Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology) or (Interior Architecture)

Prepare to work as an Architectural Technologist or Interior Architect or for the further study needed if you want to become a Registered Architect. Build your skills in drawing, computer-aided design, building science, construction and communication, while learning in our new, state-of-the-art facilities, and tailor your degree through a range of elective options.

About the programme

Gain the skills you need to pursue a career in architectural design and the building industry.

Prepare to work as an Architectural Technologist or Interior Architect or for the further study needed if you want to become a Registered Architect. In addition, develop your awareness of the social responsibilities of designers and technologists within the built environment. 

This programme will give you the analytical and conceptual skills to put your creative ideas into practice, and the academic skills to pursue higher levels of study. You will have the knowledge and skills in drawing, computer-aided design (CAD), building construction and science to bring your designs to life in accordance with legislation and codes. 

Elective options will enable you to choose specialist areas that interest you most, you’ll have the chance to demonstrate your talent through design competitions and will gain fantastic work prospects and opportunities to design locally, nationally and internationally.

Studying part-time 

We know that full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer a part-time option where you can study over five years.

Further study and becoming a Registered Architect 

In New Zealand, you can’t legally call yourself an Architect unless you’re registered by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB). If you want to become an Architect, you’ll need to complete this degree (or equivalent) and a two-year Master of Architecture (Professional) to meet the study component of registration with the NZRAB. You’ll also need three (plus) years of professional experience.

From 2023, we will be offering the Master of Architecture (Professional) – this programme is still subject to final approval and we’ll be adding more detailed information as soon as we can.

Offered for the first time at a location in the South Island, you’ll develop advanced knowledge of complex architectural and heritage design opportunities in New Zealand, undertake a major research project, and explore what it takes to collaboratively create first-class architectural works that promote ethical and ecologically-sustainable approaches.

You’ll also have the opportunity to select a wide range of elective courses and do 480 hours of work experience giving you valuable industry insights and experience. 

This programme offers two specialisation options: Architectural Technology or Interior Architecture.

You will learn about architectural design theory as well as the evolution of architectural design through time. You will also learn how to communicate relevant information effectively to the various stakeholders of the industry.  

During year one and semester one of year two, you will study core courses such as Contextual Studies and Architectural Science. From semester two of year two, you will start to choose a series of electives depending on your area of interest.

Course Level Credits Description

Contextual studies 1 

5

15 

Be introduced to key themes and ideas central to the creative industries. This is based on an overview of significant theories informing creative practice across a range of historical and cultural contexts. 

Architectural Science 

5

15

Develop your knowledge of relevant aspects of building science in order to solve discrete problems as applied to the built environment. 

Construction 

15

Learn about the technologies, materials, manufacturing techniques and construction methods as applied to the built environment. 

Architectural Design Studio 1 

5

30 

Be introduced to the fundamentals, theory and practice of design as it applies to the practice of architecture. Develop visual and presentation skills through drawn media, model making and verbal communication. 

Documentation Foundation

5  15

Develop your understanding of methodologies, techniques and processes to present organise and communicate architectural solutions clearly and appropriately, and develop your technical documentation.

Architectural Communication 5 15 Develop your understanding of methodologies, techniques and processes to present organise and communicate architectural design concepts, and develop your perceptual awareness, visual, compositional, observational and conceptual skills.

Documentation Studio 1 

5

15 

To advance your understanding of methodologies, techniques and processes to present organise and communicate architectural solutions clearly and appropriately, and to advance your technical documentation.

Contextual Studies 2 

6

15

Extend your ability to research, analyse and discuss theories shaping creative practice across a range of cultural and historical contexts. 

Architectural Technologies 

6

30

Further develop your knowledge of relevant aspects of building technologies in order to solve problems as applied to the built environment. 

Architectural Design Studio 2 

6

30

Extend your understanding of architectural form, space and geometry, surface and textures. Apply theory to real-world scenarios. 

Documentation Studio 2 

6

30

Further develop your understanding of methodologies, techniques and processes to present, organise and communicate architectural solutions clearly and appropriately. 

Research Project 

7

15

Develop the skills to conduct and report research under supervision. 

Architectural Design Studio 3

7

30

Develop the theory and practice of the design of architecture.

Design studio Major 

7

30

Take the opportunity to apply architectural design or documentation activity, and to generate your own focus of study and to work independently in a self-directed manner. 

ELECTIVES*

     

Building Typologies

7

30

Analyse key design aspects and challenges of various common building typologies and employ key design considerations. 

Furniture Design 1 

6

15

Develop the theory and practice of designing furniture. 

Restoration and Conservation 1 

6

15

Explore a range of techniques and principles required for solving design problems relating to the restoration and conservation of buildings. 

Sustainable Practice

6

15

Evolve as sustainable practitioners by developing a theoretical and practical understanding of community resilience, place identity and sustainable material cultures.

Furniture Design 2 

7

15

Advance the knowledge, skills and awareness that you gained in Furniture Design 1 and develop an enhanced understanding of furniture design. 

Computer Aided Communication 2

6

15

Draw, manipulate, customise and manage complex 3D Computer Aided Design Drawings/graphics employing a variety of currently available software packages used by the industry.

New Zealand Architects 

7

15

Extend your understanding of the ideas of architectural thinkers and how their concepts informed architectural design in New Zealand. 

Architectural Internship 

7

15

Embrace the opportunity to operate at an entry level in an Architectural or Interior Architecture design office/practice. You will make a creditable application for ongoing employment in the building industry and self-analyse your performance against employers’ expectations. Eligibility for internships is at the discretion of the Programme Leader and requires a minimum of a B grade in all of the following subjects: BACS500, BAAS500, BACT500, BADE500, BADS500 and BADS600 (all of year 1 plus documentation studio 2).  

BIM Project

7

15

Learn about the principles of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and its application to collaborative interdisciplinary design, construction and use of building developments. Topics include: project organisation, coding and protocols, BIM deliverables, component standardisation, levels of development, appropriate software, interoperability, project visualisation and design. 

Special Topic 

6/7

15

Carry out an independent study in your area of specialty. 

* not all offered in any one year

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.