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Certificate of Achievement

The Architecture Certificate at West Valley College provides career technical education in the field of Architecture and primarily prepares students to work as technicians in different areas of the construction industry. The Architecture courses at West Valley cover the following areas of study: building design, graphics, history, practical/technical communication, codes, construction, and structural design. An increasing number of West Valley College courses leverage computer technology as an educational tool. Students, upon completion of this certificate, are prepared to work as technicians in the following careers: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management, Facilities Management, Specification Writing, Structural Engineering, and Architectural Graphics.

Program Requirements (33 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH043Styles in Architecture2 units
ARCH045Architectural Building Codes3 units
ARCH049Introduction to Rhino3 units
ARCH050Construction Materials & Methods3 units
ARCH051Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching3 units
ARCH052Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering3 units
ARCH056Basic Architectural Design3 units
ARCH057Architectural Model Making1 unit
ARCH058Introduction to Revit Architecture3 units
ARCH061Architectural Design I3 units
ARCH062Architectural Design II3 units
ARCH066Advanced Revit Architecture3 units

Total Certificate Units: 33 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Use standard dimensions for space planning and human occupancy using Architectural Graphic Standards.
  • Use computer graphics applications associated with architectural projects.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the architectural environment through proper use of verbal, written and graphic techniques.
  • Select construction materials based upon their properties and methods of installation.
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving abilities in designing residential and commercial buildings.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve technical problems associated with architectural drawings.
  • Apply building codes, zoning codes, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving abilities in designing residential and commercial buildings.
  • Develop architectural drawings including construction drawings, and presentation drawings.
  • Apply principals of structural design.
Last Updated 7/19/23