Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Overview

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture is a three-year full-time degree that focuses on the design of the built environment. It comprises mandatory core units of study that are augmented by electives that students may take either within the faculty or elsewhere in the University.

Completion of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture with a credit average permits entry into the Master of Architecture, on the provision that the student has completed Architectural Professional Practice as one of their electives.

Bachelor of Design in Architecture enrolment guide

In order to qualify for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree, students must fulfil the requirements specified by the resolutions of Senate and the Faculty. All students should familiarize themselves with the course resolutions as stated later in this handbook and monitor their own progress in reference to them. The following points summarise the resolutions but do not replace them.

Summary of requirements

In order to qualify for the award of the pass degree, candidates must:

  • maintain a full-time enrolment. 24 credit points per semester is a normal full-time load, 18 is the minimum and 30 is the maximum
  • successfully complete 144 credit points. 102 of these are made up of core units of study as described in Table A
  • successfully complete at least 12 credit points from the faculty electives as described in Table A.
  • not complete more than 30 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties and
  • successfully complete the remainder elective units of study from those listed in Table A

Students may, with the permission of the unit coordinator concerned, enrol in elective units of study from the faculty's tables of graduate units, provided they have completed at least 96 credit points with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70.

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. In order to manage this, the faculty has created a series of thresholds through which students must pass in order to progress 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 101 before proceeding to Architecture Studio 102 and Studio 201 before you proceed to Studio 202 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, Communications, Technologies and Art Workshops

Architectural History and Theory, Communications, 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, which must be taken in sequence. For example it is necessary to complete Architectural History/Theory 1 before undertaking Architectural History/Theory 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, as stated above. There are other conditions for entry to the Master of Architecture. Prospective students should refer to the information for that degree.

Honours

In order 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. Refer to the honours section of this handbook for further information.

Bachelor of Design in Architecture enrolment planner

Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Year 1   Credit
points
Semester 1    
BDES1010 Architecture Studio 101 6
BDES1011 Architectural History/Theory 1 6
BDES1024 Art Workshop 1 6
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BDES1020 Architecture Studio 102 6
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1 6
BDES1012 Architectural Communications 1 6
  Elective* 6

 

Year 2
  Credit
points
Semester 1    
BDES2010 Architecture Studio 201 6
BDES2012 Architectural Communications 2 6
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2 6
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BDES2020 Architecture Studio 202 6
BDES2021       Architectural History/Theory 2                 6
BDES2024

Art Workshop 2

6
  Elective* 6

 

Year 3   Credit
points
Semester 1    
BDES3010 Architecture Studio 301 6
BDES3011 Architectural History/Theory 3 6
BDES3023 Architectural Technologies 3 6
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BDES3020 Architecture Studio 302 6
BDES3012     Architectural Communications 3             6
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice# 6
  Elective* 6

 

# indicates recommended elective
* indicates free elective

Course rules

 

Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course Resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

CH020

Bachelor of Design in Architecture

CH043

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time only.

3 Admission to candidature

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. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for this award are set out in Table A.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 144 credit points, comprising:
(a)
102 credit points of core units of study and
(b)
a minimum of 42 credit points of elective units of study, including a minimum of 12 credit points of senior elective units of study as listed in Table A.
(3)
Candidates for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture proceeding to the Master of Architecture are required to complete the designated prerequisite unit(s) of study listed in Table A.

5 Requirements for the Honours degree

(1)
Honours is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full time study, after the completion of the pass degree.
(2)
Admission, requirements and award of Honours are according to the resolutions of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

6 Award of the degree

(1)
The Bachelor of Design in Architecture is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class according to the rules specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.
(2)
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree. Students who fail or discontinue the honours program may not re-enrol in it, except with the approval of the Dean.

7 Credit for previous study

Credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Rule and the Resolutions of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. All candidates for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, not withstanding any credit transfer, must complete BDES3010, BDES3011, BDES3012, BDES3020, BDES3023 and not less than 6 additional senior credit points of units of study from Table A.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2013 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2013 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2013 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.