Learn to harness light, space, line, form, and function to shape the built environment. Our degree programme will fully prepare you for a career as an Architectural Technologist or Interior Architect, or even to start your journey to becoming a Registered Architect. 


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Learn to develop hands-on architectural skills in engineering, project management, building, drawing and design. Start with our Bachelor of Architectural Studies - it's the beginning of an excellent career in the world of architecture. During the degree, choose your specialisation, and graduate either as an Architectural Technologist or Interior Architect.  

An Architectural Technologist is a design specialist with knowledge of building science, engineering and project management. They are the conduit that transfers an architect’s vision through to the reality of construction. This is a career in its own right or the first part of the required higher education component of becoming an architect. This is different to an architectural technician (draughtsperson) who works on the detailed aspects of a project.

An Interior Architect designs the interior of a building. They create the look, feel, experience and atmosphere of a space, while taking access, building services and systems into account. You can see their work in theatres, commercial spaces, restaurants, civic buildings, malls, and luxury homes. This is different to an interior designer who plans the colours, fabrics and furnishings for a space. 

Becoming a Registered Architect

If you wish to become an Architect, you will need to complete this degree (or an equivalent) and a two-year Master of Architecture (Professional) to meet the study component of registration with the New Zealand Registered Architects Board and practice in New Zealand (NZRAB). 

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.

Architecture qualification

Construction, Design

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. Benefit from the chance to tailor your degree through a range of elective options including Furniture Design, Restoration and Conservation, Architectural Internship and Sustainable Practice.


3 Years Full-time


On campus



Career potential

Architectural Technologist, Design Technician, Draftsperson, Interior Architect

How to become an architect

How to become an architect

It takes five years of study and three-plus years of professional experience before you can reg...

Mila Makasini

Mila Makasini

Having enjoyed art, design and timber/metal workshops at high school, Mila was interested in a career that blended science and creativity. He choose architecture.

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