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Architectural Technologies

Closed for Fall 2018

Waitlisted 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.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018
Winter 2019 Jan. 7, 2019
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 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, 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 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 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 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 modeled 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 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.

Graduates of the Architectural Technologies program have a 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.
  • Fall 2019 start: applications open Oct. 3, 2018.

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

  • Portions of the first semester are also available through the continuing education division of The School of Construction. 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 2018/2019 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.

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*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $4,205 $450 $523 $5,178
2 $4,416 $450 $523 $5,389

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $15,463 $450 $523 $16,436
2 $16,237 $450 $523 $17,210


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

School of Construction

Inspiring Stories

One of the most challenging parts of her program initially was overcoming the language barrier, but Rafaela took advantage of SAIT's many services for support, including the International Centre and Student Development and Counselling. Rafaela was offered a role at SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services after graduation. 

Elijah says while she found the technical lessons in her program most challenging, she enjoyed the challenge. 

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.

Rafaela Santiago
Architectural Technologies | 2018

"I'm already an architect in Brazil, but I really love the sustainability part," she says. "That's why I wanted to come to SAIT to improve my skills and study more about that. The program itself was exactly what I wanted to learn." 

Elijah Canlas
Architectural Technologies | 2018

"It's not all about design — there's a lot of thinking to this program where you have to search for bylaws and technical stuff." 

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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