Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 7)
Qualification Type Graduate Diploma
Level 7
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Architecture and Building
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology is aimed at architectural professionals wishing to undertake a comprehensive programme of study in order to upgrade their qualifications and extend their knowledge, capability and skills with the objective of obtaining employment or advancing their careers in architectural technology. The qualification is aimed at practising architectural designers, draughtspersons and CAD technicians who wish to undertake a comprehensive programme of study in order to increase the level and breadth of technical knowledge and industry capability in the Architectural sector.
Graduate profile
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology will be able to:
Analyse complex architectural information and make informed architectural decisions;
Apply advanced knowledge and skills in practical architectural technology situations;
Engage in professional level communication in oral, visual and written modes to convey architectural information;
Evaluate and advise on sustainable materials, methods, practices and technologies for use in construction projects;
Think critically and respond appropriately when confronted with ethical, legal or professional challenges in architectural technology contexts.
Education pathways
Graduates wishing to undertake further study may be admitted into more advanced programmes in New Zealand or overseas.
Employment pathways
Possible employers in the public sector include government departments, local authorities, and educational institutions. Possible employers in the private sector include architects, construction companies, consultancies, and infrastructure service companies. Graduates may also work in private practice. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Admission criteria for the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology are as follows:
Students will have completed all requirements of a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (such as construction, engineering, surveying) and been employed in a responsible position (including completing drawings and relevant documentation) in the field of architectural technology for at least three years.

ii. Special Admission
Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, mature aged applicants who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programmes may be considered for admission, provided they have successfully completed an approved course or programme, or have relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry.

iii. Provisional Part-time Admission
An applicant who does not meet academic criteria may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more papers. Upon successful completion of the paper(s), the student may apply for special admission.

iv. Additional Criteria
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:
- NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance; or
- an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A¬ level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or
- Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA); or
- Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or
- Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or
- Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or
- Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States; or
- Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment:
Certificate or Diploma at Level 6 / Diploma or Degree at Level 7 / Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7
IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band.
All enrolments in the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology and Bachelor of Architectural Technology programmes are approved at the discretion of the Programme Operations Manager in consultation with the Head of Faculty and teaching staff as required. The Head of Faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the programmes.
Education Organisation Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Developed By Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4084
Status Current
Created August 2019
Last Reviewed September 2020
Next Review December 2024
Content
Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology students will undertake a programme of 120 credits approved by the Programme Operations Manager, comprising five compulsory papers:
BART710 Building Information Modelling and Communication (15 credits)
BART720 Industry Design Studio Project (30 credits)
BART730 Professional Practice and Ethics (15 credits)
BART740 Research Project (15 credits)
BART750 Sustainable Technology and Construction Methodologies (15 credits)
and an approved selection of two papers from the following list of electives:
BART620 Building Services (15 credits)
BART640 Integrated Environmental Systems (15 credits)
BART650 Project Management (15 credits)
BART660 Structural Building Systems (15 credits).

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