Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Learn about architecture, design and construction in this unique combined course that prepares you for a rewarding career in the built environment.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org.

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Gain knowledge, skills and practical experience in architecture, design and construction in this unique combined course that explores smart, sustainable design. Learn to design striking buildings that are economically and environmentally viable and manage projects, no matter what their scale or size.

Want to launch your career on the world stage?

Offering an internationally recognised qualification, graduates eager to explore a diverse career in the built environment industry can work in Australia or overseas, in more than 50 countries.

The Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) offers an excellent mix of hands-on practice and theory, so that you graduate job ready. You’ll learn about:

  • architectural history, theory and design
  • building economics and law
  • building practice
  • measurement and estimation
  • project management
  • quantity surveying
  • science and technology.

By studying a combined course in architecture and construction management you will gain a far greater understanding of the types of career paths available to you. It will also allow you to better recognise the mindset and drivers of an architect or construction manager when working all together in industry.

With the design (architecture) component of this course, you’ll get a chance to develop your design and communication skills, with a focus on innovation and sustainability.

The construction management component will give you the skills to manage small-to-large projects that need knowledge across construction technology and processes, resource management, law, information technology, environmental management and construction economics.

As well as all this, your learning space will be second to none, with Deakin’s extensive a+b studio open 24/7 allowing you an open plan space to work collaboratively and develop your projects.

You will also have access to our workshop that offers you a place to fabricate models and experiment with technology, materials and processes. The workshop is fully equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, traditional tools and machinery.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours), students must attain 40 credit points. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 40 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 36 core units (totalling 39 credit points)
  • 1 Elective (level 2 or above) (totalling 1 credit point)
  • Completion of SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

       

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Art and Society SRA143

  • Architecture Communication 01: Drawing SRC163

  • Architecture Design Studio 01: Thoughtscapes SRD163

  • Building Materials Science SRT153

  • Safety Induction Program SRA010 (0 credit points)

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Communication 02: Modelling SRC164

  • Architecture Design Studio 02: Matterscapes SRD164 (2 credit points)

  • Construction and Structures 1 SRT151

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Utopian Ideals in the Modern World SRA215

  • Construction Finance SRE170

  • Building Safety SRT141

  • Construction and Structures 2 SRT251
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Building Economics SRE270

  • Building Environmental Studies SRT257

  • Construction Projects 2 SRT259
  • Plus one elective unit (level two or above)


    Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 03: Earthscapes SRD263

  • Building Measurement SRE272

  • Contract Administration 1 SRM161

  • Project Management 1 SRM181
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 04: Publicscapes SRD264 (2 credit points)

  • Building Cost Planning SRQ301

  • Construction and Structures 3 SRT351

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Communication 03: Documentation SRC362

  • Project Management 2 SRM281

  • Contemporary Architecture SRA323

  • Building Measurement and Estimating SRE302
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Contract Administration 2 SRM261

  • Project Planning and Scheduling SRM310

  • Project Management 3 SRM381

  • Quantity Surveying Practice SRQ460

  • Year 5 - Trimester 1

  • Building Environmental Services SRT358

  • Contract Administration 3 SRM461

  • Professional Practice SRM489

  • Architecture Design Studio 05: Hybridscapes SRD363
  • Year 5 - Trimester 2

  • Building Development Appraisal SRE464

  • Built Environment Integrated Research SRV499

  • Architecture Design Studio 06: Superstudio SRD364 (2 credit points)
  • Accelerated program

    Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours): (accelerated program)

    The Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) component of this course may be taken as an accelerated program. By taking selected units in Trimester 3 the course can be completed in four years instead of five.


    Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Art and Society SRA143

  • Architecture Communication 01: Drawing SRC163

  • Architecture Design Studio 01: Thoughtscapes SRD163

  • Building Materials Science SRT153

  • Safety Induction Program SRA010 (0 credit point unit)
  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Communication 02: Modelling SRC164

  • Architecture Design Studio 02: Matterscapes SRD164 (2 credit point unit)

  • Construction and Structures 1 SRT151
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

  • Project Management 1 SRM181

  • Construction Finance SRE170

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Utopian Ideals in the Modern World SRA215

  • Building Safety SRT141

  • Building Measurement SRE272

  • Construction and Structures 2 SRT251
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Building Environmental Studies SRT257

  • Construction and Structures 3 SRT351
  • Building Cost Planning SRQ301

  • Construction Projects 2 SRT259
  • Year 2 - Trimester 3

  • Building Environmental Services SRT358

  • Building Measurement and Estimating SRE302
  • Plus one elective unit (level two or above)


    Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Contract Administration 1 SRM161

  • Project Management 2 SRM281

  • Architecture Design Studio 03: Earthscapes SRD263

  • Contemporary Architecture SRA323
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Contract Administration 2 SRM261

  • Architecture Design Studio 04: Publicscapes SRD264 (2 credit point unit)

  • Building Economics SRE270
  • Year 3 - Trimester 3

  • Project Management 3 SRM381

  • Project Planning and Scheduling SRM310

  • Quantity Surveying Practice SRQ460

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Communication 03: Documentation SRC362

  • Contract Administration 3 SRM461

  • Professional Practice SRM489

  • Architecture Design Studio 05: Hybridscapes SRD363
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Building Development Appraisal SRE464

  • Architecture Design Studio 06: Superstudio SRD364 (2 credit point unit)

  • Built Environment Integrated Research SRV499
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400415363 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    D364
    CRICOS code?
    080118A
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

     

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC


    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Frequently asked questions

    What are the key study start dates?

    Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

    How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    This cross-discipline course gives you more options for your future career. Career opportunities include:

    • 3D architectural modeller
    • architectural consultant or designer
    • building designer
    • building project manager
    • construction manager
    • draftsperson
    • estimator
    • quantity surveyor.

    Upon graduating, if you would like to pursue a career as a practicing architect, you will need to complete the Master of Architecture (Design Management). This enables you to become a registered architect and work in private architectural practices, government organisations, property development, or other building and design fields.

    Professional recognition

    The construction management stream of this combined course is professionally accredited by industry. Graduates qualify for membership of:

    • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
    • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
    • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
    • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    The architecture stream of this combined course is subject to regular and rigorous review processes, carried out by external professional bodies.

    • Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).
    • Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

    When this combined course is followed with the Master of Architecture (Design Management) you will have successfully completed an accredited academic qualification and on your way to becoming a registered architect with the ARVB Architects Registration Board of Victoria.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.


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