New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)

Start your career as an architectural designer or technician. Develop your technical drawing skills using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Understand architecture, building methods and materials, and building code requirements. Build a portfolio. Create architectural drawings and documentation for buildings across New Zealand.

What you will learn

  • Understand building construction

  • Prepare preliminary designs and develop building concepts

  • Create working drawings for residential and industrial buildings

  • Evaluate the principles of architectural design

  • Understand residential and commercial services

  • Become proficient in CAD (computer-aided design software)

  • Design details for building assembly

Career options

  • Architectural technician

  • BIM technician

  • Draughtsperson

  • Architectural designer

  • Kitchen and bathroom designer

  • Compliance officer

Entry requirements

Under 20

50 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, with 12 credits in each of the following: Maths, English and Science subjects, or achieved a level 3 or 4 qualification in a related field, or have equivalent practical, professional, or educational experience

20+ years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.


Minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

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* International fees shown here do not include insurance and administration (currently approximately $780 per year of study)

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.

More detail about this qualification

Course Selection Sheet Trimester 2 2021 

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