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Architectural Technologies

Waitlisted for Fall 2018

Open for Winter 2019

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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(This program is being reviewed for the 2018/2019 offering. View a draft of these changes in the proposed 2018 program outline.)

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,178
Year 2 General: $3,075
Year 2 Architectural/Building Development : $3,286

Year 1 (International): $16,436
Year 2 (International): $8,705
Year 2 Architectural/Building Development  (International) : $9,478

*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 academic ranking. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2019 open May 2, 2018.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018
Winter 2019 Jan. 7, 2019

Program Details

This program is being reviewed. Applicants for admission into the 2018/2019 offering can view a draft of the reviewed program. Students enrolled prior to September 2018 will follow the outline below. Please email construction.at@sait.ca if you have any questions.

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.


Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Architectural Technologies.


There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the school for more information.

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

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.

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

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Competitive Entry: Six 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 to be included in selection.

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on academic ranking and seats will be offered accordingly.

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: 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 & 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 and 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 fees2018/19 total
Year 1 General $4,205 $450 $523 $5,178
Year 2 General $2,103 $450 $523 $3,075
Year 2 Architectural / Building Development $2,313 $450 $523 $3,286

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
Year 1 General $15,463 $450 $523 $16,436
Year 2 General $7,732 $450 $523 $8,705
Year 2 Architectural / Building Development $8,505 $450 $523 $9,478


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290

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.

Contact Information

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Inspiring Stories

Everything was already familiar when Mollie stepped into her new job before graduation. The comprehensive program - with instructors that had expertise from a variety of backgrounds - gave her the tools she needed.

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.

Besides skills directly transferrable to work in the real world and as much hands-on experience as possible offered in the classroom, Andrew says he leaves SAIT grateful for awesome instructors who will remain good connections.

Mollie Paton
Architectural Technologies | 2017

"I feel very equipped to do everything in the office."

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."

Andrew Loudoun
Architectural Technologies | 2017

"Some [instructors] are now good friends."

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