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Architects are involved in all aspects of building design, including appearance, economy, function, structure, environmental planning, sustainability and responding to the needs of those who will use the building. They design, prepare drawings, build models, analyze costs, specify building materials and administer construction contracts.
Architecture as a profession is a business, a science and an art. Triton College’s architectural curriculum offers courses required in the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program in architecture. Requirements for two years of the four-year programs at the three Illinois universities offering degrees in architecture (UIC, UIUC and SIUC) can be satisfied at Triton College. UIUC’s minimum grade point average for transfer in to their B.S. program in architectural studies is around 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Some universities will also require a prospective transfer student to summit a portfolio of studio work to place the student in their design sequence, to determine the amount of credit to be awarded for architecture courses from Triton College and, in some cases, for admissions to their architectural program. Architectural schools differ slightly in their requirements and students should work closely with Triton’s architectural coordinator to determine specific transfer course requirements.
The goal of the Architecture programs is to help students to develop critical thinking skills, develop creativity, be prepared for employment in entry-level positions and develop excellent visual, graphic and verbal communication skills.
Having completed or taken courses in architecture, students will be able to:
- Participate in student presentations and share opinions about their own and other students’ projects.
- Demonstrate self-evaluation skills to faculty through reflective paper or oral presentation.
- Analyze project requirements and apply to design solutions.
- Create bubble diagrams for architecture projects.
- Compose designs that follow principles of good design.
- Sketch many possible solutions to a particular problem.
- Distinguish quality in a design.
- Complete a comprehensive portfolio of work in all courses taken at Triton College and have it accepted by a faculty jury.
- Demonstrate proficiency in software programs used in professional practice.
- Interpret owners’ needs based on project requirements and budgetary limitations.
- Present a sketchbook to faculty jury and have it accepted.
- Complete short-term sketch problems.
- Orally explain a drawing to faculty.