ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY

Overview

The Architectural Technology Diploma students graduate with industry recognized skills rooted in a foundation of design theories. Graduates will obtain the skills necessary to succeed in a variety of roles throughout the architectural design and construction industry. Students will study and develop architectural drafting and presentation techniques, examine the environmental considerations in architectural design, and investigate both theoretical and practical elements of architectural methodologies. Additionally, the program includes an exploration of project management, adherence to construction industry norms, and an in-depth look at building materials and their specifications. Students will develop industry skills through a combined learning model over an 95-week program that provides students with practical hands-on experience through simulations and capstone development that enables students to create a marketable portfolio of work.

 

Career Paths

Graduates may pursue multiple career paths including, but not limited to Architectural Technologist, building inspector, graphic and 3d designers, construction sales, architect assistants, and drafting technician.

Average Salary

$73,388.00/ year
$38.45/ hour

*source: https://alis.alberta.ca/

Diploma structure / Mode of delivery

Students will develop the skills through a combined learning model over a 95-week program that provides students with practical hands-on experience through simulations and capstone development that enables students to create a marketable portfolio of work. 

MODULAR BASED SYSTEM:

A modular-based curriculum delivery approach presents a flexible and adaptable educational framework, catering to individual learning needs and enhancing student engagement through relevant, hands-on content. By allowing sequential advancement, it ensures a solid foundation, efficient resource utilization, and increased accessibility, particularly in remote learning environments. 

With an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-directed learning, modular-based curricula prepare students for the challenges of a rapidly changing world, while also fostering consistency and standardization on a global scale.

MODE OF DELIVERY:

1. Blended (Virtual classes along with onsite practicum and workshops)

2. On-Site (Classes held in the Calgary Campus – Monday to Friday) contact our Admissions team for detailed information.

Courses

*May not be taught in the order shown
  • BUSAS100 Academic Strategies
  • BUSAW100 Academic Writing
  • ARCTY01 Architectural Drawings
  • ARCTY02 Building Design
  • BUSCP100 Career Planning and Integration
  • ARCTY03 Stakeholder Communication
  • ARCTY04 Sustainable Design
  • ARCTY05 Building Science
  • ARCTY06 Equipment and Materials
  • PLGCL100 Contract Law
  • ARCTY07 Bid/Contract Documents
  • ARCCN01 Construction Detailing
  • ARCTY08 Building Systems
  • ARCTY09 Codes, Bylaws, and Regulations
  • ARCTY10 Renovation/Restoration
  • ARCTY11 Estimating
  • ARCTY12 CAD Systems
  • ARCRV01 Autodesk and Revit
  • ARCTY13 Project Management
  • ARCTY14 Structural Design
  • BUSPM100 Introduction to Project Management
  • ARCTY15 3-D Computer Graphics
  • CLRDS01 Colour and Design
  • ARCTH01 History Of Architecture
  • ARCPRC1 Practicum 
  • ARCCPS01 Capstone

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet with an MCG Career College Admissions team representative.

Standard Admission:

  1. Alberta High School diploma, verified by transcript or non-Alberta equivalent, OR successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.).
    High School Diplomas that are not from Canada must be verified by IQAS of the World Education Services Gateway Program.
  2. Be at least 18 years of age. (Must be at least 19 years of age if from B.C., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, NWT, Nunavut, Yukon, Manitoba).
    • British Columbia Applicants: The student has graduated from grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Educational Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction.
  3. At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalents or at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.

Mature Admission:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age. (Must be at least 19 years of age if from B.C., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, NWT, Nunavut, Yukon, Manitoba).
    • British Columbia Applicants: The student is 19 years of age or older before the start of classes and has demonstrated evidence of the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy, comprehension, and/or writing skills to enable successful completion of the program.
  2. Must successfully complete a Wonderlic academic achievement test with a minimum score of 16 out of 30.
  3. At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalents.

