Architectural technologists are key members of architectural teams who translate design concepts into graphic images, then into technical drawings and specifications that ultimately result in the creation of the built environment.

In NAIT's Architectural Technology program, you will use free-hand sketching techniques and computer-aided drawing skills to develop graphic images and technical drawings. Close connections with industry, including a program advisory committee made up of industry representatives, ensure that courses are current and relevant to the skills required in the workplace.


Technology

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Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Throughout the program, you will study theoretical concepts and learn how to:

  • Create and coordinate a full set of working drawings to industry standards
  • Participate in all aspects of the design process, including the presentation of design solutions
  • Research and apply various codes, standards and systems used in design and construction
  • Visualize and communicate design in both 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Use current architectural tools and software common
  • Contribute individually and as part of a team in a professional architectural environment

Architectural technologists must possess superior presentation and communication skills in order to present drawings and plans to clients, workers and management teams. Throughout the program, you will develop your word processing, visual presentation and business communication skills. 


Work experience

First-year students participate in a work experience with Habitat for Humanity. This hands-on learning component gives students exposure to a construction site and the chance to put theory into action, while also helping the community.

Second-year students with good academic standing are placed in architectural design offices for a 1 week period to receive mentorship in the professional work environment. 

Enter the workforce with confidence  

Architectural Technology graduates are in high demand with a wide range of employers, including architectural and drafting firms, civic building inspector offices, housing and mortgage agencies, construction companies and product suppliers.

Typical positions include assistants to architects, engineers and related design professions, and technical and managerial positions with building contractors, home design companies, building component manufacturers and suppliers.

Opportunities for further education

Graduates are also eligible to enter NAIT's Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Construction Management or Bachelor of Technology programs. They can then earn their BTech degree with just two additional years of full-time study. Part-time and online BTech courses are also available, providing convenient study options. 

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Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

The following courses are available for PLAR credits in this program. Please select the specific course for more information on the required evidence.

Please refer to the Credit for Work and Life Experience page for more information on how to apply for PLAR credits.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

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