Design and Architecture
An Architectural Design Fundamentals class covers the basic theories, strategies and concepts of form, shape, symmetry and patterns in the physical world and how to translate them onto paper. Students learn to combine design with aesthetics and weigh those considerations against time, quality, and cost.
Students in the History of Architecture online course learn the history of architecture as a discipline, an art form, and a practical need by reviewing concepts and examining images of buildings. They study human architectural history from prehistoric and ancient edifices to contemporary structures.
Class participants in a Sustainability in Architecture course examine the roles and responsibilities of architects, designers, and urban planners to address and resolve energy concerns. They review how architectural design principles are best combined with technological advances to reduce pollution and promote effective energy use.
A Computer-Aided Design for Architectural Design course demonstrates practical and effective methods for using CAD programs to draft architectural designs, plans and blueprints for buildings, roads, bridges and other structures. It presents both 2- and 3-dimensional object modeling, layering, editing, auxiliary views, and rendering techniques.
During the course in Architectural Drafting, students will learn the fundamentals of drafting, from techniques for using equipment to vocabulary, lettering, and symbols. Students will also focus on plan construction, with special attention to correct line weight and scale.