Skip to main content
Courses_

Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Your first step to becoming an architect

Our rankings

  • No. 1 in Australia

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017.

  • Top 15

    We’re 1st in Australia and ranked in the top 15 in the world for Architecture/Built Environment by the 2017 QS World Rankings by Subject.

Overview

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture is offered by the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, ranked first in Australia and 15th in the world for Architecture/Built Environment*. This degree introduces you to the rewarding profession of architecture and is your first step to becoming a registered architect.

In this degree you will learn to design for the built environment through a studio-based program that involves working on real-world projects in and around Sydney. Opportunities for international exchange are also offered and provide you with a broader view of the role architecture can play in improving people's lives.

You will undertake a core program in architectural history and theory, communications, technology and design workshops. You will have access to electives drawn from across disciplines in arts, digital design, sustainability and urban design.

Your personal and professional interests in architecture are matched by our staff's discipline-leading research and the faculty's cutting edge facilities, including digital fabrication and modelling labs.

You will be exposed to exciting opportunities to expand your studio experience, participate in design and build projects. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture, combined with the Master of Architecture, gives you the skills you need to excel in your future career as a professional architect. Once you have gradated, you will join our esteemed alumni as a leader within the architecture profession.

Due to enrolment quotas, there are a limited number of places available in this degree.

*2017 QS World University Rankings

Majors

There are currently no majors available for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is from

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture may be undertaken full-time over three years, or four years with honours.

In each semester of the degree you will complete core units and may choose one elective in Arts in Architecture, Architectural Science, Design or Planning. Opportunities also exist for you to take units of study in other faculties within the University.

Each semester revolves around a studio which explores aspects of the design process relating directly to the practice of the architectural profession. The studios are supplemented by core units of study in architectural history and theory, communications, technologies and art workshops. Methods of study in the course will include studio work, lectures, seminars, field trips, and workshops.

Indicative course progression

Year 1
Unit Code     Unit of Study                                          Sem    CP   
BDES1011 Architectural History/Theory 1 1 6
BDES1026 Architecture Studio 1A 1 12
DESA1555 Safety Induction and Competency Unit    1 0
AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing* 1 6
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1 2 6
BDES1027 Architecture Studio 1B 2 12
ELC2 Elective 2 6
Year 2
Unit code      Unit of study                                                  Sem    CP   
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2                   
1 6
BDES2026
Architectural Studio 2A
1 12
ELEC3
Elective
1 6
BDES2024 Art Processes 2 6
BDES2027 Architecture Studio 2B 2 12
ELEC4 Elective 2 6
Year 3
Unit code      Unit of study                                                  Sem    CP   
BDES3011 Architectural History/Theory 3 1 6
BDES3026 Architecture Studio 3A 1 12
ELEC5 Elective 1 6
BDES3025 Architecture Professional Practice
(prerequisite unit for entry into
Master of Architecture)
2 6
BDES3027 Architecture Studio 3B 2 12
ELEC6 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.

* These units are electives; you can choose other option

Units of Study

Completion requirement

It is a requirement of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture that you pass all core units for the degree. The school has created a series of thresholds through which students must pass in order to progress to the next stage.

Studio is central to the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and the teaching is structured in such a way that the knowledge and skills learned in one semester build on those learned in the previous semester. You are required to pass Studio 101 before you will be allowed to proceed to Studio 102 and Studio 201 before they proceed to Studio 202 and so on. A fail in any Studio unit will prevent progression to the next unit, causing a 12-month delay in studies.

Whilst architectural history and theory, communications, technologies and art processes units are core to the degree, they are taught in relatively self-contained ways that complement the work in studio. If you fail any of these units in first year you will be allowed to progress to second year, but you will still be required to re-enrol in the failed units and pass them in their own right.

You will not be permitted to enrol in Studio 301 unless you have passed all first and second year core units. You will not be allowed to proceed to Studio 302 until you pass Studio 301.

Assumed knowledge

English (Advanced) and Mathematics.

Applying for honours

If you qualify for, or have been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in Design, the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) provides you with the opportunity to extend your 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 of Design in Architecture.

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 your 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. You will be ranked by merit against other candidates, and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Course opportunities

You will have the opportunity to complete an architectural professional practice unit in third year, which will prepare you for master's level study in architecture. In this unit of study, you will develop your understanding through the design development of a project and take this to development application level using current practice.

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning has a number of school-specific exchange programs available to you. As a student, you may undertake exchange in the second year or first semester of the third year of your 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

When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (or equivalent), the next step towards becoming a registered architect is the Master of Architecture, a 2-year professional program that prepares you for the complex and challenging architecture profession.

When you graduate from the degree of Master of Architecture, you will be entitled to registration as an architect 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.

As a student, you are eligible for student membership of the Australian Institute of Architects. Here you will receive each issue of Architecture Australia, the New South Wales chapter Bulletin, and the AIA News. You 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

Becoming a registered architect will open the world to you as the work of architects is no longer confined by geography. As a graduate, opportunities lie both within Australia and overseas, with a number of our past students having great successes internationally. By engaging with the environment, community and needs of clients and stakeholders, work as an architect can have a profound effect on people's lives around the world.

Future study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, or to the Master of Architecture. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

Career information for UAC

Examples include architectural practice, urban design, digital architecture, project management and heritage conservation. Alternatively, students may proceed to other graduate programs, such as: Audio and Acoustics, Building Services, Facilities Management, Heritage Conservation, Illumination Design, Interaction Design and Electronic Arts, Sustainable Design, Urban Design and Urban and Regional Planning.

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

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.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.