Architecture

Curriculum C248A

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 into 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 submit 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 admission 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 program 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

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours

 

ARC 109

Architectural Drafting Fundamentals

2

 

ARC 187

Architectural Drawing and Models

3

 

ARC 189

Computer Graphics for Architecture I

3

 

HTH 104

Science of Personal Health or

 

 

HTH 281

First Aid & CPR

2

#

MAT 101

Quantitative Literacy1 or

 

#

MAT 102

Liberal Arts Mathematics1 or

 

#

MAT 110

College Algebra1 or

 

#

MAT 111

Pre-Calculus1 or

 

#

MAT 114

Plane Trigonometry1

3-5

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I2

3

 

 

 

16-18

Semester Two

#

ARC 110

Wood and Masonry Construction Technology

5

#

ARC 171

Architectural Design I

3

#

ARC 260

Computer Graphics for Architecture II

3

#

ARC 210

Introduction to the History of Architecture3

3

#

RHT 102

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II2 or

 

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking2

3

 

 

 

17

Semester Three

#

ARC 120

Steel Construction Technology

5

#

ARC 130

Concrete Construction Technology

5

#

ARC 172

Architectural Design II

5

 

ARC 261

Revit

3

 

 

 

18

Semester Four

#

ARC 140

MEP Construction Technology

5

 

ARC 146

Construction Contract Documents

3

 

ARC 258◊

Construction Cost Estimating

3

 

ARC 292◊

Site Design and Construction

3

 

 

General education/Social and Behavioral Sciences

3

 

 

 

17

 

 

Total credits required for graduation

68-70

See ARC course descriptions.

See Humanities General Education requirements.

1MAT 101◊, MAT 102◊, MAT 110◊, MAT 111◊ or MAT 114◊ meets the Science and Mathematics general education requirement. Students intending to transfer to UIC, UIUC or SIUC must also take MAT 131◊ and PHY 101◊.

2Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101◊, RHT 102◊ and SPE 101◊ to meet university requirements.

3ARC 210◊ meets the Humanities/Fine Arts requirement.

Coordinator: Jo Beth Halpin, Ext. 3601