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Post-Professional Certificates

 

For students currently enrolled in the MS Arch program at the CoA or for individuals who have completed the M Arch or MS Arch programs, the CoA offers five certificate programs to extend your learning in specialized areas.

Each certificate program is directed by a faculty member who customizes the coursework to match the student's educational and professional interests within that area of study.

Concept structure rendering.
Monochrome map renders.
Monochrome map progressions.
Mountain landscape with an overhead view of El Paso region.

 

Urban & Community Design

This 14-hour certificate provides students with in-depth knowledge of the integrated relationship between architecture and the urban environment. Coursework centers on the design of physical spaces and the legal framework between interrelated neighborhoods. Interdisciplinary studies also provide students with opportunities to examine real estate, finance, mapping, and spatial analysis, and/or the dynamics of U.S. energy, climate, and sustainability law policy as they concern urban environments.
This certificate program dovetails with our Urban Tech extension site (fall students) and/or the Urban Design Studio options studio opportunity in the spring to offer students community engagement and practical experience.

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Hexagonal fan patterns.
Close up of a topographic map.
Paper model of sound-dampening wall concept.
Double exposure of building, people, and birds with an architectural structure.

 

Digital Design & Fabrication

This 14-hour certificate teaches advanced design knowledge and innovation in architecture, architecture interiors, and product design. Positioned at the intersection of architecture, engineering, and computation, students of this program develop skills geared towards a digital, craft-based design with an emphasis on computer-aided design and material processes, leveraging state of the art fabrication technologies such as CAD-CAM, rapid prototyping, laser cutting, CNC routing, and casting.

Coursework for this certificate includes an exploration of emerging smart materials and their effects on design, methods of computation as tools of the design process, product design and technology application for architectural planning and problem-solving.

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Bentaub building drawing
Overhead map with legend.
Alternate view of the Bentaub building.
Concept drawing of courtyard area with emergency room and Starbucks

 

Health Care Facilities Design

This 12-hour interdisciplinary certificate offers specialty coursework in Healthcare Facilities Design, exploring how research can be used to design a space that positively affects patient outcomes and the efficiency and safety of healthcare environments.

With this certificate, in addition to taking architecture courses in advanced design and evidence-based architecture, students enroll in nursing and business courses through the School of Nursing at TTUHSC and the Rawls College of Business, which provide a deeper understanding of the role technology plays in patient care and existing operational systems in modern healthcare.

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Concept planning for MD Anderson Cancer Center.
In-place 3D model concept structure.
Birds-eye view of a Baylor Medical Center CAD drawing.
Render of man jumping into an indoor pool in a modern-style room.

 

Health & Wellness Design

For this 15-hour certificate, the CoA partnered with the Department of Public Health at TTUHSC to create a program that examines salutogenic design principles, teaching students how environmental design enhances the physical, intellectual, emotional, mental and spiritual health of groups and individuals.

Coursework will explore the ways in which design impacts health, public health principles, evidence-based design principles, research methods, and the role of research in design.

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Outdoor dirt race and rally track, with mountain view in background.
People outside with large PVC tubes.
Photographer finishing walking through a large trench.
Students in foil blankets on a plateau.

 

Land Arts of the American West

This 9-hour certificate expands the definition of land art through direct experience with the full range of human intervention in the landscape, from the inscriptions of pictographs and petroglyphs to the construction of roads, dwellings, and monuments (and the remnants of those developments).

A semester-long, transdisciplinary field program, Land Arts investigates the intersection of geomorphology and human construction, beginning first with the land and extending through the complex social and ecological processes that create contemporary landscapes.

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College of Architecture