Architectural technologists are involved at every stage of building design and construction, from blueprints to building codes and from interior design to space planning. It’s a great career for detail-oriented, visual thinkers who enjoy working in a technology-driven environment. You’ll be able to work in residential, commercial and institutional design and construction.
Architectural Technologies is a three-year diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. It includes five academic semesters and three four-month Co-operative Education work terms. The program offers two areas of concentration: Building Sciences and Interior Design. The first three semesters are common to both areas. You’ll focus on residential design and wood frame construction (National Building Code - Part 9), and build knowledge and skills in:
In your fourth and fifth semesters, you’ll focus in on your chosen area. In Building Science, you’ll receive an introduction to commercial and institutional building construction with emphasis on construction detailing and methods, structural systems, environmental controls and the building envelope (National Building Code - Parts 3 and 4).
In Interior Design, you’ll receive an introduction to commercial and institutional interior construction with an emphasis on interior finishes, detailing and methods, space planning, lighting design and material selection (National Building Code - Parts 3 and 4).
Your co-operative work term counts as courses. You pay tuition and receive credit, but you also get paid. It’s a great way to gain valuable experience while earning a salary.
Co-operative work terms are paid, so you'll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it's up to you to shine. It's also a chance to develop important "soft skills" in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.
Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver's License and a clean Driver's Abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a Driver's license; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a Driver's License from your home country if possible.
Use your Architectural Technologies diploma as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program at RCC Institute of Technology or the Bachelor of Technology degree program at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the building design construction industry. Many graduates are self-employed consultants in the home building industry while others work for architects, engineers, interior designers, home designers, facility managers, developers, contractors or construction specialty companies.
For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.
Below is a list of skills (with examples) that are important in this line of work. This section is based on the Essential Skills Profiles developed and available through the Government of Canada.
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $7,600
Year 2 - $7,800
Year 3 - $2,700
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Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:potential transfer credit toward Bachelor and Master's degrees in interior design, architecture and construction management.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.
The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists’ (CCTT) Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Technologist level. The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) also accredits the program as an International Associate Degree Program.
The educational unit shall demonstrate accountable behavior by providing information about its accredited degree programs to the general public.
Institutions shall broadly and accurately publish the objectives of the degree program, admission requirements, degree program assessment measures employed, the information obtained through these assessment measures and actions taken as a result of the feedback, student achievement, the rate and types of employment of graduates and any data supporting the qualitative claims made by the degree program.
Program Objectives, Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan
The Architectural Technologies program provides students with the highest quality preparation for employment and leadership in all aspects of Saskatchewan’s building design and construction industry.
We endeavour to become…
We endeavour to provide…
Program Outcomes (ACCE)
Upon graduation from this ACCE accredited program, a graduate shall be able to:
10. Recognize basic construction methods, materials and equipment.
11. Recognize basic safety hazards on a construction site and standard prevention measures.
12. Recognize the basic principles of structural design.
13. Recognize the basic principles of mechanical, electric and plumbing systems.
14. Design Part Nine residential buildings.
15. Participate in design of Part Three commercial buildings.
Program Outcomes (CTAB)
Upon graduation of this CTAB accredited program, a graduate shall be able to:
GC 01. Research, analyze, prepare, document, submit and present a Technology Report (Capstone Project) relating to a significant technology-related issue.
GC 02.3 Apply the knowledge of advanced algebra, matrix and calculus methodologies to resolve applied science/engineering technology problems.
GC 03. Apply the current practices of project management to applied science and engineering technology projects consistent with the discipline requirements.
GC 04. Apply the principles of physical and natural science.
GC 05. Apply the knowledge of business/management principles, ethics, sustainability, contract law, codes and standards.
GC 06. Obtain and analyze data, and prepare and document data.
GC 07. Utilize computer software, hardware and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to performance of tasks.
GC 08. Apply knowledge of health and safety practices to minimize exposure to unsafe conditions and ensure a safe working environment for oneself and co-workers.
