NZ Diploma in Architectural Technology [Level 5-6]

Study Options



2 years


Level 5 - 6

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Gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become a productive member of an architectural design team.  The NZ Diploma in Architectural Technology provides practical learning to undertake the whole process of producing architectural drawings, from establishing a client’s requirements right through to submission of the final designs.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Students who complete year one of this programme will be able to:

  • Use basic industry knowledge to evaluate design principles for small building projects in a design, building or construction related environment.
  • Carry out feasibility studies for small buildings.
  • Be able to communicate a concept and building design, and prepare approval documentation for a building project in accordance with a design brief.
  • Evaluate the performance of and select standard and non-specific materials and finishes to be used in the building process.
  • Prepare, organise and present architectural working drawings for small buildings using manual and digital technologies in accordance with the statutory and regulatory environment.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply comprehensive industry knowledge to evaluate design principles for small, medium and large building projects in a design, building or construction related environment.
  • Carry out feasibility studies for small, medium and large buildings.
  • Establish the clients’ requirements, develop and communicate a concept and building design, and prepare approval documentation for a building project in accordance with a clients’ brief.
  • Evaluate the performance of and select materials and finishes to be used in the building process.
  • Prepare, organise and present architectural working drawings for small and medium buildings using manual and digital technologies in accordance with the statutory and regulatory environment.
  • Understand the roles, documentation and administrative requirements of the construction industry, apply this knowledge and assist senior personnel through the tender process.


Course descriptions:

Year 1

  • Architectural Communications
  • Sustaining the Environment
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Setting the Scene
  • Building Law
  • Services
  • Construction Materials
  • Documentation

Year 2

  • Building Appreciation
  • Construction Components
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Setting the Scene
  • Services
  • Construction Management
  • The Science of Architecture
  • Documentation

Both years consist of eight courses each, as listed above.  All courses are compulsory.

Part-time students are advised to contact the Programme Co-ordinator before enrolment, to discuss their preferred study options.



Year 1: Successful applicants for entry will have a minimum of:

Standard Entry Criteria

  • The literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1; and
  • At least 50 Level 2 NCEA credits in one year in best 4 subjects; or
  • Successful completion of a bridging/foundation programme.

Special Admission

  •  Granted to applicants (aged 20 and over) with no formal qualifications but who are enthusiastic and motivated students; or they may have evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

English language entry requirement

If english is not your first language you are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language [Level 4], approved scores on IELTS tests (6.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.5), or completion of accepted international equivalents.