Course Overview

Do you love buildings and fancy designing your own, creating something that future generations will enjoy?

The construction industry is taking off and it needs lots more architectural technicians to draw all the new buildings that our growing population needs.

This practical, fun course develops efficient technical draughting skills – focusing on what is and isn’t important across a broad range of work – which means our graduates are highly prized by employers.  You’ll learn how to ‘connect the dots’ between an architect and a builder, producing the vital set of legal drawings – or plans – that each construction project depends on.

Topics include construction methods, building legislation, design principles, working drawings, the tender process, feasibility issues and contract administration, with a huge focus on the draughting software programme ArchiCAD.

Our motivated tutors are experts in the field and and provide all the support you need to succeed. If you’re an accurate, detail oriented person who loves technical drawing and discussing ideas with people, this is the course for you.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)
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Study options

2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 240
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,140 per year for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Architectural technician
  • CAD technician
  • Draughtsperson for truss or frame manufacturers
  • Draughtsperson for an Engineer, landscape designer, Interior designer or Kitchen & Bathroom Designer
  • Other building construction related careers such as building certification, building inspector

Topics you'll cover

Year One

  • Industry Roles and Legislation
  • Tender Processes
  • Building Materials
  • Construction Drawing
  • Small Building Construction
  • Building Feasibility
  • Documentation for Small Buildings
  • Construction Detailing

Year Two

  • Environmental Impact
  • Commercial Construction
  • Design Theory
  • Preliminary Design
  • Building Services
  • Developed Design
  • Virtual Design and Documentation
  • Documentation for Medium Buildings

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,140 per year for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

There are no minimum academic requirements (open entry).

However it is recommended that you:

  • have a minimum of 48 credits in four subjects including English and Maths, OR
  • are able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 2 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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Further Study Options

Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • Bachelor of Architecture - Victoria University or the University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Architectural Technology - Unitec