The Architecture program at El Centro provides a curriculum of transferable college-level courses that give students the opportunity to gain exposure to the wide variety of skills that architects must master. Topics include architectural history, aesthetics, elements of design, hand-sketching techniques, computer graphics and structural concepts.

Courses are transferable into any public university architecture program in Texas. Architecture courses are listed under the four-letter rubric (course prefix) ARCH.

El Centro Architecture Program

  1. Text on screen: "We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us." –Winston Churchill
  2. A crystalline grid enters the view from the right.
  3. The grid rotates and becomes a prototype city form.
  4. The urban context of the city flies by, as does the moon.
  5. Text on screen: "El Centro College Architecture."
  6. The One Main building in Dallas, Texas flies into view.
  7. Text on screen: "Eleventh Floor, 1201 Main Street."
  8. A 360-degree view of the Architecture Studio 1136, with computer terminals on tables and the skyscrapers of Dallas visible outside of its windows.
  9. Text on screen: "Course Topics Include."
  10. Text on screen: "Architectural history, aesthetics, elements of design, urban planning, hand sketching, computer graphics, structural concepts, Building Information Modeling."
  11. Image: Magnolia Building façade sketch.
  12. Image: Downtown Dallas perspective sketch.
  13. Image: Rendered urban design site plan drawing.
  14. Image: Floor plan sketch of a vacation condominium.
  15. Image: Plaza of the Americas interior perspective sketch.
  16. Image: Union Station facade drawing.
  17. Image: Floor plan freehand drawing of the Villa Madama, designed by Andrea Palladio.
  18. Text on screen: "Academic Transfer Opportunities:"
  19. Text on screen: "University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs; Texas Tech University College of Architecture; University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design; Prairie View A & M University School of Architecture"
  20. Text on screen: "Texas A & M University College of Architecture; University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture; University of Texas at San Antonio College of Architecture, Construction and Planning."
  21. Image: Tropical building facade sketch.
  22. Image: John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza perspective sketch.
  23. Animation of a three-story tropical building fills the view, amid palm trees.
  24. Image: Sketch of the Filter Building at White Rock Lake, Dallas.
  25. A 360-degree view of the interior of a designed residence, showing dining room, family room, and kitchen.
  26. Image: Sketch of the windows of the Westin hotel lobby, with Fountain Place, beyond.
  27. Image: Sketch of Doric and Corinthian column capitals.
  28. Image: Watercolor drawing of food trucks at Klyde Warren Park, Dallas.
  29. Image: Perspective sketch of the Dallas Museum of Art.
  30. Perspective computer rendering of a building with several triangular terraces projecting out from it.
  31. Image: A multistory resort hotel, adjacent to the ocean, recedes into the distance.
  32. Text on screen: "The El Centro College Architecture Program."
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Taking architecture courses at Dallas College is an affordable way to get started on a path to a brighter future. Whether you’re taking classes to transfer to a four-year college or university, or for personal enrichment, our curriculum will give you the foundational skills you need.