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Architectural Technologies

Open for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Create a career as an architectural technologist, construction coordinator or graphic designer for an architectural firm, residential home builder or construction company with this comprehensive program that includes hands-on training in drafting, design and building systems in our one-of-a-kind indoor house-building lab.


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Median Starting Salary

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,989
Year 2: $5,359
Year 1 (International): $18,605
Year 2 (International): $16,397

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a three-step process: academic achievement, career investigation report, and an interview (if requested). 

When can you apply?

Winter 2017 start: applications are accepted June 1, 2016 to Nov. 15, 2016. 

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to April 15, 2017. 

Program Details

Program Description

The Architectural Technologies program is designed to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge required to work as an Architectural Technologist for architectural firms, residential builders and many other companies involved in the construction industry.

This Diploma program is two years in length, consisting of four 15-week semesters. The first three semesters are common to all students in the program. In the fourth semester, you will have the ability to specialize in the Architectural or the Building Development options.

This program accepts students into first semester in September as well as January.

Note: This program utilizes an e-Learning (SAIT issued laptop computer) instructional delivery method.

Your Career

Graduates find diverse work in architectural offices and in building construction as architect assistants, building inspectors, building products sales and graphic designers.

Student Success

The most successful students in the program are those with a solid foundation in high school Math and Physics and the aptitude to apply those skills to solving real problems. The ability to visualize in three dimensions and an affinity towards computerized graphics software are valuable assets.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca

    Admission Requirements

    Admission and Selection

    • Winter 2017 start: applications are accepted June 1, 2016 to Nov. 15, 2016. 
    • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to April 15, 2017. 

    Admission Requirements

    At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

    • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30, AND,
    • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
    • A Grade 12 Science.
    • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

    Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

    Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

    Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

    Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

    Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by April 15 (fall intake) or Nov. 15 (winter intake) to be included in selection. 

    Selection is done on a continuous basis beginning in January for fall intake and September for winter intake.

    In the selection process, applicants will be assessed according to the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly. 

    • Academic Achievement
    • Quality of the Career Investigation Report
    • Quality of a personal interview (applicants may be required to attend a personal interview to determine program fit)

    Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on a waitlist in order of their ranking.

    Step 4: Apply to Architectural Technologies and submit your transcripts.

    Step 5: Log in to mySAIT to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you are "In Selection."

    Step 6: Submit the Career Investigation Report.

    Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application decision through mySAIT.ca.

    Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

    Communication During Selection

    Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add construction.at@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


    Program Outline

    First Year

    Semester 1

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    ARCH-215 Architectural Drafting I 6.0
    ARCH-241 Architectural Design and Presentation I 3.0
    ARCH-265 Building Systems Technology I 6.0
    ARCH-260 Architectural History: Theory and Design 1.5
    COMM-325 Team Building and Group Projects 1.5
    Semester 1 Total 18.0


    Semester 2

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    ARCH-252 Architectural Design and Presentation II 3.0
    ARCH-271 Building Systems Technology II 3.0
    ARCH-276 Architectural Drafting II 6.0
    ARCH-280 Introduction to Structures 1.5
    CODE-233 Building Code I 1.5
    COMM-260 Technical Communications 3.0
    Semester 2 Total 18.0
    First Year Total 36.0

    Second Year

    Semester 3

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    ARCH-244 Mechanical/Electrical System 1.5
    ARCH-340 Basic Structural Components 1.5
    ARCH-360 Building Systems Technology III 6.0
    ARCH-363 Building Code II 1.5
    ARCH-377 Architectural CAD Applications 3.0
    ESTM-260 Estimating I 1.5
    Semester 3 Total 15.0

    Architectural Major

    Semester 4

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    ARCH-350 Principles of Construction Documentation 1.5
    ARCH-355 Sustainable Methods 1.5
    ARCH-384 Advanced Building Science 3.0
    PRAC-378 Architectural Practicum 1.5
    SURV-232 Surveying 1.5
    ARCH-370 Building Systems Tech IV 6.0
    ARCH-371 Architectual Design & Presentation 1.5
    ARCH-390 Res. Arch. Building Systems IV 6.0
    ARCH-391 Res. Arch. Design & Pres. 1.5
    Semester 4 Total 16.5
    Second Year Total (Architectural Major) 31.5
    Program Total (Architectural Major) 67.5

    Building Development Major

    Semester 4

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    ARCH-350 Principles of Construction Documentation 1.5
    ARCH-355 Sustainable Methods 1.5
    ARCH-364 Construction Contract Administration 1.5
    ARCH-381 Construction Planning & Scheduling 3.0
    ARCH-384 Advanced Building Science 3.0
    ESTM-360 Estimating II 3.0
    PRAC-378 Architectural Practicum 1.5
    SURV-232 Surveying 1.5
    Semester 4 Total 16.5
    Second Year Total (Building Development Major) 31.5
    Program Total (Building Development Major) 67.5


    Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress
    through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better. 


    Domestic tuition and fees*

    YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
    1 $5,046 $420 $523 $5,989
    2 $4,416 $420 $523 $5,359

    International tuition and fees*

    YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
    1 $17,662 $420 $523 $18,605
    2 $15,454 $420 $523 $16,397

    SAIT fees

    Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
    Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

    SAIT Students' Association fees

    Health Plan: $110**
    Dental Plan: $125**
    SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

    Books and supplies*

    • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 in the first year and $1,000 in the second year.
    • Students may also need to buy safety clothing or equipment for work week and other specific classes.
    • A $400 security deposit to use a SAIT issued laptop.

    Find out about tuition and financial aid.

    * Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
    ** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

    Inspiring Stories

    Jan valued the helpful instructors who were available to students even after courses were complete, as well as the hands-on learning done in classes.

    Nav says the fast-paced environment and heavy workload offer a good rehearsal for the potentially stressful situations found in the industry.

    Taylor appreciated the support of instructors who were behind students for every step through the program, from teaching hands-on work to advising where to look for jobs come graduation day.

    Jan Penaojas
    Architectural Technologies | 2016

    "Instead of learning by books, learning hands on makes it more practical."

    Nav Kang
    Architectural Technologies | 2016

    Nav says the instructors are helpful and supportive. "They care a lot about their students' success."

    Taylor Egger
    Architectural Technologies | 2016

    She valued that the projects they did in class related directly to what they will do in the industry.
    "When you get a job, you're prepared; you know what to expect."