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New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

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2 years

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UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology might be what you’re looking for and can launch your career in the architecture industry.

The Diploma in Architectural Technology is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to work as an architectural technician. You will gain competency to work on large and complex building projects under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer, or architect.

This qualification provides employers and consumers with the confidence that the working drawings you produce will meet New Zealand legislation requirements, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates can progress into further tertiary study at diploma or degree level in Architectural Technology, Construction Management, or Quantity Surveying.

Graduates who are entering the industry will be able to work as architectural technicians. Further training and studies will open career options, including architecture designer, architect, interior designer, urban designer, landscape architect, or other construction, planning, and design roles.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Architects.

Course Information

This programme consists of 240 credits. The courses include;

  • Communication in the Construction Industry (15 Credits)
  • Tendering Administration Processes for Construction Projects (15 Credits)
  • Contract Administration for Valuing Building Works (15 Credits)
  • Materials in Construction Projects (15 Credits)
  • Services for Construction Projects (15 Credits)
  • Structures for Residential Construction Projects (15 Credits)
  • Feasibility and Analytical Reports for Construction Projects (15 Credits)
  • Commercial Construction 1 (15 Credits)
  • Commercial Construction 2 (15 Credits)
  • Concept Design (15 Credits)
  • Preliminary Design (15 Credits)
  • Developed Design (15 Credits)
  • Detailed Design 1 (30 Credits)
  • Detailed Design 2 (15 Credits)
  • Design Principles (15 Credits)

Entry criteria

  • A minimum of 50 NCEA credits at Level 2, including 12 Credits in Mathematics and a minimum of 12 Literacy Credits at NCEA Level 1;
  • or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2, C1, or C2 with score of 169; no less than 162 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 50 with no band less than 42.

Under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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