The Architectural Technology program at Orange Coast College offers courses in design, building materials, construction documents, design graphics, and computer-assisted design and drafting. Our comprehensive program provides students with the discipline and critical thinking skills necessary to transfer to a broad range of universities and the training and technical skills to gain employment with one of the more than 100 firms in this area that hire our graduates. Former California Architects Board President, Christine Lampert, AIA, rates our program as "one of the top community college programs in the state." OCC's architecture program has a long history of successful graduates and our current students continue to excel as indicated by winning design awards and club honors, high transfer rates, and becoming valued members of the professional community.
Our program offers a two-semester Certificate of Achievement in Architectural Drafting and a four-semester Certificate of Achievement in Architectural Drafting and Design. The first certificate represents completion of basic courses necessary to apply for an entry-level drafting position at an architectural or related professional office. The advance certificate indicates that the student has achieved the critical thinking, design, and visual communication skills necessary to succeed in a university or as an entry-level drafting/design intern at an architectural firm.