2 or 4 Semester Architecture transfer program for students who will pursue a professional degree in Architecture
Rigorous design studios
Drawing, sketching, and model making classes
3D computer modeling and rendering classes
Portfolio design classes
In partnership with West Los Angeles College
A sequential 2 year program primarily intended as a transfer program for students who want to pursue a professional (B Arch) degree in architecture. At the conclusion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for advanced placement in a local university for completion of a degree in architecture. Admission and advanced placement is subject to portfolio review at the destination school. Alternatively, after completion of this program, students in California may also enter the architecture profession directly through the internship process.
In the first year, (Architecture Transfer 1) architecture and design are understood as the embodiment of design principles and ideas. Students first undertake a series of inter-related studio projects to identify and visualize certain ordering principles and ideas. These principles and ideas are then interpreted in systematic abstract constructions. The next series of studio projects require students to be able to use ordering ideas to accomplish fundamental spatial qualities such as open, closed and sequential spaces. From the first day of class, students are treated as professional designers, and are asked to engage in design discourse, and to participate in studio culture. Although listed as separate courses, rigorous classes teaching drawing, model making, and computer skills are taught as part of the studio experience.
Projects in the second year (Architecture Transfer 2) address the relationship between idea, structure, function, and form. These projects require students to use organizational ideas and systems to create constructions that form the basis for a series of spaces intended for habitation and use, and deal with architectural aspects such as spatial definition and sequence, transition areas, intersections, and human scale relationships. The conditions, principles, ideas and issues that are considered in the decision making process are applied to architectural problem solving. The development of personal architectural language is stressed. Architectural design as the embodiment of principles and ideas is continually stressed. Students are introduced to the notion that the creation of an architectural spatial / organizational idea can have a correspondence to an underlying social or ideological viewpoint. Continued development in drawing, model making, and computer skills are all taught as part of the studio experience.