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Bachelor of Architectural Studies

STARTS: February 2022
Madras Street
Close Date: Accepted throughout the year
International Close Date: Please enquire

Add technical skills and knowledge to your creative abilities for a career in architectural design.

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.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$8,300 - $9,100 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

University Entrance: 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,
  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation(Level 4) Ara Construction and Architectural Studies Pathway or equivalent).

OR New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential) (Level 5), or equivalent

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

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.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Add technical skills and knowledge to your creative abilities for a career in architectural design.

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3900
Next Starts February 2022
Application close date Accepted throughout the year
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 360
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees $1,000 per year.
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3900-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$8,300 - $9,100 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Additional Entry Requirements

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.

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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