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Drafting - Architectural

Drafting - Architectural

Influence the future of green building. Prepare drawings for residential and commercial buildings following industry standards and using local and national building codes.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Part time • In-class Seats available


Are you a visual person with an interest in building construction and drafting? Build your professional portfolio in the areas of building-related drafting techniques, theory and application. In this program, you develop skills to prepare technical drawings for both residential and commercial buildings using the latest computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques.

In the first year, you're introduced to drafting concepts through the study and application of manual drawing, sketching and drafting techniques. You explore wood frame construction principles, as applied to residential-scale projects and develop your computer-aided drafting skills, using AutoCAD.

In the second year, you develop advanced 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting and presentation skills using AutoCAD, Sketchup and Revit, with a focus on producing residential and commercial building drawings.

Throughout the program, you also expand your knowledge of construction principles, environmental considerations in sustainable building design and construction and the use of the National Building Code.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and the number of courses you complete each term.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Career options

  • Graduates of this program have been successful in securing employment with architectural firms, engineering consultants, government agencies, contractors, home designers and contract drafting services. You may also find self-employment as a contract drafting service provider. Most graduates enter the industry as CAD drafters.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • You get a strong foundation for entering the world of building design and construction as a draftsperson.
  • You learn from faculty who are industry professionals with engineering, contracting, architectural design and drafting experience.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AETE 3014   Architecture II
AETE 3017   Architecture III
BIMT 1001   Concepts in Building Information Modelling (BIM)
CADD 1010   Computer Aided Drafting I
CADD 1020   Computer Aided Drafting II
CADD 3010   Computer Aided Drafting III
CADD 3020   Computer Aided Drafting IV
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
DRAA 1001   Architectural Drafting I
DRAA 1002   Applied Mathematics I
DRAA 1006   Applied Mathematics II
DRAA 1009   Architectural Drafting II
DRAA 1011   Construction Practices I
DRAA 1012   Design Project I
DRAA 1013   Computer Aided Drafting – Applied
DRAA 1015   Drafting Industry Relations
DRAA 3002   Architectural Computer Applications
DRAA 3006   Construction Practices II
DRAA 3010   Technical Communications
DRAA 3014   Construction Practices III
DRAA 3015   Work Experience
DRAA 3016   Building Services - Electrical
DRAA 3017   Building Services - Mechanical
DRAA 3101   Estimating Fundamentals
DRAA 3102   Estimating Project
ENVI 1010   Building Information Modelling I
ENVI 3010   Building Information Modelling II
ENVI 3020   Building Information Modelling III
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

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