Students get to know the city’s visual, structural, and cultural context through the lens of those most deeply engaged with shaping the cityscape: prominent architects who call Los Angeles their home.
Students and teachers enjoy collegial interactions in the studio, in the field on day trips, and in one-on-one mentoring. Students also have private tours of museums, design firms, and galleries. By the end of the course they will have a clear idea of what college-level architectural study is like.
Students are exposed to examples of design and modes of production at all scales, from sophisticated 3D modeling techniques to hand-modeling. In the classroom and in the city they explore ways of seeing, thinking, and doing that are essential for anyone interested in pursuing a career in architecture or design.
Students learn about a range of basic skills essential to exploring, discovering, and describing design work: freehand sketching, mechanical drafting, computer drawing, physical model making, and computer-based 3D modeling, as well as processes that enable fluid movement between the physical and the virtual realms.
- Visual Studies: Introduces students to a range of basic skills essential to exploring, discovering, and describing design work.
- Design Lab: Students work through assigned projects and discuss them one-on-one with SCI-Arc faculty, and present their work to juries of faculty and peers in discussion-based groups.
- Portfolio Building: The program includes a one-day comprehensive portfolio workshop.
Skill sets acquired:
- Seeing: Freehand sketching, photography
- Thinking: Critical/analytical thinking, nonlinear thinking, problem solving, verbal presentation
- Doing (by hand and computer): Design drawing, design modeling, graphic presentation, portfolio layout and design