International Students

Studying abroad in Canada is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that we encourage.

When you choose to study abroad, you’re choosing to take your education to a whole new level.

Digital School Technical Design College is an innovative private vocational post-secondary institution nestled in Alberta’s capital city of Edmonton, with the goal of providing an educational environment unlike no other; to pioneer a more effective way of learning and a better way to prepare students for careers in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing. Gain invaluable life experiences that will benefit you both personally and professionally.

We believe, that while technology offers new tools to create your visions, it is our ultimate goal to allow you to interact transparently with the software. At Digital School, we know that it is not the technology that drives results, but the student’s desire and vision. Digital School’s instructor’s are working professionals who bring their passion and experience to the classroom. They know the importance of understanding how the real world operates, to ensure our curriculum at Digital School is always moving in tandem with the industry – wherever it might be headed.

Digital School knows technical design training. Formerly the Alberta School of Drafting, Digital School is building upon 25+ years of design training experience. We’ve provided Autodesk and BIM training to several hundreds of students in full-time diploma programs and part-time online certificate programs.

Confirm Entrance Requirements

Enrollment into a Digital School program requires successful completion of high school. You may be asked to provide a copy of your high school diploma and/or transcript.

If English is not your first language, you may be required to undertake an English language entry examination before entering a diploma program. If a student requires assistance with English before and/or during their studies, Digital School can assist you with finding ESL training to meet your needs.

English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS academic test score of 6.0 or higher is required.

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Confirm Study Arrangements

The following is an outline of the steps you can take during the application process to confirm your study arrangements.

  • Contact Digital School and an admissions representative will guide you through the application process.
  • Discuss requirements for a tuition deposit.
  • Once you have been accepted and your tuition deposit has been received, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance from the Admissions Representative.
  • Take the Letter of Acceptance to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to apply for your Student Visa and Study Permit.
  • Arrange for your accommodation while studying in Canada.
  • Arrange to obtain health insurance while studying in Canada.
  • Complete the appropriate placement test.
  • Arrange for ESL training, if needed.

For more information, click this link to visit the CIC website, and contact an Admissions Representative at the campus of your choice for more information and assistance with confirming your study arrangements.

Diploma Program

Architectural Design Technology

Create the cities of tomorrow – the houses we live in, the offices we work in, the theaters we attend, and the bridges we cross. Architectural Design Technology graduates work with architects and engineers to design and model the built environment. Combine your creativity with technical accuracy in this expanding field as you work to create functional, safe, economical and environmentally sustainable structures.

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Diploma Program

Engineering Design Technology

Design the products, machines, factories, buildings, highways and transit systems that humans rely on. Engineering Design Technology graduates work directly with engineers and technologists to produce and analyze digital designs and to simulate and test machines, structures and systems. Enter a creative career in engineering design and enjoy a future as an innovator, problem solver and visionary.

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Diploma Program

Engineering Design Technology with Process Piping Specialty

Engineering Design Technology Diploma students have the option of adding the Process Piping Certificate to their studies to gain specific preparation for careers in the oil and gas industry. Engineering Design Technology graduates work directly with engineers and technologists on process design teams to produce and analyze digital designs and to simulate and test process plant equipment, pressure vessels and pipelines. Combine your creativity with technical accuracy in this in-demand field as you work to support the petrochemical and/or petroleum engineering disciplines.

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Certificate Program

BIM Technician

Digital School is leading the way in ensuring our graduates are well versed in Building Information Modeling (BIM), which brings disciplines together to communicate needs and changes to each other as seamlessly as possible, making every project run more efficiently and cost-effective. The BIM Technician program is available as a six-month, full-time program either in-class or online or as a twelve-month, part-time program online.

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Flexible Start Dates

Start a new career in one year or less

International Students Tuition

BIM Technician

Weeks
25
International Tuition
$12,360
Lab Fees
$550
Books
$200

Total Cost

$13,110

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Architectural Design Technology

Weeks
51
International Tuition
$22,100
Lab Fees
$1,100
Books
$400

Total Cost

$23,600

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Engineering Design Technology

Weeks
51
International Tuition
$22,100
Lab Fees
$1,100
Books
$400

Total Cost

$23,600

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Academic Policies can be found in our student handbook.

NOTE: International tuition are higher than tuition for Canadian residents. All programs are eligible to receive international students on study permit. Those with asterisk (*) are not required.

Why Choose Digital School?

Flexible Start Dates

With continuous intakes, students can enroll and start every Monday.

Blended Learning

Digital School’s students and faculty benefit from the blended learning experience of using both online resources and in-class, in-person instructions.

Expert Student Support

You’re not left to learn on your own. You have access to industry experts who will coach and support you through your journey.

Job Placement Assistance

Digital School offers assistance to current students and recent graduates with finding employment through recruitment and networking events, job boards, and our network of local employers.

On-site Career Services

The Student Support Services’ goal is to support you in meeting your personal, academic and career objectives to help you to make the most of your college experience.

Industry Certification

Earn industry-recognized course completion certificates for Autodesk software skills, get Autodesk Certified when you take a certification exam and become eligible for CanBIM Certification upon completion of BIM and Revit courses.

Autodesk Software for Free

Digital School students can get free Autodesk software that professional use for your personal devices. It's not some watered-down version, but the exact same software that professional designers, engineers, machinists, architects, builders, and construction managers use every day on the job.

Office 365 for Free

Digital School students are eligible to get Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams. It’s not a trial – but the full version for your personal devices.

Autodesk Certified Instructors

Autodesk Certified Instructors have demonstrated instructional and delivery skills. They have the product knowledge needed to meet industry standards and lead courses in instructional settings.

Refund Policy

I understand that the Institution may charge me a registration fee of up to $500, which it must credit toward my unpaid tuition fees (Section 14 of the Private Vocational Training Regulation). The Institution may retain this fee if I do not attend the Program unless:

  • I terminate this contract within four business days of signing it (Section 15 of the Private Vocational Training Regulation.
  • The Institution terminates this contract before the Program begins (Section 16(2) (a) of the Private Vocational Training Regulation).
  • The Program does not begin by the start date in Part C of this contract and I choose to terminate this contract as a result (Section 16(2)(b) of the Private Vocational Training Regulation).

I understand that the school cannot require or accept payment of the registration fee until I have signed this student contract and cannot accept payment of any other tuition or any incidental fees before my Program begins (Section 14(2) of the Private Vocational Training Regulation).

I understand that if this contract is terminated after the Program begins, the Institution is entitled to the payment of tuition fees as outlined in Section 17 of the Private Vocational Training Regulation, which is as follows:

  • 25% of the total tuition fees as identified in Part C: Program Cost of this contract if 10% or less of the Program is provided
  • 60% of the total tuition fees as identified in Part C: Program Cost of this contract if more than 10% but less than 50% of the Program is provided
  • 100% if more than 50% of the Program is provided.

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