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ARCH 120 Architecture + Design Drawing I: Drawing and Visual Thinking

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Architecture Preparation

Architecture Students intended to major in Architecture are advised to consult with the architectural counselor/advisor in the Math/Science Division before registering.

Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

This course presents the basic techniques of hand drawing as an essential method and skill of design exploration, visual thinking, and design communication. Studio work involves observation and freehand drawing of objects, architecture and environmental settings exploring techniques of line, tone, and their combination using soft pencil, conte/charcoal and pen/ink. Topics include proportion, visual composition, principles of observed perspective, and orthographic drawing conventions such as plan, section and elevation, and Paraline drawing. Introduction to digital media to create 3-D model. Graphic supplies will be required. (Fall only)

Units: 2
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 16-18
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 32-36
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU , UC