Our new degree, the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (BAE), provides an architectural education that contextualises architecture within the framework of the wider built environment. This program opens the door to a wide range of professions in the field. Whether you choose to graduate with this course, or proceed to one of our range of professional master’s courses, the BAE provides the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in today’s complex and globalised construction industries.

Design is central to the degree, but you will also gain a broad understanding of urban planning and policy, architectural science and the IT systems which underlay contemporary design and modelling.

You will learn the latest techniques through intensive practical, laboratory and studio-based classes. Your studies will also cover best practice construction techniques, structural principles and building material properties. You will develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between architects, urban planners, urban designers, heritage conservation, property developers, engineers, construction managers and other built environment professionals.

This will give you a clear advantage in an industry that is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary. Core units are complemented by electives to allow you to deepen your knowledge within the faculty, or to explore the unrivalled breadth offered across the University of Sydney. The degree culminates in a capstone design studio. Your studies will be informed by the research of the academic staff and professional expertise of our visiting lecturers. The BAE draws on the full range of the faculty’s disciplines and its laboratories, which are the most extensive in Australia.

Expertise and Extensive Facilities

To make the most of your studies, you need the latest, best and most extensive range of tools for fabrication, prototyping and digital design. The Faculty’s Design, Modelling & Fabrication Lab is the home of our unrivalled fabrication facilities. Laser cutters, CNC routers, woodworking, robotics and metalworking equipment can all be found in the hive of activity that are our workshops and fabrication laboratories.

The DMaF Lab is staffed by a diverse and talented set of directors who know all aspects of their respective fabrication laboratories. Far from just technicians who know how to fix the machines, the Design, Modelling & Fabrication Lab staff are all designers in their own right, having studied design at a variety of institutions around the world. This means you get so much more than just technical help – you get co-collaborators that can assist you to make your models a physical reality.

Your access to the Lab isn’t just limited to your time with us – we offer the expertise and equipment to our alumni on an ongoing basis. It’s another way that the community in the Faculty extends far beyond your study.

Pathways to Multiple Careers

The BAE will prepare you for a wide range of exciting professions available in the built environment.

Importantly, it also gives you a pathway to the following courses:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
SEMESTER 1
IDEA9106 Design Thinking
BDES1011 Architectural History and Theory
DECO1012 Design Programming
AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing
SEMESTER 1
TBA Design Integration Lab: Materials and the Environment
TBA City Form and Development
TBA Light and Sound
Elective
SEMESTER 1
TBA Design Integration Lab: Exploring Urban Environments
BDES3023 Architectural Technologies 3
TBA Designing for Environmental Quality
Elective
SEMESTER 2
TBA Empirical Thinking for the Built Enviroment
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1
TBA Living Cities
TBA Design Elective
SEMESTER 2
TBA Design Integration Lab: Energy and the Environment
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2
TBA BIM and Building Integration
Elective
SEMESTER 2
TBA Design Integration Lab: Capstone
TBA Integrative Project
TBA Property and the Built Environment
Elective

Flexible Entry

The flexible entry scheme is available to Bachelor of Design in Architecture & Environments applicants who fall under one of the following categories:

  • Year 12 applicants

  • Non-Year 12 applicants under the age of 21

  • Mature age applicants who are Australian citizens. Find out more

Flexible entry is designed to assist the University of Sydney to identify students who may not have achieved the required ATAR, but nonetheless demonstrate an aptitude for studies in Architecture.

More details on flexible entry are available on the Pathways page.

How To Apply

Year 12 Applications (UAC Admission)

Year 12 applicants (and those who completed a gap-year in the year preceding the course commencement) must apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants are eligible for the Flexible Entry scheme

Non-Year 12 Applicants under the age of 21 (UAC Admission)

If you have completed the HSC or equivalent, and/or tertiary study, apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).

Your application will be evaluated by combining your ATAR and any applicable tertiary grades.

Applicants are eligible for the Flexible Entry scheme.

