Architectural Technology

This program prepares graduates for employment opportunities in the field of architecture. In addition to being architectural technicians, graduates will be qualified to be draftspersons, engineering aides, building materials and manufacturing representatives, planning aides, and detailers, and to work with city building departments and renewal and redevelopment agencies. Dutchess Community College graduates also are able to transfer many of their credits to accredited architectural colleges. Students should have completed Sequential Math Course III prior to entry into the Architectural program.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Upon successful completion of the ARC program, graduates can be expected to have knowledge in the following areas of study.

• Communications – Student will be able to graphically, orally and in writing present architectural ideas.

• Technology – Student will have an understanding of structures, material and methods and environmental systems.

• Practice – Student will be able to move from architectural programming and predesign activities through design and construction documentation and will have an understanding of the activities, organization and ethics of the profession.

• History/Theory – Student will have awareness about precedent, ideas, culture and history of architecture.

• Design – Student will be able to apply information from all other areas of study to solve a specific architectural problem or program.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.


First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
MAT 132 Technical Mathematics II (a) 3
ARC 103 Basic Architectural Drawing (b) 3
ARC 105 Building Materials & Construction I 3
ARC 104 Introduction to Computer Graphics 1
ARC 113 Architecture Introductory Seminar 1
ART 101, ART 102 OR ART 104  3
TOTAL   17

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
ARC 106 Building Materials & Construction II 3
ARC 110 Architectural Drawing (c) 3
ARC 122 Architectural Presentation I 2
ARC 216 Design Theory 3
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
TOTAL   17

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ECO 105, GOV 121, HIS 104, HIS 108  3
ARC 202 Mechanics of Structures 2
ARC 123 Architectural Presentation II 2
ARC 203 Architectural Design 3
ARC 205 Working Drawings 4
ARC 211 Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Buildings 3
TOTAL   17

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
ARC 240 Capstone Project 4
ARC 207 Structural Analysis 3
ARC 214 Professional Practice 3
Elective (d)   3
TOTAL   16

a. Students whose mathematics background does not include intermediate algebra and trigonometry must first take MAT 131. Qualified students may take a more advanced mathematics course.

b. ARC 100 and ARC 101, in combination, may be taken in place of ARC 103.

c. ARC 107 and ARC 109, in combination, may be taken in place of ARC 110.

d. Elective courses to be taken in Mathematics (Appendix A), Humanities (Appendix G), Social Sciences (Appendix C) or Natural Science (Appendix B). See General Education Appendices for available courses.