Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (BAE) provides a thorough architectural education that contextualises architecture within the framework of the wider built environment. Our unique 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.

While esign is central to the degree, 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. Studies will also cover best practice construction techniques, structural principles and building material properties. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between architects, urban planners, urban designers, heritage conservationists, property developers, engineers, construction managers and other built environment professionals—giving you a clear advantage in an industry that is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary.

Core units are complemented by electives that allow you to deepen your knowledge within the faculty—or to explore the unrivalled breadth of study areas across the University of Sydney—and the degree culminates in a capstone design studio. Your studies will be informed by the innovative 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 laboratories, which are the most extensive in Australia.

For more information on this course, please consult the Faculty website.

Course outline

Further course information

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Students may choose electives from units offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, or from the Faculties of Arts, Economics, Engineering and Information Technologies or Science (timetable permitting).

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning has a number of faculty-specific exchange programs available to currently enrolled students. Bachelor of Architecture and Environment students may undertake exchange in the second year or first semester of the third year of their degree. It is usually easier to obtain studio space at the start of the overseas academic year which, in the northern hemisphere, typically commences in September.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments will find employment in a wide range if industries within the Built and Urban Environments.
The Bachelor degree offers pathway into all Postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Course accreditation

For students who have successfully complete the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (or equivalent), and wish to become a registered architect can complete the Master of Architecture, a 2-year professional program that prepares students for the complex and challenging architecture profession.

Graduates who hold the degree of Master of Architecture will be entitled to registration as architects under the Architects Act 1921 (NSW), subject to obtaining two years of approved practical experience, at least 12 months of which must be subsequent to graduation, and passing an architectural practice examination before registration.

Students are eligible for student membership of the Australian Institute of Architects. Student members receive each issue of Architecture Australia, the New South Wales chapter Bulletin, and the AIA News. They may also attend Institute functions. Admission to Associate Membership of the Australian Institute of Architects is based on two years approved practical experience.

Further study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year in the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments, or to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs including:
Master of Architecture
Master of Architectural Science (Audio & Acoustics, Illumination, Sustainability, High Performance Buildings)
Master of Urbanism
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Heritage Conservation
Master of Urban Design

About honours

The Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (Honours) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in design computing the opportunity to extend their potential in a research task under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The honours degree requires an extra year of full-time study.

It will allow you to develop a deeper level of academic thought and research in an area of particular interest, identified during your three years of study in the Bachelor Degree.

The award of honours is an avenue by which the best students can be recognised. By its nature, an honours degree carries more weight or prestige than the pass degree. It is highly regarded by employers and other universities.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.
Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September.
Further requirements

Further requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments. The degree is, however, taught on the assumption that candidates will have successfully completed HSC 2 unit Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics and Advanced English or have the equivalent knowledge. Candidates may attend one of the bridging courses in mathematics offered by the Mathematics Learning Centre if they feel they need to.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination.

Further admission requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor Architecture and Environments. The degree is, however, taught on the assumption that candidates will have successfully completed HSC 2 unit Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics and Advanced English or have the equivalent knowledge. Candidates may attend one of the bridging courses in mathematics offered by the Mathematics Learning Centre if they feel they need to.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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