The Bachelor of Science in architectural technology at Alfred State is a pre-professional program that focuses on history, design theory, and building systems, along with the graphic and oral communication skills required to present design ideas to others. A variety of graphic tools and techniques are explored in the studios including freehand drawing, physical models, 2D and 3D building information modeling, and animation applications. Software such as Adobe Revit, 3ds Max, and Photoshop are used throughout the program. Students are exposed to a wide range of software programs, graphic communication techniques, and problem-solving skills.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations:
Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.
Recommended: Pre-calculus, Physics
Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed eight-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.
As part of the graduation requirements for Bachelor of Science in architectural technology, students must complete a portfolio according to the following guidelines:
The portfolio must contain a minimum of six (6) examples of creative academic work. These examples should demonstrate achievements as a designer. A minimum of two (2) examples must be from studio class projects in the last two years of the program. A maximum of two (2) examples may be of non-graphic work (example - written work).
Each example will be accompanied by a short description of the project and solution, and include the name of the class the project was produced for. If the item is part of a group effort, the specific role of the student should be included.
Completed portfolios must be submitted digitally in Patable Document Format (PDF) on a CD or as directed by the department chair.
Portfolios will be evaluated to determine whether they should be graded as "High Pass," "Pass," or "Fail." This assessment will appear on the student's permanent Alfred State transcript.
The completed portfolio must be submitted to the Department of Architecture and Design Office by April 1. This is an absolute deadline. Evaluation will be done on a yearly basis by faculty reviewers. All decisions are final.
Work in student portfolios should demonstrate:
Understanding of the philosophy of building design and problem solving skills, through original and thorough design thinking;
Ability to legibly communicate design ideas in graphic and written form;
A working knowledge of a variety of construction systems and materials and how they affect building design;
Competence in the use of graphic tools and techniques including freehand drawing, computer-aided drafting, physical models, and computer imaging.
The architectural engineering technology program offers a concentration of courses in architectural design and graphic communication as well as material in related areas such as structures, mechanical systems, professional practice, and construction technology.