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National Diploma: Architectural Technology NQF6

The National Diploma: Architectural Technology NQF6 provides an introduction into the Architectural Profession and its role within the building Industry. This qualification provides a strong focus on developing entry-level skills for employment within the Architectural Profession/s. This course helps broaden access to the Architectural Profession. The learner is provided with the technical skills, competencies and academic knowledge required to work in the Architecture industry as an ‘Architectural Technologist’. The role of the technology in architecture is significant because innovation is constantly evolving in both the development in tools like computer modelling and the materials used to make the buildings. Therefore, the architectural technologist is required to perform a significant part of the professional team by providing thorough technical research, proposing innovative technical solutions, managing the production and coordination of the realised design within the stages of administration, design, construction and detailing in the built environment, production of drawings, model making, site supervision and monitoring, elementary planning and design work, and liaison with relevant role players. Although the tools which technologists are using are becoming more advanced and moving towards digital design and production, the role and expertise has not changed in the office. In fact, with technology, technologists can now add more value to the development of the process, higher efficiency and better coordinated production in the built environment.



Features and Benefits

  • This qualification will consist of integrated project-based assessments to provide a holistic learning experience.
  • An introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality technology is incorporated into this program.
  • Students get free access to the MakersLab with 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Lazer Cutting facilities.




  • We utilise industry-leading Design & Draughting software including AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit Structures and Autodesk Revit MEP ensuring that students are equipped with industry used CAD software.
AutocadRevit Architecture   
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 

  • You will be provided with an A-Grade study kit, that includes all the tools you will need to use in both academic and professional use.
  • Scarce industry skills such as Project Management, accredited by PMI (Project Management International) and others was added to further employment success and skills application.
  • Students get access to our online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.

  • Design
  • Explore
  • Create

Re-imagine designers
of the future

This programmes incorporates the use of the MakersLab. A space where learning, exploration, design, making & testing will take place. It will act as a platform for design & prototyping of products specifically related to space-making.

Casting & Moulding, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling!

This programme incorporates the use of Virtual Reality and may include topics such as Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality using your Goggles VR Headset, Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality, Modelling for Virtual Reality, Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Full Immersion, Design Validation through Virtual Reality, Presenting your data in Virtual Reality.

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Admission Requirements

Regulatory Information

  • Continual Integrated Formative Assessment: As you finish your modules you will be assessed continuously in the form of practical exercises.
  • Portfolio of Evidence: You will be required to build up a portfolio of evidence as proof that you can perform certain task in practise. This will be done in a “simulated work environment”.
  • External assessments by an accredited assessor and internal moderation with CETA verification.

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 5510, i7, 16GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 5510, i7, 32GB

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The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

11th Generation Intel Core i7-11370H(12M cache, up to 4.8GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone, Power Button without Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Non-ECC RAM, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX450 w/2GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 54Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

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Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

11th Generation Intel Core i7-11370H (15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone, Power Button without Touch Fingerprint Reader, 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 Non-ECC RAM, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX450 w/2GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills


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  • Duration

    Full Time

    • Full Time, Contact (Hybrid) Learning, 12 Months, 240 credits
    • Full Time, Online Learning, 12 Months, 240 credits


    • Part Time, Flexi Online Learning, ± 24 Months, 240 credits
    • Classes conducted after hours once a week online (studio sessions on selected Saturdays (hybrid) for part time students only)

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • Career Options

    • Architectural Technologist 
    • Draughtsperson 
    • Spatial Planner 
    • Project Manager 
    • Interior Designer 
    • Building Inspector 
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only). 
    • Autodesk student license valid for 1 year.
    • USB 64GB with all required software applications. 
    • Stationery including: 
      • AIE Notepad
      • AIE Pencil Bag (15cm) 
      • AIE Ruler
      • AIE Pen
      • UNI Pin Fine Liner (0.05mm, 0.2mm) 
      • A4 Bleedproof Sketchpad - 50 Sheets
      • A3 Tracing paper - 30 Sheets
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets
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What you get

This qualification is designed to provide the student with multiple certificates and qualifications,
 both locally and internationally recognised by industry for maximum employability 
On completion the student will earn: 
  • National Diploma: Architectural Technology, NQF Level 6, SAQA ID: 48733, 240 Credits 
  • International Autodesk Software: AutoCAD Advanced, Revit Advanced, Revit MEP, Revit Structural)

Our Learning Methods

Our learning methods is a technology mediated delivery model, focused on flexibility, accessibility, and academic support to provide the ultimate learning experience without compromising teaching time and quality.

