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Architecture (0656)

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Architecture - Diploma (0656)

Are you a professional who is looking for a career change? HACC's online Architecture diploma can provide you with the foundational skills in the architecture or construction fields to get started in a rewarding career.

If you are an analytical person and a visual thinker who is interested in the technical aspects of buildings and you enjoy working with computers and construction blueprints, read more to learn how we can help you meet your goals!


Our diploma is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce in architectural, design-build, construction, and interior design firms, or continue your education. Specifically, you may enter the workforce as a CAD/BIM operator - assisting in the preparation of construction documents for a wide variety of building types.

This may be the perfect fit if you:
• Have strong computer skills
• Enjoy drawing an can visualize how small parts combine to form a larger structure
• Can work independently and funtion well under pressure

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Our diploma program is designed to provide you with the foundational skills needed to find employment within architectural firms and related settings or continue your studies in either HACC's Architecture or Building Construction Management programs.

Coursework explores construction documents, materials and methods or construction, building codes and use of Computer-Aided-Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

As you complete our program, you will:

  • Interpret construction drawings
  • Describe construction materials and systems, as well as methods used in architectural construction
  • Explain the application of building codes in the design and construction process
  • Use a computer in an architectural office or related setting
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Our diploma program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, all of the courses within this diploma can be used towards the completion of either HACC's Architecture or Building Construction Management AAS degrees. Students should select their electives based upon their chosen career path.  Students in either the Architecture or Building Construction Management programs have successfully transferred into four-year Architecture and Construction Management programs.



The complete program is available through virtual learning, as well as at the Harrisburg Campus.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.


We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. You can visit our website to apply anytime. When you submit your application, be sure to include program code 0656 to ensure you apply for the correct program.


If you’re looking for a career that blends your people skills with an interest in mechanical systems, we can help!
Please contact an admissions counselor or the engineering, trades & computer technologies department chair, Kelley Engle, to learn more. You may also request more information online.