Associate of Arts Degree - Architecture

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Phone: 775-856-5300
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This transferable degree introduces students to the design philosophies, methodologies, theories and techniques necessary to continue their education in the field of architecture. Courses adhere to standards established by national industry associations and may fulfill requirements for students transferring into accredited baccalaureate programs. Students completing the Associate of Arts fulfill general education requirements and most lower-division architecture courses for the bachelor of science degree at UNLV. Students are strongly encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to select appropriate courses for their selected baccalaureate program.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of architectural design theory as it relates to form, space and order as it pertains to the practice of architecture.
  • Gain the ability to prepare basic architectural presentations demonstrating design and construction knowledge.
  • Synthesize course knowledge and skills that will enable them to meet the requirements for third-year status in an accredited architectural program.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Visual Foundations
History of the Built Environment
Pre-Calculus I (or higher)
Introductory Physics (or higher)
Humans and the Environment
Social Science3
Recommend selection of a course to fulfill by U.S. and Nevada Constitutions requirements.
Additional College Requirements
History of the Built Environment
Foreign Language0
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[3]
Degree Requirements
AAD 100Introduction to Architectural Design3
AAD 180Fundamentals of Design I3
AAD 181Fundamentals of Design I Discussion3
AAD 202Analysis of the Built Environment3
AAD 223Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners3
AAD 265Computer Applications in Architecture I3
AAD 280Fundamentals of Architecture Design I3
AAD 282Fundamentals of Architecture Design II3
Elective Requirements
Select 12 units from the following:12
Design with Nature
Construction Drawings and Detailing
Fundamentals of Design II
Fundamentals of Design Discussion II
Design with Climate
Statics and Strength of Materials
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


May also count toward additional college requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AAD 100 Introduction to Architectural Design 3
AAD 180 Fundamentals of Design I 3
AAD 181 Fundamentals of Design I Discussion 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
AAD 201 History of the Built Environment 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Electives 3 6
Fine Arts 3 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AAD 223 Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners 3
AAD 280 Fundamentals of Architecture Design I 3
Science (must include at least 1 Lab course) 3 6
Social Science/U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Electives 3 6
AAD 202 Analysis of the Built Environment 3
AAD 265 Computer Applications in Architecture I 3
AAD 282 Fundamentals of Architecture Design II 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

See program recommendations or requirements.