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New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

Level 6

UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work independently as an architectural technician on small to medium scale build projects from all stages to completion.

A young man in an architectural drawing class
Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 2 years, full-time or part-time study options

19 Feb 2018 - 7 Dec 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,919.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Gain competency to work on large and/or complex building projects under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer or architect. 

This qualification provides employers and consumers with the confidence that the working drawings produced meet with the requirements of New Zealand legislation, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology will be able to:

  • Evaluate design principles for a building project.
  • Carry out feasibility studies for small, medium and large buildings.
  • Establish a clients’ requirements, develop and communicate a concept and building design, and prepare approval documentation for a building project in accordance with the 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.

Graduates will be able to work as an architectural technician, but with further training, career options include:

  • Architectural designer
  • Senior architectural designer
  • Architect
  • Interior designer
  • Urban designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Design manager
  • Consultant design practice owner
  • Or in another field related to construction, planning or design.
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Architects.

 Course Information

  • Communication in the Construction Industry
  • Tendering Administration Processes for Construction Projects
  • Contract Administration for Valuing Building Works
  • Materials in Construction Projects
  • Services for Construction Projects
  • Structures for Residential Construction Projects
  • Feasibility and Analytical Reports for Construction Projects
  • Commercial Construction 
  • Concept Design
  • Preliminary Design
  • Developed Design
  • Detailed Design 
  • Design Principles

 Domestic Entry Requirements

This programme has open entry. However, it is recommended that people entering programmes leading to the award of this qualification have: 
  • a minimum of 35 NCEA credits at Level 2 in English and Maths; 
  • or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills. 


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology comprises 240 credits.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in a workshop or construction site. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins. To optimise chances of success, 100 per cent attendance is strongly recommended.

Work experience
This programme has optional project work included as part of the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology:
  • Faber Castell graphite sketch pencils (6B - 2H) - packet of six
  • Pilot Hi Tech V7RT Retractable Rollerball Pen
  • Pilot Hi Tech V7RT Retractable Rollerball Pen Fine Black
  • Staedler Academy scale ruler 961 80 2AS 300mm
  • Staedtler Mechanical Pencil 0.9mm
  • Pencil leads 0.9mm HB
  • A3 sketch pad
  • Lecture pad A4, 7mm, ruled, 200 leaf
  • Compass set
  • Protractor
  • USB memory stick 4GB
  • Eraser max large vinyl (1)
  • French curves
  • Triangles 200mm (45/45, 30/60)
  • Pencil sharpener


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.