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.
Currently, the Program is offering two specific Architecture classes: Introduction to Architecture (ARCH 1311), and Architectural Freehand Drawing I (ARCH 2301). We also make available to our Architecture students a 3D virtual modeling class called Advanced Technologies in Architectural Design and Drafting (DFTG-2331). In addition, our Program works in close conjunction with the El Centro College Interior Design program, and a number of graphics and design classes offered within that department are available to Architecture students.
Developing freehand drawing skills 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 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: