Flexible Entry

The last date to submit a flexible entry application is January 9th 2014

The flexible entry and additional submission portfolio is a way for domestic students who are close to the required ATAR (or equivalent) to gain entry into the course. This system is very important as it gives us a chance to assess students on more than just their ATAR and to allow excellent students into the program who are just short of the entry score.

In conjunction with the HSC and other formal assessment systems, it assists The University of Sydney to identify those students with the potential to excel in higher education in the fields of architecture and design.

Students that expect to receive an ATAR within five points of the published previous years ATAR cutoff are encouraged to apply through flexible entry or additional submission.


The letter is your chance to express to the Faculty why you would make an ideal student in your desired degree. The letter should include some information about you, any experience or knowledge that you hold in the area for which you are applying to study, as well as anything else that demonstrates your ongoing interest in design. When composing your letter it’s important to remember who will be assessing it, so keep it succinct and to-the-point. Remember to write with a passionate voice that shows the reader your desire to study in architecture, design or planning.


References are a great way of demonstrating to the Faculty that you possess the qualities we seek in a candidate. Your references don’t have to be from someone with a background in the field of architecture or design, but it is important that they attest to your strength of character. Generally, these references come from your teacher or principal, club directors or sporting coaches. Applicants for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture or the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments are requested to submit one reference only.


The portfolio is the main element of your Flexible entry application. The portfolio is a small sample of the creative work you have done. This might include artwork, music, architectural work, web design or development, 3D modelling, technical drawing, written work and anything that demonstrates skills in design and creativity.

Your portfolio should exhibit two primary characteristics:

The first is 'breadth'. Your portfolio should present a broad mixture of your creative work, especially sketches and freehand drawings for architecture or digital media for design computing. It can include anything you think is relevant; including design and technology work, digital media or online work, graphic design, photography, life drawing, and models you have made. You may also consider collages or found objects. Your imagination is the only limit to the items that can be included. The second characteristic that we are looking for in your portfolio is 'passion'. By passion we mean that we are looking for those works on which you have worked hard, and of which you are proud. These best express your commitments to design and creativity.

An important aspect to consider is the number of pieces you need to put into your portfolio. There should be a sufficient number of items to tell your story but many repeats of identical items should be avoided (and no portfolio should be over a dozen pages, or, for those with a digital portfolio, a dozen animations or rendered images). Remember to mount and label your work and present it as professionally as possible. Tell us what the piece of work is, how you produced it, when you produced it.

For the Bachelor of Design in Architecture or the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments, the portfolio should be submitted in A3 or A4 printed format. For the Bachelor of Design Computing, the portfolio may be a mixture of printed A3 or A4 material and a CD or DVD containing digital files of your work.


It's important to include a cover sheet, so the Faculty can identify your submission. We receive many applications and only those with fully completed cover sheets will be considered.


Please send your submission to:

Flexible Admission, Student Administration Centre
Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, Wilkinson Building G04
University of Sydney NSW 2006

or deliver it in person to:

Student Administration Centre,
Level 2, Wilkinson Building
148 City Road
Darlington NSW 2006

Please note: The University of Sydney is closed from Friday December 19, 2013 and re-opens on Monday January 5, 2014. Portfolios sent by mail during this time will be stored at the University mail house until the University re-opens. However, if you wish to hand deliver your portfolio, you will have to do so once the University re-opens on the 5th of January, 2014.

Broadway Access Scheme

Students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage may apply to the Broadway Scheme, which falls under the banner of the University of Sydney's Educational Access Scheme (EAS) coordinated by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

The scheme is mainly intended for current-year Australian Year 12 students who expect to receive an ATAR (or equivalent). Over 600 Broadway Scheme places are awarded to eligible applicants each year.

To learn more about this scheme visit the Student Administration Broadway Scheme information page.

The Broadway Access Scheme is available for domestic students only.

Cadigal Alternative Entry Program

The Cadigal Alternative Entry Program is an access and support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to study at the University of Sydney. Any course offered by the University (excluding block-mode and away-from-base courses) can be studied through the Cadigal Program.

Applicants need to be in one of the following two categories: people under 21 years of age who have completed the NSW Higher School Certificate or an equivalent examination (HSC applicants); people over 21 years of age (mature-age applicants).

Applications for the Cadigal Program must be submitted to the Cadigal Officer at Student Support Services or Yooroang Garang before the end of November 2012. Applicants must also submit a UAC application showing preferred courses at the University of Sydney.

To learn more about the Cadigal Alternative Entry Program visit the Student Administration Cadigal Alternative Entry Page

Cadigal Alternative Entry is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only.

E12 Program

We know an ATAR score may not always reflect your ability to do well at university or your interest or skills in a particular area. E12 is your chance to show us what makes you unique

Are you Eligible

To be eligible to apply:

  • you need to be currently undertaking the Higher School Certificate (HSC) at a New South Wales high school, AND

  • be studying the required HSC subjects for the E12 course you want to enter, AND

  • have the support of your school principal to apply for the E12 scheme.

In addition, you need to be either

  • studying at a high school that has been identified by the government as ‘low socioeconomic’, OR

  • be experiencing financial hardship at the time you apply for E12 (if so, you will also need to complete a UAC Equity Access Scheme application)

For more information go to the E12 website or download the brochure

E12 is available for HSC students only.



There are over 700 scholarship schemes on offer each year both at a university and faculty level for more information on the scholarships offered by the faculty there is a list on the faculties scholarships page. The Scholarships Office website contains more information on the scholarships on offer from the university.


The University of Sydney has many scholarships available for international students. There are also scholarships that are funded by the government and various industries. Because of the variety of scholarships on offer, the eligibility criteria for each of them are different. Please read through the conditions of the scholarships thoroughly before applying.

Check the information about scholarships on Now Open regularly as many of these are open to international students. There are also Literary Prizes that may be available for application.

It may also be worthwhile researching scholarship opportunities in your own countries. There may be industries or government schemes that may be useful for your study at the University of Sydney.

There is no limit to the number of scholarships that you can apply for. We encourage you to put in an application for all scholarships that you may be eligible for!

The different categories of scholarships available for international students are:

For further information on international scholarships, you may also find it helpful to look at the information provided by the University's International Scholarships Development Office. Its website groups the scholarships by geographic region, so you can easily search for the ones that will be relevant to you, based on your country of origin.