Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Attend Centennial College’s Architecture Program To Gain Theoretical Knowledge and Practical Experience

Did you know that there is an expected demand for architectural services being predicted by Service Canada? This includes an increase in architectural technology jobs. In addition, Service Canada states that these opportunities will be first available to candidates with a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) in architectural technology/technician. The field of architectural technology is concerned with the technical side of what building a structure. Professionals work alongside architects who are responsible for the aesthetic properties of a structure. Essentially, they are the link between the architect’s design and the finished building by ensuring that they use correct materials and that any planning and building regulations are complied. In addition, architectural technology professionals prepare designs, create construction drawings and specifications, are responsible for quality and cost control, as well as communicate with clients and other construction professionals. This sector of the economy is very much in demand.

One option in obtaining an all-important diploma is to attend Centennial College’s architecture program, which focuses on technology and takes three years to complete. The undertaking combines practical experience and theoretical knowledge to ensure that students are prepared for the field upon obtaining their Ontario College Advanced Diploma. Some of the student activities included in this architecture program include: preparing drawings for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional building types. In addition, students are introduced to building materials, construction methods, structural design, mechanical and electrical services, building codes, contracts, specifications, and the business environment for providing design and construction services. Lastly, Centennial College takes into consideration architecture’s green outlook and, therefore, places a strong emphasis on protecting the environment, energy conservation, and sustainable design and construction strategies. Green courses within the architecture program include its Environment series of classes, which address the basic principles of environmental design, physical properties of materials, and elemental structure analysis; energy conservation and other sustainability principles through investigation of local priorities, societal attitudes, construction sector trends, and issues; and more.

Please note that in order to gain entry into the fifth semester of the program, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Also, students who have completed all courses in semesters 1 to 4 will have all the prerequisites requirements for courses in semester 5 and 6.

To apply for this architecture program, students must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have completed the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11M or U or 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not, however,guarantee admission to Architectural Technology program.

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