Bachelor of Architectural Design (BArchDes)

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The Bachelor of Architectural Design degree focuses on both discipline-specific architectural and landscape architectural contents with a shared focus on urban design. The curriculum emphasises the centrality of design as core supported by courses in environmental studies, representation, construction and history and theory. The interrelated nature of the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design is supported with an innovative discipline-based to content delivery.

The Bachelor of Architectural Design is an AQF level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Analyse empirical data and employ theoretical frameworks to explore engagement with natural and built environments.
2. Analyse historical evidence and employ theoretical frameworks for self-reflection, intercultural exchange and ethical design practice.
3. Interpret and communicate disciplinary knowledge through use of graphic, verbal and textual means.
4. Engage appropriate materials and construction systems to propose and communicate solutions for fabrication.
5. Employ critical self-reflection to compose a design project as means of aesthetic expression and creative communication.
6. Collaborate with different stakeholders within the community, and demonstrate leadership through design as problem-solving to address current societal needs.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Architectural Design

There shall be a Bachelor of Architectural Design.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Architectural Design, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 72 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 72 units.

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
DESST 1503 Design Studio I 6
DESST 1504 Representation I 3
DESST 1505 History Theory I 3
DESST 1506 Design Studio II 6
DESST 1507 Construction I 3
DESST 1508 Environment I 3

Level II

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
DESST 2516 Design Studio III 6
DESST 2517 Environment II 3
DESST 2518 Construction II 3
DESST 2519 Design Studio IV 6
DESST 2520 Representation II 3
DESST 2521 History Theory II 3

Level III

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
DESST 3513 Design Studio V 6
DESST 3514 Construction III 3
DESST 3515 Representation III 3
DESST 3516 Design Studio VI 6
DESST 3517 Environment III 3
DESST 3518 History Theory III 3