Mar 20, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Architecture: AS

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Associate of Science | 60 credits minimum

Visual Art & Design Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, TB 416B
General Information, (801) 957-4827
Program Information, (801) 957-3932
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor, Cindy Clark, SC W138, (801) 957-3361

Professor - Jeff Plant
Associate Professors - Norman Clark, Kevin King

Program Description: The Architectural Technology Department offers a program completing the requirements for two-year Associate of Science (AS) degrees for students who plan to transfer to another institution for a higher degree.

The major aspects of architectural design and practice are presented to students in a balanced approach that allows them to gain a general understanding of the profession and practice as well as to acquire marketable skills in design, architectural practice, construction documentation, CAD/BIM and computer graphics.

This program introduces students to basic concepts in architectural design and delineation. Beginning skills in design are acquired as students learn to generate creative solutions to various design problems. Skills are developed in the area of delineation with courses presenting concepts of freehand sketching, perspectives, digital image manipulation and other methods of design idea representation.

The program emphasizes the real world application of all concepts, principles and techniques. Instruction is enhanced by exposing the students to real world materials and techniques through instructor experience and knowledge as well as visits from and exposure to architectural design professionals.

Life skills also are stressed to enhance students’ architectural skills. These include communication, time management, graphics, creative problem solving, group dynamics, responsibility and professionalism. Students are qualified for a variety of job and educational opportunities upon completion of the program.

Career Opportunities: This program also provides excellent entry-level skills, which when built upon, will enable students to advance to lower- or middle-management positions, depending on the individual person. However, at the highest end of the profession, architecture requires advanced education and licensing. One usually cannot advance to upper-level management, partnership, or ownership positions without a Bachelor or Master of Architecture degree (BArch or MArch).

Transfer/Articulation Information: The AS degree is designed to transfer to four-year institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education. This program has been specifically designed to be an integral part of the master’s degree in architecture and is transferable to the University of Utah. Students who plan to transfer to the University of Utah should make contact with the architecture department early in their study. Students entering SLCC or the U of U have the opportunity to complete the same program in the same number of years.

To help students with additional professional education, the Architectural Technology program has transfer options to the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah. There is a direct transfer articulation to the undergraduate Architecture program where 2 years at SLCC are equivalent to 2 years at the University of Utah and an indirect articulation to the City and Metropolitan undergraduate program.

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students: $600- $800 per year for books and supplies

Estimated Time to Completion: If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
1. Be prepared for transfer to University of Utah Graduate School of
Architecture program.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of residential and commercial construction processes, methods and materials. 1
3. Demonstrate competency in CAD/BIM drafting 1
4. Demonstrate knowledge of local and national building codes level appropriate for a second year student. 1
5. Will take current (up-to-date) courses that will help them be prepared to apply for employment in the field. 1
6. Demonstrate architectural conceptual design skills. 1, 2
7. Acquire substantive knowledge in architectural design sufficient for further study in 6-year institutions. 1, 3
8. Effectively communicate. Develop critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Organize and present ideas and information orally and in writing. Understand and use the elements of effective communication in group settings. 2
9. Communicate effectively in the architectural profession. 2
10. Communicate effectively while working in groups and teams in the classroom. 2
11. Demonstrate proficiency in inspecting construction projects to insure compliance with plans, specifications, building codes and quality assurance standards. 4
12. Demonstrate competence in architectural contracting practices. 4
13. Engage in service-learning for community building and an enhanced academic experience. 5
14. Demonstrate the knowledge base of how architectural design, building codes, and zoning ordinance affect the local communities. 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) from the Following

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from One of the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

NOTE: The Physical Science (PS) general education component is satisfied through pre-major coursework.

Elective Courses: (11 Credits)

The following courses are approved departmental electives. Student must select a minimum of 11 credits from the following list. It is the student’ responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Students should review courses to determine the best fit for their future transfer institution and review with faculty from the Architectural Department.

Sample Schedule

Total: 15

Spring Semester

Total: 15

Fall Semester

Total: 16

Total: 14

Advising Notes

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

As the Graduate School of Architecture makes changes to their program, SLCC will update its. It is important for students to see the Department Coordinator for transfer information.

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan extra time to complete a degree. A high school curriculum heavily weighted in mathematics, science, and communication skills is highly recommended. Placement testing will be done upon entry to the College unless the student has prior college-level credit. The semester in which the courses are taught are listed above. Please note that because of the nature of the program, classes are sequential and not offered every semester. Students should check department web page for updates and cancellations due to varying enrollments.

Student Organizations:

Skills USA - All students enrolled in the architecture program are members of Skills USA and have the opportunity to compete in an annual architectural drafting competition.

CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) - Students have an opportunity to join CSI, a national organization that allows students to associate with industry professionals, participate in sponsored design competitions, and participate in community service projects and develop leadership skills.

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