English Language Admission Requirement

Students must meet the English language requirements through ONE of the following:

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12 Alberta Education English Language Arts or non-Alberta equivalent. (High school diplomas that are not from Canada will be verified by IQAS or the World Education Services Gateway Program.
  2. Transcripts demonstrating the successful completion of, at minimum, once year (two semesters) of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the primary language of instruction in a recognized national where English is the primary language of instruction.
  3. Demonstrating a Canadian Language Benchmark of at least 7, through one of the following assessments:
    • IELTS Academic (minimum band score of [6.0]).
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum score of 53.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Students: *$15,000.00 completion scholarship paid back to the original funding provider. Students who withdraw from the program before completion may forfeit access to the scholarship and be liable for the full contracted tuition obligations. Limited scholarships are available.

$20,600.00Tuition Year 1*
$10,000.00Tuition Year 2*
$2,722.00Books / Laptop – Approximate
$33,322.00Total
$18,322.00*      *Total with the inclusion of the completion scholarship. See details above                        

International Students:

$22,500.00Tuition Year 1
$22,500.00Tuition Year 2
$2,722.00Books / Laptop – Approximate
$47,722.00Total

[For international students and domestic students there is a non-refundable application fee of $500.00]

Frequently Asked Questions

An architectural technologist is a professional who works in the field of architecture, focusing on the technical aspects of building design and construction. Their role involves translating the design concepts created by architects into detailed technical drawings and specifications that can be used for construction. Here are some key responsibilities and tasks associated with the role of an architectural technologist:

  1. Technical Design: Architectural technologists work on the technical aspects of building design, ensuring that the design meets building codes, regulations, and standards. They collaborate with architects to develop and refine design concepts into detailed plans.

  2. Drafting and Documentation: They use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create detailed drawings, plans, and specifications. These documents serve as a guide for builders and contractors during the construction phase.

  3. Building Regulations: Architectural technologists are responsible for ensuring that the design and construction comply with local building regulations, safety standards, and zoning laws. They stay informed about changes in regulations and codes.

  4. Material Selection: They research and select appropriate materials for construction, taking into consideration factors such as durability, cost, and sustainability. They may also be involved in coordinating with suppliers and manufacturers.

  5. Site Inspections: Architectural technologists often conduct site inspections to ensure that construction is progressing according to the approved plans and specifications. They may identify and resolve any technical issues that arise during construction.

  6. Cost Estimation: They may assist in estimating project costs, helping to ensure that the design aligns with the project budget. This involves evaluating materials, labor, and other associated costs.

  7. Collaboration: Architectural technologists work closely with architects, engineers, contractors, and other professionals involved in the construction process. Effective communication and collaboration are essential for successful project outcomes.

  8. Building Information Modeling (BIM): Some architectural technologists use BIM software to create 3D models that integrate various aspects of a building, such as design, construction, and maintenance information. BIM facilitates collaboration and improves project coordination.

In summary, architectural technologists play a crucial role in the practical realization of architectural designs. They bridge the gap between design and construction, ensuring that projects are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, safe, and compliant with regulations.

Here are some factors to consider when evaluating the viability of a career as an architectural technologist in Canada:

  1. Demand for Construction and Design Professionals: The demand for architectural technologists is closely tied to the overall health of the construction and design industries. If there is a strong demand for new buildings, renovations, and infrastructure projects, it is likely to positively impact the job market for architectural technologists.

  2. Urban Development: In areas experiencing significant urban development and growth, there is often an increased demand for architectural services, including those provided by technologists.

  3. Building Codes and Regulations: Changes in building codes and regulations may impact the demand for professionals who can ensure compliance. A good understanding of and ability to navigate these codes can be an asset.

  4. Technological Skills: Proficiency in the latest design and drafting software, such as AutoCAD and BIM tools, is essential in the field. Continuous learning and staying updated on industry trends and technologies can enhance your competitiveness.

  5. Location: Job opportunities may vary by region. Larger cities and regions experiencing economic growth and development tend to offer more opportunities for architectural technologists.

  6. Networking and Professional Associations: Joining professional organizations and networking within the industry can provide valuable connections and opportunities for career advancement.

