Architecture

Business & Technology

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative

Architects and architectural technicians shape the built environment, creating homes, offices, schools and much more. Do you have a passion for creating on paper and with computers? A career in architecture or architecture-related fields could be a satisfying and rewarding profession. An associate's degree in Architecture from Northampton provides an affordable foundation for a traditional five-year degree program leading to a career as a licensed architect. It can also prepare you for work in the field upon graduation.

Northampton's program offers a mixture of academic, design and advanced computer technology coursework. You will receive a base of knowledge to broaden your perspective of the world. Our four semester design studio sequence emphasizes skills development in architectural conceptualization as well as design vocabulary and process. Supporting coursework in history, graphics and building technology mesh with your studio work to enhance your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. With computer technology dramatically changing the practice of architecture, Northampton's curriculum strives to stay on the leading edge of 2D and 3D technology across the curriculum. We also balance those technologies with traditional graphic and model making skills development.

Please note that senior architecture schools consider applicants from Northampton on an individual basis and have traditionally granted both full and partial credit depending on the abilities of the student and the requirements of the transfer school.

Program Features

Northampton's program is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ensuring that the program is current with movements in the field. Our faculty consists of practicing, registered architects who, as members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), are on top of developments in both architectural education and practice.

The Architecture Department has an active chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), which provides our students with leadership opportunities at the local and national level. The AIAS also offers social activities and field trips that enhance your architecture studies.

Opportunities for practical experience include a five-credit community design studio taking place in a community-wide environment. This capstone project gives students hands-on experience in the field. In addition, students who qualify may choose to complete a three credit professional internship and apply their practical office experience to their education for credit. Students will work under the direction of an employer with a professional degree in architecture. Arrangements will be made through the architecture department. Both the community design and internship learning experiences are of great value when the graduate either enters the profession or transfers to a Bachelor degree program.

"Real World Community Learning"

Northampton's architecture program offers a 5 credit capstone community design studio which takes place in a community wide environment giving you "hands-on" learning opportunities.

Professional Internship

Students who qualify may choose the option of a three credit professional internship and apply their practical office experience to their education for credit. Students will work under the direction of an employer with a professional degree in architecture. Arrangements will be made through the architecture department. Both the community design and internship learning experiences will prove to be of great value when the graduate either enters the profession or transfers to a Bachelor degree program.

Course Scheduling

Courses are scheduled both day and evening for students who want to attend full time or part time. Although many of the required courses are offered in the evening, the complete program will require some daytime attendance.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Use abstract design ideas to interpret design information while investigating alternative outcomes based on research and analysis.
  2. Use a diverse range of media to think about and convey architectural ideas including writing, speaking, drawing and model making (both hand and digital media).
  3. Gather, access, record and comparatively evaluate relevant design information as part of the process of investigation.
  4. Examine and comprehend history and precedent and make informed choices regarding the incorporation of same into architecture and urban design projects.
  5. Identify parallel and divergent ideas and traditions of architecture and urban design influenced by the social, cultural, historical and philosophical determinants of a global society.
  6. Comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems, materials and principles of building structure and be able to apply that comprehension to architectural solutions.
  7. Respond to site characteristics including zoning, topography, vegetation and watershed in architecture and urban design projects.
  8. Prepare drawings and models illustrating and identifying the assembly of materials, systems and components for building design and structure.
    These program outcomes are based on:
    2014 Conditions for Accreditation of the National Architectural Accrediting Board
    • Part (II) - Section 1 - Student Performance - Educational Realms & Student Performance Criteria
      • Realm A: Critical Thinking and Representation
      • Realm B : Integrated Building Practices, Technical Skills and Knowledge
    • Based on:"Teaching for Learning, Teaching and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.

Architecture

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
ARCH 100 Architectural History I-Antiquity to 1870 3
ARCH 101 Architectural Graphics I 3
ARCH 110 Architecture Design Studio I 3
ENGL 101C English I 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 3
15
Second Semester
ARCH 121 Architectural Graphics II 3
ARCH 150 Architecture Design Studio II (Digital) 3
ARCH 155 Architectural History II-1870 to Present 3
ENGL 151* English II * 3
MATH 145 Trigonometry 3
15
Third Semester
ARCH 204 Design & Analysis of Structural Form 3
ARCH 210 Architecture Design Studio III 5
ARCH 214 Architectural Materials & Methods of Construction I 3
ARCH 215 Advanced Digital Analysis 3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
17
Fourth Semester
ARCH 250 Architecture Design Studio IV 5
ARCH 254 Architectural Material Methods Construction II 3
---------- General Education Elective (SIT or SSHB) 3
---------- Elective 3
14
Total Credits: 61


NOTE: ARCH 200 Interior Design Professional Internship (3 cr. optional elective) offered Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and Summer 2 semesters. Please see advisor.

* Students have a choice of ENGL 151L (Literature option), ENGL151R (Report Writing) or ENGL 151T (Technical Writing). Contact your advisor for guidance.

  • For the General Education Elective, students must select one course from the list of approved courses in one of the following categories: Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • Completion of ENGL 151L satisfies the Diversity and Global Awareness (D) requirement for this program.
  • Completion of both ARCH 210 and ARCH 250 satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement for this program.
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.

Career Potential: Leading to: Architect, Architectural Technician, Building Inspector, Architectural/Building Sales

NCC students have transferred to: Drexel University, Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University, Penn State University, Temple University, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Miami, University of Michigan

ARCH 200 Professional Internship (3 cr. optional elective) offered Fall, Spring, Summer1 and Summer 2 semesters. Please see advisor.

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