Computer Aided Drafting & Building Information Modelling Architectural Technician Diploma

Graduates of this program will further develop the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) skills gained in the certificate program. They will learn to analyze and apply the current practices of a 3D Integrated Design Process (IDP) and contribute to the design/build team utilizing Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methods. The updated drafting and 3D modeling skills will enable graduates to work as team members in consulting engineering firms, architectural firms, fabrication and development companies, municipal, provincial or federal offices, and in private industry. Graduates will work on a wide variety of structures, highway construction and development work and apply qualifications from two disciplines to become more competitive in the job market and adaptive in the work place.

Program Hours: The CAD & BIM Architectural Technican Diploma runs Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep 8 months Diploma Downtown Full-time

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
• Civil/Structural, or Steel Detailing Technician Certificate granted within the last 4 years,
• Recent Drafting Technician Certificate (any discipline) with department review and approval

Recommended Characteristics:

• Related work experience.
• Excellent English communication skills.
• Working knowledge of Windows OS is strongly recommended.
• Good mathematical and mechanical comprehension.
• Ability to work in imperial and metric units of measurement.
• General good health, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
• Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others.
• Logical reasoning and an ability to visualize objects.
• An interest in all aspects of architecture, engineering, general construction and related fields.

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $5,744
Student Union Fee $55 per term
Laundry Fee $77
Student Union Health Plan Fee $292
U-Pass Fee $328
Other Costs
$40 - Graduation Fees
$123 - Campus Resource Fee
$1,000 - Approximate Textbooks & Supplies
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

B.C.'s growing construction and architecture sector is in need of certified architectural technicians, civil/structural technicians, and steel detailing technicians. VCC's citation, certificate and degree programs teach students the latest CAD and BIM software, as well as the important critical thinking skills needed to succeed as a technician.

Attend an info session to participate in hands-on software demonstrations, learn about the importance of CAD and BIM technologies, and hear about the exciting projects that VCC grads have worked on. 

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.


Date Day Time Room Location
October 23, 2019 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown
November 27, 2019 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown
January 22, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown
February 26, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(DRFT 2100) Integrated BIM Project
course schedule schedule
9.0 credits

Term 2

(DRFT 2270) Diploma Residential Design
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
(DRFT 2271) Diploma Site Planning
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
(DRFT 2272) Diploma Codes and Regulations 1
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
(DRFT 2273) Diploma Construction Assemblies 1
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
(DRFT 2274) Diploma Single Family Residence
course schedule schedule
5.0 credits
(DRFT 2275) Diploma Codes and Regulations 2
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
(DRFT 2276) Diploma Construction Assemblies 2
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits
(DRFT 2277) Diploma Multi Family Residence
course schedule schedule
3.5 credits
(DRFT 2278) Diploma Drawing Plan Reading
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0.5 credits

Term 3

(DRFT 2107) Capstone Project using BIM
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits