Degree - Architectural Technology is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • CPCC Placement tests are required in English and mathematics. Developmental Studies for math and English classes are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • Students should see a faculty advisor before registration.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Note: The curriculum at Central Piedmont Community College includes an emphasis on computer-aided drafting (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), and related computer courses.

Contact Information

 For more information, call the Program Chair at 704.330.2722 extension 7473, the Construction Management Technologies Division at 704.330.4408 or visit the Architectural Technology Program website.

For career information, visit Career Coach at cpcc.edu/careercoach.

General Education Requirements
ART 111Art Appreciation3.0
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3.0
COM 231Public Speaking3.0
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra (*Students planning to transfer should select MAT-171.)3.0
or MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements
ARC 111Introduction to Architectural Technology3.0
ARC 112Construction Materials & Methods4.0
ARC 113Residential Architectural Technology3.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 131Building Codes3.0
ARC 132Specifications & Contracts2.0
BPR 130Print Reading-Construction3.0
ARC 212Commercial Constr Tech3.0
ARC 213Design Project4.0
ARC 214Architectural Statics3.0
ARC 215Architectural Strength of Materials3.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
ARC 230Environmental Systems4.0
ARC 250Survey of Architecture3.0
SST 140Green Building and Design Concepts3.0
ARC 235Architectural Portfolio3.0
Technical Electives
Select 2 to 8 credits of the following:2.0
UNCG Interior Architecture Transfer Electives
College Physics I
College Transfer Success
ECU Industrial Technology (Architectural Technology Concentration) Transfer Electives
College Physics I
Precalculus Trigonometry
WCU School of Engineering & Tech- Technical Operations Transfer Electives
Precalculus Trigonometry
College Physics I
UNC Charlotte Civil Engineering Technology Transfer Electives
College Physics I
Surveying I
Hydrology & Erosion Control
Precalculus Trigonometry
Queens University Interior Architecture Transfer Electives
ASU Building Sciences (Arch Tech Concentration) Transfer Electives
College Transfer Success
Architectural 3-D CAD
College Physics I
College Physics II
Non-Transfer Elective Options
College Student Success
Residential Design
Advanced Architectural CAD
Architectural Building Information Modeling II
Advanced Survey of Architecture
Architectural Animation & Video
Architectural 3-D CAD
Drawing I
Cad for Engineering Technology
Planning/Estimating I
Intro to Solid Modeling
Energy Use Analysis
Modeling Renewable Energy
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning I
Total Credits68

No diplomas are offered in Architectural Technology.

Architectural Technology Certificates

Architectural Technology Certificate Specialization in Residential Architectural Technology (C40100-C2)

Major Requirements
ARC 111Introduction to Architectural Technology3.0
ARC 112Construction Materials & Methods4.0
ARC 113Residential Architectural Technology3.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 160Residential Design3.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
Total Credits17

Graduates from this certificate should be able to provide support to the residential architectural design industry. This certificate also is available to high school students enrolled in Career & College Promise.

Major Requirements
ARC 111Introduction to Architectural Technology3.0
ARC 112Construction Materials & Methods4.0
ARC 113Residential Architectural Technology3.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 160Residential Design3.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
Total Credits17

Architectural Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Sustainability (C40100-C4)

Major Requirements
BPR 130Print Reading-Construction3.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
SST 120Energy Use Analysis3.0
SST 130Modeling Renewable Energy3.0
SST 140Green Building and Design Concepts3.0
Total Credits16

Architectural Technology Certificate Specialization in Accelerated CAD/BIM Designer Track - Level I (C40100-C5)

Major Requirements
ARC 111Introduction to Architectural Technology3.0
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra4.0
CEG 151Cad for Engineering Technology3.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
BPR 130Print Reading-Construction3.0
Total Credits17

Architectural Technology Certificate Specialication in Accelerated CAD/BIM Designer Track - Level II (C40100-C6)

