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The Architecture/Architectural Drafting program at Bakersfield College is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of architecture and the skills needed to work as architectural drafters.

The program offers an Architecture/Architectural Drafting Associate in Science degree, which is a two-year program that covers topics such as architectural design, drafting, building codes, and construction technology. The program also offers an Architectural Computer Aided Drafting Job Skills Certificate, which is a shorter program that focuses specifically on computer-aided drafting software and the skills needed to work with it. With a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, graduates of the program are well-equipped to pursue careers in architecture and related fields.

What is Architecture?

Architecture, and architectural drafting, is a process of creating accurate and detailed two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) drawings or plans for buildings, structures, or other architectural projects. The purpose of architecture drafting is to communicate design ideas, specifications, and construction details to architects, engineers, contractors, and other professionals involved in the construction process. Architectural drafting typically involves the use of various drafting tools and software, such as pencils, rulers, compasses, protractors, CAD software, and 3D modeling software. The resulting drawings or plans can be used for a range of purposes, from obtaining building permits to facilitating construction and renovation projects.

Is Architecture Right for Me?

Students who have a strong interest and aptitude in both design and technical aspects of building construction tend to excel in architecture. These students typically have a creative and analytical mindset and can think critically and logically to solve complex design problems. They have an eye for detail, are good at spatial visualization, and can communicate their ideas effectively through drawings and models. Successful architecture drafting students are also proficient in math, physics, and computer technology, as these subjects are essential in understanding building codes, construction materials, and the use of computer-aided drafting software. In addition, successful architecture drafting students are committed to lifelong learning, as the field of architecture and construction is constantly evolving with new technology, materials, and design approaches.

Some traits that can contribute to success in architecture:

  • Creativity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Technical Aptitude
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Time Management


You may also be interested in Industrial Drawing & Drafting.

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Graduates with an Associate in Science in Architecture/Architectural Drafting or a Job Skills Certificate in Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) can pursue various careers in architecture and related fields, such as:

  • Architectural Drafter: Drafting and preparing detailed drawings and plans for buildings, structures, and other construction projects.
  • CAD Technician: Using computer-aided drafting software to create 2D and 3D models and drawings of architectural projects.
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) Coordinator: Managing the creation and maintenance of BIM models for construction projects, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information is available to all project stakeholders.
  • Construction Estimator: Preparing cost estimates and material take-offs for construction projects, based on architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Construction Project Coordinator: Assisting in the coordination and management of construction projects, ensuring that work is completed on time and within budget.
  • Building Inspector: Ensuring that construction projects comply with building codes, zoning regulations, and safety standards.
  • Interior Designer: Designing and planning interior spaces, selecting colors, materials, and furnishings that meet the needs and preferences of clients.
  • Landscape Designer: Designing outdoor spaces, including gardens, parks, and other natural areas, to enhance the beauty and functionality of the environment.

In addition to these positions, graduates with an Associate in Science in Architecture/Architectural Drawing may also be eligible for entry-level roles as architectural interns, which provide opportunities to gain practical experience in the field and work towards professional licensure. Graduates with a Job Skills Certificate in Architectural CAD may also consider pursuing additional certifications in software programs such as AutoCAD or Revit to enhance their skills and competitiveness in the job market.

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Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Industrial Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Industrial Technology & Transportation

Courses: Architecture (ARCH) and Industrial Drawing (INDR)

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