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Programme overview

Want a career as an architectural technologist or draftsperson? Combining the latest computer technology and manual drawing skills, they work alongside architects to turn design concepts into the documents to construct a building. The National Diploma in Architectural Technology will give you the skills to design and produce construction drawings for both residential and commercial buildings.

Highlights

  • Emphasis on manual sketching skills and the use of the latest computer technology.
  • Courses progress from the drawing of simple buildings using basic technology to the drawing and specification of larger commercial structures using complex technology.
  • Our graduates usually begin their careers working as technicians in architects' offices or architectural technologist practices.
  • Cross-credits towards the Bachelor of Architectural Studies or the Bachelor of Construction.
  • Lecturers with professional industry experience.

Prepare for success

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide so you can refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General admission

For Level 6 Diploma programmes applicants must have a total of 60 NCEA credits at level 2 in best 4 subjects, OR a maximum total of 16 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects, OR equivalent OR completion of an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above.

Special Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence; AND 
  2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant's level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 4;
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
  4. Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a Pass at Grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
  7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.

Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

The General Admission and the English Language requirements in the Diploma Generic Regulations do not apply to this National Diploma programme.

General admission requirements

  1. Have a minimum of 35 NCEA credits at Level 2 or above covering three subjects/domains, or equivalent; or
  2. A grade of 5 or better in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in three subjects including maths, or
  3. A New Zealand Trade Certificate in Carpentry or the National Certificate in Carpentry, or equivalent, or
  4. Undertake some supplementary study in consultation with the Programme Committee.

English language admission requirements

Applicants may be admitted to the programme if they have a minimum standard of English as follows:

  1. A grade of D or better in New Zealand School Certificate in English, or
  2. A minimum of 8 NCEA Credits at level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing), or equivalent; or
  3. An overall IELTS band (Academic) score of at least 6.0 (with no band score lower than 5.5), or
  4. A TOEFL score of no less than 550, or
  5. One of the following Unitec qualifications: Certificate Employment Skills English (Office Skills or Computing), or Certificate in Intensive English ( Advanced), or Certificate in English (Advanced) or equivalent.

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2014. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
Communication for Construction (COMM4951) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS)To enable the student be able to: present technical information orally to an audience, write emails and business letters, plan and write an organizational report suitable for the construction industry.
Materials (CONS4C04) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: explain the characteristics and physical properties of materials and finishes used in buildings; evaluate the performance and compatibility of materials and finishes used in buildings; and to select materials and finishes to be used in buildings.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Documentation 1 (Sem A) (CONS5A12-SA) 45 credits (0.375 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: prepare location, assembly, component, and schedule drawings for small buildings both manually and with Computer Aided Drawing. Specification writing shall be included, appropriate to this level.
Documentation 1 (Sem B) (CONS5A12-SB) 45 credits (0.375 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: prepare location, assembly, component, and schedule drawings for small buildings both manually and with Computer Aided Drawing. Specification writing shall be included, appropriate to this level.
Design Document 1 (CONS5A16) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To equip the students to be able to : establish client’s requirements, site restrictions, and possibilities for a building project design brief, and describe a site’s possibilities and limitations; contribute to the development of a given concept into a preliminary architectural design; and present a preliminary architectural design to a client.
Construction Systems 1 (CONS5C01) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)To equip the student to: demonstrate knowledge of feasibility study in terms of codes; identify the limitations in a site; establish the condition of a building; describe the site; describe the foundations and sub-structure; describe the structure of a small building for non-specific design; describe the structure of a small building of specific design; describe the envelope of a small building; and to describe the interior of a small building. (Include Intro to Construction).
Services 1 (CONS5C05) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: explain purposes of services in small buildings; explain principles of operation relevant to services in small buildings; explain principles of coordination and placement of services for small buildings; and demonstrate knowledge of legislative requirements relevant to services in small buildings.
Services 2 (CONS5C06) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: explain purposes of services in medium and large buildings; explain principles of operation relevant to the construction of medium and large buildings; explain principles of coordination and placement of services for medium and large buildings; and demonstrate knowledge of regulations and codes relevant to services in medium and large buildings.
Structural Principles (CONS5C07) 5 credits (0.042 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: identify structural principles and to apply them to the design and construction of buildings.
Environment (CONS5C08) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: Identify environmental aspects of building construction and services, and to evaluate techniques that may apply to the built environment.
Building Law (CONS5C09) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To equip the students to be able to identify aspects of the New Zealand legal structure; describe the principles of selected branches of New Zealand civil law in terms of their relevance to the construction industry; explain aspects of New Zealand law relating to business entities; and explain the legal fundamentals of dispute resolution: to compile tender and contract documentation for a building project; invite, accept, and select tenders for a building project; and interpret forms of construction contracts to tendering situations for a building project.
Contract Administration (CONS5C12) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: establish communication protocols; value work executed; evaluate costs of variations, fluctuations, and time extensions; adjust nominated sums in accordance with contract requirements; prepare final account statements; and prepare progress and completion certificates; compile relevant tender and contract documentation; invite select and obtain tenders; and interpret types of construction contracts to tendering situations.
Measurement 1 (Sem B) (CONS5Q29-SB) 25 credits (0.208 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: assemble trade section documentation; and measure schedules of quantities from project information.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Documentation 2 (Sem A) (CONS6A13-SA) 40 credits (0.333 EFTS)To prepare the student to be able to: prepare location, assembly, component, and schedule drawings for medium buildings both manually and with Computer Aided Drawing. Specifications writing shall be included.
Documentation 2 (Sem B) (CONS6A13-SB) 40 credits (0.333 EFTS)
Documentation 3 (CONS6A14) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to:prepare location, assembly, component, and schedule drawings for large buildings both manually and with Computer Aided Drawing. Specification writing shall be included.
Design Documentation 2 (CONS6A16) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: establish the clients requirements, site restrictions and initial site design possibilities; relate site possibilities with site limitations; contribute to the briefing and design concept process; present a preliminary design to a client; prepare documentation to apply for Resource Consent for a building project; prepare preliminary costings; and develop a design concept into a building concept.
Design Context & History (CONS6A18) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: Evaluate design principles for architectural projects; analyse and illustrate the historical development of design principles; explain the differences in design across cultures; and describe the interaction of people with a built environment.
Construction Systems 2/3 (Sem A) (CONS6C23-SA) 25 credits (0.208 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to describe: the site, the foundations and sub-structure, the passive fire protection requirements, the structure, the envelope, and the interior of a medium building of specific design.
Construction Systems 2/3 (Sem B) (CONS6C23-SB) 25 credits (0.208 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to describe: the site, the foundations and sub-structure, the passive fire protection requirements, the structure, the envelope, and the interior of a medium building of specific design.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Measurement 1 (CONS5Q29) 25 credits (0.208 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: assemble trade section documentation; and measure schedules of quantities from project information.
Measurement 1 (Sem A) (CONS5Q29-SA) 25 credits (0.208 EFTS)To equip the student to be able to: assemble trade section documentation; and measure schedules of quantities from project information.