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Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Master of Architecture

Undergraduate degree

Discover architectural ideas through cutting-edge content, develop your creativity and gain a practical understanding of the built environment.

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International student information

Key facts

Duration

5 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Discover architectural ideas through cutting-edge content, develop your creativity and gain a practical understanding of the built environment and its relationship with the community through meaningful and sustainable design. This five-year course provides a packaged education pathway for those interested in pursuing architectural professional registration. You will gain practical skills in a studio environment and develop your ability to communicate your design ideas under the guidance of passionate staff.

From the first year and throughout your studies, you will explore innovative design ideas in response to real-world scenarios and present your ideas for consideration by registered architects. This practical, applied and industry-connected approach to learning ensures you receive feedback and insight into your work from professional practitioners with local and global architecture experience.

Want to transform your love of architectural design into a rewarding career?

Articulation of design ideas and defending those in an open forum is a key element of the course, as is development of research and analytical skills and Indigenous knowledge in design. Technical skills development (e.g. AutoCAD) and communication of design through text, graphics and 3D modelling are strategically integrated throughout the course to enable scaffolded skill development that culminates in demonstration of your advanced design work in the capstone unit in the final year of study.

Your learning space will be second to none, with Deakin's extensive a+b studio - an inspiring open-plan space that enables you to work collaboratively and develop your projects. You will also have access to our purpose-built workshop, where 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers and traditional tools and machinery are at hand for you to fabricate models and experiment with technology, materials and processes.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Design (Architecture) / Master of Architecture
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400411451 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400412021 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D306
CRICOS code?
111440H Waterfront (Geelong)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Master of Architecture, students must complete 40 credit points as follows:

Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

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

  • SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • nineteen (19) core units (totalling 22 credit points)
  • two (2) open elective units (2 credit points).

To progress into the Master of Architecture level of studies from undergraduate architecture, students must achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65. Students achieving a WAM between 55 and 64 have the opportunity to submit a portfolio of relevant work and personal statement for consideration to potentially progress into the master level of studies. Students cannot progress to the postgraduate level of study without completing all 24 credit points at undergraduate level. A WAM of less than 55 results in an alternative exit from D306 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Master of Architecture with the award: S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture).

Master of Architecture

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 10 core units (totalling 13 credit points)
  • 3 course electives (you can choose which ones to study from the available list or from any 7 SR* coded unit) (totalling 3 credit points).

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

24

Bachelor of Design (Architecture) credit points

16

Master of Architecture credit points

40

Total

Bachelor of Design (Architecture) 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 Module (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
  • Architecture Design Studio 03: Earthscapes
  • Construction and Structures 2
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Austral-Asian Architecture
  • Architecture Design Studio 04: Publicscapes (2 credit points)
  • Building Environmental Studies

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Communication 03: Documentation
  • Architecture Design Studio 05: Hybridscapes
  • Building Environmental Services
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design Studio 06: Superstudio (2 credit points)
  • Construction and Structures 3
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Master of Architecture core

    Note: Students must have completed 24 credit points of study successfully and achieved a WAM of 65 to continue through to the Master of Architecture. Students not having fulfilled this requirement are eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) as an alternative exit.

    Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Architecture Design: Graduate Studio
  • Architecture Communication: Advanced
  • Indigenous Narratives and Design Processes
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design and Technology
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design: Comprehensive Studio (2 credit points)
  • Critical Futures
  • 1 Level 7 SR coded elective (1 credit point)

    Year 5 - Trimester 1

  • Architectural Design and Resolution (2 credit points)
  • Architecture Research: Masterclass Preparation
  • 1 Level 7 SR coded elective (1 credit point)

    Year 5 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Masterclass Design Research Studio (2 credit points)
  • Built Environment Professional Practice
  • 1 Level 7 SR coded elective (1 credit point)

    Master of Architecture Course elective units

    Three (3) level 7 electives (3 credit points)

    Students may select elective units from the list below or from any level 7 SR coded unit [An alternative elective may be undertaken and will require approval by the S700 Master of Architecture Course Director.]

  • Geo-Planning and Design
  • Introduction to Construction Management
  • Principles of Building Information Modelling
  • Construction Management Practice ^
  • Biophilic Futures
  • Cost Planning
  • Construction Measurement and Estimating
  • Strategic Construction Procurement
  • Thesis (2 credit points)*
  • Reading and Analysing Architecture
  • Built Environment Study Tour
  • Built Environment Research Project
  • Building Systems and Environment
  • Integrated Project Management
  • *Students intending to apply for entry into Higher Degree by Research may be required to completed SRD755 Architecture Research: Masterclass Preparation and SRR711 Thesis (2cp).

