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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.

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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


  • 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 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

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The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr 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.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

Salaries & Skills


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  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 12 Months, 240 credits (12 Hours of a week of class time)
    • Learning is blended (combination of online & contact time)
    • All class based credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project based assignments.

    Part Time & Online  

    • Part Time = 12 months, 240 credits (1 x 2hrs Week @ 18:00-20:00 & 3hrs every 2nd Saturday @ 09:00)
    • Online = 12 Months, 240 credits (1 x 2hrs @ 18:00-20:00)
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks.

    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change. 

  • Career Options

    • Architectural Technologist 
    • Draughtsperson 
    • Spatial Planner 
    • Project Manager 
    • Architectural Draughtsperson
    • 3D Modeller & Visualization
  • 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.
    • Adobe student licence valid for 1 year. 
    • USB 32GB 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
    • Electronic Study Guides
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets

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 Structures)

myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Student Testimonials

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
  • History & Theory of Architecture
  • Applied Building Science


Software Modules:  

  • Refresher: AutoCAD Essentials through a self paced assembly

  • Refresher: Autodesk Revit Essentials 

  • Refresher: Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign Introduction through a self paced assembly

  • Refresher: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel & PowerPoint through a self paced assembly

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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 and Portfolio Compilation through a self paced 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:

Topics 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 January 2022
    31 January 2022
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Part Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Full Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Part Time

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