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New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Unitec Institute of Technology


In the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology, you can become a skilled and competent Architectural Technologist/Technician.

In this field you’ll use the latest technologies and work alongside architects and construction specialists to turn design concepts into the documents used to construct a building. The New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology will give you the skills to design and produce construction documentation for both residential and commercial buildings. This is a high demand field where practical application of knowledge is valuable to kick start your career.


  • Emphasis on real-world applications using the latest technology of CAD and BIM (Building Information Management)
  • This qualification is nationally recognised and endorsed by professional organisations
  • Good graduate employment opportunities
  • Great preparation and easy transition into further Level 7 study in the Bachelor of Construction and the Bachelor of Architectural Studies: cross-crediting available
  • Gain exposure and experience to a wide number of construction software


  • Architectural technician
  • Architectural designer
  • Senior architectural designer
  • Urban designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Design manager
  • Consultant design practice owner

Preparing for study

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Prepare for your study by purchasing your PPE. You'll need the right equipment to meet health and safety requirements on site. This includes:

  • Safety boots (steel capped shoes)
  • A high visibility vest
  • Hard hat

Entry criteria

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Achieved one of the below:

A total of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in Mathematics; or
A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
Be at least 20 years old by the time the programme begins AND provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the programme

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).

English requirements

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (no band<5.5) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

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