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Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
Campus:
Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

Add technical skills and knowledge to your creative abilities for a career in architectural design.

During the first two years of the programme we will take you through foundation studies in drawing, computer-aided design, building design and related sciences. You will also study building legislation and codes as they relate to architecture.

In your final year you will specialise in architectural technology with a focus on technological subjects such as:

  • Construction and Technology
  • Architectural Science
  • Computer aided design

You'll spend about 40 hours a week in practical workshops, lectures and undertaking your own independent research and practice. It's pretty much a 9-5 timetable. In your first year of study you can expect to spend about 20-25 hours per week in class and 15-20 hours in independent study.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this qualification, you will have gained dual knowledge in both the technical and the design aspects of the built environment.

Career opportunities include working as team members in an established architectural practice, and eventually setting up your own practice, or choosing to continue your studies to become a registered architect.

Study Pathways

You can apply to staircase into a five year Bachelor of Architecture or higher degree, at another institute to become a Registered Architect.

Entry criteria

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:

14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved subjects*

as well as Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,

and Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation(Level 4) Ara Construction and Architectural Studies Pathway or equivalent).

OR New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential) (Level 5), or equivalent

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

* NZQA approved subjects

Additional requirements: Provide a portfolio demonstrating design, graphic and/or art skills equivalent to NCEA Level 3.

English language requirement:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6.0 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

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