The Architecture and Construction Industry is dynamic and growing with its wide range of career options. The educational programs offered by this department are designed to prepare students to fulfill challenging employment opportunities within the industry. The Department of Design and Construction Management offers a 2 year Applied Associate Degree in Architectural Technology and a 4 year Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Both degrees offer a range of options that will allow students to customize their course of study to fulfill future employment ambitions. Both degrees also require a high level of academic and technical abilities, and students should have developed good math, science, art, and manual skills prior to enrollment in the program.
What is Architecture?
Architecture is an exciting multi-disciplinary profession which encompasses all aspects of the built environment, including aesthetic, human connection, and technical considerations. The AA in Architecture prepares students for a varied range of responsibilities in assisting architects and other professionals in the field of construction and architecture; including, architectural design, construction technologies, building systems and information modeling (BIM), computer aided design and drafting (CADD), hand and computer rendering, professional practice, sustainable design, communication and collaboration skills, critical thinking, and problem- solving skills. This education prepares students to enter the market place as architectural designers, drafters, renderers, and specification writers; and if they wish, to move on to higher education in order to become a professional architect.
What is Construction Management?
A construction management degree provides students with the skills required to manage construction of the built environment. It can include overseeing the entire process from conception to completion or any part thereof, including the design of the project, the procurement of materials to be used in the construction, the acquiring of contractors to complete the work and the supervision of the construction trades through the completion and startup phases of projects. Students studying construction management gain an overview of essential engineering basics. They obtain knowledge of business accounting, cost control, project analysis, architectural drafting, supervision of construction projects, and more.