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Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology (Co-op) Georgian College




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Course info


Students in this program prepare for work with architects, engineers, designers, and project managers as an integral part of the team developing, presenting, and executing building designs. The program equips a student with comprehensive understanding of current competitive architectural and construction environments that challenge professionals in the field, including traditional and emerging construction technologies and materials, the current codes and standards, and business and entrepreneurial essential strategies. Various aspects of architectural design are present in a continuous stream throughout the curriculum, starting from design fundamentals and ending in the third year with the two-semester major architectural project. These projects are supported by courses dedicated to industry-standard computer applications, such as Autodesk® AutoCAD® and Revit®, and leading-edge technologies related to Building Information Modeling, such as virtual reality and building scanning.


This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE). This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find work in the private sector as assistants in architectural design offices, construction engineering or construction site offices. They may also find employment as estimators, purchasers, quantity surveyors or architectural / structural modelers, drafters, or detailers, using the latest CAD technology. In the public sector, they may find employment in many government agencies, as building inspectors, plans examiners, chief building officials, zoning examiners, and building code advisors.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities;
  • prepare, read, interpret, and revise drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects;
  • obtain, analyze, prepare, and revise specifications and other project documents used in design and construction;
  • prepare estimates of time, costs, and quantity, and participate in the tendering process;
  • solve technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics;
  • collaborate with and coordinate information from structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems professionals;
  • contribute to the design of architectural projects, analysis, planning, and preparation of site planning documents;
  • comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design and construction;
  • assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation;
  • ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others in the workplace;
  • participate in sustainable design and building practices;
  • use and evaluate current and emerging technology to support building projects;
  • assist in the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of building projects;
  • apply business principles to design and building practices;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes. Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology (Co-op).

Full Time (6 Semesters, plus 2 work terms (3 Years))

Tuition fees

CAD$13,740.00 (7,64,375) per year

CAN $6,870 for each semester




Georgian College

Barrie Campus,

One Georgian Drive,


Ontario (ON),

L4M 3X9, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must hold OSSD or equivalent with the following:

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Georgian’s language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT): 79
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550
  • IELTS Academic only: 6.0
  • YELT: 1-5
  • TOEIC: 800
  • Graduate of Level 8 of Georgian’s GAAS - English for Academic Purposes: 60% in certificate or completion of level 8 with 70% or higher
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): 60
  • Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE): 58
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 170

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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