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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:
2 Years
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September 2019
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 Waitlist
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Part time • In-class Waitlist

Program Overview

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

Build your professional portfolio in the area of building-related drafting techniques, theory and application. 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

Choose NSCC

  • You get a strong foundation for entering the world of building design and construction as a draftsperson.
  • Learn from faculty who are industry professionals with engineering, contracting, architectural design and drafting experience.
  • This program can be completed on a part-time basis with flexibility to customize a class schedule that fits your needs. Most courses are offered during the day and a select few may be available online.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • 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.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are 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.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Safety Training – 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.
  • 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

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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