Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology) Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology)

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DegreeFull time - 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

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$7,685 - $8,235







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Domestic Applications due

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International Applications due

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Christchurch - Madras Street


Use your creativity to explore construction principles and technology when you specialise in architectural technology. Our degree will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the architectural design profession.

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.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 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

    • 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)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

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. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Portfolio
    All applicants must provide a portfolio demonstrating design, graphic and/or art skills equivalent to NCEA Level 3. Contact the School of Architectural Studies for details of the portfolio requirements.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an architectural studies domestic application pack or an architectural studies international application pack.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

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.

Recommended school subjects

  • Art
  • Graphics
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics