Institute of Technology or PolytechnicAra Institute of Canterbury
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Contribute to the shape of our built environment as an architectural technician.
This programme will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to enter the architectural field as a technician working on domestic and commercial building projects.
You'll learn how to produce working drawings and documentation for small and medium scale projects that meet with the requirements of New Zealand legislation, codes of practice and New Zealand and Australian standards. The emphasis is on building technology, sound construction detailing and communication.
The programme includes professional practice, administration of contracts and theoretical knowledge for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme, Design 2.
As a graduate you'll be able to work as an architectural technician or technologist. With further training and/or experience you may be able to work as an architectural designer, architect, interior designer, urban designer, landscape architect, design manager or design consultant, or move into a related field such as construction or planning.
Your study options as a graduate of this programme include diplomas and degrees in architecture, design, construction management and quantity surveying. If you completed your diploma with a B+ average, you can transition to year two of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies via a course in drawing and design.
NCEA Level 2, which must include: 12 credits in Literacy Level 1 or above and 12 credits in Numeracy Level 1 or above
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Ara Architectural Studies Pathway) Level 3 or equivalent
Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.
English language requirements:
IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
SPEAKING - 5.5
READING - 5.5
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING - 5.5
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42