Architecture Courses

All courses required to complete Blinn’s Associate of Arts in Architecture degree are available online or in the traditional face-to-face format.

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Study of the history of architecture from the ancient civilizations to the present. Emphasis on the relationship of culture, geography, climate, natural resources, and materials to the methods of construction. Architectural History I will provide students with a thorough understanding of world architecture, interiors, and furnishings from the prehistoric eras through the 12th Century. The course will also introduce them to architectural theory and how theory, context, politics, economics, and culture have influenced and continue to influence the designs of the built environment. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: none.  Credit: Three semester hours.
Study of the history of architecture from the ancient civilizations to the present. Emphasis on the relationship of culture, geography, climate, natural resources, and materials to the methods of construction. Architectural History II will provide students with a thorough understanding of world architecture, interiors, and furnishings from the 12th Century through present-day. The course will also allow students to gain an understanding of architectural theory and how theory, context, politics, economics, and culture have influenced and continue to influence the designs of the built environment. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisites:  None. Credit: Three semester hours.
An introductory studio providing foundation in the conceptual, perceptual, and manual skills necessary for two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. This course is intended to fulfill all or part of the following National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Student Performance Criteria: A.1 Professional Communication SkillsA.2 Design Thinking Skills A.4 Architectural Design Skills A.5 Ordering Systems.
Creative problem solving and presentation of principles, concepts and ideas as applied to introductory architectural projects. This course is intended to fulfill all or part of the following National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Student Performance Criteria: A.1 Professional Communication Skills A.2 Design Thinking Skills A.4 Architectural Design Skills A.5 Ordering Systems Prerequisite(s): ARCH 1303 
Introduction to basic drawing methods and tools. Exploration of techniques available for the design process with emphasis on two-dimensional and three-dimensional composition. This course is intended to fulfill all or part of the following National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Student Performance Criteria: A.1 Professional Communication Skills.
Architectural drafting techniques including orthographic and axonometric studies. Principles of shades and shadows, and perspective drawing. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 1307 

An introduction to architecture that explores the practices, principles, and wider co ext of architecture and design. Focuses on the role of architecture in society, culture, and the broader physical context of the built environment. Course is intended to fulfill all or part of the following Nation ‘1 Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Student Performance Criteria: 

A.8 Cultural Diversity and Social Equity

D.1 Siclkeholder Roles in Architecture

Introduction to computer graphics systems with emphasis on architectural applications. This course will introduce students to space planning methodology and graphic methods of visualizing, communicating, and producing design solutions for various spaces. It emphasizes the production of 2-D and 3-D drawings using computer technology such as Google Sketchup, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and AutoCAD. Students will become familiar with all types of construction documents, such as floor/site plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules and perspectives.
ARCH 2312 Architectural Technology I
An intermediate architectural design studio that continues and expands the study of concepts from Architectural Design IT. The course is intended to fulfill all or part of each of the following 2014 National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Student Performance Criteria: A.4 Architectural Design Skills A.6 Use of Precedents B.2 Site Design. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 1304-Architectural Design II
A concluding architectural design studio for the lower-division that continues from Architectural Design. Course is intended to fulfill all or part of each of the following 2014 National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Student Performance Criteria: B. l Pre-Design B.3 Codes and Regulations B.5 Structural Systems  Prerequisite(s): ARCH 2603 Architectural Design III