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Architecture (ARC) Course Descriptions

Department of Architecture, College of Architecture


ARC 1113  Introduction to the Built Environment [TCCN: ARCH 1311.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ARC 1213 and ARC 1313.
An introduction to the design and construction of the built environment. Includes consideration of professional practice, ethics, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, urbanism and construction. May be applied toward the core curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture. (Formerly COA 1113. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 1113 and COA 1113.)

ARC 1133  Construction Materials and Concepts
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to concepts and skills fundamental to structure, construction, building enclosure, sustainability, and interior environments. Analysis and selection of materials, components, and assemblies. Introduction to the historical role of materials in architectural and interior design. (Formerly ARC 2213 and COA 1133. Credit cannot be earned for ARC 1133 and either ARC 2213 or COA 1133.)

ARC 1151  Introduction to Architecture and Design
(1-0) 1 hour credit.
A lecture course introducing ideas and concepts associated with architectural and interior design.

ARC 1213  Design I [TCCN: ARCH 1303.]
(0-8) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ARC 1113 and ARC 1313.
Introduction to design through a focus on design literacy and the creative conceptualization of issues fundamental to the design of human environments. Emphasis on the realization and experience of architectural ideas in materials. May be applied toward the core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts. (Formerly COA 1213. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 1213 and COA 1213.)

ARC 1223  Design II
(1-8) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 1213 and ARC 1313.
Introduction to design as a broadly creative process based on consideration of spatial experience, context, program, building form, representation, and design communication. (Formerly ARC 1226 and COA 1223. Credit cannot be earned for ARC 1223 and either ARC 1226 or COA 1223.)

ARC 1313  Design Visualization [TCCN: ARCH 1307.]
(0-8) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ARC 1113 and ARC 1213.
Introductory exploration of graphic processes and techniques utilized in the design and construction of the built environment for the representation, visualization, analysis, and presentation of the designed environment. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in this course is required in order to take COA 1213. (Formerly COA 1313. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 1313 and COA 1313.)

ARC 1413  Architecture and Culture [TCCN: ARCH 1305.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduces architecture by exploring its relation to culture and the dynamic interrelationship between humans and the environment. May be applied toward the core curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture.

ARC 1513  Great Buildings and Cities of the World [TCCN: ARCH 1301.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introducing buildings and places that exemplify timeless architectural concepts and design strategies considered enduring contributions to the cultural heritage of the world. Examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas are presented within the context of diverse cultures and express a variety of different aesthetic, political, and religious values. The course draws from diverse sources from high culture and vernacular sources span from antiquity to the present. May be applied toward the core curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

ARC 2133  Principles of Architectural Structures
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major.
An introduction to the principles of architectural structures as related to architectural design. Includes consideration of spatial, structural, and aesthetic issues of building structural systems, and introduces structural behavior, forces and responses in structural systems.

ARC 2156  Drawing and Modeling Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major.
Architectural design through the agency of model building and drawing. Course content includes the development of design skills for the conceptualization and informed design of buildings.

ARC 2166  Digital Design Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major.
Architectural design through the agency of digital design media. Course content includes the development of design skills for the conceptualization and informed design of buildings.

ARC 2233  Principles of Environmental Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major.
Introduction to the design of environmentally responsive buildings and the natural and artificial systems that support them. Includes consideration of topics such as, embodied energy, active and passive heating and cooling, indoor air quality, solar orientation, daylighting and artificial illumination, acoustics, and building services systems.

ARC 2413  History of Architecture I [TCCN: ARCH 1301.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to the history of architecture, urbanism, and material culture from prehistory to the 15th century. Explores the varied ways in which architecture reflects and shapes social, religious, and political concerns in the Western and non-Western world.

ARC 2423  History of Architecture II [TCCN: ARCH 1302.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to the history of architecture, urbanism, and material culture from the 15th to the 20th century. Explores the varied ways in which architecture reflects and shapes social, religious, and political concerns in the Western and non-Western world.

ARC 2513  Digital Design Media
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major or consent of instructor.
Introduction to 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional digital design media. Addresses design skills, principles, techniques, procedures, and knowledge of how digital media impacts the design process, profession, and design culture.

ARC 3113  Advanced Design Visualization
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major or consent of instructor.
Advanced exploration of graphic processes and techniques utilized in the design of the built environment.

