Architectural Technologies

About the Program

The next generation of architectural designers will be challenged to give shape to a sustainable world. CCD’s architectural technology programs are designed to provide a springboard into a rewarding career, whether it involves transfer into a four-year degree program or direct employment within the design community as an architectural technologist paraprofessional. CCD’s pathways offer a balance of technical skill training with the development of collaborative design-thinking abilities that are crucial to solving the complex range of today’s building tasks. 

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in architectural technologies prepares you for a career as an architectural technologist, whose primary role is in the development of detailed design for the construction and renovation of buildings to meet the needs of a sustainable world. The focus of the curriculum is on the knowledge base and decision-making processes involved with shaping building form and assembling architectural materials and components in a manner that supports minimal energy and resource consumption and produces functional, robust architecture.

The certificates in contemporary building technology and Revit seamlessly transfer into the architect architectural technologies A.A.S.

CCD currently offers two additional Associate of Applied Science degrees and four additional certificates in this area.

As a student pursuing any of the three A.A.S. degrees, you can typically add an additional full semester to complete any of the other two certificate concentrations.  In addition, several of the certificates seamlessly transfer to the respective A.A.S. degrees. Click on the links below to learn more about our related programs.

CCD’s architectural technologies program offers a curriculum of critical core competencies crafted to enable you to pursue a wide range of career options in the design of the built environment. These areas of focus include:

  • Digital technology competencies centered around Building Information Technologies (BIM) as the emerging professional standard for design documentation.
  • Concurrent learning structured around an understanding of how buildings go together—the material fabric of architecture and its assemblage—in a manner that conserves resources and supports sustainability.
  • The history of our building culture and a basic understanding of design as a process, in order to nurture an ability in harnessing cultural knowledge and contemporary resources as a competent and valuable problem-solver.
  • Extensive cross-curriculum training in hand drawing and visual thinking as central and irreplaceable tools for proficient designers.
  • A solid foundation of general education coursework critical to successful contemporary professional design practice (English composition, mathematics, physics, and communication skills).

The world of building design and architecture — like so many other aspects of modern culture — is rapidly evolving. Our two-year program aims to prepare you to assume roles as leaders of that change and innovation.

In addition, CCD reaches out to the professional community by providing professional development certificates designed to help practicing professionals pursue either advancement within the profession or simply keep current with technological change. We currently offer three certificates grounded within our A.A.S. degree core course offerings and are in development stages of several more certificates to continue to serve our industry.

Academic Support

The architectural technology studio in the Boulder Creek Building is open outside of class hours for students to do independent classwork. Times vary each semester; please check with the program chair.

Academic support is also provided through the Excel Knowledge Zone. The Excel Knowledge Zone at CCD helps all students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities. The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone is located in Cherry Creek Building, rooms 205 & 210.

Course & Program Fees

CCD is affordable! Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. Fees associated with this pathway are embedded within the general tuition structure of some classes as they are high-cost courses and such fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs.

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. This program has additional fees for the following courses: 

Course Description Fee
AEC 100, AEC 102, AEC 104,
AEC 122, AEC 123, AEC 125,
AEC 218, AEC 225, AEC 236
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
AEC 104, AEC 225 Modeling & paper supplies $30.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

Most of this program is eligible for federal financial aid. However, the certificates are not eligible for federal student aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office so you discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships, so don't miss out on applying for that additional FREE money at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal application for financial aid! The scholarship team also offers walk-in hours every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Increased construction activity is projected to drive demand for drafters.

There are numerous job possibilities with a degree in architectural technologies.

  • Architectural Technicians
  • Designers
  • Estimators
  • Detailers
  • Model Builders
  • Illustrators/Renderers
  • Product Representatives
  • Specification Writers

Learn more about this career path by visiting the CCD Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for architecture/engineering drafters as $54,170 per year ($26.04 per hour) in May 2017.  Graduates can expect to earn $35,000-$45,000 per year for an entry-level position with an A.A.S degree.


The contemporary building technology certificate, the Revit certificate and the advanced building crafts certificate seamlessly transfer into the A.A.S. in architectural technologies, which provides for the development of critical skills needed to fill both current and evolving roles in the building design industry.