Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time / Full Time


The qualification aims to produce senior architectural technologists who will be competent to design at the intermediate level and with the aid of the latest electronic tools, perform and control the technical aspects of architectural practice at an advanced level.

While design forms an integral part of the course the focus remains on the practical/ technological aspects of architectural practice. This includes an emphasis on ‘green design’ and the particular needs of developmental communities.

Students who have completed this course may register for the MTech: Architectural Technology programme or may register for the 3rd year of the BAS programme in order to gain entry into the MArch (Prof) programme.

Admission requirements

(Please note that these are the specific programme admission requirements - the university has its own minimum admission requirements)


  • National Diploma: Architectural Technology from NMMU with an average of 70% for Principles of Architectural Design III (final mark) and 65% as the average of the final marks for Studio Work II and III and Construction and Detailing II and III.

  • Applicants who don’t qualify in terms of the above requirements are required to write an entrance exam set and evaluated by the Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design.

It is recommended that students who do not qualify in terms of the above requirements must work for at least one year after qualifying for their diploma before applying to sit for this entrance examination. Only one examination session will be held for each academic year.

Applicants who hold a National Diploma: Architectural Technology or a first degree in Architecture from another accredited tertiary institution must sit for the entrance examination referred to above.

The conditions regarding the number of attempts allowed also apply to this category of applicant.

The qualification shall extend over one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Careers: architect.

More info on this course: NMMU

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