ARC 3203  Housing Planning: Design and Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major or consent of instructor.
Survey of the evolution of housing design, planning and development that encompasses the design, location, organization, and financing of housing and community development programs and the capital and labor markets that impact such development at the local level.

ARC 3433  Topics in Architecture and Thought
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture or Interior Design major or consent of instructor.
A lecture/seminar course that provides students the opportunity to explore a variety of architectural ideas, concepts, theories, approaches, or topics related to architectural design. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARC 3553  Introduction to Architectural Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an ARC or IDE major or consent of instructor.
A lecture/seminar course introducing theories that inform architectural design.

ARC 3613  History of Modern Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023.
Study of the social, aesthetic, theoretical, technical, cultural, and professional forces that form, shape, and communicate modern architecture. Completion of ARC 2413 and ARC 2423 is recommended for Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARC 4143  Architecture Topics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156 and ARC 2166 or consent of instructor.
A course exploring issues in architecture. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARC 4153  Topics in International Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156 and ARC 2166 or consent of instructor.
An examination of current international trends and issues in architecture and urbanism. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

ARC 4156  Building Design Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2133, ARC 2156, ARC 2166, and ARC 2233.
Architectural design with emphasis on building technology, materials, assemblies, tectonics, structure, environmental systems, and the inter-relationship of building and environment. Course may be repeated for credit. No more than 24 credit hours of ARC 4156 may count towards the degree.

ARC 4183  Environmental Systems
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156, ARC 2166, and ARC 2233.
Advanced issues in the design of environmentally responsive buildings and the natural and artificial systems that support them, such as embodied energy, active and passive heating and cooling, indoor air quality, solar orientation, daylighting and artificial illumination, acoustics, and building services systems. Includes the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.

ARC 4213  Furniture Design and Construction
(0-8) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 2156, ARC 2166, or consent of instructor.
Focuses on essential elements of furniture design and construction, emphasizing relations to architectural space, human factors, and the use of materials, connections, and finishes.

ARC 4223  Topics in Design Computing
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 2513 or consent of instructor.
Theory-based seminar course exploring critical, spatial and philosophical issues relative to the impact of digital technologies within the field of architecture. Involves some usage of 2-D and 3-D digital media.

ARC 4233  Computer Projects in Design
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 2513 or consent of instructor.
Project-driven lecture/laboratory course exploring advanced issues associated with 3-D modeling, animation, photo-realistic visualization, and computer-aided manufacturing. Considers the role these processes play in architectural and interior design. (Same as IDE 4233. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4233 and IDE 4233.)

ARC 4283  Architectural Structures
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2133, ARC 2156, and ARC 2166.
Advanced study of architectural structures; considers the physical principles that govern classical statics and strength of materials. Graphical and mathematical design of structural systems. Consideration of the role of structural articulation in the design of buildings.

ARC 4333  Practicum/Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156 and ARC 2166 or consent of instructor.
Offers students majoring in architecture, interior design, and real estate finance and development participation in a variety of design, development, and construction concerns. Students work under supervision 15 to 20 hours a week in an approved internship to gain knowledge of their respective professional fields.

ARC 4816  International Studies Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156 and ARC 2166 or consent of instructor.
An architecture or planning studio associated with a study abroad program. (Formerly titled “Study Abroad: Studio.”)(Same as IDE 4816. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4816 and IDE 4816.)

ARC 4823  International Studies Theory Seminar
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156 and ARC 2166 or consent of instructor.
A lecture/seminar course associated with a study abroad program; involves field trips. (Formerly titled “Study Abroad: History/Theory.”) (Same as IDE 4823. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4823 and IDE 4823.)

ARC 4833  International Studies Drawing Seminar
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156 and ARC 2166 or consent of instructor.
A drawing course associated with a study abroad program; involves field trips. (Formerly titled “Study Abroad: Observational Drawing.”) (Same as IDE 4833. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4833 and IDE 4833.)

ARC 4843  International Studies History Seminar
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2156 and ARC 2166 or consent of instructor.
A lecture/seminar course associated with a study abroad program; involves field trips. (Same as IDE 4843. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4843 and IDE 4843.)

ARC 4911,3,6  Independent Study
1, 3, or 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Scholarly research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, may apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ARC 4953,6  Special Studies in Architecture
(0-6, 0-14) 3 or 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but no more than 6 semester credit hours for ARC 4953 or 12 hours for ARC 4956, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.


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