Diploma Program

Architectural Design Technology

Create the cities of tomorrow

The architecture industry is constantly evolving as advancing technology and modern developments lead to 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.

What will you learn?

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

Architectural Design Technology Career Paths

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)

Digital School’s Admissions Advisors are available to meet with you one-on-one to assist you in planning your journey to a new career. They can provide you with all of the information on admission requirements, tuition fees, start dates, and funding applications, and will provide you with a free Career Consultation to help you select the training path for a career that is right for you.

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Anticipated Yearly Salary

$43,000 - $84,000

(From PayScale Canada)

Embracing BIM for Education

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a 3D model-based process that gives design and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings. BIM is revolutionizing the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, a shift similar to the evolution from hand drafting to Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Governments around the world are mandating BIM processes for projects, and it is quickly becoming the standard for private architecture, engineering, and construction firms as they reap the benefits of communication, coordination, and collaboration with BIM.

Digital School is committed to exposing learners to the value of BIM and developing appropriate skills as they progress through our programs. We take this approach to ensure our graduates are successful in delivering the type of final output required of building owners, operators and AEC managers.

Embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Digital School is a difference maker. The instructors are very knowledgeable and the content is easy to learn while progressing at a manageable rate. Being a six month to a year program it gets you the hands on training for your new career fast. Being here has accelerated my career path.

Justin O'Connor, Digital School Graduate

Coming from the Philippines and newly settled in Edmonton, Digital School became one of the institutions that I have become to be fond of. All of the instructors and staff and even the students are very accommodating, friendly and approachable.

Denise Gama, Digital School Graduate

A compact program that equips you with the technical skills you need in the field. Brandon and Antonio are excellent instructors who are willing to go the extra mile to help when needed. Easy commute to the school from Spruce Grove with a bus stop across the street.

Paula Ollenberg, Digital School Graduate

My time at Digital School is well worth the money. I am learning a lot. The courses are designed in a practical way. The instructors are very knowledgeable. The atmosphere is great and the view is pretty good too!!

Todd Hollinger, Digital School Graduate

You want to secure your relevance in this new and ever changing world of technology? Digital School is the right place to be.

Ojo Gbadebo

Program Outline

Computer Applications

The fundamental ability of students to operate and work with a computer is experienced as various software programs are discovered. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and the Internet gradually builds as students discover how this software is utilized in the architectural and engineering workplace.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Library

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an organizational, philosophical, and strategic change that is often confusing to staff. BIM is not a software, though it is enabled by software. BIM is not a tool, though tools exist. BIM is not even a methodology in the true sense of the word. BIM is philosophy. How BIM is embraced within a firm is largely left up to those interpreting this philosophy into practice. Adding to traditional AEC practices, BIM enhances the engineering process by adding the dimensions of time, cost, spatial relationships, green needs, usability, and even the manufacture of component parts. BIM requires enormous data intensity and a devout adoption of new communication practices across a firm and its partners. The Global eTraining BIM library is designed to educate in all aspects of BIM including practices in various disciplines and job functions.

Courses included:

Technical Communication

The creation of technical documentation that is commonly associated with the workplace is discovered as students prepare to interact with others in the design office.  Document content, organization, style, and the use of visuals are utilized in the preparation of letters, memos, e-mail, personal resumes and short reports. Students will give oral presentations during the course in support of written communication.

Technical Mathematics 1

Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including Arithmetic of Numbers, introduction to Algebra, Plane & Solid Geometry and Right Triangle Trigonometric functions.

AutoCAD 2D and 3D Essentials

Design and shape the world around you with the powerful, connected design tools in Autodesk AutoCAD software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D design applications. With robust 3D tools that can create almost any shape imaginable, AutoCAD helps you create stunning designs. It offers innovations that can help increase design efficiency and speed documentation, and enables you to more smoothly share designs with colleagues. Connect with the cloud to collaborate on designs and access them from your mobile device. With these capabilities and more, AutoCAD delivers the power and flexibility you need to take documentation and design further.

Drawing Techniques and Theory

In this course the concepts of spatial relationships of points, lines and planes are discovered as they apply to technical drawing views.  Students are required to solve spatial problems. Coursework focuses on drawing conventions and procedures used in the preparation of technical drawings.  The foundational principles are identified to draw orthographically created multi-views, and auxiliary views. Pictorial and perspective view creation will also be identified as applied to the drawings of architecture and engineering.  The ability to draw complete drawings using accepted line work, lettering, layout and dimensioning techniques, while adhering to a technical drafting standard will provide the student with the context for all drawings used in the architectural and engineering disciplines.

AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials

AutoCAD Civil 3D supports BIM for civil engineering design and documentation for transportation, land development, and water and wastewater projects.

Architectural Drawings and Details 1

A professional set of architectural drawings will be created in this course.  Through hands on experience and instructor guidance the students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the AutoCAD program as they develop a working set of architectural drawings for a residential application.  This course will give the students an opportunity to design and create an original set of architectural drawings.

Technical Mathematics 2

Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including trigonometric functions, vectors, triangle solutions, linear and quadratic equations.

