Architecture, Basic Certificate

Program Code: 0124

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
ARCHITC 110Architectural Sketching2
ARCHITC 121Basic Design Studio4
ARCHITC 122Intermediate Design Studio4
ARCHITC 166Architectural Design I4
ARCHITC 170Digital Lab I3
ARCHITC 171Digital Lab II3
Total Hours20


This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Architecture. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate in Architecture.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ARCHITC 110 Architectural Sketching 2
ARCHITC 121 Basic Design Studio 4
ARCHITC 170 Digital Lab I 3
Semester 2
ARCHITC 122 Intermediate Design Studio 4
ARCHITC 166 Architectural Design I 4
ARCHITC 171 Digital Lab II 3
 Total Hours20

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Architectural and Civil Drafters

Job Description

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$39,964
Median 50th Percentile$61,901
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$96,153

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$19
Median 50th Percentile$30
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$46

Annual Job Openings

155 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less0.41%
A certificate0.91%
Some college0.41%
An Associate degree17.85%
A Bachelor's degree54.59%
A Master's or Professional degree25.84%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

80.43% continue their education beyond an associate degree

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