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Architectural Technology

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Architectural Technologist

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Start your Career as an Architectural Technologist

The Architectural Technology program encompasses all aspects of the architectural building industry. You will learn about architectural building sciences, the principles of architectural and engineering design, materials of construction, the preparation of contract documents and Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

In a two-part technical thesis course, you will conduct an independent learner-initiated design or research project in a building-related discipline. Other courses include Surveying and Site Planning, History of Architecture, Introduction to Sustainable Design, Contract Administration, Project Management, and Built Environment.

Individual and team projects provide students with the opportunity to develop competencies that are imperative for a successful career.

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science and Technology. Take a virtual tour of the CAST building.


The Architectural Technology program is a TAC (Technology Accreditation Canada) nationally accredited program at the technologist level.

National program accreditation involves an independent team of certified professionals performing an extensive audit, which provides graduates and employers confidence the program meets the educational standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession.

Graduating from a nationally accredited program creates an expedited path to becoming a certified professional with provincial certifying bodies in Canada.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta Bachelor of Science in Architecture Graduates receive 30 block credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. Bridging courses ARCH 200 and APST 230 at AU are required for enrolment. This is an online program
Memorial University Marine Institute, Newfoundland Bachelor of Technology Graduates can complete the Bachelor of Technology with an additional 13 courses. This program may be completed on site or through distance education.
University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Bachelor of Applied Management Graduates with a 70% average are granted two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
  • Grade 12 academic or equivalent
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 12 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 physics, minimum of 65%*
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

*Applicants with a mark of 80% or higher in Grade 12 academic math may be exempt from the physics requirement


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition $4,666 $9,766
Fees $817 $1,567
Other Costs $300 $300
Total $5,783 $11,633

2nd Year



Tuition $4,598 $9,598
Fees $797 $1,547
Other Costs $50 $50
Total $5,445 $11,195

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $4,666 $4,598
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Grad Fee - $100
     Subtotal $5,483 $5,395
1st installment due September 5 $ 2,922 $ 3,170
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,561 $ 2,225

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $100 -
Materials/Supplies $50 $50
Equipment/Tools $150
     Subtotal $300 $50
Total $5,783 $5,445


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $9,766 $9,598
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Grad Fee - $100
     Subtotal $11,333 $11,145
1st installment due September 5 $8,772 $8,920
2nd installment due January 8 $2,561 $2,225

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $100 -
Materials/Supplies $50 $50
Equipment/Tools $150
     Subtotal $300 $50
Total $ 11,633 $11,195

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Drafting services
  • Interior designers
  • Contractors
  • Surveyors
  • Government offices and agencies
  • Construction product manufacturers
  • Material suppliers
  • Inspection and testing firms
  • Self employment

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:ARCH-1110

Materials and Methods I: Light Wood,Frame Construction

An introduction to materials and methods of,construction related to residential construction., Students investigate concrete foundations, light,wood frame construction, residential roofing,,millwork, and interior finishes. Principles of,structural design as it relates to residential,construction are also explored.


Course Code:ARCH-1120

Surveying and Site Planning

This course is an introduction to the fundamental,skills of surveying and land development. ,Students determine elevations, set benchmarks and,conduct topographical and quantity surveys. ,Total station theodolites are used to measure,angles and distances in order to conduct a closed,traverse survey. Calculating areas of properties,and co-ordinates of property markers are also,addressed. ,In the area of land development students examine,site planning, building setbacks, site utilities,,site drainage, grading plans and site analysis.


Course Code:ARCH-1200

Architectural Working Drawings I:,Residential

Interpret and produce architectural working,drawings for residential projects. An overview of,architectural graphic standards used in the,production of technical drawings. Utilizing,computer aided design software, create a complete,set of working drawings based on a conceptual,sketch of a residential project and a set of,working drawings for a renovation project.,Significant lab component.,


Course Code:ARCH-1210

History of Architecture

An introduction to the history of architecture in,the western world from the period of Ancient,Greek Architecture to the Modern Movement.,Content is presented chronologically as a history,of building types and period styles. Emphasis is,placed on the characteristic elements of each,period of architecture. An overview of,architectural design principles, contemporary,architecture and domestic styles of architecture,is also provided.


Course Code:ARCH-1220

Built Environment I: Residential

An introduction to building systems and thermal,and moisture protection in residential projects. ,Students investigate insulation, air and vapor,barriers, damp-proofing, waterproofing,,protective coatings, flashings and interior and,exterior wall systems. The general principles of,temperature and air quality control are examined., Students calculate heat loss and heat gain in,residential applications. As well, they explore,electrical systems, HVAC systems and plumbing,systems.


Course Code:ARCH-2100

Materials and Methods II: Concrete,and Steel Construction,

An introduction to materials and methods related,to concrete and steel construction. Students,explore concrete materials, formwork,,reinforcement, steel frame construction, and,lightweight steel framing. The principles of,expansion and contraction control as they relate,to concrete construction are also investigated.,Students produce sectional details for concrete,and steel construction.


Course Code:ARCH-2110

Materials and Methods III: Building,Envelope and Interior Applications

An introduction to the fundamentals of building,envelopes for low-rise commercial structures.,Students explore masonry materials and,construction techniques, curtain wall systems and,roof systems. An overview of building design for,life safety and the principles, methods, and,techniques used in building construction as it,relates to sound control and fire protection.


