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New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

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2 years
Start date: February-2022
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Architectural Technicians use their construction and drawing knowledge to make building designs become a reality. They produce drawings and documents that enable pricing, consenting and construction of domestic and commercial building projects. They also create architectural models and specifications and may be involved in administering construction contracts.

Students in this programme will learn to prepare fully detailed drawings and specifications for the construction of buildings, both manually and using CAD packages.

Students will be equipped to work as an architectural technician in small-to-medium-scale building projects.

After an additional period of suitable experience, students will be able to work on larger and more complex building projects.

What You'll Learn

Year one includes documentation for small buildings, materials and structural principles, construction for small buildings, feasibility and environmental impact.

Year two includes construction for medium and large buildings, design in the built environment, virtual design and construction.

Students will study a range of modules which will teach them to:

  • Research, prepare and communicate design and construction documents for small to medium scale projects
  • Assist with researching, preparing and communicating design and construction documentation for large or complex building projects
  • Assist with general practice management
  • Demonstrate aural, oral and written communication skills in both formal and informal styles
  • Demonstrate social, legal and cultural contextual knowledge

Flexibility to Fit Your Life

Components of this programme are on Moodle, Wintec’s online education system. That means you can plan your study around other commitments, or take on part-time employment through our industry connections while you study.

Learning by Doing

Throughout the programme you’ll use the latest computers and CAD software. You’ll visit construction sites to complete problem-based and practical assignments.

You’ll build a scale model house that complies with current industry standards and New Zealand legislation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be employed as an architectural technician in small-to-medium-scale building projects, and after an additional period of suitable experience, may be able to work on larger and more complex building projects.

Entry criteria

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

60 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 14 credits in mathematics and 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2;
Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 3; ​
Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) minimum score of 6.0 across all bands; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42


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