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

Deakin’s Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) is a unique course that combines studies in key aspects of the built environment.

Explore architectural ideas and design approaches at the same time as learning how to manage construction projects, no matter their scale or scope. Gain in-depth knowledge and skills in architecture, design, construction and project management, while exploring your options for a diverse career in the built environment industry.

With an emphasis on practical learning, you’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience with opportunities for industry placements and involvement in real-world projects. Develop creative process and practical skills by exploring design, drawing, digital fabrications, measuring, estimating, project management and construction knowledge. Graduate workplace-ready with opportunities for site visits, international study tours and exchanges.

Want to launch your career on the world stage?

 The Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) qualifies you to work in Australia or overseas, in more than 50 countries. It offers an excellent mix of hands-on practice and theory, so that you graduate job ready.

While studying a combined course in architecture and construction management you’ll learn about:

  • architectural history, theory and design
  • computer-aided modelling and digital fabrication
  • drawing and model making as part of the design process
  • building economics and law
  • building practice
  • measurement and estimation
  • project management
  • quantity surveying
  • construction technology building science and the environment

Within this course, you will work closely with other architecture and construction management students, creating a multidisciplinary learning experience that stands out to potential employers.

It will also allow you to better recognise the mindset and drivers of an architect or construction manager when working together in industry.

Our location in Geelong gives us a unique environment to explore urban and regional issues and multiple scales of projects. We are positioned to connect the city to regional Victoria through our learning experiences and research, opening up opportunities to examine our community’s sustainability and resiliency through our design-based investigations.

With the design (architecture) component of this course, you’ll gain practical skills studying real-world projects in a studio environment and develop your ability to generate, analyse and communicate your own ideas. You will learn to integrate creative thinking with the practical and technical necessities of the real world, and develop skill sets that allows you to examine and shape the places we inhabit, including all building types, spaces and locations.

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.

Your learning space will include Deakin’s purpose-built a+b studio open 24/7 providing an open plan space to work collaboratively, share ideas and develop your projects. There is access to our architecture 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 and traditional tools and machinery.

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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

  • Architecture Communication 01: Drawing

  • Architecture Design Studio 01: Thoughtscapes

  • Building Materials Science

  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

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

  • Architecture Communication 02: Modelling

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

  • Construction and Structures 1

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Utopian Ideals in the Modern World

  • Construction Finance

  • Building Safety

  • Construction and Structures 2
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Building Economics

  • Building Environmental Studies

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


    Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 03: Earthscapes

  • Building Measurement

  • Contract Administration 1

  • Project Management 1
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

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

  • Building Cost Planning

  • Construction and Structures 3

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Communication 03: Documentation

  • Project Management 2

  • Contemporary Architecture

  • Building Measurement and Estimating
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Contract Administration 2

  • Project Planning and Scheduling

  • Project Management 3

  • Quantity Surveying Practice

  • Year 5 - Trimester 1

  • Building Environmental Services

  • Contract Administration 3

  • Professional Practice

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

  • Building Development Appraisal

  • Built Environment Integrated Research

  • Architecture Design Studio 06: Superstudio (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

  • Architecture Communication 01: Drawing

  • Architecture Design Studio 01: Thoughtscapes

  • Building Materials Science

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

  • Architecture Communication 02: Modelling

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

  • Construction and Structures 1
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

  • Project Management 1

  • Construction Finance

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Utopian Ideals in the Modern World

  • Building Safety

  • Building Measurement

  • Construction and Structures 2
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Building Environmental Studies

  • Construction and Structures 3
  • Building Cost Planning

  • Construction Projects 2
  • Year 2 - Trimester 3

  • Building Environmental Services

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


    Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Contract Administration 1

  • Project Management 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 03: Earthscapes

  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Contract Administration 2

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

  • Building Economics
  • Year 3 - Trimester 3

  • Project Management 3

  • Project Planning and Scheduling

  • Quantity Surveying Practice

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Communication 03: Documentation

  • Contract Administration 3

  • Professional Practice

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

  • Building Development Appraisal

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

  • Built Environment Integrated Research
  • Key information

    Award granted

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

    Year

    2021 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

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Entry information

    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)

     

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in any English, any History, any Mathematics or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. A study score of 35 in one but no more than one of Accounting, Business Management or Economics equals 2 aggregate points per study. A study score of 35 in one but no more than one of Art, Product Design And Technology, Studio Arts or Visual Communication Design equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    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.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

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

    • architect*
    • construction Manager
    • 3D architectural modeller
    • building designer
    • building project manager
    • draftsperson
    • estimator
    • quantity surveyor
    • contract administrator.

    Upon graduating, if you would like to pursue a career as a registered Architect, you are able to articulate to Deakin’s accredited postgraduate studies in Architecture. This enables you to undertake part of the requirements for registration as an Architect under the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, and Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

    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 both the single degrees.