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New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)

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Level of Study



2 years

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Start your career as an architectural designer or technician. Develop your technical drawing skills using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Understand architecture, building methods and materials, and building code requirements. Build a portfolio. Create architectural drawings and documentation for buildings across New Zealand.

What you will learn

  • Understand building construction
  • Prepare preliminary designs and develop building concepts
  • Create working drawings for residential and industrial buildings
  • Evaluate the principles of architectural design
  • Understand residential and commercial services
  • Become proficient in CAD (computer-aided design software)
  • Design details for building assembly

Career options

  • Architectural technician
  • BIM technician
  • Draughtsperson
  • Architectural designer
  • Kitchen and bathroom designer
  • Compliance officer

Entry criteria

Under 20

  • 50 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, with 12 credits in each of the following: Maths, English and Science subjects, or achieved a level 3 or 4 qualification in a related field, or have equivalent practical, professional, or educational experience

20+ years

  • If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact Wellington Institute of Technology if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

English Language Requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall with no sub-score less than 5.5

TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

Cambridge English Test - FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 50

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

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