A certificate is a program of highly focused study leading to direct skill acquisition in specialized topics. Certificates are designed to support professionals and advanced students looking to remain current in their field, develop new skills, or gain expertise in a specialized area. A certificate provides access to current and relevant highly specialized topics so that students might broaden a knowledge base, advance a career, or update a professional profile.
Certificate programs in the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) are quite focused, most can be earned in fewer than 12 credits and less than one year. Certificate programs are open to either guest students or students enrolled as part of a degree granting program. Transfer students may apply a portion of their transfer credit toward the attainment of a certificate. Current students may use a percentage of courses required for the major to fulfill certificate coursework.
Currently, the CoAD offers an undergraduate and graduate certificate in Building Information Modeling (BIS), a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a graduate certificate in Public Interest Design, and an undergraduate certificate in Design Thinking.
The Building Information Modeling (BIM) at LTU is available online, as both an undergraduate and graduate certificate. It covers building information modeling and computer visualization, both of which play an increasingly important role in architecture, specifically building design, construction, and operation. With the help of cutting-edge computer software, building information modeling and computer visualization use 3D modeling techniques that integrate a building's components – properties, location, geometry, spatial relationships, etc. The ability to visualize the project with BIM software increases productivity in the overall building process and improves communication between architects, engineers, contractors, and other key team members, making the project more efficient and economical.
ARC 5023 - BIM Fundamentals
ARC 5033 - BIM for Building Systems
ARC 5043 - BIM for Energy and Ecology
ARC 5053 - BIM Programming & Prototyping
ARC 2843 - BIM Fundamentals
ARC 3843 - BIM for Building Systems
ARC 4813 - BIM for Energy and Ecology
ARC 4843 - BIM Programming & Prototyping
The certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the built environment such that it might add value and focus to a major degree as well as enrich an LTU education in general. The certificate curriculum advances visualization, mapping, spatial analysis, thematic diagrams, and other urban design-supportive GIS-based techniques and skills. Coursework covers methods, theories, principles, practices, and application of GIS in urban design.
The program consists of three subject area components: Quantitative methods in urban design and Visual Communication 3 (theory focus); advanced GIS, urban design methods, and Visual Communication 4 (practice focus); and GIS practicum (application).
URB 5752 - Quantitative Methods in Urban Design
ARC 5xx3 - Visual Communication 3
ARC 6xx3 - Advanced GIS
URB 5742 - Urban Design Models
ARC 5xx3 - Visual Communication 4
ARC 5672 - GIS Practicum
The certificate in public interest design offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the built environment such that it might add value and focus to a major degree as well as enrich an LTU education in general. The certificate curriculum advances socially responsible design ideas and skills. Coursework covers methods, theories, principles, practices, policies, and implementation strategies in public interest design.
The program consists of three subject area components: introduction to community development (theory focus); public interest design, design ethics, and adaptive reuse and rehab (practice focus); and urban studio (design strategies).
ARC 5852 - Introduction to Community Development
ARC 5242 - Public Interest Design
ARC 6xx2 - Adaptive Reuse and Rehabilitation
ARC 6002 - Design Ethics
URB 5714 or 5724 - Urban Studio
The certificate in Design Thinking offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of thinking structures and methods that produce innovative outcomes and thus, add value to a major degree in an area other than applied design. The certificate curriculum is non-studio based, will not require visualization skills while still developing communication, discovery and intentionality. As a non-studio offering in the College of Architecture and Design, this certificate holds a unique position that stresses thinking skills over physical craft. By reducing the expectation of visual communication aptitude, the certificate program opens design education to students who would benefit from the intellectual skills but are restricted by a lack of graphic facility or aptitude.
DES 1113 - Creative Methodology
DES 3123 - Case Studies in Innovation
DES 3133 - Applied Innovation*
*Two semester course - 1.5 credits per semester.