Architectural Design & Technology

Associate Degree

This program prepares learners with the necessary skills for the many architectural design career options in the construction industry. Students will gain knowledge in and employ the principles of residential and light commercial design through completion of authentic projects. Energy conservation and sustainability concepts are incorporated throughout the program’s curriculum. Coursework includes introductory and advanced classes in design, presentation, construction technology, surveying, structural analysis, code interpretation, estimating and project management. Students will utilize various software programs including Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD), 3D Computer Modeling (SketchUp), Building Information Modeling (BIM – SoftPlan & Revit), Animation/Simulation and Energy Modeling. Graduates also have the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree in construction management through UW-Stout, UW-Platteville and Michigan Tech University; a bachelor's degree in architecture can also be earned through a transfer agreement with UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning. Potential occupations include: Architectural Designer, Residential Designer, Light Commercial Designer, Kitchen/Bath Designer, CAD Technician, BIM Technician/Specialist, CAD Drafter/Detailer, Estimator, Project/Construction Manager, Architect Assistant, Surveyor Assistant, Sales Associate, Contract Sales, Wholesale Buyer, Building Inspector, Material/System Specifier.

program at a Glance

Architectural Design & Technology 69-70 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$12,127 (Tuition: $10128, Books: $1999)

Average Starting Salary

$37,086 According to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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program Outcomes

  • Create preliminary documents for single family, multifamily and light commercial construction
  • Apply CAD/BIM technology (2D/3D) in the residential and light commercial design industry
  • Produce working drawings for single family, multifamily and light commercial construction
  • Produce construction specifications for single family, multifamily and light commercial construction
  • Apply estimating procedures for single family, multifamily and light commercial construction
  • Specify building systems for residential and light commercial use
  • Apply common management techniques and legal documents of the building industry
  • Employ Soft Skills to accomplish project goals

Potential Careers

  • Architectural Designer
  • Residential Designer
  • Light Commercial Designer
  • Kitchen/Bath Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • BIM Technician/Specialist
  • CAD Drafter/Detailer
  • Estimator
  • Project/Construction Manager
  • Architect Assistant
  • Surveyor Assistant
  • Sales Associate
  • Contract Sales
  • Wholesale Buyer
  • Building Inspector
  • Material/System Specifier

Course List

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Course List

Transfer Opportunities

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