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The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Length

The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

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: arc@nait.ca
  • 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 Applied Financial Services 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.

Breathe life into architectural design

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. 

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. 


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. 


Technology

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

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.

Typcial 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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Student Service Centre

  • Email: askNAIT@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.NAIT (6248)
  • Toll free: 1.877.333.NAIT (6248)

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Level 1 Term 1

ENDS1100Introduction to Construction Documents and Detailing
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: ENDS1130. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT1100
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers the basics of technical drawing while introducing the fundamentals of light frame wood construction. Construction materials and methods will be explored and applied into a set of residential drawings.

ENDS1121Design Studio I: Fundamentals of Design
  • Requisites: Co-Requisite: ENDS1140.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT1120, ENDS1120
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will explore the design process through the elements and principles of visual and spatial design. The studio will focus on the design process and the communication of ideas.

ENDS1130Computer Applications I - CAD
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction AutoCAD beginning with initial setup and basic commands through to the production and printing of a set of 2D construction drawings.

ENDS1140Introduction to Presentation Techniques
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces 2D and 3D presentation techniques used in the design industry. Students will explore the basics of sketching and 3D visualization software. Emphasis will be placed on hand rendering skills.

ENGL1150Technical Communications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the student to the complexities of written and oral communication and provides a basis for strong business and technical communication. It provides students with practice preparing documents relevant to the business environment. Students are required to apply effective online and database research techniques and APA documentation to compile, design, and deliver an oral presentation of borrowed ideas and images.

MATH1150Technical Mathematics
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This is an introductory course in mathematics intended to provide a foundation for concepts encountered throughout the program. Students will develop proficiency in basic technical mathematics pertaining to measurements, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, spreadsheets and charts with an emphasis on spatial acuity and graphical solutions.

Level 1 Term 2

ARCT1201Architectural Construction Documents I - CAD Application
  • Requisites: Co-Requisite: ARCT1211. Pre-Requisites: ENDS1100 and ENDS1130 and one of ENDS1150 OR MATH1150.
  • Open Studies: Available

An exploration of construction drawing techniques for a new building intended for an Office and Personal Services occupancy. Students will prepare a coordinated set of industry standard construction drawings based on a design package prepared by an architect. Primary construction techniques will include a cast-in-place concrete skeleton structure and concrete block exterior walls with brick veneer. Compliance with the current edition of the Alberta Building Code, and incorporation of its requirements will be part of the construction drawing process.

ARCT1211Building Technologies I: Structures and Building Systems
  • Requisites: Co-Requisite: ARCT1201. Pre-Requisite: ENDS1100.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course enables students to acquire technical knowledge related to structural and building systems such as electrical, mechanical and plumbing. Application of this knowledge is practiced through the coordination of these systems with architectural construction drawings.

ARCT1220Architectural Studio I - Introduction to Building Design
  • Requisites: Co-Requisite: ENDS1250. Prerequisite: ENDS1121. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ARC1220
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will explore the design process through the elements and principles of visual and spatial design. The studio will focus on conceptual and functional design for a low complexity project and the communication of architectural ideas through 2D and 3D presentation.

ENDS1230Introduction to BIM Applications
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisites: ENDS1130, ENDS1100.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to Revit Building Information Modeling software, beginning with utilizing modeling tools to create models through to the production and printing of a set of construction drawings.

ENDS12503D Modelling Applications
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies Students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the use of computer applications for three dimensional modeling. Emphasis will be placed on creating models and rendered images for presentation.

ENGL1250Technical Communications II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENGL1150. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course continues exploring the complexities of written and oral communication and provides students with practice preparing documents relevant to the business environment. Students are required to develop and use teamwork and communication skills to use in practical applications such as planning for, participating in, and documenting of team meetings.

Level 2 Term 1

ARCT2301Architectural Construction Documents II - BIM Application
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ARCT1201, ENDS1230. Co-requisites: ARCT2311, ENDS2330.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will explore concepts in steel structures, building envelope and systems. Consultant disciplines will be coordinated by creating a BIM using industry standard software. Preliminary construction documents will be extracted from the model.

ARCT2311Building Technologies II: Building Envelope Construction
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ARCT1211. Co-Requisite: ARCT2301.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course enables students to expand their technical knowledge related to detailing the building envelope. Emphasis will be placed on structural steel framing and its relationship to cavity wall construction and glazed curtain wall. The selection and placement of products and materials for these details will be explored.

ARCT2320Architectural Studio II – Commercial/Institutional Building Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Architectural Technology Program. Prerequisites: ENDS 1250 and one of ARCT1220 or INDT2420 or LANT2420. Co-requisites: ENDS1240 and ENDS1160.
  • Course Equivalencies: ARC2320
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will explore the design process for a medium complexity commercial/institutional project through an examination and analysis of design precedents, systems and technology. Critical thinking skills will be developed through self and peer evaluations.

ENDS1160History of the Built Environment
  • Course Equivalencies: LANT1220, LANT2460
  • Open Studies: Available

An introduction to the evolution of the built environment from ancient civilizations to the contemporary era. A variety of historical periods are reviewed and include highlights of significant achievements in architecture. Projects are presented along with the context of time, place, and culture to explain the reasons for their specific characteristics and contributions to the art of design and building.

