Associate in Applied Science Architectural and Interior Design Technologies

School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts, 505-428-1731

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills for gainful employment as an architectural or interior design technician, working under a licensed professional. Student will learn to use software to create design and technical drawings, collaborate with multidisciplinary team members and consultants, and assist in solving complex design issues. NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions. For more information on transfer, refer to Page 28 of this catalog, or speak with an academic adviser.


  • Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate professionalism in an architecture or interior design office.
  • Apply the principles of the Phases of Work and sustainable design principles to the creation of design 76 and technical drawings.
  • Use software to create and communicate design and technical drawings.
  • Create a portfolio for employment and for further education.


  • Communications (6 hrs.)
  • ENGL 111 Composition Rhetoric (3)
  • SPCH 111 Public Speaking (3)
  • Mathematics (3 hrs.)
  • BLDG 115 Trades Mathematics (3)
  • [or] MATH 119 Applications of Mathematics for Non-science Majors (3)
  • or higher Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)
  • PHYS 111 Introduction to Physics (3) (recommended)
  • PHYS 111L Introduction to Physics Lab (1)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs.)
  • ECON 200 Principles of Economics – Macroeconomics S (3)
  • ECON 201 Principles of Economics – Microeconomics S (3)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hrs.)
  • AHST 261 History of World Architecture I  (3)
  • AHST 262 History of World Architecture II  (3)
  • Health and Wellness (1 hrs.)


  • ARCH 111 Introduction to Architectural Graphics (3)
  • ARCH 112 Building Materials and Methods (3)
  • ARCH 115 Design Fundamentals (3)
  • ARCH 117 Technical Documentation with AutoCAD I (3)
  • ARCH 120 Building Information Modeling with Revit I (3)
  • ARCH 123 Introduction to Architecture (3) [or]
  • ARCH 128 Interior Design I (3)
  • ARCH 126 Building Information Modeling with ArchiCAD I (3)
  • ARCH 129 Sustainable Design Studio (3)
  • ARCH 130 Building Information Modeling with Revit II (3)
  • [or] ARCH 132 Building Information Modeling with ArchiCAD II (3)
  • ARCH 135 Technical Documentation with AutoCAD II (3)
  • [or] ARCH 138 Interior Design II (3)
  • ARCH 139L Sketching Workshop (1)
  • ARCH 229 Commercial Environmental Design (3)
  • ARCH 240 Professional Practices and Portfolio Assessment (3)
  • MART 119 Digital Design Presentation (3)

*Transfers to UNM School of Architecture Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)


Campus Closed: Spring Break

SFCC will be closed March 18-24. The Higher Education Center will only be open for NMHU classes.

No on- or off-campus classes or activities will be held, and no labs or other student services will be available.

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