AB 02. Apply basic architectural principles in building design and detailing.
AB 03. Communicate effectively with clients, contractors, and other building professionals and municipal authorities. (Interior Design)
AB 05. Apply the principles of building science and construction to analyze and evaluate design and detail construction projects. (Building Science)
AB 07. Prepare, analyze and interpret bid/contract documents.
AB 08. Analyze and coordinate the relationship between architectural, structural, electrical and environmental building systems.
AB 10. Inspect and evaluate existing buildings and prepare renovation/restoration proposals.
Average number of applicants over the past five years: 90
Program capacity in first semester: 42
We recommend that prospective students apply in the fall of their final year of high school.
Program Review Policies
All programs are subject to institute-wide program review policies, including…
Phase I: Accountability
The phase I review will consist of a summary of data gathered by Institutional Research and Analysis (IRA) and will be prepared annually for base programs. IRA will prepare an Annual Phase 1 Review Performance Results report on the key factors and performance indicators that have readily available quantifiable data. This report will include an assessment of the program’s results based on the benchmark for each performance indicator. The data are primarily a numerical consolidation of annual program metrics including:
The report will also contain results from the most recent graduate employment and student surveys including:
The Annual Phase I Review Performance Results will be provided to the senior vice-president academic, division deans and program heads. The program heads and division deans will meet to discuss program performance using the data to inform future planning. The discussion will also include any feedback from program advisory committee meetings.
Phase II: Sustainability
The phase II review will occur for all base programs and will consist of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic education framework analysis including a gap analysis. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic education framework analysis will examine the following key areas:
Participation in the education framework gap analysis will include the division program development consultant, program head and the dean or associate dean as well as program faculty as needed. The review will identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in each of the key areas and will outline a plan to meet any deficiencies. Following each education framework review, results will be discussed with the program advisory committee.
Results of the phase II review will be communicated as follows:
Program Review Frequency
External Accreditation/Program Approval
Many programs are accredited by an external agency or approved by a professional association. Accreditation/approval provides a comprehensive examination of curriculum and other key program components based on fixed standards. Preparation for accreditation/ approval is the responsibility of the program and will be conducted per accrediting body timelines.
An accredited/approved program may also choose to have optional research done. This will supplement the accreditation/approval findings by providing information in any areas that the accreditation/approval did not cover.
The Architectural Technologies program is accredited by the Canadian Technologies Accreditation Board (CTAB). The accreditation was renewed in July 2014 for the 2014-2017 three year period.
The Architectural Technologies program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The program was reaccredited in 2015-2021 period.
Graduates routinely receive transfer credit to the architectural degree program at Montana State University.
The Architectural Technologies program is subject to the same continuous internal reviews and program vitality studies as all other programs. This has included employer focus groups in 2008 and 2009 and curriculum validations in 2011.
In response to this input, formal program major revisions were approved in March 2012 for immediate implementation.
School policy requires that each program must be reviewed every six years. A formal review of the Architectural Technologies program was conducted in July 2014, including student, graduate and employer surveys.
This was followed by a GAP Analysis in August 2015 and Advisory Committee recommendations in September 2015
The program was reviewed and upgraded to the New Curriculum Model, effective fall 2017.
ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 1. PROGRAM DESIGN
Information Obtained: Some English-Second-Language students have difficulty keeping up with lectures.
Actions Resulting: Will recommend to Dean that a bridging program be created to teach construction terminology to ESL applicants.
ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 2. STUDENT EVALUATION
Information Obtained: Assessment documents have not been completed. This is useful for standardized marking, student information and succession planning.
Actions Resulting: All assessment documents will be completed as part of aligning with the academic model in 2017-18.
Information Obtained: Students not well informed about how they will be evaluated.
Actions Resulting: All syllabi now show percentage breakdown of grades within one year. Rubrics to be prepared for all assignments.
Information Obtained: There is no mechanism for partial students to pick up out-of-sequence courses.
