OVERVIEW OF THE A.S. ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME
The College of The Bahamas offers a 2-year Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Architecture. Students who complete this A.S. degree programme and aspire to the Bachelor degree must transfer to an educational institution abroad to complete their studies up to that level and beyond, as there is currently no educational institution, either local or foreign, that provides the Bachelor degree level of education in this field locally. Those who complete this A.S. degree programme and do not subsequently transfer into a Bachelor degree programme at another institution qualify locally to become architectural technicians.
OBJECTIVE AND DESCRIPTION OF THE A.S. ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME
The goal of the A.S. architecture programme is to produce architecture graduates with good comprehension, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and technologically creative and analytical ability, so that they will be well equipped to pursue a bachelor degree in architecture. The core two-year programme encompasses the theoretical architecture fundamentals with reference to practical applications that are essential to basic problem solving and technological production and communication in fundamental areas of architecture including: Graphics I and II, and Design I and II.
Graphics I provides students with the basic graphic tools and techniques. It directs the student in the development of appropriate graphic skills and design concepts.
Graphics II focuses on the integral relationship of drawing and modeling to design, including the concept of line in design, basic presentation composition, theory and methods of perspective, types of rendering and modeling and their relevance to design.
Design I provides the basic principles and applications integral to design theory and analysis. It investigates the fundamental sense of form, function, place, visual statics and dynamics.
investigates factors impinging upon architectural design: physical, social,
economic and environmental. It investigates the importance of programming,
space, form and function.
Additionally, the programme also features a well-rounded general education component, as documented here.
CURRICULUM FOR THE A.S. ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME
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ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE A.S. ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME
The entrance requirements are identical to The College's (COB’s) minimum general entrance requirements, as described here. However, prospective high school students are encouraged to include subjects in their portfolio at high school that are appropriate for direct entry into first-year college-level courses in Science & Technology – namely, English, Mathematics, Physics, Graphical Communication and Computer Technology. Success in these subjects at BGCSE will obviate the need to make up deficiencies in Pre-Tech or College Prep at the COB and ensure timely graduation.
EMPLOYMENT IN ARCHITECTURE
Students who graduate with the A.S. Architecture degree may be employed in an architect’s office at the level of a technician. Furthermore, graduates from this programme have been accepted to universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and China.