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Architectural Technology program

Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology program

Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology

This program will appeal to your creative and analytical side with instruction in freehand sketching and computer-aided drawing, sustainability and green technology, renovation and restoration, site planning, calculations of load, structural sizing and estimating project costs, and technical communications designed to prepare you for an exciting career in architectural technology.

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Program Description

In the three-year Architectural Technology program you will focus on the commercial aspect of construction and renovation and gain an in-depth understanding of building and construction technology. 

This program, designed to prepare you for an exciting career in architectural technology, will appeal to your creative and analytical side with instruction in freehand sketching; sustainability and green technology; history of architecture; renovation and restoration; site planning; and technical communications.

You will gain knowledge and apply skills in computer aided drawing, building methods and project management using the most current computer-aided drafting programs such as AutoCAD and Building Information Modeling. In addition, you will learn construction and sustainable technologies for materials such as wood frame, steel, masonry and precast concrete and develop project management skills.

Graduates employed in this field will be skilled in analyzing building codes to determine design requirements; drafting contract and bidding documents; assisting architects with drafting construction and design plans; and constructing design models.

The sustainable design skills you will gain will make you current and relevant in today’s increasingly eco-friendly architectural field. Graduates are eligible to apply for additional industry-relevant certifications, which may be a requirement for some employers.

You will further your practical knowledge through a team project/placement component in your third year, which will strengthen your work experience as well as develop your skills in building code, building specifications, estimating and structural and mechanical knowledge.

Please note: Students may choose to exit this program at the end of second year and graduate with a two-year Architectural Technician diploma.

Please note: You will be required to purchase green tag safety boots in order to participate in many laboratory settings.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Computer skills (recommended)

Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, contact or call 905.721.3000.

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Career Options


  • Building material representative
  • Contractor
  • Design/builder developer
  • Building material manufacturer
  • Project co-ordinator
  • Project manager


  • Architecture firms
  • Construction firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Facilities management
  • Municipal, provincial and federal building agencies
  • Real estate
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$205$205
Total Fees:$4,196$14,368

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities, including:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (General Business) - Davenport University
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design - Griffith University

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: ARHY
  • Program length: Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Whitby
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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