New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)

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Design the future

The exciting world of architecture will be unveiled for you with this programme which gives you all the skills to work as an architectural technician. You’ll learn the theory of design and construction, and how to work with clients to maximise the success of building projects.

The programme will take you from learning basic design principles through to conducting feasibility studies, understanding client requirements and tendering for construction projects.

The programme will prepare you to work independently on small and medium scale building projects, of limited complexity, through all stages to completion. You will also be competent to work under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer or architect on large or complex building projects.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply comprehensive industry knowledge to evaluate design principles for small, medium and large building projects in a design, building or construction related environment.

  • Carry out feasibility studies for small, medium and large buildings.

  • Establish the clients’ requirements, develop and communicate a concept and building design, and prepare approval documentation for a building project in accordance with a clients’ brief.

  • Evaluate the performance of and select materials and finishes to be used in the building process.

  • Prepare, organise and present architectural working drawings for small and medium buildings using manual and digital technologies in accordance with the statutory and regulatory environment.

  • Understand the roles, documentation and administrative requirements of the construction industry, apply this knowledge and assist senior personnel through the tender process.

Courses in this programme

Year 1 Level Credits
DCBS500 - Building Services 5 15
DACD400 - Construction Documentation 4 15
DCCS500 - Construction for Small Buildings 5 15
DCCI400 - Construction Industry Environment 4 15
DADS500 - Documentation for Small Buildings 5 15
DCEI500 - Environmental Impact 5 15
DCMS400 - Materials and Structural Principles 4 15
DASP500 - Scoping and Preliminary Design 5 15
Year 2 Level Credits
DADB500 - Design in the Built Environment 5 15
DADD600 - Construction Design Development 6 15
DACD600 - Construction Detailing 6 15
DCCM600 - Construction for Medium and Large Buildings 6 15
DAIP600 - Construction Industry Project 6 15
DACA600 - Contract Administration 6 15
DADM600 - Documentation for Medium Buildings 6 15
DAVD600 - Virtual Design and Construction 6 15

Admission information 

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

  • hold 50 NCEA credits at Level 2 including a minimum of 12 credits in mathematics at level 1 and 12 literacy credits at level 1.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


2 years

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International Fees (2022): $19,700 (per year)

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Phone 0800 162 100
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