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Architectural Technology & Design

  • Credits
    69
  • Degree Type
    A.A.S.
  • Campus Location
    EGF
  • No Laptop RequiredLaptop NOT Required

This program is designed for students who would like enter the workforce or further their education in Architecture, Construction Management or Industrial Technology using transfer agreements with various universities. The customized curriculum allows for more liberal arts classes that are a part of the Minnesota Transfer curriculum.


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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ARCH 1105 Building Technology I 4 credits
ARCH 1111 Architectural Tech I 3 credits
ARCH 1112 Architectural Tech II 4 credits
ARCH 1121 CAD I 5 credits
ARCH 1123 CAD II 5 credits
ARCH 1125 Design Limitations 3 credits
ARCH 1128 Environmental Design 3 credits
ARCH 1131 Model Construction 2 credits
ARCH 1201 Estimating Tech I 2 credits
ARCH 2211 Architectural Tech III 3 credits
ARCH 2212 Architectural Tech IV 4 credits
ARCH 2213 Building Technology II 4 credits
ARCH 2215 Building Systems 3 credits
ARCH 2220 CAD 3D 4 credits
ARCH 2241 Architectural Design 4 credits
ARCH 2295 Portfolio 1 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 15 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 69 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes


  1. Student will read, review, and interpret construction documents.

  2. Student will complete a set of construction drawings using computer-aided drawing software.

  3. Student will use detailing and sketching techniques to solve a variety of architectural problems.

  4. Student will use appropriate reference material and code checklist to analyze applicable building codes, zoning ordinances, and accessibility requirements.

  5. Student will use a preliminary sheet index list to determine drawings necessary to complete a project in correct sequential order.

  6. Student will use various methods of documentation to determine team member effectiveness.

  7. Student will schedule appropriate use of time using drawing sheet index and preliminary deadline dates.

  8. Student will use timesheet to document professional use of work time.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Graduates of the degree program, have the same opportunities as the diploma graduates, with the added benefits of transfer courses. Those courses allow the student to further their education in Architecture or other related fields, with various universities. Graduates are finding positions as:


  • Drafter
  • CADD Technician
  • Arch Support Technician
  • Estimator
  • Construction Manager


The employment outlook for architects in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 19.4%, a high grwoth career.

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