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Architecture - Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (4476)

Are you an analytical person and have an interest in the technical aspects of buildings? Do you have a keen eye for details and a desire to work with computers and construction blueprints? Then, our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in architecture is your first step to a position in the architecture, construction, or engineering fields!


Our AAS program in architecture is designed to prepare students with the skills they need to find employment or transfer to a four-year institution and obtain a bachelor's degree. *You should be aware that the minimum educational requirement to become a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a Bachelor of Architecture degree.If you are wanting to pursue this licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you must continue your education, beyond HACC's Architecture AAS program, and obtain a professional degree in Architecture from an accredited program to meet Pennsylvania's requirement. In addition to the educational requirement to become a Registered Architect, there is also an experience or internship requirement, which occurs primarily in an architectural office. Many architecture schools are now integrating internships into their curricula. HACC’s Architecture AAS program provides transfer students with the skills they need to qualify for internships in architectural firms

Graduates of our architecture programs have:

  • Successfully transferred to four-year schools in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, facilities management, and technical leadership programs
  • Secured positions as a CAD/BIM operator - preparing construction documents for a wide variety of building types
  • Found employment in architecture, design-build, construction and interior design firms as drafters, modelers, code researchers, detailers, construction supervisors, facility planners, and interior designers

Those who enjoy this profession, demonstrate the following:

  • Hold a love for drawing and working with computers
  • Describes themselves as self-motivated
  • Is a team player
  • Works well under pressure
  • Considers how small parts combine to for a larger picture
  • Possesses solid analytical and problem-solving skills


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Our associate degree is designed to prepare you for employment or to transfer to a four-year institution. This program introduces you to:

  • the art and science of architecture
  • explores aesthetics
  • architectural design
  • creation of presentation drawings
  • development of architectural working drawings using CAD/BIM software

In addition to the education requirement to become a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania, you will also be required to complete an experience or internship, which is normally done in an architectural firm. HACC's architecture program provides those who wish to transfer with the skills needed to qualify for internships in architectural firms.

Upon graduation, you will have been able to:

  • Conceptualize the technical requirements of an architectural project and prepare preliminary construction documents using CAD and BIM software
  • Explain environmental and structural systems and their integration into the building process
  • Explain construction materials, systems, and methods used in architectural construction
  • Assist in building code research and analysis
  • Explain the principles of sustainable architecture and integrate these concepts into drawings
  • Recognize architecture as both a cultural phenomenon and an artistic and technological achievement involving social, economic, environmental, material, and aesthetic elements
  • Identify basic design principles through visual analysis
  • Develop a philosophy and process for preparing architectural designs
  • Produce design solutions and utilize hand-drawing, constructed models, and digital methods of representation
  • Prepare presentation graphics using a variety of software tools
  • Articulate ideas using technical and formal vocabulary of architecture and construction
  • Transfer into an architecture, landscape architecture, facilities management, interior design, technical leadership or other program at a four-year institution
  • Work at a computer in the office of an architecture, engineering, or construction professional


  • 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.

Yes, your credits can transfer to a four-year college or university. In fact, graduates have successfully transferred to four-year schools in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, facilities management and/or technical leadership programs. Since the requirements of senior institutions vary widely, it is essential that students choose their intended transfer institution as soon as possible and carefully follow the program requirements outlined in that institutions' catalog.



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You can complete program is only available 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 approximately 200 scholarships available for you to earn money for your tuition. Before you submit your applications, please review the application guidelines at

Anytime! We offer spring, summer and fall classes, and you can submit your application online. When you apply, please include the unique code for the Architecture program. Including program code 4476 on your application ensures you apply to the correct HACC program.


To learn more about our program and your career opportunities, please contact an admissions counselor today! With HACC on your side, you’ll have the support you need to achieve your career goals.

For questions about the program, contact our engineering, trades & computer technologies department chair Dr. Kelley Engle or (717) 736-4203.