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Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

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Overview

The Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (BAE) provides a uniquely broad overview of the built environment through studies in design and architecture, urban planning, sustainability, heritage, building systems and construction and property.

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. Our unique program opens the door to a wide range of professions in the field and provides the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in today's complex and globalised built environment.

Learn the latest techniques through intensive practical, laboratory and studio-based classes. The BAE draws on the full range of the faculty's disciplines and laboratories which include 3D laser cutting, digital fabrication and modelling facilities. Studies will also cover best practice construction techniques, structural principles and building material properties.

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. 

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What you'll study

Indicative course progression

Year 1
Unit code      Unit of study Sem    CP   
DECO1006 Design Processes and Methods 1 6
BDES1011 Architectural History and Theory 1 1 6
AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing 1 6
BDES1012 Architectural Communications 1 1 6
DESA1555 Safety Induction and Competency Unit    1 0
BADP1001 Empirical Thinking 2 6
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1 2 6
DAAE1001 Living Cities 2 6
BAEN1001 Design in Architecture 2 6
Year 2
Unit code      Unit of study Sem    CP   
BAEN2001 Design Integration Lab: Materials              1 6
BADP2002 City Form and Development 1 6
BADP2006 Light and Sound 1 6
  Elective 1 6
BAEN2002 Design Integration Lab: Energy 2 6
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2 2 6
BADP2001 Algorithmic Architecture 2 6
  Elective 2 6
Year 3
Unit code      Unit of study Sem    CP   
BDES3023 Architectural Technologies 3 1 6
BAEN3001 Design Integration Lab: Urban 1 6
BADP3001 Designing for Environmental Quality        1 6
  Elective 1 6
BADP3002 Property and the Built Environment 2 6
BAEN3002 Design Integrative Lab: Capstone 2 12
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice
(recommended elective)
2 6


Credit points required per semester: 24
Total credit points required to complete degree: 144 Indicative progression based on a Semester 1 enrolment.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

English (Advanced) and Mathematics. The University does not require you to provide evidence of this through your subject selections in secondary school.

Applying for honours

The Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (Honours) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in BAE 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 requirement

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.

Course opportunities

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning has a number of school-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.

Professional accreditation

For students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of  Architecture and Environments (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.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments will find employment in a wide range of industries within the Built and Urban Environments, including:

  • Design manager
  • Project manager
  • Property developer
  • Urban planner
  • Architect
Future 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:

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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