Architecture & Design

Course Number: 660

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual & Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one semester of the VAPA graduation requirement. STEM program course option, elective credit.

Course Description:
This one-semester course introduces the high school student to the world of architecture and design, including its history, styles and noted architects, as well as its concepts, theories, language, practice and ethics. The class will explore the fundamentals of the “hands-on” approach to building practices involving design and composition, including an exploration of sustainable and green architectural techniques. Architectural drawing, including basic skills in technical and freehand drawing, and spatial visualization will be presented. The course will include a field trip and involvement with the rich architectural environment of San Diego. Coursework will include short papers and a final, creative, sustainable design project, which will be judged by a panel.  

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • None

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes