South African Qualifications Authority identification number (SAQA ID): 97623
This Certificate gets you acquainted with architecture and the profession’s role within the built environment.
The purpose of the programme is to:
– Provide an introduction to the architectural profession and its role within the broader context of the Built Environment.
– Provide the learner with the skills, competencies and academic knowledge required to practice in the Built Environment as a “Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson” and after a period of supervised practical experience and / or other requirements as specified by the professional registration body, as an “Architectural Draughtsperson”.
– Create an early comprehensive exit level to:
- Allow ease of movement to other (related) fields of expertise
- Encourage lifelong learning by setting achievable milestones
- Introduce an academic qualification in the event of interrupted studies.
Competencies relating to Architectural Design theory and skills application include:
A. Design Theory
• The historical context of Design and Architecture
• The formulation of a design strategy for simple designs
B. Design Skill Application
• Resolving simple planning exercises
• Creative problem solving in the context of the built environment
Competencies relating to Construction Technology theory and skills application as it relates to the field of Architecture include:
A. Construction Technology Theory
• Elementary principles of: construction technology, materials applications and characteristics, services (plumbing, drainage and electrical)
• The principles governing SABS specifications and the National Building Regulations
B. Construction Technology Skill Application
• Appropriate application of elementary construction principles and details
• Appropriate use of materials and service installations (plumbing, drainage and electrical)
Competencies relating to written and verbal communication skills include:
• Industry specific terminology and language skills
• Introduction to research methodology
B. Skill Application
• Basic business communication methods
• Personal self-image projection
• Technical specification writing
• Correct referencing
Competencies relating to graphic communication skills The focus of this component is on:
• Conventions of the professions and trades within the built environment
• Understanding of the relationships within the construction industry
B. Skill Application
• Graphic Communication from conceptual design sketches to technologically competent instruction drawings.
• Incorporating computer technology in presentation and communication methods Creative problem solving in the context of the built environment
Internationally, the registration categories within the Architectural Profession are mostly limited to first degree and upwards and usually for the category of “Architect” only. The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) however has four registration categories. There is no precedent for a programme that is aimed specifically at qualifying a “Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson” for professional registration purposes. It is imperative that South African education providers respond to the requirements of professional registration at each registration category and that a suitable academic outcome is established.
Direct access into NQF level 6 National Diploma: Architectural Technology at second year level, subject to
institutional discretionary requirements having been met.
For learners with a strong design aptitude, entrance into NQF level 7 Bachelor of Architectural Studies with credit for subjects completed, subject to institutional discretionary requirements having been met.
Professional registration as Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson and subsequent internship.
Access to NQF level 6 specific area focused programmes in the career focused track subject to provider’s
discretionary requirements having been met.
- The programme consists of 16 modules
- Consumable cost (+-R600 – R800/month) ** estimate only
- Continuous project based assessment
- Portfolio submission
- 240 hours of Experiential Training to be completed
- Contact students Graduate in December
- Higher Certificate Graduates have the opportunity to apply for Diploma or Degree studies at Inscape Education Group or another Tertiary Institution provided they fully meet the entrance requirements laid out by the Institution
- Laptop* optional
- Software licenses (as per programme requirements)
- Preliminary art equipment
- Online library subscription
- Digital study guides and courseware
- Internet connectivity
- Monthly Consumables
The course consists of 16 MODULES to be completed:
1. Standard drawing conventions
2. Starting your own business
3. Introduction to architectural drawing
4. AutoCAD for the built environment
5. Ecological Studies and Practice
6. Domestic construction
7. Professional Practice for the Built Environment
8. Framed structures
9. Introduction to Project Management
10. Model making
11. Design process and influences
12. Architectural presentation
13. Alternative Building Systems
14. Council submissions
16. Experiential training
More about the Higher Certificate
A Higher Certificate is a one-year, full time course that gets you into a Degree course if you don’t meet the requirements initially. The Higher Certificate includes 240 hours of hands-on training that prepares you to enter the working world.