Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Tel 03 5227 8300

Clearly-in ATAR
Waterfront (Geelong): 70.10
CRICOS course code001835D
VTAC Codes1400415021 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S342

Course sub-headings

Course overview

With a focus on innovation, the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) develops your skills in the creation of meaningful and sustainable designs for real-world application, at the same time preparing you for further study in your pursuit of a career in professional architecture. The course comprises cutting edge content from the latest research and is designed with a global perspective in mind.

You’ll gain practical experience from day one – studying the real-life projects of professional architects, developing your skills in drawing, digital design and communication, and building scale models of your designs.

You will also explore architectural ideas, history, philosophy; building science; fabrication techniques; computer-aided modelling, construction methodologies and the role of sustainability in contemporary architecture.

This course provides the ideal pathway for application to Deakin’s Master of Architecture for those interested in seeking employment as 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.

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.

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

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • 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.
  • Apply broad and coherent knowledge of architecture history, theory, technology and their influences on architectural practice through interpretation, analysis and creation of architectural designs and projects; consistently and judiciously apply this knowledge to demonstrate and regard for the discipline through effective project management.
  • Formulate multiple, realistic and contemporary responses to built environment by exploring and reappraising of a range of ideas and propositions, and generate design concepts that can be realised as a building using technical and theoretical knowledge of architectural design with initiative and judgement.
  • Investigate, select, collaboratively make and articulate architectural decisions by integrating architectural ideas with knowledge of concepts and options that is inspired by analysis of all given facts, contextual issues and constrains, and informed by precedent and personal architecture philosophy demonstrating the ability to respond to diverse and challenging contexts of human landscape.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • 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.
  • Use well-developed communication skills and knowledge of range of communication tools to engage with clients and specialists and consult in a professional manner to interpret and justify theoretical propositions, ideas professional decisions and predicted built outcomes.
  • Articulate design concepts and schematic designs to demonstrate developing cognitive and technical skills and the ability to utilise architectural communication techniques including freehand drawings, diagrams, computer simulation, modelling and graphic technologies to propose logical actions with formulation and cohesion appropriate to the situation.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • 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.
  • Determine the extent of information needed and use commonly available technologies appropriately, effectively and efficiently to access information, methodically differentiate between assertion, personal opinion and information.
  • Present clear and coherent explanation of knowledge, ideas, problems and design responses in the context of complex and sometimes contradictory situations in architectural practice with evidence to substantiate any claims made.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • 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.
  • Apply rational processes to investigate detailed requirements; state and describe ideas, information and issues clearly and comprehensively; identify and rectify logical flaws; interpret, analyse and synthesise complex architectural designs; and provide all relevant information from the process of evaluation, thinking and reflection.
  • Device strategies for examining different morphologies their nature, causes and consequences, articulate multiple perspectives supported by a framework of reflective practice and critical evaluation to insightfully discuss their capacities and opportunities in order to reproduce, manipulate, and identify conventional and alternative solutions to architectural problems.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • 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.
  • Independently construct a clear and insightful problem statement with evidence of all relevant contextual factors, specialist information, detailed design, choice of material, impact on the users of the built environment and the community.
  • Evaluate a range of ideas and solutions to formulate architectural responses, ideas or adaptations, conforming with relevant codes and industry standards while demonstrating respect for the natural environment and awareness technical and cultural issues in response to a project brief, taking into account the significance, causes and consequences of methodical architectural design approaches used in the evolution of human landscape.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • 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.
  • Consistently demonstrate high level of autonomy and well-developed judgement through preparation and presentation of architectural designs and responses in professional contexts that is evident through engagement in collegial discussion, provision of constructively critical feedback and practice of professional behaviours such as punctuality, personal presentation and high performance work ethic.
  • Explore architectural designs, ideas and responses in depth, yielding a rich analysis and discovery of information, make explicit references to changes in perception and comprehension of knowledge through application of knowledge and skills in known, unknown and unfamiliar situations, demonstrating initiative to evaluating further learning pathways and opportunities.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

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


  • Support a constructive team climate by engaging in learning as a team, showing positive attitude about the team and its work, communicating politely and constructively and providing assistance, encouragement and support to team members by articulating the merits of alternative architectural ideas, responses, approaches or proposals and engaging in ways that leads to constructively building upon or synthesising the contribution of others.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • 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.
  • Establish and evaluate identified concerns, requirements, perceptions and priorities through the assessment of qualitative and quantitative interactions between the project, the environment and the community, the implications of the law, relevant codes, regulations and standards.
  • Actively seek traditional, current and new information to assess trends and emerging practice from local, national and global sources and professionally appraise the diversity, equity and ethical implications for practice.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Design (Architecture), students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 19 core (compulsory) units (some core units are worth 2 credit points) and 2 elective units.

Course structure


Year 1 - Trimester 1

SRA143Art and Society

SRC163Drawing Studio

SRD163Studio 01: Thoughtscapes

SRT153Building Materials Science

SRA010Safety Induction Program (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

Plus one unit from:

SRA323Contemporary Architecture

SRA341The City

Year 3 - Trimester 2

SRD364Superstudio (2 credit points)

SRT351Construction and Structures 3

plus one elective unit


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).

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


You can expect to participate 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.

Work experience

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific industry placement as part of your course.