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Bachelor of Architectural Technology
Bachelor of Architectural Technology

Bachelor of Architectural Technology

  • ID:SIT640003
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Students will have achieved NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements including:

  • Three subjects at Level 3, each with a minimum of 14 credits from NZQA’s list of approved subjects (normally including a mathematics subject and a science or technology subject), and
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of five credits in reading and five credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, or

Completed the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology, or the New Zealand Diploma in Construction, or equivalent.

English requirements

  • Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, 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 passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:
  • 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 of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Course Information

If you are interested in drawing, problem solving and structure and have a strong record of achievement in design, mathematics or similar subjects, a career in Architectural Technology or Quantity Surveying could be for you!

As an Architectural Technology student you’ll learn the principles of building design through drawing, computer aided design and modeling, as well as working as part of a design and construction team turning concepts into reality. Students gain skills such as establishing a design brief, presenting preliminary designs, developing building concepts and preparing working drawings. They also develop skills in areas applicable to the wider construction industry including health and safety plans, quality assurance and construction methodologies.

Quantity Surveying students graduate able to cost projects and estimate materials, communicate with clients and collaborate with engineers, architects and other members of a design and construction team. You’ll also have a thorough understanding of building technology, the construction process and legal requirements.

SIT has a specialised design suite with 30 stations running AutoCAD, Inventor, ArchiCAD and a number of manual drawing stations. There are many site visits throughout the programme and the opportunity to participate in real-world projects.

Study the Bachelor of Architectural Technology and learn the technical skills and knowledge needed to get into the Architectural Industry.

The architectural sector, construction industry and wider society will benefit from the increase in the level and breadth of technical knowledge and industry capability. It is alo a qualification pathway for practising architectural designers, draughtspersons and CAD technicians who wish to obtain a more senior position.

The Bachelor of Architectural Technology is aimed at secondary students (who have achieved the requisite entrance qualifications) and recent certificate or diploma graduates (in architectural technology or construction or related fields).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Technology will be able to:

  • Analyse complex architectural information and make informed architectural decisions
  • Apply advanced knowledge and analytical, practical and research capabilities to solve architectural technology problems
  • Engage in professional level communication in oral, visual and written modes to convey architectural information
  • Evaluate and advise on services elements and sustainable materials, methods and technologies for use in construction projects
  • Learn independently and undertake professional development in architectural technology
  • Think critically and respond appropriately when confronted with ethical, legal or professional challenges in architectural technology contexts

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Year One


  • BART510 Architectural Design 1
  • BART520 Architectural Drawing 1
  • BCON540 Construction Technology 1
  • BART550 Environmental Impact and Site Feasibility
  • BCON560 Information Communication
  • BCON570 Legislation and the Construction Industry
  • BCON580 Material Science

Year Two


  • BART600 Architectural Design and Drawing 2
  • BART610 Architectural Documentation
  • BCON620 Building Services
  • BCON630 Construction Technology 2
  • BART660 Structural Building Systems
  • BART680 History and Development of Architecture


Year Three


  • BCON710 Building Information Modelling and Communication
  • BART720 Industry Design Studio Project
  • BART730 Professional Practice and Ethics
  • BART740 Research Project
  • BCON750 Sustainable Technology and Construction Methodologies                         

Electives (choose two)

  • BART640 Integrated Environmental Systems
  • BCON650 Project Management
  • BART760 Architecture for the Green Economy
  • BART770 Architecture of Restoration and Conservation
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Get registered with a copy of your CV with Student Services, it will help you be considered for roles when businesses are seeking employees from SIT. There is also a noticeboard with current vacancies in the SIT Student Centre, B Block, 133 Tay St, Invercargill.

Get your foot in the door

Volunteering at local organisations can be a great way for international students to obtain local experience and references – as well as meeting new people and contributing to our local community. Volunteer opportunities are advertised on the board opposite the Employment Office (B-Block).

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Medical insurance - NZD $600 per year

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