ENDS1240Presentation Applications
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers the following software: Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Their application in image manipulation and graphic design as it relates to the design industry will be explored.

ENDS2330Intermediate BIM Applications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Architectural Technology or Interior Design Technology programs. Prerequisite: ENDS1230.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course the student will create massing models and a Building Information Model (BIM) using Revit software. From these models rendered views and drawings will be produced.

Level 2 Term 2

ARCT2401Architectural Construction Documents III - Data Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ARCT2301. Co-Requisite: ARCT2411.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Building on the model developed in ARCT2301, students will add customized components and increase the level of detail. Further data extraction from the BIM will be possible for a variety of uses. A final set of coordinated construction documents will be extracted.

ARCT2411Building Technologies III: Interior Construction
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ARCT2311. Co-Requisite: ARCT2401.
  • Course Equivalencies: ARC2410, ARCT2410
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course enables students to extend technical knowledge related to detailing interior building elements. Emphasis will be placed on interior components such as fire-rated assemblies, ceilings and millwork.

ARCT2441Professional Practice: The Role of the Architectural Technologist
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENGL1250.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will explore the typical roles and responsibilities of an architectural technologist and other participants in various contexts and project types. They will experience one of these roles through a mentorship week in industry. Additionally, students will create a portfolio of their best work to demonstrate technical and/or design skills.

ENDS2430Advanced Modelling Applications
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENDS2330, ENDS1250.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course the student will explore advanced tools and techniques relating to a Building Information Model (BIM) using Revit software. Emphasis will be placed on analysis tools, custom components and advanced presentation techniques.

ENDS2510Sustainable Building Technologies
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ARCT2301, ARCT2320.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT2510
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course fully encompasses sustainable building and land practices, as well as their relationship to the overall global environment. The primary content of this course is to focus on terminology, methods and techniques employed to create "High Performance Sustainable Assemblies" while fully examining all factors involved.

Level 2 Term 2 Electives - Choose 1

ENDS2500Residential Construction and Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ENDS1100, ENDS1121, ENDS1130.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will explore the responsibilities of the Architectural Technologist as they relate to the residential construction and design industry. Lab assignments will include an industry standard residential drawing package, design documents, and code analysis.

ENDS2520Multidisciplinary Design Studio
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ARCT2320 or LANT2320 or INDT2320.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT2520
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explores the multidisciplinary nature of design projects through collaboration among different programs. Critical thought will be infused with the design process to help clarify the relationship between design, program, technology, products and materials, and environmental criteria. Students will experience a team-oriented atmosphere which supports the development of leadership skills.

ENDS2530Computer Aided Manufacturing and Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ENDS1130, ENDS1250 or LANT1231.
  • Course Equivalencies: EDT2530
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the student practical, hands-on experience with the computer aided manufacturing process from design to assembly. The student will use this knowledge to construct a number of projects using CAD software, computer controlled equipment and hand tools.

ENDS2540Facilities Planning and Product Representation
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students. Prerequisite: INDT2320 or LANT2320 or ARCT2320 and Math1150.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the students to two related career options in Facilities Planning and Product Representation. The emphasis of this course will be to understand strategic planning for space management and the skills necessary to become a product or industry representative.

ENDS2550Urban Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ENDS1240, ENDS1250 or LANT1231, LANT2320 or ARCT2320 or INDT2320. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to urban design and general municipal planning. Students will focus on proficiencies related to two areas of the land development process: Municipal planning and regulatory processes; and principles related to urban design.

ENDS2561Urban Sketching
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Pre-Requisite: ENDS1140.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the techniques and principles of urban sketching. Emphasis will be on hand drawing a variety of subjects, the use of different drawing media, the application of various drawing styles and techniques, and rapid observational sketching in the production of a sketchbook.

ENDS2571Winter City Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Pre-Requisites: ENDS1250 or LANT1231, INDT2320 or ARCT2320 or LANT2320.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces winter city design guidelines. Emphasis will be on the analysis of winter city initiatives and the application of principles and strategies to produce winter design solutions. Students will participate in and analyze several different winter city activities.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $567
Tuition Cap: $6,111

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $500
Level 1 Term 2: $500
Level 2 Term 1: $200
Level 2 Term 2: $200

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

NOTE: Applicants who, prior to May 2019, either completed one of the following courses with a grade of C or higher or successfully completed both of the following courses courses with a minimum combined GPA of at least 2.0, may use it/them toward satisfying the current admission requirements:

  • ENGL1150 or ARCT1240 can be used to meet the English requirement
  • ENDS1150 or MATH1150 can be used to meet the Math requirement

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

65% overall average

Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

Students are required to have a PC laptop computer for this program. Laptop specifications will be provided to the students upon enrollment. Approximate cost $2000.

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Open Studies

A great option to get started or take a few courses without committing to a full program. Learn more

International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more

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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 availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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Opportunities for further education

Architectural Technology graduates can earn a second diploma - either Landscape Design Technology or Interior Design Technology - with one more year of study, giving them 2 diplomas in just 3 years.

Graduates are also eligible to enter NAIT's Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Construction Management or Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management 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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