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AOI Programe



Associate in Integrated Studies – DTA  Transfer Degrees (

Area of Interest:

Communication, Creative Arts and Design

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of in-person web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level. 

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

Architecture: You will need to complete math through Calculus. This can be achieved through either MATH& 148 Business Calculus or MATH& 151 Calculus.


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact:

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule >to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • *ART 122 Drawing II
         *Offered winter quarter only. For students with some drawing experience. Requires faculty approval. Students with less drawing experience may want to take ART 120
          (Introduction to Graphic Design.) 
  • COLL 101 College Strategies  
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I 
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II 
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • *MATH& 148 Business Calculus or MATH& 151 Calculus
         *Refer to math notes

30-60 credits

 *If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, an additional EDP class and an IL (View Choice Classes).

60-90 credits

*Note: To transfer to the University of Washington, Seattle. Take 8 credits of electives at University of Washington ARCH 351 and ARCH 201 and 3 credits of electives ARCH 352. More information.  

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests.

 The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits.EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.

Integrated Learning (5 credits):

You will include an Integrated Learning Experience in your course selections. This requirement can be satisfied through the completion of learning communities, linked classes, classes containing formal community-based learning, classes taken as part of an academic study abroad program, or classes with an academic internship. Through Learning Communities (LC) or other Integrated Learning Experiences (IL), you will demonstrate abilities to integrate skills, concepts, information, and analytical and methodological frameworks from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience.

For more information please see Integrated Learning and current learning communities.


  • ART 120 Graphic Design 
  • ART 121 Drawing  
  • ART 122 Drawing II 
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication 
  • HUMAN 107 Technology, Culture and Innovation 

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology 
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology 


Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition

Program Elective Credits:

*Special Notes 

Two courses in fall quarter of the second year are taken at University of Washington, Seattle. These can be taken as a non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) student. These courses are ARCH 200 Design & Representation and ARCH 350 Architecture of the Ancient World. Note that ARCH 350 is only 3 credits. Additional foundation courses must be taken at University of Washington, Seattle during winter and spring quarter. 

 The University of Washington, Seattle electives add up to 19 credits, not 20 (ARCH 201, ARCH 351, ARCH 352). You will need to take an additional elective at Cascadia to reach the minimum elective total of 25.  

Transfer Opportunities: 

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

DTA degrees provide students:

  • Priority consideration in admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities in Washington ahead of students without a degree.
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.
  • Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

University of Washington, Seattle

Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Architecture, Architecture Design and Landscape Architecture are offered at the University of Washington-Seattle. If you wish to work as a practicing Architect, apply to the Architectural Design major. You will need to take prerequisite the following classes: ARCH 200, 201, 350, 351, 352 through the UW Continuum College one year prior to transfer.

 A separate application, to the College of Built Environments, is required for both the Architecture and Architecture Design majors. The deadline to apply is the first day of spring quarter at UW. The admission process requires an application, transcripts, resume, essay and for the Architecture Design major, a portfolio of creative work. In place of the portfolio, the Architecture major requires a writing sample. 

 Washington State University

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

 University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals.

Career Possibilities

Project manager, Construction manager, Architectural and Engineering manager, Commercial Architect, Residential Architect, Sustainable/Green Design Architect, Consultant. 

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online.  O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more.

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning your career and future educational goals.

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