Mature Age Entry Scheme

If you are over 21 years of age and have not completed the HSC, its equivalent or more than one year of tertiary study, you can complete an approved preparation course through the University Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). Once you have completed this course, you can apply through UAC for entry into your degree of choice.

Contact the University Centre for Continuing Education for more information. You can call the Centre on (02) 9351 2907 or visit their website.

International Applicants (Onshore):

If you are an international student completing your HSC or equivalent within Australia or New Zealand, apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC). You will be considered for a place based on your ATAR score. You are not eligible for the flexible entry scheme.

International Applicants (Offshore):

If you are an international student studying overseas (with the exception of students undertaking the HSC equivalents in New Zealand), you must apply through the University of Sydney’s International Office.

You are not eligible for the flexible entry scheme. Find out how to apply directly or where to find an agent at the dedicated international student homepage http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/

International undergraduate academic entry requirements

Check the International undergraduate academic entry grade requirement for Architecture here

For a full list of international qualifications that are accepted by the University of Sydney for entry to undergraduate courses, visit the Recognised International Secondary Qualification page.

International Mature Age Applicants (Onshore and Offshore)

If you are over 21 years of age, are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen and have not completed the HSC, its equivalent or at least one year of tertiary study, you must apply through the University of Sydney’s International Office.

You are not eligible for the flexible entry scheme. Find out how to apply directly or where to find an agent at the dedicated international student homepage http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/

International undergraduate academic entry requirements

Check the International undergraduate academic entry grade requirement for Architecture here

For a full list of international qualifications that are accepted by the University of Sydney for entry to undergraduate courses, visit the Recognised International Secondary Qualification page.

Transfers into the degree

There are no direct transfers into the Undergraduate Degree and all applications should be directed to UAC. Where students have partly completed an architectural degree at another institution, credit may be awarded. Please download our FAQ document(PDF) for more information on what standardized credit may be available to you.

Flexible Entry

The flexible entry scheme is available to Bachelor of Design in Architecture applicants who fall under one of the following categories:

  • Year 12 applicants

  • Non-Year 12 applicants under the age of 21

  • Mature age applicants who are Australian citizens.

Note: The flexible entry scheme is not available to Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Laws applicants.

Flexible entry is designed to assist the University of Sydney to identify students who may not have achieved the required ATAR, but nonetheless demonstrate an aptitude for studies in Architecture.

More details on flexible entry are available on the Alternative Entry Pathways page.

FAQs

What subjects should I choose in Year 11?
There are no prerequisites but there are two subjects which are 'assumed knowledge'. These are Maths and Advanced English. Interpretive subjects such as History, Visual Arts and Geography are also recommended.

Where is the Faculty Located?
The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning is in the Wilkinson Building at 148 City Road, Darlington as are the Tin Sheds Gallery and Art Workshops. For more information, please see our How to find us page.

What textbooks do I need?
Most students do not buy textbooks as they have access to one of the best Architecture libraries in Australia, the Sci-Tech Library which is located close to the faculty. Some course notes are purchased throughout the program.

What equipment do I need?
On orientation day, you will be issued with a list of recommended equipment, along with prices and addresses of where to buy at a 10% student discount.

Do I have to be good at maths?
Mathematics is assumed knowledge, but it is not a prerequisite. This means you can get into our program without studying 2 unit maths. A maths elective is available in 1st year for students wishing to catch up.

Do I have to be able to draw - I have not done art or any technical drawing before?
You don’t need to have been taught drawing at school – we will equip you with the skills you need. Drawing is one of the design communication skills that is taught in first and second year.

Where can I park?
Most students come by bus or train. Many senior students and most international students live in the area. City Road has on-street parking which is subject to clear zones at peak hours and is heavily monitored. The Seymour Centre carpark on Shepherd Street offers parking for a reasonable daily rate and is only a few minutes walk from the Faculty.

Where can I eat?
We have a cafe in our building for coffee and food, otherwise you can eat at Wentworth Building on City Road about 100m from the faculty. There are lots of great cafes on campus as well as in Glebe and Newtown which are both in walking distance.