    ^ Completion of STP710 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit) as a pre-requisite

    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)

    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

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    You can expect to engage 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

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    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

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

    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

    To progress into the Master of Architecture level of studies from undergraduate architecture, students must achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65. Students achieving a WAM between 55 and 64 have the opportunity to submit a portfolio of relevant work and personal statement for consideration to potentially progress into the masters level of studies. Students cannot progress to the postgraduate level of study without completing all 24 credit points at undergraduate level. Students who do not meet the requirements and have a WAM of less than 55 will exit with the award S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture).

    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)

    To progress into the Master of Architecture level of studies from undergraduate architecture, students must achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65. Students achieving a WAM between 55 and 64 have the opportunity to submit a portfolio of relevant work and personal statement for consideration to potentially progress into the master level of studies. Students cannot progress to the postgraduate level of study without completing all 24 credit points at undergraduate level. Students who do not meet the requirements and have a WAM of less than 55 will exit with the award S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture).

    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

    To progress into the Master of Architecture level of studies from undergraduate architecture, students must achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65. Students achieving a WAM between 55 and 64 have the opportunity to submit a portfolio of relevant work and personal statement for consideration to potentially progress into the master level of studies. Students cannot progress to the postgraduate level of study without completing all 24 credit points at undergraduate level. Students who do not meet the requirements and have a WAM of less than 55 will exit with the award S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture).

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven't 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.

    To progress into the Master of Architecture level of studies from undergraduate architecture, students must achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65. Students achieving a WAM between 55 and 64 have the opportunity to submit a portfolio of relevant work and personal statement for consideration to potentially progress into the master level of studies. Students cannot progress to the postgraduate level of study without completing all 24 credit points at undergraduate level. Students who do not meet the requirements and have a WAM of less than 55 will exit with the award S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture).

    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 (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

    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 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – 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

    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 determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    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

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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin 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.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply 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.

    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.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    After successfully completing the Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Master of Architecture combined course, graduates will be required to complete an additional two years of work experience under the supervision of a registered architect in order to present for registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA). Graduates can then pursue a career as a practising architect and work in a private architectural practice, government organisations, property development or other building and design fields.

     

    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.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Master of Architecture

    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.

    Create an architectural design through the exercise of knowledge, imagination and judgement in the context of economic, social, cultural and environmental responsibility.

    Plan and execute a substantial research project to show capacity for specialised knowledge in architectural contexts and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and/or scholarship.

    Use initiative to integrate well developed knowledge of architectural history, theory, technology and practice to design, develop and manage architecture projects from project brief to architectural resolution and thereby demonstrate professionalism as an architectural graduate.

    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.

    Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly in a variety of interpersonal contexts using oral, written and visual communication modes to inform, motivate and persuade specialist and non specialist audiences about architectural ideas, decisions and predicted built outcomes.

    Imagine, conceive and represent ideas using the language of architecture, its codes and conventions to reflect on possibilities, and progress and resolve solutions within a design process.

    Demonstrate the capacity to listen, learn and engage with a variety of participants and contributing influences in architectural projects to mediate and collaboratively resolve issues and negotiate design complexity.

    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.

    Apply well-developed research, ideation and technical information literacy skills to independently locate, interpret and evaluate information content in a digital world.

    Disseminate creative and logical proposals using appropriate digital technologies relevant to architecture practice.

    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 to reproduce, manipulate, and identify conventional and alternative solutions to architectural problems.

    Selectively use linear, critical, logical and/or lateral mechanisms to analyse different forms of information; manipulate and transform information to propose possible solutions and thereby demonstrate the capacity for reflection in action for professional practice in architecture.

    Use reflection and judgement supported by a body of knowledge in order to efficiently formulate a strategy or argument appropriate to a theoretical, contextual, creative and/or technical architectural situation.

    Apply independent thought and capacity for analysis and synthesis of a particular area of discipline knowledge through coherent and focussed research practice.

    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.

    Effectively research and Identify theoretical, cultural, social, technical and environmental architectural problems to establish a sound basis for project inception in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

    Use a well-developed body of knowledge to justify, argue and persuade the significance, causes and consequences of architectural problems, and use a methodical approach to formulate potential solutions.

    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.

    Accumulate and document specialist knowledge of architecture theories, processes and practice using the frameworks of methodical research, creative activity and capacity for reflection on action to demonstrate responsibility for professional learning.

    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.

    Apply interpersonal skills to interact contribute and collaborate in team learning activities and to enhance project potential through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.

    Global citizenship

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

    Formulate architectural responses through concern for economic, cultural, social and ethical values inherent in human landscape while consciously integrating quantitative and qualitative perspectives.

    Engage with global traditions and current trends in architectural practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board 28 July 2022