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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $46,560.
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Train with the most current technical software, tools and methods

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Architectural Technology
Program Number: 106141
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Architecture and Engineering
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
67 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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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 are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.

    Careers in Architectural Technology

    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 2024-2025 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
    3 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    Select a math course at the College Mathematics level or higher. College Algebra is recommended for transfer students.
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    Select one of the following courses. English 1 is recommended for transfer students.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    Select one of the following courses. English 2 is recommended for transfer students.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    Select one of the following courses.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Select one of the following courses.
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • 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.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    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

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • 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. 


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

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    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.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    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.
    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.

    Out-of-State 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.
    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.
  • 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

      Number of Program Graduates181414
      Number of Surveys Sent171414
      Number of Surveys Returned91211
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment899
      Percent Available for Employment88.90%75.00%81.80%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market11.10%25.00%18.20%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed699
      Percent of Graduates Employed75.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation588
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation83.30%88.90%88.90%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation111
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation16.70%11.10%11.10%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment200
      Percent Seeking Employment25.00%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses91211
      Very Satisfied (4)6114
      Percent Very Satisfied66.70%91.70%36.40%
      Satisfied (3)317
      Percent Satisfied33.30%8.30%63.60%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses91211
      Preparation for Getting a Job289
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job22.20%66.70%81.80%
      Career Change222
      Percent Career Change22.20%16.70%18.20%
      Improvement of Existing Skills010
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%8.30%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education410
      Percent Preparation for Further Education44.40%8.30%0.00%
      Personal Interest100
      Percent Personal Interest11.10%0.00%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses699
      Before Enrollment011
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%11.10%11.10%
      While Attending the College346
      Percent While Attending the College50.00%44.40%66.70%
      After Training at the College342
      Percent After Training at the College50.00%44.40%22.20%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses469
      In College District469
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count588
      Average Monthly Wage$3,929$3,970$3,880
      Average Hourly Wage$22.85$23.08$22.56
      Average Work Hours per Week42.442.142.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Architectural Design Consultants, IncArchitectural DesignerLake Delton
      Cleary Building CorpCAD OperatorVerona
      Dorschner Associates, Inc.Architectural Intern
      Flad ArchitectsArchitectural Technician2
      Flad ArchitectsStructural Technician
      Knotte & Bruce ArchitectsArchitectural TechnicianMiddleton
      Marling Lumber & HomeWorksArchitectural Draftsman

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      ** - 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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