Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Property and Real Estate

Undergraduate degree

In this combined course you will discover architectural ideas through cutting-edge content and build complimentary skills in property and real estate.

This course is only available for domestic students.

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4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

Set yourself apart with Deakin's Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Property and Real Estate. This cross-disciplinary course combines the creative possibilities of architectural design with the practical skills and real-world experience needed to build a successful career in the growing property sector. Discover architectural ideas through cutting-edge content and build complimentary skills in property valuation, development and more.

Develop your creativity and gain a practical understanding of the built environment and its relationship with the community through meaningful and sustainable design. In this combined course, you will study real-world projects in a studio environment to enable your ability to generate, analyse and communicate your ideas. You will also have valuable opportunities for a work placement, where you can get a head-start on developing professional networks and graduate with the professional skills and experience employers value.

Do you want to study at a university ranked in the top 1% globally for architecture and built environment subjects?

Graduate with a complementary skill set that will give you a competitive edge in the building design and property industry, opening doors to diverse career pathways. You will learn from industry experts in our purpose-built architecture workshop, where 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers and traditional tools and machinery are all at hand for you to fabricate models and experiment with technology, materials and processes.

While studying a combined course in design and property, you’ll explore:

  • architectural history and philosophy
  • building science and the built environment
  • construction technologies
  • computer-aided modelling
  • drawing and design process
  • model making
  • digital fabrications
  • property economics
  • property investment
  • property law and practice
  • property valuation
  • sustainable construction and property development.

Enhancing your technical expertise, you will also collaborate with construction management students during your course through our unique integrated learning approach – just as you will in the real-world – ensuring you graduate with practical and applied experience.

Gain invaluable hands-on experience, learn up-to-date property and design insights from Australia's industry leaders and graduate with a unique cross-discipline professional skill set.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Design (Architecture) / Bachelor of Property and Real Estate
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400411851 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D307
Level
Undergraduate
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Property and Real Estate, students must attain 36 credit points, which must include the following:

  • SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • DAI001 Academic Integrity (0- credit point compulsory unit)
  • thirty-five (35) core units consisting of 20 credit points in Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and 15 credit points in Bachelor of Property and Real Estate
  • one (1) credit point Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course elective for Bachelor of Property and Real Estate
    • MWL316 Consulting Experience
    • MWL318 Internship
    • MWL319 International Consultancy Experience.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

20

Design (Architecture) core units

15

Property and Real estate core units

1

Work Intergrated Learning units

36

Total

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 01: Thoughtscapes
  • Architecture Communication 01: Drawing
  • Art and Society
  • Introduction to Property
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 02: Matterscapes (2 credit points)
  • Architecture Communication 02: Modelling
  • Construction and Structures 1

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 03: Earthscapes
  • Construction and Structures 2
  • Economic Principles
  • Law for Commerce
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 04: Publicscapes (2 credit points)
  • Introduction to Property Development
  • Fundamentals of Finance

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Utopian Ideals in the Modern World
  • Sustainable Property Construction
  • Property Investment
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Construction and Structures 3
  • Building Environmental Studies
  • Property Management
  • Property Law and Practice

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 05: Hybridscapes
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Statutory Valuation
  • Plus one Work Integrated Learning (WIL) compulsory elective unit from the following:

  • Consultancy Experience
  • Internship
  • International Consultancy Experience
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 06: Superstudio (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Property Development
  • Advanced Property Valuation

  • Year 5 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Communication 03: Documentation
  • Building Environmental Services
  • Property Economics
  • Advanced Property Analysis
  • Accelerated program

    Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Property and Real Estate (accelerated program)

    The 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 four and a half years.


    Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 01: Thoughtscapes
  • Architecture Communication 01: Drawing
  • Art and Society
  • Introduction to Property
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 02: Matterscapes (2 credit points)
  • Architecture Communication 02: Modelling
  • Construction and Structures 1
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

  • Economic Principles
  • Fundamentals of Finance

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 03: Earthscapes
  • Utopian Ideals in the Modern World
  • Property Economics
  • Property Investment
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 04: Publicscapes (2 credit points)
  • Building Environmental Studies
  • Introduction to Property Development
  • Year 2 - Trimester 3

  • Law for Commerce
  • Accounting for Decision Making

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design Studio 05: Hybridscapes
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Construction and Structures 2
  • Statutory Valuation
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 06: Superstudio (2 credit points)
  • Property Management
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Year 3 - Trimester 3

    One Work Integrated Learning (WIL) compulsory elective unit from the following:

  • Consultancy Experience
  • Internship
  • International Consultancy Experience

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Communication 03: Documentation
  • Building Environmental Services
  • Sustainable Property Construction
  • Advanced Property Analysis
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Construction and Structures 3
  • Advanced Property Development
  • Advanced Property Valuation
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    New course from Trimester 1, 2024.

    Please note that all property and real estate units are offered online.

    This course is not available to international students.

    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

    • S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)*
    • M348 Bachelor of Property and Real Estate

    * Any student who selects to exit with the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) will be assessed on an individual basis to confirm if they have met the course learning outcomes of the single course. Any student who has not met the required learning outcomes will be required to undertake the appropriate core unit/s to meet the single degree course learning outcomes.

    Course duration

    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 lectures, 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. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course includes a compulsory work integrated learning (WIL) unit.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 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

    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter - it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    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, Information Technology 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 Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $10,330 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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 on our Current students fees website.

    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

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    Entry pathways

    Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Graduate with in-demand cross disciplinary skills, ready to make an impact in this exciting and diverse industry. You’ll be ready to meet the demand for design and property and real estate specialists with government figures forecasting 'very strong' job growth in architecture and 'stable to strong' growth in property and real estate.*

    Graduate ready to explore career opportunities across building design and property in a variety of roles including:

    • 3D architectural modeller
    • architectural consultant or designer
    • design coordinator
    • property developer
    • asset manager
    • owners corporation manager
    • facilities manager
    • portfolio manager
    • property adviser
    • property valuer.

    If you choose to pursue a career as a registered architect, you can continue onto further studies in a Master of Architecture at Deakin. Once you have completed postgraduate studies and gained registration to practice, you can go on to a successful career as a practising architect and work in private architectural firms, government organisations, property development, or other building and design fields.

    * Occupation projections to 2026 according to the 2021 industry employment projections report

    Professional recognition

    Both single degree courses are professionally accredited by multiple professional bodies including the:

    • Australian Property Institute (API)
    • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
    • Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

    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.