Learn to work as part of a design team, where you'll work on interesting projects that will expand your aeshetic understanding and technical abilities.

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Build Your Dream through Architecture

Our Architecture program teaches you how to bring ideas from conception to completion. You will learn how to integrate user comfort and appearance, the safety and functionality of systems, and the aesthetic aspirations of your clients into the design of a building. Community College of Philadelphia offers the only Architecture program in the region where students learn alongside their counterparts in related fields such as Interior Design, Computer-Assisted Design (CAD), Construction Management and Facility Management. As part of this interdisciplinary community, Architecture students will also benefit from specialized program features: studio design courses every semester, classes in every type of architectural drawing, knowledge of building materials and construction processes, and guidance in professional standards and showcasing abilities.


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Urban and Regional Planner – est. salary $68,847*
Architectural Drafter – est. salary $55,299*
Landscape Architect – est. salary $64,193*

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Architecture degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction 3 credits ADC 103 or 109 is prerequisite for ADC 112, ADC 160 and ADC 212.  Major Course
ADC 103 - CAD Basics 3 credits ADC 109 is a prerequisite for ADC 112, ADC 159 and ADC 160.  Major Course
ADC 109 - Design Studio I 4 credits    Major Course
MATH 161 - Precalculus I (or above as per placement) 3 credits  MATH 162 or MATH 171 recommended for transfer students. MATH 162 is a prerequisite for PHYS 111.  Mathematics
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits ENGL 101 is pre-requisite for ADC 221.
A grade of “C” is in ENGL 101 required for ENGL 102.
 ENGL 101

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required

  • This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program after earning their associate’s degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 159 - Design Studio II 4 credits ADC 159 and 160 are prerequisites for ADC 209 Major Course
ADC 112 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Properties 3 credits   Major Course
ADC 160 - Presentation Techniques  3 credits ADC 160 and either ADC 103 or ADC 109 (can be concurrent) are prerequisites for ADC 253, ADC 254 and ADC 260  Major Course
ART 105 - Drawing I  3 credits    
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper  3 credits   ENGL 102 Info Lit

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 209 - Design Studio III 4 credits ADC 209 is pre-requisite for ADC 259 Major Course
ADC 212 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Methods 3 credits   Major Course
ADC 221 - History of Architecture and Interiors I 3 credits ADC 221 is only offered in the Fall Major Course
ADC 260 - Advanced Presentation Techniques 3 credits ADC 260 is only offered in the Fall Major Course
PHYS 111 - General Physics I 3 or 4 credits Physics 111 recommended for transfer students and MATH 162 is prerequisite for Physics 111 Natural Science

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 222 - History of Architecture and Interiors II 3 credits ADC 222 is offered only in the Spring Major Course
ADC 253 - Environmental Systems I or ADC 254 - Environmental Systems II 3 credits ADC 253 is only offered only in the Fall
ADC 254 is only offered in the Spring
Major Course Or Major Course
ADC 259 - Design Studio IV 4 credits   Major Course
ADC 176 / HIST 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning 3 credits   Humanities
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology, HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era, or
HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century,
3 credits Recommended Social Science and Humanities electives that fulfill the College General Education requirements for 3 credit hours in each: an American Diversity/Global Diversity Studies course, an Interpretive Studies course, and a Writing Intensive course. SOC 101, HIS 101, HIS 102 or HIS 103 Social Science

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) is required

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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