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Academic Programs - School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies

Architecture Technology
Certificate
HEGIS #5304
Chairperson: Dr. Christine LaPlante
Hudson Hall, Room 129, (518) 629-7355

The Architecture Technology Certificate program at Hudson Valley Community College focuses on the practical and technical requirements of the architectural field and prepares students for entry- level employment. Students may complete the program requirements (29 credits) in one academic year. The program accepts students for the fall semester only, and applicants must have completed Math I and II, or two units of an equivalent math, with an average of 70 or better.

The course of study provides a broad-based exposure to operations, standards and current practices in architecture through the documentation of architectural work in plan, section, elevation, axonometric or auxiliary study and constructs models. Students further develop spatial concepts and demonstrate an understanding of the architect's intent through the process of sketching, drawing, rendering and modeling. The program also emphasizes development of the oral presentation skills that are vital in the workplace.

As they progress through this program, students will come to understand architecture as a study in both art and science. Utilizing the fundamentals of form, function and design, students will design and construct various model examples of the architecture found everywhere in daily life, including homes, places of worship, educational building and entertainment venues among many others. Architecture as the creation of functional space and structure provides us with a historical footprint as well as inspiration for the future.

Architecture Technology Certificate program graduates demonstrate knowledge of the industry-standard tools necessary for successful professional practice, including software, code implementation and interpretation. This training leads to positions that include, but are not limited to, draftsperson, junior designer, furniture designer, graphic designer, junior technician, construction/building inspector, illuminating engineer, product manufacturer representative, property assessor, real estate agent, materials tester, building pathologist or set designer.

Graduates of the certificate program may transfer directly into the Architectural Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program at Hudson Valley, with credit granted for the appropriate courses in that major. Upon completion of the A.A.S. degree, graduates may opt to enter the workforce in various capacities within the field or transfer to a four-year institution.

Hudson Valley Community College students transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities throughout the country. As a result of their academic performance here, many students gain admission to colleges and universities that might not have been an option directly after high school.

The college has many formal articulation agreements with public and private four-year institutions. Some agreements are general in nature, as they simply specify the criteria that must be met to ensure junior status at the four-year institution. More often, agreements are program-to-program in that they address specific majors at both Hudson Valley and the transfer institution, and may contain specific information on course equivalencies, the minimal grade point average, prerequisites, designated courses or credits, scholarship availability, and full- or part-time requirements.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Notes High School Average
Math I and II or 2 units of equivalent academic math (70 or above in each course)   70 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $540.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

FORM 101 College Forum** (1)
CADD 212 Facilities Layout and Design 3
CIVL 103 Visualization II 3
CIVL 114 Construction Materials 2
CIVL 220 Architectural Graphics 3
CIVL 222 Building Construction I 3
CIVL 223 Building Construction II 3
CIVL 224 Estimating 3
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Technologies 3
CNST 120 Architectural Drawing I 2
MATH 150 College Algebra with Trigonometry 4
  Total Credits Required 29
*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.

**Required of first time, full-time students.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FALL TERM
FORM 101 College Forum** (1)
CIVL 103 Visualization II 3
CIVL 114 Construction Materials 2
CIVL 222 Building Construction I 3
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Technologies 3
MATH 150 College Algebra with Trigonometry 4
  Term Total 15
SPRING TERM
CADD 212 Facilities Layout and Design 3
CIVL 220 Architectural Graphics 3
CIVL 223 Building Construction II 3
CIVL 224 Estimating 3
CNST 120 Architectural Drawing I 2
  Term Total 14