Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology

Build Your Architecture Career

Create a more sustainable built environment with Kirkwood’s Architectural Technology program. Learn on the latest technology, including several architectural computer-aided drafting programs, dual-monitor computer stations, a 3D printer, and a point cloud scanner.

You’ll also receive instruction in hand sketching, business and graphic editing computer applications, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and liberal arts studies.

Then you’ll bring your studies alive with real-world experience by completing either a paid architectural or construction-related internship or an unpaid architectural mentoring program. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in architectural design competitions to test your skills.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Architectural Technology program will be able to:

  1. Solve building design issues.
  2. Apply knowledge of construction practices and governing codes to prepare construction documents.
  3. Interpret construction documents.
  4. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
  5. Prepare sketches, presentation drawings and models.
  6. Recognize important content in architectural history and the profession.

Prior to acceptance to the program, a short informative presentation called a "Program Conference" is required of all students. See below.

This presentation will introduce you to your instructors and talk about specific requirements, classes, job outlook, and moving onto a four-year school, if desired.

Program Costs

Architectural Technology 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

Credits: 15 15 30
Tuition: $2,790 $2,790 $5,580
Fees: $1,350 $50 $1,400
Books: $239.99 $67.25 $307.24



Credits: 8 8
Tuition: $1,488 $1,488
Fees: $50 $50


Year Two

Credits: 15 12 27
Tuition: $2,790 $2,232 $5,022
Fees: $50 $150 $200
Books: $348.25 $348.25




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, Class Related Supplies, and Third Party Credentials
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/21/2021

Program Requirements

To get into the Architectural Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

Attend a program conference

For your convenience, our program conference is now completely online. There are two steps involved:

If you have any questions, please call 319-398-4983.

Laptop Requirements

Students enrolled in this program must purchase or own a laptop to meet hardware specifications within the courses.

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Several of our programs are specifically set up to meet core requirements and smoothly transfer to a four-year school. That means you can start at Kirkwood and earn a bachelor’s degree in your field.

  • UNI: Bachelor of Arts - Technology Management
  • University of Iowa: Bachelor of Applied Studies
  • William Penn University: Bachelor of Arts - Industrial Technology

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