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Architectural Technologies

Closed for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2021

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

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.


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.

The Architectural Technologies program is designed to enable graduates to be able to perform and manage the fundamental duties of a junior architectural technologist.

This diploma program is two years in length, consisting of four 15-week semesters. In the fourth semester, you refine your skills in a comprehensive capstone project.

The Architectural Technology program is learner-centred. We believe that students learn best when they construct knowledge and meaning from a collaboration between their learning experiences and their ideas. This type of applied experiential education means the development of the hand and mind through innovation, relevant content, engaged instructors and students who want to create meaningful careers.

The program employs a Project-Based Learning (PBL) model. This means that the “single subject inputs and assignments all relate to, and support the project work.” In this model, the repeated practice of going through a problem enables you to build up a repertoire of significant experiences. A critical feature of the program the focus on blending the science and practice of architectural technology.

You will learn by undertaking projects that simulate and simplify work practices in an educational setting modelled in a real-world environment. It is a setting where you get to practice.

Semesters are typically organized around a manageable core or central project. These projects will involve both individual and group-based work. In both instances, collaborative learning and teaching are practised. In all cases, there is an emphasis on learning by doing.

This program will develop critical thinking skills through the practice of confronting uncertainty. It allows one to see unfamiliar situations as familiar and this, in turn, allows one to have a feel or approach to problems that do not conform to rules.

Is this the right fit for me?

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.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in architectural offices and building construction. Potential positions include: 

  • architectural technologist 
  • architect assistants 
  • building inspectors 
  • building products sales 
  • graphic designers 

Related careers include: 

  • drafting technician 
  • engineering design and drafting technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,847
Year 2: $5,847

Year 1 (International): $18,190
Year 2 (International): $18,190

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019
  • Applications for Winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

How to apply

Get hands-on training to prepare you for a career in green technology.

The School of Construction is dedicated to helping students achieve their career goals in one of Canada's largest and most diverse sectors. Whether enrolled in a degree, diploma, apprenticeship program or certificate, you'll receive the training you need to succeed. 

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Winter 2021 start: appliations open March 30, 2020.

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. 

Direct entry: Four-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: Apply to Architectural Technologies and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply

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

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course code Course name credit
ARCH 200 Documentation and Regulation I  3.0
ARCH 201 Science and Systems I  3.0
ARCH 203 Technology I  3.0
ARCH 205 Research and Design I  3.0
COMM 238 Technical Communications I  3.0
Semester 1 total 15.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
ARCH 261 Science and Systems II 3.0
ARCH 262 Documentation and Regulation II 3.0
ARCH 263 Technology II 3.0
ARCH 285 Research and Design II  3.0
MATH 262 Technical Mathematics I  3.0
Semester 2 total 15.0
First year total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course code Course name Credit
ARCH 300 Documentation and Regulation III  3.0
ARCH 301 Science and Systems III  3.0
ARCH 303  Technology III  3.0
ARCH 305 Research and Design III  3.0
STAT 245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I  3.0
Semester 3 total 15.0

Semester 4

Course code Course name Credit
ARCH 351 Science and Systems IV  3.0
ARCH 353 Technology IV  3.0
ARCH 362  Documentation and Regulation IV  3.0
ARCH 386 Research and Design IV  3.0
PROJ 372 Architectural Capstone Project  3.0
Semester 4 total 15.0
Program total 60.0


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. 

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transferring to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit  Transfer Options to learn more. 


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 4,625 $682 $288 $252 $5,847
2 $ 4,625 $682 $288 $252 $ 5,847

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 16,877 $682 $288 $344 $18,190
2 $ 16,877 $682 $288 $344 $18,190


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020


Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

Industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.284.8367
Email: construction.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Blair Marsden, Academic Chair
Email:   blair.marsden@sait.ca

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