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Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Pre-Architecture program at Doña Ana Community College has dual objectives:

1. To provide the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in architecture for those seeking a university degree.

2. To prepare students to work as an architect’s assistant or as a drafter upon graduation from DACC.

The program is strongly supported by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and DACC pre-architecture students are very involved in service learning, conferences, fundraising, and other activities sponsored by the American Institute of Architectural Students.


The curriculum has been approved by the regional architecture schools with whom DACC has agreements, as well as by the program’s advisory committee, which is composed of architects, architectural firms, and related industries in the region. The program responds to the dreams of the future architect while also fulfilling the practical needs of local employers.


Course work focuses on general education requirements, art, CAD, architectural drawing and drafting, green building, sustainability, building information modeling (BIM), and portfolio development. After graduation, students may transfer to architectural schools offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. DACC has agreements with the University of New Mexico and Texas Tech schools of architecture that insure acceptance of most courses taken in the DACC Pre-Architecture program.

It should be noted, however, that admission to a university architecture program is competitive and requires an application process which includes evaluation of the student’s portfolio. Portfolio and studio courses at DACC target this need, and students will create their portfolio under the direction of the faculty as well as local architects.

High school students who are interested in a career in architecture are encouraged to take courses in art, mathematics, English, and drafting. Dual-credit opportunities are also available for high school students to earn college credit.

Remember to consult the DACC Catalog, available online, for more complete information before choosing a program. Certain restrictions, qualifications, and/or fees may apply.

For further information, call (575) 527-7677.