Architectural Design Technology

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51 Weeks
Program Length
Online
Delivery Type
Diploma
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.

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
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ANTICIPATED AVERAGE SALARY

$70,927 /yr

(From PayScale Canada)

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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)
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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.

Total Leadership Library

The Total Leadership Library of courses is designed to prepare students for success in their careers. The following topics are included:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Great Relationships
  • Presentation Skills
  • Innovation and Problem Solving
  • Stress Management
  • Safety Program Implementation
  • Emotional Experience Creation
  • Attract and Retain the Best People
  • Communication Skills
  • Time Management

THE FUTURE OF DESIGN

Embracing BIM in 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 (AEC) 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 by the AEC industry.

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