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The Architecture program is operated in partnership with the LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN (LAIAD)

The Architecture program is a transfer program primarily intended for students who wish to pursue a professional degree (B. Arch.) in architecture or related design fields. The design projects in the first two years are designed to prepare students for further study and work in the field of architecture and the related fields of graphic, industrial, and digital design.

At the conclusion of this two-year design segment of study, as an option students may work in the professional office of a mentor for one or two semesters. Mentors will be required to provide each student with a broad exposure to architectural and/or design practice. At the conclusion of the three-year program, students will be eligible to apply for advanced placement in a local university for completion of a degree in architecture or design.

This admission and advanced placement process is subject to portfolio review. In general, transferring students can expect to attend three years in university to complete the requirements for a professional degree (B. Arch.), which is normally a five-year curriculum. Alternatively, the three-year course is preparation for entry into the profession via the internship process.

Architecture courses are taught at the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD) in Los Angeles. LAIAD is in partnership with West Los Angeles College, and LAIAD courses are articulated through West Los Angeles College and will appear on West Los Angeles transcripts.

Course Descriptions

1. Introduction to Architecture (1) UC:CSU
An introduction to architecture through a series of lectures exploring architectural theory, presentation techniques, professional practice, and building construction. Students will gain an awareness of architectural, technical, historical, social and cultural issues through lectures, visiting experts, field trips, visits to architectural offices, and related discussions.

5 Architectural Drawing I (3) CSU
This course explores the nature and limitations of materials using two- and three-dimensional studies of form and composition. The study of architectural plan and section drawings, model making and finishing skills, materials studies, painting and finishes are also included.

6 Architectural Drawing II (3) CSU
Prerequisites: Architecture 5, Architecture 9.
A continuation of Architectural Drawing 1, exploring classical and contemporary geometrical drawing and ordering systems, from Roman town planning to the present. The emphasis is on uniquely American land development concepts. The class will continue the development of 2-D and 3-D hand and computeraided drawing skills.

9 Elements of Architecture (3) UC:CSU
An introduction to the processes of architectural design through studio projects addressing the relationship between idea, structure, function, and form.

30 Residential Planning (3)
This course is a design studio with an emphasis on the residential and domestic environment in terms of spatial, formal qualities, and pragmatic requirements as informed through historical, cultural and technological forces. These topics are explored through case studies, design terminology and building design problems.

33 Basic Architectural Design (3) CSU
Prerequisites: Architecture 5, Architecture 9.
An introduction to the formal and spatial language of architecture explored through studio projects, informed by the case study projects completed in Architecture 9.

34 Basic Architectural Design 2 (3)
This course further extends the theories of space, form and vision, and applies them to architectural problem solving. Horizontal and vertical flow are studied Computer application to design are also studied.

36 Introduction to Computer-Aided Architectural Drawing (2)
This is an introductory course in two-dimensional computeraided drafting. Students learn the basic concepts involved in making computer-aided drawings which are constructed using a microcomputer with appropriate software such as AutoCAD. Students use workstations equipped with a microcomputer, monitor, disk drives, digitizer, plotter, and printer.

37 Computer-Aided Design/Drafting (3)
This second-semester course provides instruction in computeraided drafting. Students use concepts learned in the introductory course and apply the fundamentals of two-dimensional concepts to three-dimensional concepts. Drawings are constructed using a microcomputer with appropriate software such as AutoCAD.

39 Computer-Aided Architectural Laboratory (1)
This course is designed to reinforce the lectures presented in each computer-aided architecture class. It gives students the needed practice in applying software programs to various class assignments.

41 Architectural Model Building (2)
Prerequisites: Architecture 5, Architecture 9.
This course will acquaint students of architecture with the techniques and materials for constructing architectural study models.

48 History of Western Architecture: Ancient to Baroque (3) UC:CSU
A survey of the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, of the Early Christian and Byzantine eras, of the Romanesque and Gothic periods in Western Europe, and the Renaissance and Baroque periods up to 1750 with an emphasis on Italy, France, and England.

49 History of Modern Architecture (3) UC:CSU
Prerequisite: Architecture 48
A survey of European and American architecture from the late eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth century including stylistic revivals, technological changes, and achievements of major architects.

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