Architectural Commercial Design
70 Credits | 2 Years
New Richmond, Rice Lake
Career Cluster: Architecture & Construction
Architectural drafters work in a variety of places: architectural and engineering offices, design/build companies, manufacturing firms, as well as lumber yards. Understanding building construction and how to create sets of drawings, or blueprints, is at the heart of a successful career in any of these industries. The Architectural Commercial Design program will help you get started.
Architecture is a combination of art, science and communication. The Architectural Commercial Design program emphasizes the science of construction knowledge and communicating that knowledge in drawings through an efficient use of building information modeling (BIM) and computer-aided design (CAD) programs.
Employers are impressed with WITC graduates' understanding of the entire building process, building connection details and programs like Revit and AutoCAD.
Architectural Commercial Design graduates will be able to:
- Develop construction documents
- Evaluate building materials
- Develop building designs
- Integrate building systems
- Use computer-aided drafting, building information modeling and architectural-related software
- Utilize office practices and standards
- Utilize the Enrolled Wisconsin Commercial Building Code incorporating the International Building Code
Get a practical, hands-on approach to architecture that will prepare you with the skills that employers are seeking.
Learn by doing.
Great starting salary.
Use current technology.
The Architectural Commercial Design program is unique in Wisconsin, meaning there is no other program like it in the state. The classes prepare you to translate ideas, rough sketches, specifications and calculations of engineers, architects and designers into commercial and residential working drawings. It emphasizes construction techniques and materials used in commercial building design.
100% of grads employed
According to the recent Graduate Survey Responses, 100 percent of Architectural Commercial Design graduates were employed within six months of graduating.
Unique in the state
There is no other program like this in Wisconsin. You'll gain a specific set of skills that employers in this field look for in an employee.
You can participate in the Architecture Club. The Architecture Club can provide you with the opportunity to network and learn with architects, attend meetings and field trips, and more.
The courses in the Architectural Commercial Design program are designed to incrementally increase students' knowledge in construction, CAD/BIM and building systems with a hands-on approach.
The first year of the program includes classes that introduce wood-frame construction, CAD/BIM programs and drafting, as well as plumbing, electrical and HVAC. The second year of the program, classes cover commercial construction, estimating, structures, as well as more advanced drafting. By the last semester, students in the Architectural Drafting Studio class are working in teams for non-profit clients and creating and presenting design solutions.
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs*
Architectural Commercial Design
70 Credits | 2 Years
$10,510 in Tuition and Fees
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Architectural Commercial Design program
Architectural drafters are in high demand. WITC's graduates have no problems finding employment; in fact, they are often faced with the difficult decision of choosing between several job offers.
The first job a graduate takes is usually as a CAD technician, BIM technician or architectural technician. Graduates work in many different areas such as architectural and engineering offices, design/build companies, manufacturing firms, as well as lumber yards.
Though there are many career options, in an architectural office graduates start their careers by working closely with a team of architects and engineers to design buildings by creating construction documents, or blueprints. After working for a few years, graduates can become project managers where they are able to design projects more independently. In some cases, this happens much earlier. About five percent of WITC's graduates go on to become licensed architects.