Architectural Technology

Program Description

Architectural Technology Student:

In a classroom resembling a typical architectural firm, students will be immersed in the world of Architectural Technology. They will learn what’s required to design a building with computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) technology from practicing architects. Students will learn to work closely with architects and engineers to produce construction drawings for use by contractors.


  • Our program uses “state of the industry” computer-aided drafting software including AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp.
  • Students work with virtual reality, and the Adobe suite to create photorealistic renderings of their projects. Virtual reality allows students to walk through their projects.
  • The classroom lab reflects the collaborative studio environment found in an Architect’s office. Each student is assigned their own workstation and computer.
  • Instructors are all practicing architects, bringing real-world experience and current trends to the classroom.
  • Students will become well versed in the area of sustainability.
  • Students can transfer all credits toward a bachelor degree in architecture at Dunwoody Technical College. Our program also has transfer agreements with the construction management and operations management programs at Minnesota State Moorhead and with the Technology Construction Management program at St. Cloud State University.
  • Our downtown location combines the dynamics of an urban campus setting with the close proximity to future employment. Over 50 architectural firms are within blocks of our campus.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the best job prospects are for those who have at least two years of post-secondary training. The Society of American Institute for Architects lists nearly 300 architectural firms in Minnesota, about 60 percent of which are based in the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Potential Job Titles

  • Drafter
  • Engineering Technician
  • Interior Designer
  • Building Facilities Manager
  • CAD Technician
  • Architectural Job Captain
  • 3D Modeler
  • Renderer

Where You Could Work

Careers include jobs at architectural, engineering, interior design and landscape firms plus facilities planning organizations, building product manufacturers and contractors. Can also lead to employment in the following fields: construction management, Design/Build construction, estimating, shop drawing production, product sales, design & drafting.