  7. Education and Certification: Having a relevant education and certifications can enhance your qualifications and make you more competitive in the job market.

The Architectural Technology Diploma program aims to equip students with industry-recognized skills rooted in design theories, enabling them to work in various architectural and design companies and firms. It is a 95-week program that provides practical hands-on experience through simulations and capstone development to build a marketable portfolio of work.

Tuition and fees vary for domestic and international students. For domestic students, the total cost is approximately $33,322.00, and for international students, it's approximately $47,722.00, which includes a non-refundable application fee of $500.00.

Graduates have various career opportunities, including roles such as building inspector, graphic and 3D designer, construction sales, architect assistant, and drafting technician.

The average salary for individuals in this field is approximately $73,388.00 per year or $38.45 per hour, according to the source alis.alberta.ca.

There are two admission pathways:

  1. Standard Admission: Requires an Alberta High School diploma or equivalent, with at least 50% in Math and English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2.
  2. Mature Admission: Requires applicants to be at least 18 years old, pass a Wonderlic academic achievement test with a minimum score of 16, and have at least 50% in Math 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalents.

A modular-based curriculum delivery approach offers several benefits, both for educators and learners. Here are some of the key advantages:

  1. Flexibility and Adaptability:

    • Customization: Educators can tailor the curriculum to meet the specific needs and learning styles of students.
    • Adaptability: It allows for easy updates and adjustments to keep pace with changes in technology, industry standards, or educational requirements.
  2. Enhanced Student Engagement:

    • Relevance: Modules can be designed to address real-world issues, making the content more engaging and applicable to students' lives.
    • Interactive Learning: Modular approaches often involve hands-on activities, group projects, and discussions, promoting active participation.
  3. Progressive Learning:

    • Sequential Advancement: Students can progress at their own pace, mastering one module before moving on to the next. This helps avoid gaps in understanding and ensures a solid foundation.
    • Scaffolding: Concepts can be scaffolded, building on previous knowledge and gradually increasing complexity.
  4. Efficient Resource Utilization:

    • Resource Allocation: Educational resources, including time, materials, and personnel, can be allocated more efficiently as they are focused on specific modules.
    • Cost-Effectiveness: Updates and modifications can be made to individual modules without necessitating a complete overhaul of the entire curriculum.
  5. Increased Accessibility:

    • Remote Learning: Modular content can be adapted for online and distance learning, increasing accessibility for students who may not be able to attend traditional classes.
    • Personalized Learning Paths: Students can choose pathways that align with their interests and career goals.
  6. Measurable Learning Outcomes:

    • Assessment: Modular design facilitates clearer assessment of specific learning objectives, making it easier to evaluate students' understanding of each module.
    • Feedback: Timely feedback can be provided to students, aiding in their understanding and improvement.
  7. Lifelong Learning Skills:

    • Critical Thinking: Modular approaches often emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills, preparing students for lifelong learning and adaptability in a rapidly changing world.
    • Self-Directed Learning: Encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning, fostering independence and self-motivation.
  8. Professional Development for Educators:

    • Continuous Improvement: Educators can refine and improve individual modules based on feedback and evolving educational trends.
    • Specialization: Allows educators to specialize in specific modules or areas of expertise, enhancing the overall quality of instruction.
  9. Globalization and Standardization:

    • Consistency: Modular approaches can promote consistency in education across different institutions or regions, supporting standardized learning outcomes.
    • International Collaboration: Modular content can be easily shared and adapted for use in different cultural and educational contexts.

In summary, a modular-based curriculum delivery offers a dynamic and responsive approach to education, fostering student engagement, personalized learning, and continuous improvement in both content and instructional methods.

There are multiple intakes throughout the year. Contact your Admissions Advisor for the most current schedule. 

Yes, 

Standard Admissions:

The student has graduated from grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Educational Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction; or

 

Mature Admissions: 

The student is 19 years of age or older before the start of classes and has demonstrated evidence of the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy, comprehension, and/or writing skills to enable successful completion of the program.