Learn to take an idea for a space and create it virtually to ensure it’s up to code and beyond client expectation before construction begins. In the Architectural Animation Technology program, you’ll learn to communicate spatial ideas and basic construction visualization techniques to a variety of industries, including architecture, interior design and digital environments.

Our unique, two-year diploma program is offered through both fully online and in-person delivery formats and will give you specialized production knowledge and visual communication skills in digital rendering and animation to succeed in the world of architecture. You’ll work on projects that simulate real world design problems and gain professional experience in both commercial and residential architectural design communication.

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Career Opportunities

Our diploma program will prepare you to work with design teams in a wide variety of fields:

  • Architectural Animation Communications Specialist
  • Architectural Illustrator
  • BIM Draftsperson
  • CAD Designer
  • Digital Environmental Artist
  • Immersive Artist
  • Three-dimensional Designer
  • Three-dimensional Modelling and Texture Artist    

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hands-on training using 3D modeling


industry integration experience




Credential / Accreditation



2 years

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New students are accepted into the Architectural Animation Technology program for the Fall (September) term.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)

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Delivery Formats

Hyflex – AAT, IDT, VR Programs

All lectures for this program occur in a digital environment while labs are divided into face-to-face and online learning cohorts. Face-to-face labs are delivered through video conference to online learning cohorts.


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Year 1
Term I
IDM-1158 Representations I 3
IDM-1163 Design History I 3
IDM-1179 Design Fundamentals 3
VXR-1150 Introduction to Immersive Technology 3
VXR-1160 Art and Design for Extended Reality 3
Term II
ENG-1159 Writing for the Workplace 3
IDM-1159 Digital Ideation 3
IDM-1173 Design History II 3
IDM-1181 Residential Design Studio 3
IDM-1190 Digital Drafting 3
Year 2
Term I
AAT-2250 Visual Communication 3
AAT-2251 Building Systems and Code 3
AAT-2260 Immersive Modeling 3
AAT-2270 Production 3
IDM-2290 Bldg Information Modeling 3
Term II
AAT-2261 Immersive Architecture 3
AAT-2280 Capstone Studio 6
AAT-2290 Industry Integration 3
IDM-2276 Professional Portfolio 3
IDM-2279 Global Design Trends 3
 Total Credits63
Practicum Experience Requirements

There is a required practicum component to this program. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students in this program are required to purchase a mobile learning device from the college. Computer cost is approximately $1,450.00 plus a $100.00 access fee. In the second year of the program, only the access is charged. These costs are subject to change. Check your admissions letter for more details or contact your program and check the Mobile Learning page.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

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