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Student Satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
$47k
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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $47,148.
Architectural Technology
Program Number: 106141
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Architecture and Engineering
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
68 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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  • Program Overview

    As a student in Madison College's Architectural Technology program, you will:

    • Develop the skills to enter the architectural field or transfer into a bachelor's degree program in architecture
    • Build experience working with architectural engineering and construction teams to address challenges in the building industry
    • Learn to draw, animate, draft, model, render and create architectural plans
    • Train with the most current technical software, tools and methods
    • Use computer lab software that is often one year ahead of the procession
    • Learn 2D and 3D software skills, including 3D modeling, animation and rendering
    • Understand building materials, construction methods, building codes, site design and structural analysis
    • Practice client relations, including cost estimation and presentation skills
    • Learn architectural design history
    • Assist architects and engineers in developing plans and specifications, and comparing building compliance with contract documents in the field
    • Learn from instructors who work in the field

    Program Details

    ​Students in the Architectural Technology program can attend full or part time.

    Architectural Technology program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    Careers

    Madison Area Technical College Architectural Technology program graduates are prepared to work in:  

    • Architecture
    • Structural Engineering
    • Urban Planning
    • Construction
    • Landscape Design
    • Interior Design
    • Building Inspection
    • Building Estimating
    • Facilities Management
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    Select one of the following courses: (English 1 is recommended for transfer students.)
    Second Semester
    Select a math course at the College Mathematics level or higher. (College Algebra is recommended for transfer students.)
    Select one of the following courses: (English 2 is recommended for transfer students.)
    Third Semester
    Select one of the following courses: (Intro to Psychology is recommended for transfer students.)
    Fourth Semester
    Select one of the following courses:
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Fall 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2021

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirements
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    Wisconsin Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    Madison College students with an associate of applied science in this program who transfer to UW-Platteville will transfer in with articulated general education transfer credit, 12 credits of 1000T Industrial Studies credits, and 15 credits of 3000T Industrial Studies credits. The 27 credits of Industrial Studies electives will be applied to the Industrial Technology Management (ITM) major. Students will then complete the baccalaureate degree requirements at UW-Platteville including all remaining general education requirements and major requirements.

    Non-Wisconsin Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.
  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Architectural Technology program graduates are prepared to:  

    • Demonstrate Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills using industry-standard software commensurate with an Architectural Engineering Construction (AEC) project
    • Interpret construction drawings and specifications
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of building codes and their applications to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants
    • Communicate technical/design information clearly and professionally to peers, supervisors and clients
    • Draw commonly accepted architectural details and sections for various materials
    • Apply math skills commensurate with performing basic design and structural calculations and material take offs
    • Apply general computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets, file management and other programs as applied to architectural work
    • Work as a team member by demonstrating good communication and listening skills, cooperation and providing a supportive environment
    • Apply a working knowledge of structural, heating, plumbing, electrical and other mechanical systems within a building
    • Communicate clearly and professionally in both written and oral communications to peers, supervisors and clients, using positive interpersonal skills including but not limited to, empathy, active listening and flexibility
    • Demonstrate an understanding of sustainable building philosophy and an ability to apply a working knowledge of sustainable building considerations and techniques to an AEC project
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 10 15 18
      Number of Surveys Sent 10 15 17
      Number of Surveys Returned 6 12 9
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 6 10 8
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 83.3% 88.9%
      Not in Labor Market 0 2 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.0% 16.7% 11.1%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 6 8 6
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 80.0% 75.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 6 5 5
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 62.5% 83.3%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 2 1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 25.0% 16.7%
      Employed - No Response 0 1 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 12.5% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 2 2
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 20.0% 25.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.4 3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 6 12 9
      Very Satisfied (4) 4 5 6
      Percent Very Satisfied 66.7% 41.7% 66.7%
      Satisfied (3) 2 7 3
      Percent Satisfied 33.3% 58.3% 33.3%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 6 12 9
      Preparation for Getting a Job 3 8 2
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 50.0% 66.7% 22.2%
      Career Change 2 0 2
      Percent Career Change 33.3% 0.0% 22.2%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 4 4
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 16.7% 33.3% 44.4%
      Personal Interest 0 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 11.1%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 5 7 6
      Before Enrollment 0 0 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      While Attending the College 2 4 3
      Percent While Attending the College 40.0% 57.1% 50.0%
      After Training at the College 3 3 3
      Percent After Training at the College 60.0% 42.9% 50.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 6 8 6
      In College District 5 7 4
      Percent In College District 83.3% 87.5% 66.7%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 1 2
      Percent of In Wisconsin 16.7% 12.5% 33.3%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 4 5
      Average Monthly Wage $3,096 $3,741 $3,929
      Average Hourly Wage $18.00 $21.75 $22.85
      Average Work Hours per Week 42.0 43.0 42.4
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Drexel Building Supply Residential Designer Kiel
      JLA Architects & Planners Project Specialist Monona
      Kwik Trip Inc Project Manager La Crosse
      RPS CAD Technician Portage
      Strand Associates Inc Drafter

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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