Architectural Studies


The Architectural Studies program is designed to enable the student to enter an exciting career in the design and construction industry and offer unlimited job opportunities.

The Architectural Studies program focuses on preparing students to be productive members of an architectural firm and/or be able to continue their education at an accredited architecture program to earn an advanced degree ultimately leading to professional licensing.

What Will I Learn? 

Students in the Architecture Studies program, through a challenging, thorough and comprehensive curriculum, will receive a solid foundation in the processes of architecture.  They take what they learn, combine it with their own creativity and find success in the business of building.

Graduates with an associate degree in Architectural Studies are fully prepared, and most transfer, to accredited schools of architecture in both Illinois and universities nationally to pursue their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture or a related field. 

For graduates entering the career track with their associate degree, there are many opportunities as architectural interns and CADD technicians. Related career paths are urban design, structural or civil engineering, architectural historian, code enforcement and inspection, technology and virtual construction, construction management, product development and representation, facilities management, sustainability manager and others. 

What Degree / Certificate Will I Receive? 

What is Unique About Architectural Studies?

The courses are taught by instructors who bring real world applications to the college classroom, resulting in a practical, hands-on learning experience and exposes graduates to local businesses who consistently hire graduates from the JJC architectural studies program.

What are my Career Opportunities?

  • Architectural Technician
  • Building Mechanical Technician
  • Structural Draftsperson
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician
  • Designer
  • Drafter
  • Building Designer
  • Building Code Official