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Architectural Technologies

Open for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2020

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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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,190
Year 2 General: $3,087
Year 2 Architectural/Building Development : $3,298

Year 1 (International): $16,758
Year 2 General (International): $8,871
Year 2 Architectural/Building Development  (International) : $9,660

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


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.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for Winter 2020 open May 1, 2019. 
  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

Program Details

Program description

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

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

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

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Your career

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

  • Graduates of the Architectural Technologies program have an 88% employment rate.

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.

Credentials and accreditation

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.
  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.

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

  • View additional Architectural Technologies program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.
  • Portions of the first semester are also available through the Continuing Education. Students who have completed courses in this manner may apply for credit upon admission to the full-time program.
  • This program is being reviewed. Applicants for admission into the 2018/19 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.

First year

Semester 1

Course codeCourse namecredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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 codeCourse nameCredit
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
Second year total (Building Development major) 30.0
Program total (Building Development major) 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. 


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $4,205 $462 $288 $235 $5,190
General Major 
2 $2,103 $462 $288 $235 $3,087
Building Development Major
2 $2,313 $462 $288 $235 $3,298
Architectural Major
2 $2,313 $462 $288 $235 $3,298

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $15,773 $462 $288 $460 $16,983
General Major 
2 $7,886 $462 $288 $235 $9,096
Building Development Major
2 $8,675 $462 $288 $235 $9,885
Architectural Major
2 $2,313 $462 $288 $235 $9,885


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • 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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $720 for the first year and $500 for the second year depending on the option taken.
  • 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.


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