Architectural Draughtsmanship

A Draughtsperson is a professional who prepares technical drawings and plans based on his or her own design or rough sketches and drawings, calculations and dimensions made by architects. The course will prepare you to start your career in the architectural profession and will allow you to enter further studies in the architectural profession.



During the course, students will be taught the existing methods and norms in preparing a set of documents as well as drawing and rendering skills.

The main aim of the course is to enable the student to communicate his/her design ideas through sketches or other hand techniques. It is important to learn this in the first year, for it is the basis of communication throughout all the years of studying draughtsmanship. The course starts with an introduction to drawing and from there on the student will explore line, form, shade, texture, and other relevant design encounters.

At the Qualitas School of Architecture and Building Construction, students are trained in a simulated office environment and share a campus with students in various other fields of study. During your studies, Qualitas will assist you to find an internship position in order to complete the office based training component of your studies. This programme is aligned with the needs of the profession and all academic staff members are registered members of the profession.

The 1-year course in Architectural Draughtsmanship is your first step towards starting your career in the architectural profession, after successful completion of this programme you have various options:
• You can continue your studies with Qualitas and complete an advanced programme in Architectural Draughtsmanship.
• You can apply for enrolment to study architecture at one of the Universities in South Africa.
• You can apply for a job as a candidate architectural draughtsperson and continue your studies through vocational learning.


What process needs to be followed for admission to the 1st year program in architecture…?

Step 1. Compile an electronic portfolio (max size of file should not exceed 5MB) of any artistic work done by the prospective student. The portfolio needs to proof the student’s current drawing skill and artistic talent.
Step 2. Complete the enrollment form (attached)
Step 3. Scan and email the completed enrollment form, copy of latest available grade 12 marks, ID document and portfolio to or
Step 4. On receipt of the above we will arrange a personal / telephonic interview with you, during the interview acceptance to the programme will be indicated to the student
Step 5. Pay registration fee & make payment arrangement with the Qualitas finance office

What is the enrollment criteria…?

1. grade 12 pass
2. passion for problem solving, drawing and architecture

Must a student have certain subjects or percentages at school…?

No, but it does help if a student has prior knowledge of mathematics and physics (natural science), students are not however not turned away should they not have these subjects.

What is the closing date for application to the 2018 1st year program…?

31 January 2018 is the final cutoff date for registration, we request students to enroll sooner in order for kits and study guides to be ready when classes start

When does classes start…?

The orientation lecture will take place at 09:00 on  17 January 2018

Click here to download: 2018 – Qualitas Draughtsmanship First Year Brochure

Click here to download: 2018 – Qualitas Draughtsmanship Fees



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