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This program leads to the Associate of Arts degree in Architecture. It prepares students for transfer to professional schools of architecture. The primary goals of the program are to provide students with the fundamental professional knowledge and technical skills needed to compete in the challenging and rewarding career of architecture, and to foster the development of each student's creative capacities, reflecting an integrated understanding of the multi-faceted factors influencing design decisions.

The curriculum and faculty are dedicated to providing each student with strong design skills and technical experiences early in his or her education. In the Architecture program, the design studio is the focus. It is here that design fundamentals are acquired, and technical, historical and theoretical concepts are synthesized and applied. Students increase their spatial visualization capabilities and are guided in developing a design process and a personal creative vision. At the same time, they learn to work as part of a design team. The design projects are organized to build aesthetic understanding, technical abilities, sensitivity to human needs and awareness of the social consequences of design decisions.

At the College, the study of architecture reflects the diverse and evolving roles and responsibilities of the design professional. The program provides a broad liberal arts education, drawing upon art, science, humanities, social science, and the history of architecture and interior design. This is the vital foundation that leads to the ability to design buildings that are functional, lasting and beautiful.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Creatively solve specific design problems related to the fundamentals of architectural design in the built environment with the use of critical thinking, analysis, research, 2-D and 3-D formal ordering systems, and visual perception throughout the design process.
  • Communicate effectively individually or as a member of a team:Describe the fundamentals of common construction materials and methods, their use in building components and assemblies, and their environmental impact.
    1. Orally
    2. Written
    3. In design drawings utilizing freehand drawing, manual and computer drafting
    4. By producing three-dimensional analog models and computer modeling.
  • Explain the complex interaction of people, place, historical / cultural / environmental / technological contexts in architecture.

Program Entry Requirements:

Architecture is a select program. To be accepted into the program, students must complete ADC 109 - Design Studio I with a minimum grade of "C." When ADC 109 has been completed with a "C" or better, students will be accepted into the Architecture program. Students with college-level design work can be evaluated on an individual basis by the department faculty for admission prior to completing ADC 109.

Interested high school students should complete a year of geometry, two years of algebra and two years in art-related areas (drawing, sculpture, photography or related areas). Mechanical drafting or Computer Assisted Design is also advantageous.

Students are required to take the College's placement tests at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental coursework must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses prior to enrolling in courses required by the degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A. A. degree in Architecture, a student must complete a minimum of 64 credits as prescribed, attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) and earn a "C" or higher in all ADC and ART courses.

Architecture Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction   3 Tech Comp*
ADC 103 - CAD Basics   3 Tech Comp*
ADC 109 - Design Studio I   4  
ART 105 - Drawing I   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101

Second Semester

ADC 159 - Design Studio II ADC 103 , ADC 109 4  
ADC 112 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Properties ADC 103, ADC 109 3  
ADC 160 - Presentation Techniques ADC 103 3  
MATH 161 - Precalculus I (or above as per placement) ** FNMT 118 or MATH 118  with a grade of "C" or better 3 Mathematics
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit

Third Semester

ADC 209 - Design Studio III ADC 159, ADC 160 4  
ADC 212 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Methods ADC 103 or ADC 109 3  
ADC 221 - History of Architecture and Interiors I ENGL 101 3  
ADC 260 - Advanced Presentation Techniques ADC 160; and ADC 209 which may be taken be taken concurrently, or ADC 163 which may be taken concurrently 3  
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Fourth Semester

ADC 222 - History of Architecture and Interiors II ADC 221 and ENGL 102 which may be taken concurrently 3  
ADC 253 - Environmental Systems I or ADC 254 - Environmental Systems II ADC 101 and ADC 103 or ADC 109 3  
ADC 259 - Design Studio IV ADC 209 4  
Science Elective   3/4 Nat Science
Social Science Elective **   3 Soc Science 
Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 64

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies and American/Global Diversity requirements. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill all three requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

* Students must complete ADC 101 and ADC 103 to meet the Technological Competency requirement.

** Students should select Mathematics and Science courses at CCP that correspond with the requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.