Otago Polytechnic

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

Location

Dunedin

Duration
Three years full-time
Delivery

On campus

Credits
360
Level
7
Start
February
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    19 February 2018
    14 May 2018 - 1 June 2018
    17 April 2017 - 28 April 2017
    25 September 2017 - 6 October 2017

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

This programme offers a highly practical, authentic learning experience which will prepare you for employment in an established architectural practice or for the further study and research needed to become a Registered Architect. In addition, this programme will enable you to develop your awareness of the social responsibilities of designers and technologists within the built environment.

Benefits of this programme

  • Fantastic work prospects and opportunities to design locally, nationally and internationally
  • Individual options available to specialise through electives 
  • The opportunity to demonstrate your talent through design competitions
  • Successful completion will enable you to pursue further postgraduate study options. 

Career options

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the analytical and conceptual skills to put your creative ideas into practice, as well as 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 reality in accordance with legislation and codes. You will also be able to work effectively and collaboratively in single and multidisciplinary teams to research and solve problems with contextual understanding and creativity. In addition, you will have an understanding of the methods and resources that will enable further inquiry into the architectural professions, ongoing professional development and advanced study.  

Depending on your specialisation, you could find work as an architectural designer in an established architectural or design practice, or as an interior architect for a firm of architects or designers. With experience, there is also the potential to set up your own practice in either field. 

Career options

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the analytical and conceptual skills to put your creative ideas into practice, as well as 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 reality in accordance with legislation and codes. You will also be able to work effectively and collaboratively in single and multidisciplinary teams to research and solve problems with contextual understanding and creativity. In addition, you will have an understanding of the methods and resources that will enable further inquiry into the architectural professions, ongoing professional development and advanced study.  

Depending on your specialisation, you could find work as an architectural designer in an established architectural or design practice, or as an interior architect for a firm of architects or designers. With experience, there is also the potential to set up your own practice in either field. 

Entry requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved subjects, and
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
    • 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
    • specified achievement standards, OR
    • unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any of the subtests).

Alternative requirements

  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Otago Polytehcnic literacy assessments are available.

Other requirements

  • You must provide a portfolio demonstrating design, graphic and/or art skills equivalent to NCEA Level 3. Please see below for details of the portfolio requirements or email ebsDES@op.ac.nz for more information.
  • You may be required to undertake an interview.
  • Applicants should be motivated and talented individuals with a strong interest in and aptitude for the technological and/or creative fields of architecture. 
Portfolio information

Portfolios will be assessed against the following criteria: composition, concepts - ideas and content, variety and range of media, and drawing skills.

Your portfolio should contain between six and 12 original or copied pieces of your work. Work should be bound and mounted on boards no bigger than A3 size. Please restrict your presentation to a maximum of 4 sheets of A3 size (if you are sending these through the post, A4 is fine). The portfolio may be submitted electronically in PDF format or on boards. We would encourage you to include a variety of artwork including sketches of architecture, still life and other observational drawings. We would also be looking for work in a variety of media such as painting, 2D and 3D designs, photography, sculpture and digital media. These may include hobbies and activities you have completed outside of school. If you are a school leaver and are producing a portfolio, please digitally copy a selection of your work to be used in your portfolio for us. 

Please also include a cover letter with your portfolio. Please explain why you have chosen to apply for this programme. Your letter should also communicate your interest in the discipline you have selected and outline what steps you have already taken to increase your chances of being accepted into the programme. Please also include your CV and your career goals in this letter and any other information that you feel is relevant. 

Please courier or hand-deliver your portfolio to the address below (enclosing a self-addressed, postage-paid courier package in order for your work to be returned after consideration):

Attn: Student Administrator for Design, Customer Services, Otago Polytechnic, F Block, Forth Street, Dunedin, 9016.

Selection procedure 

Selection is based on previous secondary or tertiary academic record or work, and/or life experiences and your portfolio. Applications will be received throughout the year until 30 November. Early applications will receive priority and applications that meet the academic and additional criteria will be accepted prior to the closing date for entry. Applicants who meet the academic criteria will be ranked on the portfolio. Late applications will be processed in the order they are received and where the programme is oversubscribed a waitlist will be kept. An interview is not usually required for entry but may be necessary in order to determine admission criteria for students with evidence of alternative entry requirements, or for entry under special admission. Applicants sitting NCEA will be accepted conditionally pending notification of their NCEA results. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact us once they have been notified of their results. In the event that an applicant does not achieve the required result, their application will be reassessed and alternative choices suggested.

Additional costs

Per academic year, you will be expected to spend about $750-$900 on course-related materials. 

Qualification structure

This qualification 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.  

Year 1   Year 2   Year 3  
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2
Contextual Studies 1 Architectural Science Contextual Studies 2 Elective - Level 6 Elective - Level 7 Elective - Level 7
Construction  Documentation Studio 1 Architectural Technologies Architectural Technologies Research Project Elective - Level 7 
Documentation Studio 1 Documentation Studio 1 Documentation Studio 2 Documentation Studio 2 Architectural Design Studio 3 Design Studio Major
Architectural Design Studio 1 Architectural Design Studio 1 Architectural Design Studio 2 Architectural Design Studio 2 Architectural Design Studio 3 Design Studio Major

 

Course outlines
Name of 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 Studio 1 

5

45 

Develop your understanding of methodologies, techniques and processes to present, organise and communicate architectural solutions clearly and appropriately, and develop your perceptual awareness, visual, compositional, observational and conceptual skills. 

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. 

Urban Design Studio 

7

30

Embrace the chance to apply urban design activity and to generate your own focus of study. Enjoy the opportunity to a apply theory to real-life scenarios. 

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. 

Performance Design Studio 

6

15

Develop the theory and practice of the design of a performance space. 

Sustainable Rating Tools and Natural Materials 

6

15

Develop as a sustainable practitioner by gaining a practical understanding of sustainable rating tools and natural materials. 

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. 

Restoration and Conservation 2

7

15

Advance the knowledge, skills and awareness that you gained in Restoration and Conservation 2 and develop an enhanced understanding of the restoration and conservation of buildings.  

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. 

Your workload 

Workload is 40 hours per week with about two thirds of that time spent in a directed learning environment. Learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials, Moodle discussion, audio/video analysis, site visits and/or attendance of performances and exhibitions (if available).

Student loans/allowances

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit: www.studylink.govt.nz

Recognition of prior learning? 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz 

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.

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