Graduates of the Architectural Technology program have acquired the knowledge and skills to pursue a wide variety of employment opportunities in the design and construction industry and are well-prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a four or five-year college or university program.
The faculty is composed of practicing architects and engineers who are in contact with today’s materials and construction methods and computer technology.
The Architecture department is held in high regard in the Central New York architectural community for its ability to challenge its students and instill essential technical skills that employers look for.
The program stresses the fundamentals, beginning with a three course foundation semester and continuing with three-semester studio course sequences available in both design and drafting. Students in the program have the opportunity to sample a variety of interest areas within the discipline including interior architecture, building design, graphics, computer drafting, materials and construction technology, architectural history, environmental controls, office practice, and structures. Green/sustainable practices are infused throughout the curriculum. You may begin either fall or spring semester.
The NYS Education Department Division of Professional Licensing recognizes the A.A.S. in Architectural Technology as equivalent to two years of experiential credit toward architectural licensure.
Students in the program will be required to create, transmit and present assignments using computers and other digital technology. After the completion of the first semester required classes (ARH 101 , ARH 110 , ARH 170 ), students will be required to provide his or her own laptop computer and software for all classes in the program. The laptop computer must be capable of running the required software as designated for each course.
Individual courses are available to practicing professionals who wish to update skills and to satisfy continuing education requirements.
The mission of the Architectural Technology program is to provide students the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to obtain entry-level employment in the architectural profession or other related fields; to prepare students to transfer to upper division schools in accredited programs in architecture or other related fields; to provide an opportunity for continuing education for people who wish to take individual courses to meet their personal or professional needs and goals; and to provide a local, low-cost opportunity for career exploration in architecture for all people who meet the OCC entrance requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate the ability to graphically communicate design ideas and concepts.
- Demonstrate the ability to produce competent construction documents for residential building project utilizing manual and digital drafting techniques.
- Demonstrate the ability to produce a set of competent construction documents for commercial building projects, utilizing digital software to produce written and graphic components.
- Understand and apply integrated design and sustainable construction knowledge.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in core ARH courses in order to graduate.