Architectural Technology & Design

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This program is designed for the student who would like to proceed directly to the work place. The curriculum is customized to add more construction-related courses to allow the student to be a more well rounded employee. The first year of the Architectural Technology and Design program involves the study of residential construction practices and computer aided drawing (CAD), using AutoCAD software and an introduction to building information modeling (BIM) and Revit, a 3D computer modeling program. Projects are drawn using both the drawing board and the computer. The second year is concerned primarily with commercial and industrial construction practices.

Along with the advanced technology, students are also offered classes for a broader base of skills. These include model construction, the creation of scaled architectural presentation models, and Presentation class, where students create architectural presentation drawings using 3D software.

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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

Note: Some programs may require assessment scores that exceed the college minimum in the areas of Arithmetic & Elementary Algebra.

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 2221 CAD III 3 credits
ARCH 2223 CAD 3D Advanced 4 credits
ARCH 2226 Presentation 4 credits
ARCH 2241 Architectural Design 4 credits
ARCH 2295 Portfolio 1 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 65 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.
9. Student will be able to manipulate computer estimating software for simple buildings.
10. Student will customize AutoCAD software to adapt to various office situations.
11. Student will expand skills using latest 3D capable software preferred by industry.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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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 diploma program receive skills that enable them to work with architects, engineers, design firms, contractors, lumber yards, building suppliers, government agencies, and many other related areas.

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

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Erin Bulger
  • Architectural Technology and Design Instructor
  • (218) 793-2613
  • Rod Lahren
  • Architectural Technology and Design Instructor
  • (218) 793-2614