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Architectural Design Technology, A.A.S.

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Architectural Design Technology

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3369

The Architectural Design Technology A.A.S. degree is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Consistent with the mission of the College, the Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Program publishes the following broad stated educational objectives or the expected accomplishments from graduates during their first few years after graduation.

Program Outcomes

  • Creatively employ problem-solving and architectural design concepts in the building delivery process.
  • Communicate effectively employing verbal, written and visual means in a collaborative environment.
  • Develop architectural design and construction documents using current industry software applications.
  • Understand the integration of mechanical, electrical and structural systems into architectural documents.
  • Understand and use Green Building practices in the design and building process.

The Architectural Design Technology degree prepares students for careers in the fields of architecture and construction. The program prepares individuals for employment by providing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the building delivery process. The curriculum includes coursework in drawing, design, history, materials and methods of construction, estimating, environmental control systems and presentation. The most current computer applications are integrated into the coursework. Computer applications include three-dimensional computer modeling and advanced rendering software.

Career Opportunities

  • Architectural Technician
  • Detailer
  • Estimator
  • Building Inspector
  • Construction materials sales
  • Residential and Building Designer


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor about transfer prior to registration for classes. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Course Requirements

General Education

Required: NSCC 1010 - First Year Experience


  • Humanities Elective 3 Credits*

Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences Elective 3 Credits*
Natural Science

Computer-Aided Drafting

Civil and Construction Engineering Technology

Technical Elective

Total Required – Associate Degree: 61 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Schedule


* This course is part of the general education core.

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of technical course work at Nashville State.

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


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