Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Architecture and Building

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Entry requirements

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.
International applicants must also achieve an overall IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any band, or equivalent, within the last two years.
Otago Polytechnic's policy AP0520.03 English Language Requirements for Those for whom English is an Additional Language also applies.
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 Polytechnic literacy assessments are available.
Other requirements
Applicants must also provide a portfolio demonstrating design, graphic and/or art skills equivalent to NCEA Level 3. Applicants 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.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies aims to prepare students for:
Creative and technological careers in the field of architecture;
An active role in the architectural design and technological professions, and the community;
Postgraduate study and research, and study towards higher qualifications;
Taking responsibility for their own continuing professional and personal development;
Awareness, in both a national and international context, of the social responsibility of the designer and technologist within the built environment.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

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Phone: (03) 477 3014
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