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Residential Drafting and Design Techniques (RDAD)

Available as a one-year program

This hands-on introduction to residential design includes consideration of the environment, building codes and residential building design practices. It delivers marketable skills in under a year of study and prepares students for further study in the Architectural Technician/Technology program.
  • Program Code


  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

Architects, designers, consultants, developers and builders employ skilled workers in residential drafting and design.

  • You may find opportunities as a house designer, draftsperson, assistant project manager, renderer/concept artist, CAD operator, building product representative or estimator.
  • This program was designed in consultation with regional employers to produce graduates with in-demand skills.
  • With further study in the Architectural Technician/Technology program, graduates can broaden their opportunities to work on larger commercial or public projects.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Draftsperson, CORCAN Construction
  • Project Coordinator, GRG Building Consultants Inc.
  • Skilled Tradesperson, JPM Construction Inc.

Is it for you?

Students who are successful in this program:

  • Like to sketch and design
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Like to follow a project from its inception through to completion

Experiential learning

Bring your design ideas to life in this hands-on program:

  • Get a practical blend of classroom instruction and hands-on studio experience.
  • Design a small building by creatively addressing the use of space, costs, code requirements and the environment.
  • Showcase creativity and analytical skills to create a design and then bring your concepts to life with a 3D scale model.
  • In less than a year, you will develop marketable skills and knowledge in: blueprint reading and drafting; residential building codes; computer-assisted drafting (AutoCAD); construction methods for wood-frame housing; estimating materials and costs; and presenting your designs.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learning is hands on in brightly lit studios with dedicated teachers.
  • Professors have experience in architectural firms working on everything from schools to seniors’ residences, churches and commercial renovations.
  • Learn from an accredited Architect and LEED® AP, specializing in integrating sustainable techniques in architectural design.
  • A wide network of faculty contacts in the construction and design industries helps connect students with jobs.

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