Mission Statement:


The El Centro College Architecture Program is an opportunity for students to get exposure to the wide variety of skills that architects must master, without committing to the expense of a university education. If, after attending El Centro Architecture classes, students want to pursue a career in Architecture, they have the ability to transfer into a number of different university programs, and their Architecture credits will transfer with them. The El Centro Architecture Program specializes in architectural history, aesthetics, elements of design, hand-sketching techniques, computer graphics, and structural concepts.

ARCH 1311 Introduction to Architecture
Understanding the practice, principles, history, aesthetics, and influence of Architecture
3 credit hours
ARCH 1301  Architectural History I
The impact of social, political, and historical events on architecture, from pre-history through the Renaissance
3 credit hours
ARCH 1302  Architectural History II
Further exploration of the social, political, and historical events that impacted architecture, from the Renaissance to the present
3 credit hours
ARCH 1307  Architectural Graphics I
Developing the artistic drawing skills necessary for creating compelling graphic presentations and conceptual designs
3 credit hours
ARCH 1308  Architectural Graphics II
Further development of the artistic drawing skills necessary for creating compelling graphic presentations and conceptual designs
3 credit hours
DFTG 2331 Advanced Technologies in Architectural Design and Drafting
Exploring design concepts through the use of Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, digital media, photo-realistic renderings, and presentation animation
3 credit hours

Academic Transfer Agreements:

El Centro College is developing transfer agreements with the Texas Tech College of Architecture, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. According to these agreements, any student who has taken and passed  El Centro College Architecture courses with a 'B' or higher can apply to the Bachelor of Architecture program at these schools and, if they're accepted into the program, their Architecture credits from El Centro will transfer over with them.
In the case of the UTA School of Architecture, however, UTA is offering their own version of Architectural Freehand Drawing I that would be taught each Fall semester at the UTA Architecture building, by a UTA professor. This would be an opportunity for El Centro students intending to transfer to UTA to have the experience of working at the School of Architecture with UTA faculty.
In order to participate in this 'Co-Curricular' version of Freehand Drawing I, students would first have to apply to UTA as a non-degree-seeking student, and then sign-up for both the Co-Curricular version of Architectural Freehand Drawing I at El Centro and the same class with UTA (to be tentatively listed at UTA as 'ARCH 1001 Co-Curricular Design I’). The proposed days and times for the UTA class will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:00 to 7:50 p.m. El Centro and UTA have further plans to offer Architectural Freehand Drawing II (ARCH 2302) on a Co-Curricular basis, as well, each Spring Semester. At UTA, the course will be listed as ARCH 1002 Co-Curricular Design II.
The student planning to continue at another university should consult an advisor concerning the degree requirements of the school, to which, transfer is intended. For more information on these transfer programs, please contact the following:
Texas Tech University: www.ttu.edu
Texas Tech Community College & Transfer Relations: www.depts.ttu.edu/uesa/cctr
Texas Tech College of Architecture: arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Texas_Tech_College_of_Architecture
UTA School of Architecture: www.uta.edu/cappa/academics/architecture
University of Houston Hines College of Architecture: www.uh.edu/architecture/

 Architecture Faculty:

  Douglas R. Vail, AIA, NCARB, RAS
  Office 1106 One Main
  Phone 214-860-2713
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.