Application Procedure

Step 1

Complete the online Admission Application

Step 2

After receiving confirmation from the Admission department on the outcome of your Admission Application, contact the Department to complete the Departmental Selection Process which include an Interview and Creative Portfolio (see details below for direct information)

For more information
Priya Peters
Position: Secretary
Phone: 041-504 9928

Entrance Requirements

The admission requirements for this course are either a Senior Certificate or an N3 Certificate with two official languages, further applicants must meet the Applicant Score AS requirements as outlined under Qualifications offeredIn addition to the above applicants will be required to attend an extended selection procedure.



Admissions will notify the prospective student if he/she meets the entry requirements to proceed to the second round of the application process.

The prospective student must book an interview from the available dates which can be found in the Architectural Technology admission letter.

Please note, due to COVID19, the interviews will not be taking place. More information will be given once the applicant applied.

Course structure

Individuals wishing to register as Professional Architectural Draughtspersons must complete the first year, those wishing to register as Professional Architectural Technologists the 3 year National Diploma and those wishing to register as Professional Senior Architectural Technologists the Advanced Diploma Architectural Technology degree. Individuals wishing to become Professional Architects must complete the Advanced Diploma: Architectural Technology (Applied Design) option (Acceptance into the M Arch (Prof) course will depend on the mark obtained for Applied Design 4). A
two-year M Tech degree is currently under curriculation. Studying Architectural Technology at the Department of Architecture & Interior Design at the
Mandela University holds the following advantages: 
  • A unique, improved and updated course with an extended focus on computers (2D CAD, 3D CAD and Multimedia)
  • Active student society and social infrastructure to ensure a balance lifestyle
  • Qualifying from a department that is recognized for its high standards and for leading the field in architectural multimedia education
  • An environment which is renowned for its natural and cultural attributes.


Architects deal primarily with space. They create spaces and arrange them in a logical and functional order, mostly within buildings. Architectural Technologists are concerned with the development of buildings. This may cover building design, the design of parts of buildings, the presentation of the design and the assembly of its various elements. The field of expertise of Architectural Technologists is mainly construction methods, materials, and the preparation of drawings and graphic presentations. This expertise is employed as part of the design process to convey ideas and make decisions on the material and elements selected and how they are assembled and importantly, to translate designs into the technical drawings and specifications required for the construction thereof. Other duties include surveying office management, contract administration, negotiation with local authorities and application of building regulations. Employment opportunities exist with architectural practices, government institutions, and property developers or as self-employed consultants.
“ The need to address man’s impact on the environment has never been more urgent. Virtually every new building can be designed to run on a fraction of current energy levels ” (Sir Norman Foster: Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate 1999)
Some of the outstanding characteristics of our time are the rapid increase in technological innovation, information and communication technology, environmental
ethics and the emphasis on sustainable development.
Furthermore, research found that Architects rate the following (in descending order of importance) as the 6 most critical areas affecting successful Architectural
practice: Ethics, technology intelligence, communication skills, people skills and design skills.