About Architecture

The Architecture Program prepares students with core skills to advance in the architecture profession and related fields.

For those either just beginning or re-pursuing careers in design of the built environment, the Architecture Department is an excellent starting point. Coursework covers a breadth of subjects that synthesize a variety of interests from human-centered aesthetics and spatial design to practical technologies in drafting, planning, and building. 

Students who complete Curriculum in Architecture qualify for direct entry into employment in various capacities in the building and design industry and are prepared to transfer to professional degree-granting institutions to continue on a path to become licensed architects. 

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Architecture can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Construction Management
  • Industrial Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Design / Urban Planning
  • Fabrication / Maker

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ARCH 20 Architectural Graphics 3  
ARCH 100 Introduction to Architecture and Design 2  
ARCH 101 Architecture Design Studio  
ENGL 1A + AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
CCSF Area A Communication/Analytical Thinking 3  

Total Units: 15-17 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ARCH 22A Delineation and Rendering 3  
ARCH 29A Freehand Drawing I 1  
ARCH 31B History of Architecture 3  
Math 55 Geometry 5  
CCSF Area F United States History and Government 3  

Total Units: 15 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ARCH 29B Freehand Drawing II 1  
ARCH 102 Architecture Design Studio II 3  
ARCH 214 AutoCAD 3  
Physics 10 Conceptual Physics 3  
CCSF Area D Social and Behavioral Sciences 3  
ARCH 120 Fundamentals of Building Construction 3  

Total Units: 16

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ARCH 103 Architecture Design Studio 3 3  
BIM 120 Revit Architecture 3  
ARCH 127 Fundamentals of Building Structures 3  
ARCH 160 Professional Practice 3  
CCSF Area H Ethnic, Women, Gendar & LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 15

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Architecture programs at the following institutions: 

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • California College of Art
  • Academy of Art University
  • California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo 
  • California Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.