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Course Description

An architectural draughtsman or draughtsperson makes detailed technical drawings or plans for buildings, electronics, infrastructure, sections, etc. Drafters use computer software and manual sketches to convert the designs, plans, and layouts of architects into a set of technical drawings. Drafters operate as the supporting developers and sketch architectural designs and drawings from preliminary design concepts.

Architectural Draughtsman’s drawings provide visual guidelines and show how to construct a structure. Drawings include technical details and specify dimensions, materials, and procedures. Drafters fill in technical details using drawings, rough sketches, specifications, and calculations made by architects. Drafters use technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and computers to complete their work.


CETA / National Certificate: Architectural Technology / NQF 5 / 120 Credits / SAQA ID 48733 

SACAP Registration: Architectural Draughtsman

Entrance Requirements

1. Minimum Grade 12 or N4 Qualification
2. English [Grade 12]
3. Mathematics or Maths Literacy [Grade 12]
Bridging Programme: Architectural Technology

Recognition of Prior Learning

If the applicant does not meet the entrance requirements he/she can either do our Architectural Technology: Bridging Programme or apply for recognition of prior learning, the requirements for RPL in this programme is as follows:

The Applicant who wishes to accepted into the programme via RPL must develop a Portfolio of work completed. A portfolio is a logically organised record of a candidate’s evidence of prior learning, and will serve as proof of the candidate’s expertise. It can also include evidence of knowledge or skills gained from a wide variety of sources. This portfolio is usually a set of the applicants art / technical drawings attained from high school or any other institutions.


Full Time / 2 Years / Day Classes [Tuesday – Friday]

Career Opportunities

  • Self Employed Consultants
  • Register as Architectural Draughtsperson with South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
  • Surveying Office Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Application of Building Regulations
  • Opportunities within Architectural Firms
  • Opportunities within Government Institutions
  • Opportunities with Property Developers
  • Architectural or Engineering Detailing
  • Visual 3D Specialist

Practical Working Experience

As an added feature to the program the student is required to complete 200 hours of real working experience with an architectural practice, during the second year of their studies.

Minimum Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ 64 processor

For 32-bit AutoCAD 2016: 2 GB (3 GB recommended) For 64-bit AutoCAD 2016: 4 GB (8 GB recommended)

1024×768 (1600×1050 or higher recommended) with True Color

Books are supplied in classroom, Students may choose to purchase their own.

Selected Software is supplied.

Regular stationary requirements, stationary list provided at commencement of studies.

Corporate Partnerships

The Box Learning Studio has partnered with many architectural practices around the city which assures the learning experience is recent, relevant & up to standard.

Guest Industry Instructors

The Box Learning Studio believes in a variety of different learning perspectives this is why from time to time students will be lectured by different professionals working in the industry on a given topic related to their field. We receive architectural technologists, architects & structural or civil engineers to deliver lessons on various topics.

Site Visits

The Box Learning Studio conducts site visits for students on a regular basis. Students will be able to experience the real working environment and see the inner workings of of architecture as it connects to the construction, engineering and compliance industries.