Major Requirements
ARC 226Architectural Building Information Modeling II2.0
DFT 154Intro to Solid Modeling3.0
ARC 221Architectural 3-D CAD3.0
ARC 230Environmental Systems4.0
ARC 235Architectural Portfolio3.0
WBL 111Work-Based Learning I1.0
Total Credits16

Architectural Technology Certificate Specialization in Fast Track Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (C40100-52)

Major Requirements
ARC 111Introduction to Architectural Technology3.0
ARC 112Construction Materials & Methods4.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
ARC 132Specifications & Contracts2.0
ARC 221Architectural 3-D CAD3.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
WBL 121Work-Based Learning II1.0
Total Credits17

Courses

ARC 111. Introduction to Architectural Technology. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic architectural drafting techniques, lettering, use of architectural and engineer scales, and sketching. Topics include orthographic, axonometric, and oblique drawing techniques using architectural plans, elevations, sections, and details; reprographic techniques; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and print scaled drawings within minimum architectural standards.

ARC 112. Construction Materials & Methods. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces construction materials and methodologies. Topics include construction terminology, traditional and alternative materials and their properties, manufacturing processes, construction techniques, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to detail construction assemblies and identify construction materials and properties.

ARC 113. Residential Architectural Technology. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers intermediate residential working drawings. Topics include residential plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a set of residential working drawings that are within accepted architectural standards.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111
Corequisites: Take ARC 112

ARC 114. Architectural CAD. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic architectural CAD techniques. Topics include basic commands and system hardware and software. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and plot architectural drawings to scale within accepted architectural standards.

ARC 120. Interior Design-Residential. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers principles of light construction and materials. Topics include terminology, components, and light construction codes. Upon completion, students should be able to understand light construction principles.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111

ARC 131. Building Codes. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the methods of researching building codes for specific projects. Topics include residential and commercial building codes. Upon completion, students should be able to determine the code constraints governing construction projects.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111 or ARC 112

ARC 132. Specifications & Contracts. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the development of written specifications and the implications of different contractual arrangements. Topics include specification development, contracts, bidding material research, and agency responsibilities. Upon completion, students should be able to write a specification section and demonstrate the ability to interpret contractual responsibilities.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 112

ARC 133. Construction Document Analysis. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the analysis of building construction drawings. Emphasis is placed on material identification, understanding construction details, and the relationships of building structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze a set of construction drawings by identifying building construction materials and understanding construction details and engineering systems.

ARC 141. Elementary Structures for Architecture. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers concepts of elementary structures in architecture. Topics include structural form, statics, strength of materials, structural behavior, and the relationship between structures and architectural form. Upon completion, students should be able to size simple structural elements.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take ARC 111 and MAT 121
Take ARC 111 and MAT 171

ARC 160. Residential Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the methodology of basic residential design. Topics include residential site design, space organization and layout, residential styles, and the development of schematic design. Upon completion, students should be able to design a residence.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111
Corequisites: Take ARC 112

ARC 197. Select Seminar in Arch Tech. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to explore topics of current interest. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical listening skills and the presentation of seminar issues. Upon completion, students should be able to critically analyze issues and establish informed opinions.

ARC 210. Intro to Sustain Design. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces concepts and principles related to sustainable site development and architectural design. Topics include low impact and sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material and resource management, indoor environmental quality, and return on investment. Upon completion, students should be able to articulate and integrate sustainable design principles into site and architectural design.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111

ARC 212. Commercial Constr Tech. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces regional construction techniques for commercial plans, elevations, sections, and details. Topics include production of a set of commercial contract documents and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a set of working drawings in accordance with building codes.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111 and ARC 225
Corequisites: Take ARC 112

ARC 213. Design Project. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity to design and prepare a set of contract documents within an architectural setting. Topics include schematic design, design development, construction documents, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a set of commercial contract documents.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111, ARC 112, ARC 114, and ARC 225

ARC 214. Architectural Statics. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the concepts of elementary statics as applied to architecture. Topics include forces, resultants, and types of force system; equations of equilibrium; reactions of simple architectural structures; internal forces in architectural roof trusses; frames and beams; centroids and moments of inertia as applied to architecture. Upon completion, students should be able to solve problems which require the ability to analyze systems of forces in static equilibrium as applied to architectural forms.

