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Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Enrolment guide

To qualify for graduation from the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree, candidates must complete the requirements as specified by the resolutions of Senate and the University School.

All students should familiarise themselves with the course resolutions and monitor their own progress in reference to them.

Progression in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Students must pass ALL core units of study to complete the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree with a credit average, and completed BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice as one of their electives.
To manage this, the school has created a series of thresholds through which students must pass before progressing to the next stage.

Architecture Studio

The Architecture Studio units of study are central to the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and the teaching of them is structured in such a way that the knowledge and skills gained in one semester build on those from previous semesters.

It is necessary to pass Architecture Studio 1A before proceeding to Architecture Studio 1B and Architecture Studio 2A before you proceed to Architecture Studio 2B and so on. A fail result in any Studio unit of study will prevent progression to the following one, causing a 12-month delay in a student’s studies.

Architectural History and Theory, Technologies and Art Workshops

Architectural History and Theory, Technologies and Art Workshop units of study are also core to the degree.

There are a number of units of study in each of these subject areas that must be taken in sequence. For example it is necessary to complete Architectural Technologies 1 before undertaking Architectural Technologies 2. If a student fails a unit of study in a particular subject area they must attempt it again in a subsequent year, but will be permitted to advance to the next year of the degree in subject areas for which they have passed all prerequisites.

Master of Architecture prerequisite unit of study

Students wishing to proceed to the Master of Architecture must complete BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice.

There are other conditions for entry to the Master of Architecture and prospective students should refer to the information for that degree.


To qualify for admission to the honours degree, candidates must satisfy the requirements for the pass degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70.

The one year honours degree is only offered in full-time mode, requiring successful completion of 48 credit points, culminating in a research thesis.

Enrolment planner

Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Unit of study Credit points

Year 1

Semester 1
BDES1011 Architectural History/Theory 1 6
BDES1026 Architecture Studio 1A 12
  Elective* 6
Semester 2
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1 6
BDES1027 Architecture Studio 1B 12
  Elective* 6

Year 2

Semester 1
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2 6
BDES2026 Architecture Studio 2A 12
  Elective* 6
Semester 2
BDES2024 Art Processes 6
BDES2027 Architecture Studio 2B 12
  Elective* 6

Year 3

Semester 1
BDES3011 Architectural History/Theory 3 6
BDES3026 Architecture Studio 3A 12
  Elective* 6
Semester 2
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice# 6
BDES3027 Architecture Studio 3B 12
  Elective* 6
# indicates recommended elective
* indicates free elective