Architectural Design Technology

Duration: 51 Weeks

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Architectural Design Technology Diploma

The architecture industry is constantly evolving as advancing technology and modern developments lead to the new and exciting design and construction opportunities. Architectural Design Technology graduates play a vital role in the industry, working alongside architectural professionals to plan and execute sophisticated residential and commercial designs. This program train students to enter this progressive field, with practical skills and advanced training with the latest architectural technology.

Architectural Design Technology

In just one year, Digital School’s comprehensive program equips you with the creative and applied skills you need to enter the workforce directly after graduating:

  • Utilize rapidly advancing software for building projects such as Revit software for BIM and Navisworks software for project estimation and clash detection
  • Understand the BIM concept, its technologies and processes, and its application throughout the building lifecycle
  • Apply 2D and 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) skills
  • Locate, comprehend, and apply information from the Alberta Building Code
  • Interpret building plans and calculate estimates
  • Apply the practices and procedures of surveying, including developing plans, cross-sectional views, and contour maps
  • Select building materials and methods of assembly
  • Understand engineering contracts and the legal system in Alberta

Students who earn the Architectural Design Technology diploma can choose from a variety of career paths. Professional architects, engineers, and technologists rely on skilled technicians to help them produce and communicate design data in a range of work environments, including:

  • Architectural offices
  • Engineering firms
  • BIM and CAD specific workgroups
  • Homebuilders and construction companies
  • Engineering consultants (municipal, provincial and federal)

Course Code

Course Name

DST 100

Computer Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

DST 110

Technical Communications

DST 120

Technical Mathematics

DST 130

AutoCAD 2D Essentials

DST 140

Drawing Techniques and Theory (FormIt)

DST 150

BIM Essentials

DST 160

AutoCAD 3D Essentials

ACT 210

Architectural Drawings and Details

ACT / ECT 220

Technical Specifications and Documents

ACT 450

Revit Architecture Essentials

DST 010

Total Leadership Library

DST 210

AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials

DST 220

Construction Materials and Methods

DST 230

Technical Mathematics 2

DST 240

Inventor Essentials

ACT 330

Presentation Drawings

ACT 340

Building Science

ACT 350

Estimating and Quantity Take-Offs

ACT 410

Architectural Drawings and Details 2

ACT 420

Applied Building Code

ACT 430

Building Services and Utilities

ACT 440

Revit MEP Essentials

DST 400

Workplace Ethics and Society

DST 410

Project Data / Drawing Management Techniques

ECT 400

Contracts and Documents

GCT 330

Land Use Development and Regulations


$70,927 /yr

(From PayScale Canada)


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Career Advisors

Have questions about the job market? Not sure which career is right for you? Every student journey starts with a FREE career consultation.

Grant & Student Aid Experts

We’ll help you explore all of your financial assistance options, apply for government grants and student loans. We’ll even help you build a student budget.

Student Support Services

Your personal student support representative will help you balance your other responsibilities at home or work, stay organized with your coursework, and achieve your goals.

Industry Expertise

Our instructors bring knowledge and extensive professional experience to the table. They share a philosophy that teaching is less about lecturing and repetition, and more about coaching and mentorship.

Better Curriculum

Each of our programs has a set schedule of courses that each student takes in the same order. First, there are foundational courses, then you refine your skills based on your career goals.

Job Placement Assistance

It’s all about finding a better job that pays more and means more. So we provide resume training, interview coaching, and networking opportunities with local employers, so you can get your foot in the door.

Why Choose Digital School?

Industry Certification

All Digital School graduates are eligible to receive their Level 1 certification with Building Transformations (formerly CanBIM), along with Autodesk Training completion certificates for each course completed.

Students also have the option to take the Autodesk Professional Certification Exam after graduating. These industry recognized certifications arm you with the qualifications employers are looking for within the BIM Community.

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Global eTraining Subscription Included

The award-winning Global eTraining is the best online, on-demand option to get up to speed on the latest technical and professional skills, and the best part is, Digital School students get a one-year subscription to the entire ‘GeT Everything’ course library for free.

This means that in addition to the required courses as part of your program, you can access training for any other Autodesk or AEC software you like, including Solidworks, Revizto, Bluebeam, MS Office 365, Global BIM Standards, and more!

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We'll Bring the Experts to You

You aren’t left on your own to figure everything out. Digital School’s curriculum is created by industry subject matter experts, and supported by our Autodesk certified instructors.

So when you get stuck on a project or have questions about a concept, you have real experts and instructors that you can connect with through virtual one-on-one meetings with screen-share capabilities, live chat, and email. And these experts aren’t just an extra resource, they are your coaches, invested in your success.

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ImagineTrainDesignCreate with Professional Software

Through the Autodesk Design Academy, Digital School students get a free one-year access to Autodesk design software, creativity apps, and learning resources. It's not some watered-down version. It's the same software use every day by professional designers, engineers, architects, and more. Office 365 software is also available for free to all students to install on their devices, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. This gives you the flexibility to create anywhere, at any time.

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What our students and graduates are saying

Jennifer HannahArchitectural Design Technology

It really was the flexibility of the program that sold me on it. Because it’s online, I am able to pursue the career that I want without having to pack up and move my family and if one of my kids is home sick from school, I don’t need to forgo my studies for that day. I definitely recommend the Architectural Design Technology program at Digital School because of the quality of education. So many programs and schools have gone online this past year… and Digital School has been offering online programming for years, so they’ve got it figured out.

Emilio A. JovellanosEngineering Design Technology

We live in the information age, which allows us to harness information like never before, and that is why I chose Digital School for my education. Digital School provided everything I needed to satisfy my love of creativity and design and harness that into a professional career in both Architectural and Engineering. The staff in Digital School are so very professional, caring, and fun people to learn from, they literally put students in the right path to success with real world information.

Rylie MalashewskiArchitectural Design Technology

I enrolled in the Architectural Design program in order to switch careers. I gained 2D & 3D Computer-Aided Design skills, became familiar with building plans and touched on the Alberta Building Code. With these skills and knowledge I was able to obtain my current position as an Architectural Technologist. Digital School has helped me find a career that I enjoy, today.

Jon MaliwatBIM Technician

The teaching methods and the curriculum was a good fit for me and was able to finish a BIM Technician program in one year. I excelled in my studies and finished as an Honours Graduate. After graduation, I immediately got job offers from three different companies. It is truly one of the best decisions I have ever made and I would highly recommend Digital School to my friends.

Jose BiscochoEngineering Design Technology
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Digital School expects nothing less than the best from each and every student. Teachers are here to teach but at this school they inspire the students. I would recommend Digital School for anyone wanting to transition to a new career fast.

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