The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology (B.S.A.T.) is a non-professional degree that permits the successful student to gain a license to practice architecture in the state of New York but does not make the degree holder eligible for NCARB certification. Should the graduate seek to gain a first professional degree in architecture, he or she may pursue a Bachelor of Architecture or a Master of Architecture.
Students in the B.S.A.T. program can concentrate their studies in advanced computer aided design (CAD) or construction management.
With a focus in advanced CAD, the B.S.A.T. candidate undertakes upper-level courses on the use of computers in areas such as the preparation of construction drawings, the planning of advanced structures, and the crafting of three-dimensional visual representations. Each course in this focus prepares the student with an ability to communicate complex architectural ideas with traditional and computer tools.
With a focus in construction management, the B.S.A.T. candidate undertakes upper-level courses in contract management, construction supervision, and real estate fundamentals. Each of these courses communicates the construction industry’s political, financial and theoretical foundations, but are taught using with the same tools currently used in thriving management offices.
Two semesters of design fundamentals in the first-year design studios introduce the student to the basic principals of 3-D design through a series of composition, planning, and introductory design problems. In the second year, progressively more demanding problems, in addition to significant building design analysis exercises, are undertaken.
In the third and fourth years of the B.S.A.T. curriculum, the student is required to complete a capstone Project Integration Studio in which all aspects of a building's design and architectural technology are fully explored and integrated into one comprehensive exercise.
Although the design studios form the core of the experience at the School of Architecture and Design, complementary avenues of study and inquiry operate as essential aspects of the program and the training of students.
Courses in architectural history introduce the student to the history of the built domain from the earliest times to the present. Methods of historical building design analysis and interpretation are introduced to the student through the study of great architectural monuments, as well as through the study of cities. Architectural history is introduced not only as a chronology of building development, but as a body of knowledge, an anthology, that serves as a tool in the design process. In addition to the survey courses, the school offers history seminars in areas such as architectural theory, the history of building technology, and the history of urban planning.
A coordinated sequence of drawing and computer courses provide students with the skill to visualize and document design ideas starting with an introductory course focusing on hand drawing and the use of art media and concluding with a course on advanced digital visualization and rendering.
The NYIT School of Architecture and Design program is widely respected by the professional community for its course offerings in areas of building technology. Technical competence is cultivated by exposure to an array of course offerings that cover all aspects of building materials, structural systems, and mechanical and electrical systems.
The management of the construction process is covered by comprehensive upper level courses that focus on the procedures of professional practice and construction supervision as well as contemporary use of computers in construction industry.The technology faculty, as active members of the construction community, brings real world experience to the coursework and maintains an up-to-date bridge between the curriculum and changes in professional practice.