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 students with practical knowledge using industry standard tools and techniques. Focus is on the skill necessary for communicating ideas and projects using a variety of technical skills including digital drafting, modeling, rendering, image enhancement, fabrication and the use of VR in the design industry. Students will be prepared to work in a wide range of design disciplines including, architecture, interior design, fixture and furnishing design, and 3D rendering firms.
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate skills in a variety of industry standard software for drafting, modeling, and rendering. Students will develop a portfolio of work displaying technical skills to apply as an entry level drafter or renderer.
Appropriate for Intersession
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 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.
Develop advanced skills in two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital drafting and rendering for Interior and Architectural designers.
This is a studio course in 3D Computer Rendering and Animation. It will cover advanced computer applications in a virtual interior with an emphasis on lighting, textures, and camera angles. Students will create walk-throughs and digital 3D visual representations of interior spaces.
- Skills Advisory: ARC 31
Digitally build and enhance images for professional presentations through the exploration of materials, light, color, texture, and shadows. Emphasis is placed on producing realistic images for professional interior and architectural design work.
A look at the importance of portfolios in the design field, the different types of portfolios, and how to create visually cohesive project pages. Students design and build a digital portfolio which can be used for transfer to a university, to apply for employment, or to showcase professional work.
- Skills Advisory: ARC 20 or
- Skills Advisory: IARC 20 or
- Skills Advisory: ARC 31