Construction Materials and Methods

This course examines the products, materials and methods that are used in construction projects. The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) specification form that emulates the order, in which construction occurs, will be introduced. Students will discover and select the specific materials and methods of assembly as used in the construction of buildings, structures and industrial projects.

Technical Specifications and Documents

The specifications for the construction of architectural projects will be discovered and applied to the Construction Specifications Institute-CSI format.  Students will develop their knowledge and skills in regards to creating and understanding specifications, drawings and contracts as legal documents.

Autodesk Inventor Essentials

Autodesk Inventor is a parametric CAD software offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. Digital Prototyping with Inventor helps you design and validate your products before they are built to deliver better products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster.

Presentation Drawings

The fundamental concepts of creating Architectural presentation drawings will be examined, studied, and practiced throughout this course. Through the process of adding life in creating presentation drawings, students will explore and use various techniques to shade, render and add materials. Students will demonstrate proficiency as they create and draw Architectural presentation drawings of 3D models or Revit models, elevations, and plans.

Building Science

Essential materials of building construction will be examined as they apply to the construction of wall, floor, ceiling and roof systems. The students will examine and scrutinize vapor barriers, insulation, and other material technology that avoids the creation of “sick buildings”. Students will collectively assemble and compile these materials to establish building protection from the environment, and a controllable human environment.

Estimating and Quantity Take-Offs

Utilizing the previous architectural project work of the ACT 200 level courses, students determine quantity take-offs and perform estimates of the associated costs. The students will become familiar with the process, thought and calculations involved in estimating and quantity take-offs. Students will demonstrate a proficiency in reading plans, and using that information to perform estimates.

Land Use Development and Regulations

This course will identify the procedures that must be followed and adhered to when registered land is developed. Students will study existing site development data and municipal regulations related to the creation of an architectural set of drawings. Students will prescribe the placement of architectural buildings in a manner where existing site conditions are conducive to creating architectural style, function and flair.

Workplace Ethics and Society

Students will experience ethical behaviour traits through the use of role-play, case studies, and classroom presentations as applicable to the workplace. This course is designed to relate the impact of technological change in society, and the subsequent adjustment that ethical behaviour has on individuals, especially co-workers, and other staff within the design team.

Contracts and Documents

Throughout this course students will become familiar with various engineering contracts and the legal system in Alberta. Students will be able to comprehend engineering contracts and documents and associate the limitations to contractual agreements by the end of this course. While contracts, specifications and drawings collectively become legal documents, students will be discovering the potential contractual difficulties that may arise when not properly prepared.

Project Data / Drawing Management Techniques

This course provides the basic introduction to project management concepts, principles and models. It deals with the fundamental knowledge in Project Management such us setting targets, allocating resources, identifying critical paths, and monitoring actual performance against targets.

Architectural Drawings and Details 2

A professional set of architectural drawings of a commercial building with plumbing and HVAC will be drafted in this course. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of AutoCAD & Revit MEP in the development of a working set of drawings. The working drawings in this course will be dynamic and complex including the development of landscape features.

Applied Building Code

This course is focused on how building code requirements relate to the architectural design of buildings.  Students will acquire a sound knowledge base of how to locate, comprehend, and apply information from the Alberta Building Code and apply this information in the design of architectural buildings.  Topics such as stair design, window sizes, washroom designs, handicap accessibility, entrance/exit and emergency requirements will be applied in this course.

Building Services and Utilities

The students will examine the mechanical services and electrical services, utilities that must be incorporated into building design. Purposes, needs and wants will be identified and examined, for building services and utilities while remaining compliant with the appropriate codes. This course will also encompass how needs and wants within a building design are limited by construction practicalities.

Autodesk Revit MEP Essentials

Revit building design software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. Revit is a single application that includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction.

Create even the most complex building systems more accurately and efficiently with Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools designed for mechanical,

Autodesk Revit Architecture Essentials

Revit building design software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. Revit is a single application that includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction.

Revit Architecture software helps you capture and analyze design concepts, and accurately maintain coordinated design data through documentation and construction.

Thought Patterns for a Successful Career

Thought Patterns for a Successful Career™ is an educational process designed to expose students to concepts that can significantly change their lives. It teaches persistence and high achievement skills, addressing issues such as returning to school as an adult, fear of success, managing personal challenges while attending school, and making a transition into a successful lifestyle following graduation.

The course is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success. The focus is on increasing the student’s self-discipline and self-esteem. The positive concepts taught in this course are intended to unleash the student’s potential for growth and creativity, resulting in personal and professional development. Humor and practical examples are used to target the primary concerns of adult students. In addition, written exercises, activities, and audiotapes provide understanding, acceptance, and reinforcement of the program material.

Next Start Date:

June 29, 2020

Start a new career in one year or less.

Why Choose Digital School?

Start Dates Every 6 Weeks

With continuous intakes, students can enroll and start every 6 weeks.

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.

Small Class Sizes

Digital School has small class sizes to ensure you have enough time with the instructors and help with project work.

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.

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