Course Code:ARCH-2120

Building Codes, Standards and,Regulations

Interpret and apply municipal, provincial and,national codes and standards that apply to all,phases of construction including the Municipal,Zoning and Development Bylaws, the National,Building Code of Canada, Facility Accessibility,Design Standards, and the Standards and,Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic,Places. An overview of Barrier Free Design.


Course Code:ARCH-2130

Contract Administration,

The administration of contract documents,including specifications, bidding procedures,,bonds, and change orders. Students are also,introduced to the principles of project,management and the utilization of project,management software. Students explore the,principles of quantity take-offs, cost,estimation, and file management. Professional,ethics are also explored.


Course Code:ARCH-2140

Technical Thesis I

A comprehensive introduction to the process of,conducting a research project. The course,content examines technical writing; primary and,secondary research and analysis; the development,of a facilities programme; and the preparation of,a technical proposal and a technical report,demonstrating technical problem-solving,techniques. Students conduct a code review and,building types study; and explore innovative,building systems and sustainable design,strategies in their project.


Course Code:ARCH-2200

Built Environment II: Commercial

The study of building systems used in commercial,applications. Students examine the application,of air conditioning, ventilation, heating,,plumbing, and lighting in commercial projects.


Course Code:ARCH-2220

Introduction to Sustainable Design,

An introduction to the key principles of,sustainability. Students investigate aspects of,building design and construction materials that,impact the energy efficiency of a building.,Renewable energy, environmental recognition, and,environmental certification programs are also,explored.


Course Code:ARCH-2230

Architectural Working Drawings II:,Commercial

A comprehensive study of the concepts, practices,,and standards required to produce technical,drawings for a multi-storey commercial project. ,Students also examine architectural and,engineering design principles, zoning,regulations, and code interpretation and,application.


Course Code:ARCH-2240

Technical Thesis II

The technical thesis is a learner-initiated,design/research project in a building related,discipline. The research project provides an,opportunity for the student to develop and,demonstrate advanced research techniques,supplemented with formal presentations and the,preparation of preliminary designs, design,development, working drawings and presentation,drawings. Emphasis is placed on the integration,of building science, building systems and,sustainable building technologies. This course,has a significant lab component.


Course Code:CADD-1100

Introduction to CAD

An introduction to basic terminology, concepts,,and functions of CAD software to produce,technical drawings. Students set up and manage,an electronic filing system and manipulate the,software to produce technical drawings.


Course Code:CADD-2100

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The production of presentation-quality drawings,using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and,rendering software. Students also explore the use,of advanced CAD options for software,customization and project management.


Course Code:MATH-1030

Technical Math for Building Science,

MATH-1030 is a 60-hour college-level technical,mathematics course offered to all Technician and,Technologist students enrolled in the Engineering,Technology programs. The course begins with an,intensive overview of measurement, emphasizing,both metric and imperial units, conversion of,both simple and derived units, and proper,treatment of significant digits. Following a,review of algebra (including many scientific,calculator functions), you will apply skills to,solve systems of two and three linear equations,by means of graphic, algebraic, and determinant,methods; derive and graph functions; and apply,factoring to solve fractional and quadratic,equations. You will make extensive use of,trigonometric and vector analysis to solve,technical problems in right and oblique,triangles, and angles in any quadrant. You will,apply the relationship between exponents and,radicals, and the relationship between,exponential and logarithmic functions to,technical applications. Finally, you will solve,problems involving both Euclidean and analytic,geometry.


Course Code:MATH-1310

Statistics Fundamentals

Description: An examination of fundamental,statistical operations. Students will explore the,essentials of statistical collection, analysis,,and interpretation. Topics covered include the,principles of statistical design, frequency,distributions, descriptive statistics, measures of,central tendency and dispersion, basic,probability, standard normal distributions, and,linear regression and correlation. Emphasis will,be placed on the use of statistical software.


Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard,first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),skills from a certified trainer. As required by,regulation, this course covers CPR and the,management of other breathing, airway and,circulation emergencies, as well as, the control,of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing,fractures and dislocations, head and spine,injuries, and more. Also, includes automated,external defibrilators (AED). This certification,expires in 3 years.


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information System (WHMIS) training and,certification.


Course Code:PHYS-1210

Physics Fundamentals

An examination of fundamental physics,topics. Students study forces in equilibrium,,torque and rotation, Newton's laws, work, power,,fluid and thermal physics, sound, and light.


Course Code:PHYS-2100

Introduction to Statics

Examines the basis for structural design,applications. Emphasis is placed on problem,solving involving the geometric properties of,structural shapes, including centroids, moment of,inertia, and modulus of elasticity. Vector,analysis, resolution of bodies in equilibrium,,method of joints/method of sections truss,analysis, and stress-strain relationships are,also topics that are covered within the scope of,this course.


Course Code:PHYS-2200

Introduction to Structures

An introduction to structures used in,construction. Students design structural members,and calculate live and dead loads. Students also,analyze imposed loading and select components,through the limit states design process. A,structural drawing comprised of a plan view,,cross sections, and connection details is created,based on the analysis and selection of structural,members.



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