Architecture Design - A.F.A. Degree

Turn your passion for drawing and design work into a new career. 

If you’ve dreamt of designing homes, buildings or other structures, a career in architecture may be for you. With an Architectural Design degree from Sussex, you can start your career in as little as two years.

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The Architecture Design Option develops an understanding and ability to create within the discipline of Architecture through the study of art, art history, theory, technology, and studio work. The degree is intended to provide students with the necessary portfolio to transfer seamlessly to a Bachelor of Fine Arts program majoring in Architectural Design.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for designing a physical structure.
  • Analyze the strength and weaknesses of architectural designs in history.
  • Examine connections between theory and practice in the field of Architecture
  • Design a structure that meets the desired needs within realistic constraints, i.e., economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, safety, and sustainability.
  • Create a portfolio of hand drawn and digital drawings.

Thank you for choosing Sussex County Community College as the place to begin your education. We pride ourselves on giving you the individualized attention you need to be successful.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
ARTA103 Art History I 3
MATH900 Math Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
ARTA108 Basic Drawing 3
ARTA104 Art History II 3
ARTA101 Basic Design 3
ARTA002 Studio Art Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
MATH900 Math Gen Ed Requirement* 3
ARTA110 Introduction to Color 3
ARTA115 3-D Design 3
ARTA150 Life Drawing I 3
COMS225 Computer-Aided Design I 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology 3
DESN120 History of Design 3
PHYS110 Physics I 4
ARTA262 Portfolio for Architecture 2
ARTA002 Studio Art Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.