The pathway below represents an efficient and effective course taking sequence for this program. Individual circumstances might require some changes to this pathway. It is always recommended that you meet with an academic counselor to develop a personalized educational plan.
The courses have been intentionally placed and should be prioritized in the order in which they appear. If you are unable to take all the courses in a semester, you should prioritize enrolling in the courses in the order below. Some courses have been noted as “Appropriate for Intersession” . Should you need (or want) to take classes in the summer and/or winter intersessions, the program recommends these courses as appropriate for the condensed schedule of the intersessions.
Some pathways combine a “Certificate of Achievement” and an “Associate Degree”. If you are pursuing only the Certificate of Achievement, you are only required to take the courses marked “Program Requirement” .
All pathways include at least one “Gateway Course” which introduces you to the program and/or field of study and helps you decide if you want to continue with this Academic and Career Path.
Most Associate degrees (though not Associate Degrees for Transfer) require satisfying the SMC Global Citizenship requirement. If the Program Requirements do not include a “Global Citizenship course” , be sure to select a General Education course that also satisfies Global Citizenship.
This program provides a series of foundation courses in Architecture and Interior Architectural Design. Students will gain a broad overview and acquire fundamental skills needed in the design profession. This would be the first of two tier stackable certificate program specializing in Interiors or Architectural Design.
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- Upon completion of the program, students will gain a broad overview and acquire fundamental skills needed in the Interior and Architectural design profession.
Appropriate for Intersession
An introduction to studio and design theory through exploration in concepts of space, form, function, materials and creative construction. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and conceptualization as a basis for designing projects through sketching, model making, and other media.
Three dimensional drawing for interior and architectural designers with an emphasis on simplified systems of linear perspective drawing and the fundamentals of quick sketching. Studies include an introduction to perspective and rendering of interior installations using size, scale, and shading to show depth and 3D form.
This course addresses basic color design theory and application. Students utilize tools, materials, and equipment to develop technical skills applicable to interior, architectural and other related fields of design. Students identify cultural heritages, the psychological implications of design and are introduced to Computer Palettes.
A studio course which focuses on the development of context and precedent while designing interior architectural spaces and forms. Simple built environments are developed using design principles in context with spatial relationships, human interaction, and materiality. Emphasis is placed on the design process, human experience, and space planning. Visual and oral presentations are used in the development of a course portfolio.
- Skills Advisory: ARC 10
- Skills Advisory: ARC 11
This course develops the fundamentals of communicating ideas through the integration of computer graphics and traditional drawing. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in 2D drafting and architectural drawings.
This course analyzes, applies, and evaluates construction materials, finishes, furnishings, and resources used in Interior Architectural Design through lectures and field trips. Topics of discussion include methods of detailing, fabrication, product innovation, as well as sustainability issues.