Blinn College Architecture Program enjoys 52.3% enrollment surge
Program provides a pathway to bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Sam Houston State, and others
October 12, 2017
As students seek professional pathways that blend technical skills with artistic creativity, Blinn College’s Architecture Program is seeing remarkable growth on its Bryan and Brenham campuses.
This Fall, Blinn’s Architecture Program filled 824 class seats across the two campuses, a 52.3 percent increase from the previous Fall. Craig Jeffrey, Assistant Dean for the Division of Visual/Performing Arts and Kinesiology, credited the rapidly increasing demand to a growing student interest in architecture, and the quality of Blinn’s architecture faculty.
“We are very pleased with the growth of these courses and the interest students have demonstrated in architecture and construction science,” he said. “These courses offer students a wide variety of options, both in terms of what they can study at the bachelor’s degree level and in the diverse, high-demand career paths available locally and nationally.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 7,800 new architecture positions will be created between 2014 and 2024, a growth of approximately 7 percent. Architects earned a median salary of $76,930 in 2016.
Graduates of Blinn’s Architecture Program may work with a contractor as part of the administrative team in entry-level positions that lead to more advanced jobs such as estimator, job coordinator, or project manager. Program graduates are also qualified for positions in land and project development, technical sales jobs focusing on building materials, systems, and equipment, or positions with government agencies or financial institutions.
Designed to give students a foundation in architecture and design, Blinn’s Architecture Program includes rigorous introductory courses in AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop, hand drafting and perspective drawing. With small class sizes, students receive personalized instruction from program faculty and are challenged with projects and presentations compatible with curriculum at four-year institutions.
The Associate of Arts Degree in architecture includes the 42-hour core, Architectural Design I and II, Architectural Graphics I, Architectural History I or II, and either Introduction to Architecture, Architectural Computer Graphics, or Architectural Technology I.
“Our courses are the true foundational courses necessary to move into the discipline,” said Architecture Professor Keith Sylvester, who previously has served as the director of construction science and architecture programs at the University of Southern Mississippi and Western Kentucky University. “If a student wants to get into jobs involving the built environment such as urban planning and land development, our courses provide the foundation to understand the historical and the technical standpoints. If a student wants to become an architect, drafter, or know more about how buildings are put together, our courses provide a great foundation. As a two-year program, it’s a bar-none, very solid foundation.”
Students with strong interpersonal, computer, and mathematics skills perform especially well in Blinn’s architecture courses.
Blinn has an architecture transfer agreement with Texas Tech University, as well as landscape architecture and urban planning transfer agreements with Texas A&M University that allow students a seamless transition in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Blinn architecture students have transferred to Texas A&M, the University of Texas-Arlington, Texas Tech, the University of Texas-San Antonio, Sam Houston State, the University of Houston, Boston Architectural College, Baylor University, West Virginia University, Texas State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
For more information about the Blinn Architecture Program and its course offerings, visit blinn.edu/architecture
Blinn’s second Fall eight-week semester begins Wednesday, Oct. 18. To register, visit www.blinn.edu.
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