Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2024
Students in this program prepare to assist architects, engineers, and other professionals connected to building projects. While developing skills in architectural design and gaining an understanding of the Ontario Building Code and construction technology, students take courses in computer-aided drafting and modeling and learn about sustainability and environmental subjects. This program is compatible with the first four semesters of the Architectural Technology program, and graduates may choose to continue into the third year of that program.
Graduates may find work in the private sector as architectural and civil draftspersons, working in teams to prepare designs or working drawings. They may also find careers as sales representatives and technicians in building product manufacturing firms and as building officials in government departments. They may also find employment in construction site offices and interior design firms.
Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- communicate with the project team, project stakeholders, and authorities having jurisdiction to support project delivery;
- assist in the preparation, and interpretation of drawings, and other graphical representations to support the design and completion of building projects;
- assist in the preparation of project documentation used for site planning, building design, and project execution;
- assist in the preparation of time, cost, and quantity estimates to participate in a tendering process;
- contribute to identifying technical solutions supported by principles of building science during the design and construction phases of building projects;
- engage with members of professional disciplines such as structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems to confirm technical information;
- assist in the development of building designs, for new and existing buildings, by analyzing project requirements;
- comply with the legal, professional, and regulatory requirements as well as established standards and current building codes, in the practice of building design and construction;
- assist in the implementation of sustainable and resilient design principles and practices to manage impacts in building projects;
- use current and emerging technologies to support building projects;
- assist in the administration of the construction phase of building projects by applying principles of project management;
- develop strategies for professional development to enhance performance and maintain currency within the industry.
All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes. Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.
Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Experiential and Work-Integrated Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking. Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.
Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulations for details.
International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.
Further information on co-op services can be found at www.GeorgianCollege.ca/co-op
This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada).
The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.
- Sem 1: Fall 2024
- Sem 2: Winter 2025
- Work Term 1: Summer 2025
- Sem 3: Fall 2025
- Work Term 2: Winter 2026
- Sem 4: Summer 2026
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 https://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
- 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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/
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 for Prior Learning website for details:
Having an automotive driver’s licence prior to applying to co-op work term positions, which usually occur during semester two, is strongly recommended. Many employers require a full G licence to drive a company vehicle from worksite to worksite and will prefer applicants who have it.
A personal laptop is strongly recommended (Windows operating system is required if purchased) in order to support a wider job search, facilitate more co-op employment opportunities, and assist on-campus learning and in-class activities (as needed). Online access, trial versions, or educational licenses are available for most required software.
27 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms
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.
The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more than one intake is offered contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.
|ARCH 1000||Architectural Design - Fundamentals||42|
|ARCH 1005||Architectural Drafting 1||42|
|ARCH 1007||Drawing for Architecture||42|
|CONS 1005||Construction Technology - Structures||42|
|CONS 3010||Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations||42|
|MATH 1046||Extended Math for Construction||56|
|Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.||42|
|ARCH 1001||Quantity Surveying 1||42|
|ARCH 1002||Architectural Design - Residential||42|
|ARCH 1006||Architectural Drafting 2||42|
|ARCH 2002||Architectural Codes and Standards 1||42|
|ARCH 2003||History of Architecture||42|
|BLDG 3000||Legal Processes and Responsibilities in the Ontario Building Code Act||42|
|CONS 1006||Construction Technology - Interiors||42|
|Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.||42|
|ARCH 1003||Quantity Surveying 2||42|
|ARCH 2000||Architectural Design - Commercial||42|
|ARCH 2004||Architectural Drafting 3||42|
|ARCH 2005||Architectural Codes and Standards 2||42|
|CONS 2005||Construction Technology - Building Envelope||42|
|General Education Courses|
|Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration.||84|
|ARCH 2006||Architectural Design - Sustainable Solutions||42|
|ARCH 2008||Building Information Modeling 1||42|
|BLDG 2000||Ontario Building Code and Provincial Standards||42|
|CONS 2006||Building and Materials Reuse||42|
|ENVR 1008||Architecture and the Environment||42|
|MENG 2017||Strength of Materials||42|
|MGMT 2025||Project Management||42|
|General Education Course|
|Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.||42|
|Co-op Work Terms||Hours|
|COOP 1062||Technology Work Term 1||560|
|COOP 2009||Technology Work Term 2 (occurs after Semester 3)||560|
Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.
Disclaimer: The information in this document 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.
Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.