School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Architectural Technology Structured Part-Time Pathway

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Delivery Options

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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Applicants with applicable degrees, high school design study courses and/or industry related training may be considered for preferential admission.  For advanced credit to be awarded you need to meet with the course instructor to have your course equivalency assessed. To request advanced credit, you need to have transcripts, course outlines, course objectives, and previous courses taken. For more information, contact:

  • Email:
  • Tel: 780.471.8988
  • Fax: 780.471.8811

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the applicable field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. PLAR Architectural Technology - ENGL1150
  2. PLAR Architectural Technology - MATH1150
  3. PLAR Application Form
  4. PLAR Payment Form

Please note: For all course challenges, you must first apply to the Architectural Technology program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for you to 50% of any NAIT credit program. Please contact the program for additional information.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery methods for Fall 2021 and later have not been confirmed. Delivery shown is based on current delivery methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breathe life into architectural design – part-time!

Architectural technologists are key members of architectural teams who translate design concepts into graphic images, then into technical drawings and specifications that ultimately result in the creation of the built environment.

In NAIT's Architectural Technology program, you will use free-hand sketching techniques and computer-aided drawing skills to develop graphic images and technical drawings. Close connections with industry, including a program advisory committee made up of industry representatives, ensure that courses are current and relevant to the skills required in the workplace.


Please review the following pdf for the computer specifications needed for the first day of school.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Throughout the program, you will study theoretical concepts and learn how to:

  • Create and coordinate a full set of working drawings to industry standards
  • Participate in all aspects of the design process, including the presentation of design solutions
  • Research and apply various codes, standards and systems used in design and construction
  • Visualize and communicate design in both 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Use current architectural tools and software common
  • Contribute individually and as part of a team in a professional architectural environment

Architectural technologists must possess superior presentation and communication skills in order to present drawings and plans to clients, workers and management teams. Throughout the program, you will develop your word processing, visual presentation and business communication skills. 

Full-time programming

Are you interested in taking Architectural Technology full-time during the day?

Explore our full-time diploma program

Work experience

First-year students participate in a work experience with Habitat for Humanity. This hands-on learning component gives students exposure to a construction site and the chance to put theory into action, while also helping the community.

Second-year students with good academic standing are placed in architectural design offices for a 1 week period to receive mentorship in the professional work environment. 

What you need to know about Structured Part-Time Pathways

Our Structured Part-Time Pathways model allows busy professionals to work during the day while they pursue a diploma education in the evening. It can also give parents added flexibility to provide care for their children.

Thanks to a set schedule of 2-3 courses a term, our students study with the confidence of knowing they’ll acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce, and graduate as quickly as possible. While intensive, this schedule is designed to allow students to fully absorb the information and balance coursework with everyday life.

All of our courses are taught by architectural technology experts with industry experience in the real world who take pride in the quality education NAIT provides, and the success of their students.

Learn more about the Structured Part-Time Pathways:

Structured Part-Time Pathways

Work or care for your family during the day, and pursue a diploma education in the evening, on weekends, or around your unique work schedule.

NOTE: Be sure to select the "Structured Part-Time Pathways" option when you apply with Apply Alberta.

Below you'll find the required courses you can expect to take each term. All Structured Part-Time Pathway courses offered for Architectural Technology take place in the evening between the hours of 6 – 10 p.m. You can expect to spend between 13.5 – 16 hours a week in the classroom each term.  

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Architectural Technology graduates are in high demand with a wide range of employers, including architectural and drafting firms, civic building inspector offices, housing and mortgage agencies, construction companies and product suppliers.

Typical positions include assistants to architects, engineers and related design professions, and technical and managerial positions with building contractors, home design companies, building component manufacturers and suppliers.

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Graduates are also eligible to enter NAIT's Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Construction Management or Bachelor of Technology programs. They can then earn their BTech degree with just two additional years of full-time study. Part-time and online BTech courses are also available, providing convenient study options. 

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.