Prerequisites: Take All: ARC 111, ARC 112, and MAT 121

ARC 215. Architectural Strength of Materials. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the concepts of elementary strength of materials within architecture. Topics include structural form, architectural strength of materials, structural behavior, and the relationship between structures and architectural form. Upon completion, students should be able to size simple structural elements to specific architectural forms.

Prerequisites: Take All: ARC 111, ARC 112, and MAT 121

ARC 220. Advanced Architectural CAD. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides file management, productivity, and CAD customization skills. Emphasis is placed on developing advanced proficiency techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to create prototype drawings and symbol libraries, compose sheets with multiple details, and use advanced drawing and editing commands. Civil3D and Microstation CAD applications will be used in this course.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 114

ARC 221. Architectural 3-D CAD. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces architectural three-dimensional CAD applications. Topics include three-dimensional drawing, coordinate systems, viewing, rendering, modeling, and output options. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare architectural three-dimensional drawings and renderings. SketchUp, Inventor, and Rhino3D are the primary applications used in this course.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 114

ARC 225. Architectural Building Information Modeling I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a construction documentation system. Topics include basic parametric modeling, creating new types and families of components, and using 3D models to create design drawings. Upon competition, students should be able to use BIM software to create, edit, and print rudimentary architectural 3D computer models. Focus for this course: AutoDesk Revit Architecture.

ARC 226. Architectural Building Information Modeling II. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced concepts of Building Information Modeling (BIM) including complex drawing generation and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Topics include advanced parametric modeling and model analysis, inter-disciplinary coordination, design web format models, material take-off, schedules, and rendering. Upon completion, students should be able to apply BIM software to create full 3D project models and convert them to scaled working or presentation drawings.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 225

ARC 230. Environmental Systems. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces plumbing, mechanical (HVAC), and electrical systems for the architectural environment. Topics include basic plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems for residential and/or commercial buildings with an introduction to selected code requirements. Upon completion, students should be able to develop schematic drawings for plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems and perform related calculations.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:

ARC 231. Architectural Presentations. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces architectural presentation techniques. Topics include perspective drawing, shadow projection, texturization, rendered plans, elevations, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to present ideas graphically and do rendered presentation drawings.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111

ARC 235. Architectural Portfolio. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the methodology for the creation of an architectural portfolio. Topics include preparation of marketing materials and a presentation strategy using conventional and/or digital design media. Upon completion, students should be able to produce an architectural portfolio of selected projects.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111 and ARC 114

ARC 250. Survey of Architecture. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the historical trends in architectural form. Topics include historical and current trends in architecture. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of significant historical and current architectural styles.

ARC 251. Advanced Survey of Architecture. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course builds on prior knowledge of historical trends in architectural form, and explores those topics in greater depth. Topics could include historic preservation, the social and political contexts of architectural design, and design theory. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of significant historical and current architectural styles and theories.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 250

ARC 262. Architectural Animation & Video. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course covers three-dimensional architectural animation. Topics include storyboarding, rendered animation creation, audio and video input/output, and techniques for camera and object movement in and around buildings. Upon completion, students should be able to produce rendered architectural animations with sound and archive data to selected media. This course will focus on Autodesk 3DS software.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 221

ARC 264. Digital Architecture. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers multiple digital architectural techniques. Topics include spreadsheets and word processing procedures, on-line resources, modems, e-mail, image capture, multimedia, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to transmit/receive electronic data, create multimedia presentations, and produce a desktop publishing document. Focus for this course will be SketchUP and Adobe PhotoShop software.

Prerequisites: Take ARC 111 Minimum grade C