Architectural Drafting and Design 1 - This is a 1/2 year class and can be taken in the Fall or Spring. This course is recommended for students interested in exploring careers in architectural drafting and design. Being a lab oriented course, students learn how to create residential floor plans and exterior elevations, including manual lettering technique. Tools used include traditional drafting equipment such as a architectural and engineering rulers, mechanical pencils, T-squares and triangles. The Students will then generate similar drawings with AutoCAD software.Students complete the course with designing their bedroom or another room in their house. All of the above skills are utilized in constructing the drawings for their project. Students will also learn about Interior Design and apply certain features to this project.Students will begin to perform public speaking regarding their work. This important skill will be will continued in the other Architectural courses. Guest speakers come into the classroom to talk about the various related architectural professions. Students are evaluated on their drawings, quizzes and classroom performance, participation and attitude. This course is a prerequisite for Architectural Drafting and Design 2.
Architectural Drafting and Design 2 - This course will take students deeper into architectural drafting and design and will introduce engineering and landscape architecture applications. Students will expand the use of manual and software tools learned in Architectural Drafting and Design 1. Students will reasearch, prepare drawings and build a model of a State College Store Front. The spin for this project is that all visible model surfaces must be edible! Throughout the project, problem-solving skills are utilized to complete the project.Students will then learn about the mission for Habitat for Humanity and then design a Habitat for Humanity private residence. Students will learn what an Architects needs to think about when designing a home that has certain Habitat for Humanity requirements. The student will also be responsible for learing about the current International Building Code and applying those riules to the design of their homes. Manual drafting skills learned in Arch 1 will be further utilized with sketching their design ideas, along with using AutoCAD and Sketch-Up for composing their design and construction documents for their home. Guest speakers related to the different parts of the project will come into the classroom to discuss applicable items related to their projects. At various times, the students will present their projects to their classmates and teacher. Field trips are taken to project sites to reinforce actual construction details. Students are evaluated on their drawings, quizzes and classroom performance, participation and attitude. This course is a prerequisite for Drafting: Advanced Architectural Drafting and Design 3.Advanced Architectural Drafting and Design 3 - This is an advanced weighted course. Students will have the opportunit to design a private residence with different perameters than the Arch 2 Habitat for Humanity residence they designed. Important design skills are utilized and the code requirements are also applied again from the Arch 2 project. A cost estimate will be applied to the students home. Water coloring is learned and then applied to the design of the home they have created. Time permitting, the students will also learn about design and drafting of structural, mechanical and electrical features of the home. Guest speakers related to the different parts of the project will come into the classroom to discuss applicable items. At various times, the students will present their projects to their classmates and teacher. Field trips are taken to project sites to reinforce actual construction details and building systems. Students are evaluated on their drawings, quizzes and classroom performance, participation and attitude. This course is a prerequisite for Drafting: Advanced Architectural Drafting and Design 4.Advanced Architectural Drafting and Design 4 - This is an advanced weighted course. This course is to help Architectural Drafting and Design students strengthen and deepen their learning through community and project-based instruction to prepare for post-graduation employment and/or college. Students will investigate architectural, landscape architecture, architectural engineering and engineering pathways. Students will understand the path required to becoming a Registered Architect and Professional Engineer. Students will generate a professional portfolio, resume and cover letter plus develop presentation and learn interviewing skills. Students will also have the opportunity to expand and/or improve on projects they did in the previous architectural classes.
Cooperative Work Experience in Architectural Drafting and Design - This full year, three credit course, provides the opportunity for the senior to expand his/her training to an on-the-job experience. The student will work a minimum of 15 hours a week in a job directly related to Drafting and Design. A written evaluation will be provided monthly by his/her employer. This work experience is available if there are Architectural Firms willing to assist the Student with this opportunity.Job Seeking Skills - This is a full year, half credit course open to all seniors enrolled in career prep and tech prep programs at State High. It is REQUIRED for all students who intend to participate in COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE. The course assists the student in developing his/her interests and aptitudes for specific occupations. Instruction is provided in areas such as employer/employee relationships, job safety, work ethic and other related job and life skills. Students will participate in various classroom discussions and activities. Students are evaluated on classroom performance and individual projects.