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Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology) or (Interior Architecture)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: Expected February-2021
Otago Polytechnic
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Course details


Gain the skills you need to pursue a career in architectural design and the building industry. Prepare to work as an Architectural Technologist or for further study if you want to become an Architect or Interior Architect. In addition, this programme will enable you to develop your awareness of the social responsibilities of designers and technologists within the built environment.

Why study Architectural Studies with us?

This programme will give you the analytical and conceptual skills to put your creative ideas into practice, and the academic skills to pursue higher levels of study. You will have the knowledge and skills in drawing, computer-aided design (CAD), building construction and science to bring your designs to life in accordance with legislation and codes.

Benefits of studying with us: Fantastic work prospects and opportunities to design locally, nationally and internationally, Individual options available to specialise through electives , The opportunity to demonstrate your talent through design competitions, Successful completion will enable you to pursue postgraduate study in Architecture.

Qualification structure: This qualification offers two specialisation options: Architectural Technology or Interior Architecture. You will learn about architectural design theory as well as the evolution of architectural design through time. You will also learn how to communicate relevant information effectively to the various stakeholders of the industry.

Your workload: Workload is 40 hours per week, with about two thirds of that time spent in a directed learning environment. Learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials, Moodle discussion, audio/video analysis, site visits and/or attendance of performances and exhibitions (if available).

Entry criteria

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement.

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

  • New Zealand University Entrance OR
  • Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Assessments: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Alternative requirements

Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Otago Polytechnic literacy assessments are available.

Other requirements

Applicants should be motivated and talented individuals with a strong interest in and aptitude for the technological and/or creative fields of architecture.


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