Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
Course Map

2018 course map

If you started your course before 2018, please refer to the plan your study page.

CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code001835D
Deakin course codeS342
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) engages with the rich and diverse discipline of architecture.  As the undergraduate portion of an accredited programme the course prepares the foundation for further study whilst developing your skills to create meaningful, sustainable and stimulating built environments.

The course integrates multiple creative and technical fields as well as skillsets that examine and shape the places we inhabit, through all building types, spaces and locations.  You’ll explore architectural ideas through cutting edge content, research and a global perspective - gaining practical knowledge studying real-world projects and developing your ability to generate, analyse and communicate your own ideas.  You will produce design concepts whilst being challenged to explore architectural history and philosophy, building science and the environment, construction technologies, computer-aided modelling, drawing, model making and digital fabrications. 

This course is the ideal pathway for application to Deakin’s Master of Architecture for those interested in seeking employment or becoming a qualified architect. Graduates are also well-prepared for employment in private architectural practice, with government organisations or private companies in property development, building and design.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Indicative student workload

You can expect to engage in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, site visits and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Professional recognition

This program is accredited (within Australia) by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, when followed by successful completion of the Master of Architecture, S700.

This course has been validated and recognised by the Board of Architects Malaysia to be included on their 'List of Recognised Architectural Programmes'.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you may be employed in private architectural practices, government organisations and private companies in property development, building and design.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Synthesise knowledge of architecture history, theory, technology and practice to design, develop and manage architecture projects, demonstrating initiative and judgement for professional practice.  Apply technical and theoretical knowledge of architectural design to propose diverse, authentic, alternative, and well-rounded responses that are conceptually and physically sustainable to problems in the contemporary built environment. Integrate the knowledge of language of architecture, its meanings, capacities and implications to demonstrate ability and responsibility as reflective practitioners, in making decisions to define the human landscape.

Communication

Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly in a variety of contexts using oral, visual, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to inform, motivate and persuade specialist and non-specialist audiences about architectural ideas and designs.  Imagine, conceive and represent ideas using the language of architecture, its codes and conventions to reflect on possibilities, the implications of hypothetical designs and its applications.

Digital literacy

Apply knowledge of relevant technological tools, methodologies and techniques to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information.Use architecture theory and practice to analyse, evaluate, produce and disseminate design responses using techniques and technology ethically and responsibly in a digital world.

Critical thinking

Use critical thinking to analyse and provide a rational, reflective and socially responsible response to architectural problems at different scales and complexities in a variety of contexts.  Examine causes and consequences of different morphologies to appreciate their capacities and opportunities in order to reproduce, manipulate, and identify conventional and alternative solutions to architectural problems.

Problem solving

Investigate and Identify ill-defined real world environmental, cultural, physical and social architectural problems, explain its significance, causes and consequences, and use a methodical approach to formulate a solution.  Make appropriate choices to solve problems in complex and contradictory situations based on knowledge of social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of architectural design to evolve human landscape.

Self-management

Work independently and collaboratively to produce architectural designs and responses in an ethical, responsible and professional manner.  Use initiative and judgement to reflect on knowledge and skills, to demonstrate autonomy and capacity to identify opportunities for improving practice.

Teamwork

Work as a team to analyse and evaluate complex problems, and share critical, analytical and creative approaches to select best responses to architectural problems. 

Global citizenship

Integrate subjective and objective stakeholder perspectives in the process of formulating architectural and design responses taking into account economic, cultural, social and ethical values inherent in human landscape.  Engage with global trends in contemporary architectural design and urbanism in order to recognise cultural diversity, the need for equity in outcomes and implement high ethical and professional standards.

Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 19 core units (22 credit points)
  • 2 elective units
  • Completion of SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Level 3 units – at least 6 credit points
  • Level 1 units – no more than 10 credit points

Course structure

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

SRA143Art and Society

SRC163Drawing Studio

SRD163Studio 01: Thoughtscapes

SRT153Building Materials Science

SRA010Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

Year 1 - Trimester 2

SRC221Modelling Studio

SRD164Studio 02: Matterscapes (2 credit points)

SRT151Construction and Structures 1


Year 2 - Trimester 1

SRA215Utopian Ideals in the Modern World

SRD263Studio 03: Earthscapes

SRT251Construction and Structures 2

plus one elective unit

Year 2 - Trimester 2

SRA224Austral-Asian Architecture

SRD264Studio 04: Publicscapes (2 credit points)

SRT257Building Environmental Studies 1


Year 3 - Trimester 1

SRC362Documentation Studio

SRD363Studio 05: Hybridscapes

SRT358Building Environmental Services

SRA323Contemporary Architecture

Year 3 - Trimester 2

SRD364Superstudio (2 credit points)

SRT351Construction and Structures 3

plus one elective unit

Electives

Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

Work experience

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific industry placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.


Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.