The first University to partner with Open Architecture (OA) was the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In 2014 the SACAP accredited CPUT BTech: Architectural Technology (Applied Design) course was implemented as a blended part-time programme in collaboration with OA, alongside the current full-time BTech programme offered on the CPUT campus. To date three cohorts of students have graduated with 43 BTech degrees being conferred by CPUT.  

CPUT is currently phasing out the BTech degree and planning to implement the new Advanced Diploma from 2020, according to the new HEQSF structure. Following the success of the part time OA-CPUT programme, CPUT will offer the new Advanced Diploma through its own structures, in a flexible and blended format to accommodate diverse student needs.

The 2018 OA-CPUT BTech intake will therefore be the last intake to be offered through the OA-CPUT BTech collaboration.

In future, working practitioners who wish to further their qualifications whilst working, will be able to apply for a flexible and blended Advanced Diploma option directly through CPUT.


Future postgraduate studies will be offered in collaboration with an existing accredited architectural institution. The programme will run over three to four years part time depending on the institution OA partners with. Studies will be conducted online and in the workplace, with compulsory occasional block release studio and portfolio reviews. The fees will depend on the institution that OA partners with.
Minimum Entry Requirements to future part time Honours/Masters/MTech
1. An Architecture Bachelors level degree (BAS, BSc or BTech degree) or approved and substantial equivalent experience for RPL applications, under a SACAP registered Professional Architect (provide evidence e.g. portfolio). 

2. A minimum of 12 months accredited architectural experience after obtaining the Bachelor’s qualification under a SACAP registered Professional Architect.  

3. Current and continuing employment during the academic programme with a SACAP registered Professional Architect.

4. SACAP registration as a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist will be deemed an advantage.

5. Qualifying candidates will be invited to a regional interview to present a portfolio of work, CV, employer’s letter of recommendation and support, and may be required to undergo an en-loge design test and theory assignment.