School of Architecture

How to apply

Early applications are welcomed. Late applications will be considered if places are available.

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How to apply for architecture

We accept applications until late November, but early applications get priority. We will process late applications in the order we receive them and create a waitlist if we receive more applications than there are places available.

Include these three documents in your application:

  • Application (completed online)
  • Cover letter
  • Portfolio of work

While it may seem daunting to compile a portfolio, it's an important and essential part of the application process. We’ve included some guidance on building your portfolio, cover letter and what you can include in your submission.

Cover Letter

Help us get to know you and why you want to do this programme, what interests you about it and what you have done to give yourself the best chance of being accepted.

We want to know your career goals and anything else you think is relevant to your application. Will also need to include your curriculum vitae (resume/CV).

Portfolio requirements

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (If you have NCEA credits for Design & Visual Communication and/or Art)
Bachelor of Architectural Studies (If you did not study NCEA Design or Art)

Portfolio format

Digital portfolio

During your application process you will be given the chance to upload your portfolio. If you have any problems email for assistance.

Alternatively, you can also send your digital portfolio on a USB drive.

Physical format

We prefer digital portfolios but you can send a physical portfolio to us if you need to. A physical portfolio should be submitted in an A4 clear file folder or larger format if possible e.g. A3. Original works are preferred or send photographs or colour photocopies - and make sure it’s all clearly labelled with your name.

Please courier or hand-deliver your portfolio to our address below.

If you want your portfolio returned, include a self-addressed, postage-paid courier package.

Otago Polytechnic - School of Architecture
Attn: Student Administrator for Architecture,
Customer Services, Otago Polytechnic,
F Block, Forth Street, Dunedin 9016

Still at school?

If you’re still at school, the work in your portfolio can be anything you’ve completed over the past year and work you’re developing for NCEA Level 3 portfolios. We don’t need your finished NCEA board, but you can include development work for these if you like. We want to see the work you’ve done in class and the work you’ve done for yourself.

Application process

Fill in the application form and upload your cover letter and a PDF of your portfolio.

Got any questions?

Email if you have any questions about your application or portfolio.

Start here: Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Start here: Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Learn to harness light, space, line, form, and function to shape the built environment.

Contact us

If you want to know more about what we offer or you would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.