Associate of Applied Science Degree - Architectural Design Technology - Residential Design Technology Emphasis

This course of study will provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to design and produce quality residential projects. Graduates are prepared for employment with architectural firms that specialize in residential architecture. The successful student upon completion of this degree will satisfy the educational requirements for candidates pursuing a residential designer professional registration as set forth by the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Fulfill the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science.
  • Demonstrate competency in their specified emphasis.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Develop a basic architectural knowledge and understanding of residential design theory and standards as related to spatial relationships, form and context of a specific project’s design requirements.
  • Develop and produce working drawings for residential design projects that demonstrate knowledge of sound design techniques and construction applications through various hand drawn methods and computerized media.

AAS degrees are non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS 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 AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
AAD 201 or select a Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science course that also qualifies as a Diversity unit
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
AAD 201 or select a Diversity course that also qualifies as a Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science unit
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Principles of Management
Math for Technicians (or higher)
Humans and the Environment
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Introduction to American Politics
Degree Requirements
AAD 125Construction Drawings and Detailing3
AAD 180Fundamentals of Design I3
AAD 181Fundamentals of Design I Discussion3
ADT 105Architectural Drafting I5
Emphasis Requirements
AAD 182Fundamentals of Design II3
AAD 183Fundamentals of Design Discussion II3
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
ADT 230Mechanical and Electrical Equip for Buildings3
ADT 245Statics and Strength of Materials3
CONS 111Commercial Building Codes3
Elective Requirements
Select at least 3 units from the following:3
Introduction to Architectural Design
Introduction to Land Use Planning
Intern in Arch Design Technology
Introduction to Solar Energy
Total Units65

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

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AAD 180 Fundamentals of Design I 3
AAD 181 Fundamentals of Design I Discussion 3
ADT 105 Architectural Drafting I 5
MATH 108 Math for Technicians 3
 Semester Total14
2nd semester
AAD 125 Construction Drawings and Detailing 3
AAD 182 Fundamentals of Design II 3
AAD 183 Fundamentals of Design Discussion II 3
Communications/English 2 3
 Semester Total12
3rd semester
Diversity/Humanities 3 3
AAD 223 Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners 3
AAD 280 Fundamentals of Architecture Design I 3
CONS 111 Commercial Building Codes 3
 Semester Total12
4th semester
AAD 265 Computer Applications in Architecture I 3
AAD 282 Fundamentals of Architecture Design II 3
ADT 245 Statics and Strength of Materials 3
Science 3 3
Communications/English 2 3
 Semester Total15
5th semester
Elective 3 3
ADT 230 Mechanical and Electrical Equip for Buildings 3
Human Relations 3 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total12
 Total Units65

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


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