649 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
United States

American College of the Building Arts

Students who simply want to learn how to weld metal or lay brick can do so at many good trade schools across the nation. An ACBA degree, however, teaches students much more, as they learn from and are mentored by some of the finest artisans in their fields. What distinguishes an ACBA education from that of a trade school is that all ACBA students are required to complete a liberal arts core curriculum (English literature, history, science, math, foreign language, etc.), as they are trained to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage. ACBA students not only learn the professional skills of their trade, but they also acquire the broad liberal arts knowledge to envision and create designs; to understand not only how to do something, but also to think critically within the context, science and history of their craft; to question the status quo; to manage a business; to communicate effectively with clients; and to successfully market their skills.

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"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).