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Diploma of Architectural Design & Technology

Level 7


Why study at theDesign & Arts College of New Zealand?

·  We have more than 30 years experience inproviding quality relevant education that leads to employment in the creativeindustries

·  Our industry, community and institutionalpartnerships make the D&A learning experience dynamic and help studentslaunch careers

·  Small class sizes allow for effectiveone-on-one tutor time and support

·  We bring students from all over the worldtogether with industry professionals to create a community of people passionateabout design and arts



Three academic years


26 January 2015 

13 July 2015 

Career Opportunities

Architectural designers,freelancing, architectural technicians, CAD operators, draughting, buildingrelated work, project management, surveying, interior design, landscapearchitecture or local government work.

Further Study Possibilities

Graduates have gone on tostudy: Lincoln University (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Diploma ofHorticulture); Royal Melbourne Institution of Technology (Bachelor ofArchitecture); Victoria University (Bachelor of Architecture); AucklandUniversity (Bachelor of Architecture).

Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2 (High SchoolYear 12) with Level 3 (High School Year 13) Physics or Science, and Graphics orArt or equivalent. English language entry requirements, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Tuition fees

$19,656 per academic year

Course-related costs

$1,500 per academicyear 

Individual Course Components

Design studio, environmentaldesign, architectural drawing, digital communication/computer aided design anddocumentation, presentation techniques, construction, laws and regulations,business studies, urban design, history of architecture, theory ofarchitecture, critical studies, drawing and presentation, architecturaldrawing, professional practice, internship experience.

Course Summary

First Academic Year

The first academic yearconsists of courses that build the student's appreciation of the technical anddesign aspects of architecture. Students are introduced to the techniques andprocesses necessary to develop practical designs. Components such as history ofarchitecture, theory of architecture, design and environmental design givestudents an understanding of the basic principles, modern theories and theenvironmental and sustainable issues faced by the industry.

Along with the study andpractice of freehand and perspective drawing techniques, students learn basicarchitectural draughting, working with relevant national and internationalstandards in the presentation of detailed working construction documents.Familiarity with industry standard computers is gained in the digitalcommunication component. This digital imaging component also gives the studentsthe chance to apply their draughting, design and presentation skills digitallyand enables them to explore 3D modeling, computer rendering and the productionof digital drawings.

In the laws and regulationscomponent, students take an in-depth look at statutory requirements and theireffect on design and construction.

Second Academic Year

The foundations establishedin year one are consolidated in year two with the introduction of more advancedtheory and practical requirements.

Students explore the effectsof building within the urban design. Practical exercises, site visits and guestspeakers from industry give students insight into construction.

Third Academic Year

This year begins with a10-week internship experience with a New Zealand based architectural practice.By working on 'live' projects with actual clients, students benefit fromreal-world experience and gain access to industry networks invaluable for theirfuture career.

On return from theirinternship, students apply these experiences to a major design project. Themain emphasis in this final year is on the overall complexity of architectureand the integration of all disciplines. Students have the skills to work inpredominately self-directed environment under the close guidance of tutors.

Prior to graduating, aportfolio is created and an exhibition produced to present each student'sabilities and ideas to potential clients and employers.