Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Architectural Technology - A.A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount

Major Description

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.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Architectural Technology Advisor & Instructors
Serena Jones
Serena Jones
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
serena.jones@dctc.edu
651-423-8638
BIO
Anne Painter
Anne Painter
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Program Costs*

Architectural Technology
  Architectural Technology
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr.
Fees $20.81/cr.
Tools/Equipment $350
Textbooks $650
Supplies $400
Personal Property Fee $300
Grand Total $12,985.60

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Employment

Architectural Technology

Work Environment

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.

Job Outlook

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).

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • CAD Technician
  • AutoCAD Technician
  • Computer-aided drafting and design drafter
  • Draftsperson
  • Architectural drafter
  • Drafter
  • Architectural Designer

Gainful Employment Reports

Gainful Employment Reports are not available for this program.
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Transfer Options

Architectural Technology

Articulation Agreements

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:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Agreement with the University of Minnesota College of Design

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.


Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!

 

Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Transfer.org Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

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.

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News & Events

Architectural Technology

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.

Social Media

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.

Architectural Technology News

Architectural Technology Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Architectural Technology

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.

Professional Organizations

Getting Connected on Campus

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
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.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.