2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 21,089
NZD 31,600
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

In this course, students work closely with architects to bring conceptual designs to life. The National Diploma in Architectural Technology provides students with the skills and knowledge required to operate as capable technicians in the construction industry. These skills include: establishing a design brief, presenting preliminary designs, developing building concepts and preparing working drawings.

The programme also aims to develop skills applicable to the wider construction industry, including health and safety plans, quality assurance and construction methodologies. With the ongoing Christchurch rebuild, there is a shortage of skilled construction personnel in New Zealand. Therefore, obtaining a qualification in the construction industry advised.

The National Diploma in Architectural Technology is designed to prepare students to enter employment in the construction industry.  Successful completion of this programme provides the skills essential to work as a drafting technician in the construction industry, providing students with knowledge and skills required for the preparation, drawing and compilation of plans, specifications and other documentation, knowledge of building construction and understanding of the functions of associated trades and professions. There is an excellent record of positive workplace outcomes the graduates.

Entry Requirements

  • NCEA, with a minimum of 36 credits at level 2; 4 credits should be at level 2 or above in reading, 4 credits at level 2 or above in writing, and 14 credits at level one or above in mathematics
  • A NZ Trade Certificate in Carpentry, or National Certificate in Carpentry
  • Four years secondary education preferred
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below:
    • Certificate or Diploma at level 6 or 7 Degree
    • IELTS Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5