Undergraduate Admissions Procedure
On this page, you'll find out about the different methods of entry to our undergraduate Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Bachelor of Design Computing. This covers all applicants including Year 12, non-Year 12 or mature age via UAC, and international students. There are also tips on how to get into the course next time, if you miss out on a place this year.
Applicants can improve their chances of admission by making an additional or flexible entry submission. Students can gain up to five extra ATAR points with the submission of a portfolio.
Flexible entry is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents applying for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Bachelor of Design Computing. It is not available for the combined Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree.
ATAR cut off
The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) cut-off is subject to shifting demand every year, so we don’t know exactly what it will be for 2011 entry. However these are the ATAR scores for local students entering the course over the past few years.
- Design in Architecture:
- Design Computing:
- Design in Architecture/Engineering
Year 12 Applicants (UAC Admission)
Apply through UAC and you will be considered for a place based on your ATAR score. Year 12 applicants within 5 points of the ATAR are eligible to apply for the Flexible Entry Scheme, which includes a portfolio plus other criteria.
For more information and an application form visit additional selection criteria information.
Non-Year 12 Applicants (UAC Admission)
If you are a applicant who has completed an HSC or equivalent, as well as tertiary study, apply through UAC and you will be considered for a place based on a combination of UAI and your tertiary grades. Please ring Admissions (9351 4118) for information on your ranking.
Applicants can improve their chances of admission by making an additional submission in the form of a portfolio.
Mature-Age Applicants (UAC Admission)
Mature Age entry scheme
If you are over 21 and have not completed the HSC or equivalent or more than one year of tertiary study, you can complete an approved preparation course at the University Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) and then apply through UAC. Contact the University Centre for Continuing Education for more information call: 9351 2907 or view the courses on their website.
Transferring Students From Allied Design Degrees
If you have completed design studies at another Institution, you may be eligible for credit. In some cases, students may move directly in to second or third year if they have completed and passed all units equivalent in Architecture within another Australian University.
If you have studied in a non-design field, you may be eligible for credit towards your elective units.
More information about credit and how to apply can be found here.
On-shore international applicants
If you are an international student, completing your HSC or equivalent in Australia or New Zealand, apply through UAC and you will be considered for a place based on your ATAR score. You are not eligible for the Flexible Entry scheme.
Off-shore international applicants
If you are an international student studying overseas (excepting HSC equivalent in New Zealand), apply through the University of Sydney's International Office:
Tel: +61 2 9351 4079/4161
Fax: +61 2 9351 4013
What does university study cost for students?
Most of the local students who study at the University of Sydney are Commonwealth supported. These students have most of the cost of their education paid by the government but must also contribute towards this cost themselves.
Permanent residents and New Zealand citizens must pay their contribution up front. For more info see the Commonwealth Supported Places website.
International students will pay an international fee.
For more information on fees, please click here.
If You Missed Out On A Place
If your marks were not high enough to get in this time, you may consider enrolling in another degree. After one full year of study, you are eligible to apply through UAC for a place in architecture as a non-year 12 applicant. You will need to perform very well to give yourself a chance of an offer.
It is best to select a degree in which you think you will perform well and perhaps to take subjects that might help prepare you for either architecture, or design computing.
If your high school qualification is not recognised, you can enrol in a foundation course to prepare for undergraduate study here.
Master of Architecture Applicants
Students who have completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Sydney or equivalent can enrol in the Master of Architecture to gain registration as an architect. Please see the Master of Architecture page for details.