Does this course prepare me for further studies?

Yes, the Higher Certificate in Architectural Technology is considered an access programme to further study. 50% of graduates from 2013 to 2015 from this course are currently studying further in associated fields; Architecture, Architectural Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil engineering, Urban Design, Project Management and Design. The institutions that the students have enrolled at successfully include: University of Kwazulu Natal, University of the Free State, University of Pretoria, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of the Witwatersrand, Howard College UKZN, Cranefield College, Design School South Africa, Design Times, Unisa and Inscape Education Group

Can I be employed with this qualification?

Yes. On successful completion of this qualification you can be employed as an Architectural Draughtsman. 40% of Inscape Architectural Technology graduates have secured employment in the Built Environment Sector.

Have graduates from this course registered with professional bodies and associated organisations?

Yes, students who have graduated with the Higher Certificate in Architectural Technology have registered with SACAP (South African Council of Architectural Professions) and SAID (South African Institute of Draughting). Remember, (from SACAP’s website): “Only persons who are registered in the PROFESSIONAL categories with SACAP MAY PRACTICE OR RENDER ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES directly to the public. CANDIDATE categories of registered persons work under a mentor and complete a practical training process for the required period, as stipulated in the SACAP Practical Training Policy.”

Why do I need to complete experiential training?

At the inception of the programme, consultation with academic staff at institutions to which the graduates would articulate indicated that prospective students applying to their institutions had limited exposure to the architectural industry and limited technical drawing ability. They requested that we expose the students to the industry through possible work integrated learning. In addition to these requirements, the graduates who seek employment immediately after graduation, attest to their ability to enter the industry due to the experiential training module. All experiential training should be completed under supervision of a SACAP registered Professional.

Do the lecturers know what they are doing?

The collective academic staff directly teaching the programme have, on average 75 years higher education, 150 years industry experience and have been employed at the institution for an average of 3.5 years. Academic staff teaching the programme are where relevant registered with SACAP. Of the academic staff hold membership with DEFSA (Design Education Forum of South Africa), PIA (Pretoria Institute of Architecture), Landscape Institute, South African Council for Planners, Urban Design Institute of South Africa and SAIA (South African Institute of Architects). This excludes national academic staff and campus management responsible for development and support of the programme.

What can I expect when I get to campus?

The institutional policy is that there will not be more than 24 students in any class. This allows for low lecturer student ratio’s and promotes individual academic attention for each student. Small class culture is typical of private higher education institutions and is often lauded as a contributing factor to the high success rates in these environments.

Studios are also accessible to students after hours. Students do make use of the space from time to time and have developed their own studio culture within the space. Students are afforded suitable environments and facilities as required by the curriculum at any given time.

Model Building spaces and facilities are provided for at the time at which the students engage in this learning. As the programme is a one year programme the teaching and learning strategy is easily accommodated by a single moment in time approach. The facilities provided are such that the purpose and rationale of the programme is achieved.

Why do I complete a portfolio?

A significant number of graduates from this programme enter the working environment. They have indicated that the ability to present a portfolio of their work at an interview goes a long way to securing the employment. A greater number of graduates articulate into related programmes at other institutions and have indicated that the presentation of their portfolio’s to access these institutions has enabled them to enrol more easily. The ability to professionally ‘build’ the portfolios at an NQF level 05 is closely guided by the lecturer to ensure that the body of work they present is suitable.

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