Architectural Technology

Program: ARTE
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie


This program is a three-year co-operative education program with 6 academic semesters and 3 co-op work terms. It prepares graduate technologists to work with architects, engineers, designers and project managers as an integral part of the team developing, presenting and executing of building designs. The program equips a student with comprehensive understanding of current competitive architectural / construction environments that challenge professionals in the field, including mastering the latest codes and standards, site management techniques and computer technologies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates find work in the private sector as estimators, purchasers, quantity surveyors or architectural / structural drafters or detailers, using the latest in CAD technology. They may also find employment as assistants in architectural design offices or in construction field offices. In the public sector, they may find employment in many government agencies, or as building inspectors / code enforcement officials.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities;
  • prepare, read, interpret, and revise drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects;
  • obtain, analyze, prepare, and revise specifications and other project documents used in design and construction;
  • prepare estimates of time, costs, and quantity, and participate in the tendering process;
  • solve technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics;
  • collaborate with and coordinate information from structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems professionals;
  • contribute to the design of architectural projects;
  • contribute to the analysis, planning, and preparation of site planning documents;
  • comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design and construction;
  • assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation;
  • ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others in the workplace;
  • participate in sustainable design and building practices;
  • use and evaluate current and emerging technology to support building projects;
  • assist in the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of building projects;
  • apply business principles to design and building practices;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Break: Winter 2019
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019
  • Work Term 2: Fall 2019
  • Sem 5: Winter 2020
  • Sem 6: Summer 2020

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Work Term 1: Winter 2019
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019
  • Work Term 2: Fall 2019
  • Sem 5: Winter 2020
  • Sem 6: Summer 2020


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

43 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
ACCT 3006Construction Accounting
ARCH 1000Architectural Design - Fundamentals
ARCH 1001Quantity Surveying 1
ARCH 1002Architectural Design - Residential
ARCH 1003Quantity Surveying 2
ARCH 1005Architectural Drafting 1
ARCH 1006Architectural Drafting 2
ARCH 1007Drawing for Architecture
ARCH 2000Architectural Design - Commercial
ARCH 2002Architectural Codes and Standards 1
ARCH 2003History of Architecture
ARCH 2004Architectural Drafting 3
ARCH 2005Architectural Codes and Standards 2
ARCH 2006Sustainable Design
ARCH 2007Architectural CAD
ARCH 3000Architectural Project 1
ARCH 3001Architectural Project 2
BLDG 2000Ontario Building Code and Provincial Standards
BLDG 3000Legal Processes and Responsibilities in the Ontario Building Code Act
CONS 1005Construction Technology: Structures
CONS 1006Construction Technology: Interiors
CONS 2005Construction Technology: Building Envelope
CONS 2006Building and Materials Reuse
CONS 2007Site Planning and Landscape
CONS 3000Structural Analysis: Beams and Columns
CONS 3002Introduction to Building Information Modeling
CONS 3003Structural Analysis: Design
CONS 3004Advanced Building Information Modeling
CONS 3005Building Services
CONS 3009Municipal Services
CONS 3010Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations
CONS 3011Construction Materials
ENTR 1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENVR 1008Architecture and the Environment
MATH 1028Mathematics for Constructions
MENG 2016Statics
MENG 2017Strength of Materials
MGMT 1002Productivity Tools
MGMT 2025Project Management
MGMT 3006Contract Law: Bid Tender Process
MGMT 3011Business Management
MGMT 3012Site Management and Specifications
SURV 1002Surveying
Communication Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Co-op Work Terms
COOP 1013Technology Work Term 1
COOP 2009Technology Work Term 2

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.