This program prepares the student to work in architectural and construction related fields, providing training in the latest computer-aided design (CAD), building information modeling (BIM) software, and 3D visualization. Students develop drawings for residential and commercial buildings in a hands-on environment patterned after the most up-to-date architectural offices. Realistic architectural projects provide an excellent mix of technical training and creative problem solving, including effectively incorporating sustainability and green building principles.
Graduates of this program find employment in many related areas: architectural firms and professional design offices, construction, product sales, estimating or managerial departments of construction firms or material manufacturing companies. As architectural technicians acquire experience, they have the potential to gain more responsibility and advance into project management positions.
Visit our Design & Technology page to explore programs related to Architectural Technology.
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
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*Estimated amounts based on 2014–15 tuition and fees.
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
Acquiring a solid, industry-driven education that includes intensive work with the most current CAD and BIM software available gives DCTC Architectural Technology students a powerful competitive advantage. Because the program simulates the professional environment found in architectural and design firms, graduates already have a strong, working knowledge of employer expectations before they arrive in the workplace.
U.S. DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Because new technology reduces costs, architectural and civil drafters who can master new software programs, such as BIM and PDM, also should find opportunities in various industries." Those industries include architectural, engineering, and related services (50 percent), construction (7 percent), machinery manufacturing (6 percent), fabricated metal product manufacturing (5 percent) and transportation equipment manufacturing (5 percent).
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
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|Minnesota State University Moorhead||BS||Operations Management||View|
For DCTC students wishing to complete a Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.D.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), our Architectural Technology program offers a pathway through an agreement with the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities College of Design.
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Architectural Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success, student projects and field trips, and the accomplishments of our architectural technology instructors.
As a student majoring in Architectural Technology, you can get the latest news on your program and the architectural and design industry by following your instructors and fellow students on social media.
As a student in DCTC's Architectural Technology program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the architectural and design industries through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Architectural Technology students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the architectural field. The following two clubs are open to all Architectural Technology students:
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Students from many programs of study—including Civil Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Landscape Horticulture and Interior Design—come together in the USGBC-DCTC Student Group to learn and participate in hands-on green building experiences. USGBC students engage in service-learning projects while advocating for sustainable practices and policies on campus. The group facilitates site visits to green buildings as well as attendance at green building conferences and events, providing experiences that are both fun and educational. Visit our U.S. Green Building Council-DCTC Student Group on Facebook.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.
In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.
In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.