Although relatively new technologies, building information modeling and computer visualization are playing 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 not only increases productivity in the overall building process, but also improves communication between architects, engineers, contractors, and other key team members, making the project more efficient and economical.





The 12-credit-hour undergraduate Certificate in Building Information Modelling and Computer Visualization consists of four three-credit courses that concentrate on electronic methods and the use of Revit. 

Why Building Information Modeling and Computer Visualization at Lawrence Tech?

undergrad-cert-building-inf2.jpgThroughout your studies, you will benefit from personalized attention from industry professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom. And because the building information modeling and computer visualization program is anchored in theory and practice, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience through the use of modern software applications. You will learn to model, render, and animate structures in three-dimensional spaces using a variety of programs, including Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit Mechanical, 3DS Max Design, and Microsoft Movie Maker. Not only are these programs in line with current industry expectations, giving you a distinct advantage when you enter the workforce, but having the ability to bring your projects “to life” will also enable your future clients to have a more clear understanding of the ideas being presented.

Designed for current students as well as practicing professionals, the Undergraduate Certificate in Building Information Modeling and Computer Visualization is the first offering of its kind in the country and meets the existing requirements in the field of architecture. And whether you are just entering the workforce or want to advance your career, the certificate can give you the tools you need to succeed in an evolving contemporary design practice. This 12-credit-hour “fast-track” program is offered completely online, allowing you greater flexibility to complete your studies while balancing a busy schedule. In addition, Lawrence Tech works with the “No Workers Left Behind” program in Michigan for those who need financial assistance.



Your 12-credit-hour program consists of:

ARC 2813 Visual Communications 3 or ARC 2843 Electronic Methods 1 3
ARC 3823 Visual Communications 4 or ARC 3843 Electronic Methods 2 3
ARC 4843 Electronic Methods 3 3
ARC 4813 Advanced Revit 3
Total Credit Hours 12

Career Options

undergrad-cert-building-3.jpgGraduates with a certificate in building information modeling and computer visualization have many career options:

  • Animation and visual effects consulting
  • Architectural engineering
  • Architecture
  • CAD/BIM consulting
  • Computer modeling and animation
  • Green building design
  • Interior architecture
  • Product design
  • Project management consulting

Get Started

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For specific questions about the Undergraduate Certificate in Building Information Modeling and Computer Visualization, call 248.204.2800.