School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Architectural Technology

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 106141


As an Architectural Technology student, 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

Transfer Options

Madison Area Technical College's Architectural Technology program offers an affordable track toward earning a bachelor's degree. Learn about your transfer options. 

Credit for High School Students

Madison College's Architectural Technology Program offers dual-credit opportunities to high school students interested in getting a head start on college classes. Learn more about youth options

Program Details

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

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

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.  


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

2 credits

Third Semester
Fourth Semester

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



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

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