CAD for Architectural Drawing 1

This course is designed to support the students who are enrolled in the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology with the CAD skills required to complete that programme.

CAD for Architectural Drawing 1 is project based and runs alongside the Diploma programme, however it's also open to people from industry who wish to learn CAD skills.

The software we currently teach is ArchiCAD and once enrolled students have access to a free student software licence for the year (available for PC or MAC).

Content Details

During the course you''ll study:

  • Three dimensional modelling
  • Navigate around the CAD programme
  • Create 3D photographic renders
  • Editing of 3D entities
  • Use 2d tools to enhance drawings
  • Editing of 2D entities
  • Customise CAD settings to suit a specific project
  • Use CAD image tools
  • Make layouts and print/plot


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Classes are held Mondays and Thursdays with a 2 hour session either in the morning or the afternoon.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $445.00

Course related costs: Allow approximately $200 for printing on top of the course fee

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • Record of achievement CAD for Architectural Drawing 1

Entry Criteria - Summary

Academic Requirements - for school leavers

  • NCEA Level 1 with having achieved a minimum of 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits, AND
  • achieved a minimum of 28 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above
  • achieved minimum of 48 credits in NCEA Level 2 in 4 subjects including credits in English and maths

Special Admission
Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the course outcomes.

Full-time and part-time Architectural Technology students will have first rights to enrolment. Students from other diploma courses will be accepted next. People currently employed or recently employed in the construction industry may also be considered.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.