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New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Fee Guideline: $6,978* (per year) (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton

Architectural Technicians use their construction and drawing knowledge to make building designs become a reality.

They produce drawings and documents that enable pricing, consenting and construction of domestic and commercial building projects. They also create architectural models and specifications and may be involved in administering construction contracts.

In this programme you will learn how to prepare fully detailed drawings and specifications for the construction of buildings. You’ll learn to draw manually and use CAD packages. You’ll be equipped to act as an architectural technician in small-to-medium-scale building projects.

After an additional period of suitable experience, you’ll be able to work on larger and more complex building projects.


Programme Content

Year one includes materials and structural principles, construction for small buildings, feasibility and environmental impact.

Year two includes construction for medium and large buildings, design in the built environment, virtual design and construction.

You will study a range of modules which will teach you to:

  • Research, prepare and communicate design and construction documents for small to medium scale projects
  • Assist with researching, preparing and communicating design and construction documentation for large or complex building projects
  • Assist with general practice management
  • Demonstrate aural, oral and written communication skills in both formal and informal styles
  • Demonstrate social, legal and cultural contextual knowledge


Schedule of Modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.


Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
BSTE401Construction Industry Environment415
BSTE402Materials and Structural Principles415  
BSTE503Feasibility and Environmental Impact515Recommended BSTE501 or BSTE502 
BSTE505Building Services515Recommended BSTE501 or BSTE502
BSTE502Construction for Small Buildings (Envelope)515Recommended BSTE402 

Construction for Small Buildings (Structure)

515Recommended BSTE402 
BSTE504Construction for Medium and Large Buildings515



ARCH401Construction Documentation415  
ARCH503Scoping and Preliminary Design515  
ARCH502Documentation for Small Buildings515

Recommended ARCH401 & BSTE501 or


ARCH501Construction Detailing515

Recommended ARCH401 & BSTE501 or


ARCH602Construction Design Development615Recommended ARCH503 
ARCH603Contract Administration615  
ARCH601Design in the Built Environment615  
ARCH605Documentation for Medium Buildings615Recommended ARCH604 
ARCH604Virtual Design and Construction615ARCH502Recommended BSTE504



Career Opportunities

The New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) may lead to employment as an Architectural Draughtsman, Building and Design Technician or other design and construction disciplines.

Learning by Doing

Throughout the programme you’ll use the latest computers and CAD software. You’ll visit construction sites to complete problem-based and practical assignments.

You’ll build a scale model house that complies with current industry standards and New Zealand legislation. 

Industry Tutors and Connections

Wintec’s dedicated and enthusiastic tutors have current industry connections. Some of them are members of The NZ Institute of Architects while others are involved in current research projects.

With Wintec’s strong industry connections and awesome learning environment you’ll remain focused and motivated all the way to graduation day.

Flexibility to Fit Your Life 

Components of this programme are on Moodle, Wintec’s online education system. That means you can plan your study around other commitments, or take on part-time employment through our industry connections while you study.

Entry Criteria

Candidates are required to have gained

  • a minimum of 48 credits in NCEA Level 2 in four subjects, including a total of at least 12 credits in English and 12 credits in a combination of Algebra and Trigonometry; or
  • have gained New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in at least three subjects, with a grade of 5 or better in each subject (including English and Mathematics); or
  • have gained the New Zealand Trade Certificate in Carpentry or the National Certificate in Carpentry; or
  • be able to demonstrate equivalent industry knowledge and skills; or
  • have gained the Wintec Certificate in Technology (Level 4) or an equivalent foundation programme

Alternatively, candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements may be granted entry into the programme after an interview to determine reasonable likelihood of success in the programme. Recommendations and/or requirements around supplementary learning or entry requirements may be made on an individual basis.

In addition, Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) minimum score of 6.0 across all bands; or equivalent. ​

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