* As per Communique 2 of 2022 from the Council of Higher Education, all programs accredited for contact mode only may be offered in all delivery modes for the 2023 academic year. 





Full Time, Contact
(Hybrid) Learning

A modern twist on traditional face-to-face, full-time learning. Our contact classes are delivered via Hybrid learning, providing students with the flexibility to attend on campus, virtually, or both.

Full Time, Online

Extending our reach with online only, full time learning. Our progressive technology platform and people-supported academic journey giving students access to our classes from anywhere in the world.

Part Time, Flexi Online

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility to manger your own schedule and pace of learning. Sessions are conducted after hours on selected weekdays, and on alternate Saturdays.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of an Architectural Draughtsman. 

Important Notes

AIE (Academic Institute of Excellence) has been granted provisional registration as a private college in terms of Section 31(3) of the CET Act and Regulation 12(4), with registration number 2018/FE07/003 for a period of three years. 

This programme is accredited, and quality assured by the Construction SETA (CETA), accreditation number  # ACC/17/07/00016


The AIE is registered with the DHET as a Private TVET College, which means we are only offer occupational qualifications that are accredited by Umalusi, the (QCTO) Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, any of the SETAs and other Regulatory Bodies that have had their qualifications accredited by the QCTO.


Occupational qualifications that fall within the domain of any SETA, are NOT accredited by a Professional Body Regulator, such as SACAP.

Modules Covered


  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Technology & Detailing
  • Architectural Representation & Draughting
  • Computer Applications
  • History & Theory of Architecture
  • Applied Building Science


Software Modules:  

  • Refresher: AutoCAD Essentials

  • Refresher: Autodesk Revit Essentials 

  • Refresher: Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign Introduction 

  • Refresher: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel & PowerPoint 

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Refresher Courses refer to self study learning materials that AIE provides to students. Please note that these are self study modules to be completed at your own pace. No lecturer will be provided for refresher courses.

  • Autodesk Revit Advanced  


  • Autodesk Revit MEP 


  • Autodesk Revit Structure







Essentials of Project Management Module:

This module will prepare students to write their Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam. (Note: CAPM Exam to be arranged by the student)

This course is accredited with Services SETA to the following unit standards:

  • SAQA ID 120372: Explain Fundamentals of Project Management | NQF Level 4, 5 Credits
  • SAQA ID 120379: Work as a project team member | NQF Level 4, 8 Credits;

The person credited with these unit standards is able to begin operating in a project environment by understanding the terminology used and interpreting and explaining fundamental concepts of project management. These unit standards will also add value to learners who are running their own business and recognise that project management forms an integral component of any business


On Exit: Workplace Preparation Module

You will only attend the WPM on your exit year. The Workplace Preparation Module is designed for students to acquire the requisite skills and attributes to help you integrate into the world of work more easily. Move from the world of education to the world of work with essential and/or specialized skills that will improve your employment (or self-employment) prospects. This program is done for all students and consist of:

Modules covered:

  • Preparing for an interview;
  • Conduct and Behavior During an Interview;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Understanding Legislation;
  • Preparing the CV that Everybody Wants to See;
  • Using Social Media;
  • Starting the Job seeking Journey
  • Registering on our recruitment portal. 


  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 25 July 2022
    Late Registration In Progress
    01 August 2022
    Full Time, Contact
  • 25 July 2022
    Late Registration In Progress
    01 August 2022
    Full Time, Contact
  • 25 July 2022
    Late Registration In Progress
    01 August 2022
    Full Time, Online
  • 25 July 2022
    Late Registration In Progress
    01 August 2022
    Part Time, Online

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