Study Architectural Technology and Quantity Surveying at SIT

If you are interested in drawing, problem solving and structure and have a strong record of achievement in design, mathematics or similar subjects, a career in Architectural Technology or Quantity Surveying could be for you!

As an Architectural Technology student you’ll learn the principles of building design through drawing, computer aided design and modeling, as well as working as part of a design and construction team turning concepts into reality. Students gain skills such as establishing a design brief, presenting preliminary designs, developing building concepts and preparing working drawings. They also develop skills in areas applicable to the wider construction industry including health and safety plans, quality assurance and construction methodologies.

Quantity Surveying students graduate able to cost projects and estimate materials, communicate with clients and collaborate with engineers, architects and other members of a design and construction team. You’ll also have a thorough understanding of building technology, the construction process and legal requirements.

SIT has a specialised design suite with 30 stations running AutoCAD, Inventor, ArchiCAD and a number of manual drawing stations. There are many site visits throughout the programme and the opportunity to participate in real-world projects.

Programmes in Architectural Technology

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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*


ODiploma28Architectural Technology1Invercargill
OShort Course28Architectural Technology1Invercargill
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Architectural Technology Courses

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Two years full-time

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Carry out feasibility studies for small, medium and large buildings
  • Establish the client's requirements, develop and communicate a concept and building design, and prepare approval documentation for a building project in accordance with a client's brief
  • Evaluate the performance of and select materials and finishes to be used in the building process
  • Prepare, organise and present architectural working drawings for small and medium buildings using manual and digital technologies in accordance with the statutory and regulatory environment
  • Understand the roles, documentation and administrative requirements of the construction industry, apply this knowledge and assist senior personnel through the tender process 

Course Details

Two years full-time

Graduates of this qualification will, in the workplace, be able to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge of the roles, standard documentation and administrative requirements of the construction industry, and communicate in a construction related context
  • Operate within the statutory and regulatory environment as it applies to the construction and design of buildings
  • Manage construction and resource allocation, programming and construction activities, for medium and large buildings and understand the principles related to the provision of services
  • Evaluate and select materials and finishes for building projects, taking into account environmental aspects of the design and construction techniques to be used
  • Apply a broad knowledge of the structure and structural principles for building work including foundations, substructure, the envelope and the interior, and passive fire protection systems for medium and large buildings
  • Analyse, select and administer construction contracts including the preparation of a tender submission from trade sections and other financial components and value building works up to and including final account statements
  • Work in a team and identify organisational principles in a construction and consulting environment
  • Analyse and present feasibility information and preliminary estimates to clients
  • Assemble quantity surveying documentation relevant to specialist and specific trade sections and measure a schedule of quantities for a small building of an individual trade section, including services
  • Collate all priced components into a tender submission for medium and large buildings using tender process knowledge

Course Details

12 weeks - Wednesdays 6-9pm

Our Beginners AutoCAD night course covers:

  • creating and plotting 2 dimensional drawings using a variety of draw and modify commands.
  • creating new drawings using layers text, dimensions and blocks ie. creating and inserting.
  • use of model space and paper space for plotting.

Course Details