Actions Resulting: Extension courses have been created to permit out-of-sequence instruction/evaluation.
Information Obtained: Instructors don’t always provide timely feedback.
Actions Resulting: New rubrics and web-based assessment have improved both timeliness and quality.
Actions Resulting: Use more learner-to-learner feedback in classroom.
Actions Resulting: Increased formative feedback at intermediate stages.
Information Obtained: Students perceive a shortage of computers.
Actions Resulting: Request for more computers, which have been installed.
CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 3. PROGRAM DELIVERY
Information Obtained: Course information is inconsistent.
Actions Resulting: We now use course management software in all courses.
Information Obtained: Part-time instructors do not provide consistent documentation.
Actions Resulting: New assessment documents, rubrics and course management software will be made available to part-time staff.
CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 4. STUDENT INTAKES
Information Obtained: Students drop off waiting list.
Actions Resulting: Meet with accepted students 3 months prior to first semester.
CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 5. STUDENT PROGRESSION
Information Obtained: Student workload is an issue.
Actions Resulting: All courses have been reviewed to remove redundant work.
CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 6. LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES
Information Obtained: Lab and study space for unstructured time is limited.
Actions Resulting: Will try to provide more access to computers.
Information Obtained: Purchased text books are not all “needed:
Actions Resulting: Will ask instructors to consider “recommended” texts and e-books.
SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 7. STUDENT SUPPORT
Information Obtained: Some students are unprepared for the workload and time commitment.
Actions Resulting: Mandatory classroom time has be reduced. More personal tutorial time has been introduced.
SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 8. EMPLOYMENT
Information Obtained: No current issues.
Actions Resulting: None.
SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 9. INDUSTRY RELATIONS
Information Obtained: Under-use of alumni as a resource.
Actions Resulting: Will try to develop social network.
Students in the Architectural Technologies program have recently won Academic Achievement and Centennial Merit awards for overall average as well as specific awards for achievement in individual courses.
The Saskatchewan Association of Architects, the Interior Designers Association of Saskatchewan, Construction Specifications Canada, and the Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians all offer student awards.
The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country.
Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests.
Each year, the Architectural Technologies program sends a graduate to compete at the national competition. Competing against the best representatives from all across Canada, we routinely do better than any other school, winning a medal every year, usually a gold medal, since 2000.
Applied Research Awards
The Architectural Technologies program often participates in applied research with industry partners. The Architectural Technologies program has won five awards from the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development for a series of small projects including studies of a green roof, community gardens, 100-mile house and a project in Thailand which involved Sask Polytech students travelling to Thailand to build a school using local-sustainable materials.
In addition, the program won a federal NSERC grant for a study of energy consumption in commercial buildings.
Co-operative Employment Program
All students are required to work three paid work terms with local employers. When a graduate seeks employment, they are looking for their fourth job, not their first.
Typically, the construction industry has been doing well and we have placed all students each semester.
During temporary economic downturns pertaining to resource prices, it sometimes takes longer to find employment. Our students and graduates have an edge over those without formal construction education.
Typical employment in a recent semester. (33 students)
In Regina (14 positions)
In Saskatoon (12 positions)
Other Saskatchewan (6 positions)
Alberta (1 position)
In recent years all graduates have been employed in the building industry. Many return to a previous co-op employer. Others seek new opportunities.
Graduates may be employed in design offices, by homebuilders, by heavy construction companies, by property managers and by construction material suppliers.
It is not unusual for a graduate with a few years’ experience to open their own design or construction management firm, usually in the residential sector.
There is no better way to assess the program than to speak with former grads who now work in the construction industry. Contact the program and you will be put in touch with several grads.
Aggregate data is available.. Program specific data may be obtained from the dean’s office.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic routinely surveys students, graduates and employers. These are incorporated in the formal internal quality assessment process.
Students (percentage agreeing with the statement)
Graduates (percentage agreeing with the statement)
Employers of recent graduates (percentage agreeing with the statement)