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  • Not holding Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency
BA-ARC Degree

Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

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80

ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Hawthorn

Semester 1 intake

Overview

Architecture shapes the ways we live and connect. In our Bachelor of Design (Architecture), you'll study design, construction, cultural contexts, and more – all under the guidance of world-renowned academics. Get more than just theory, gain the hands-on experience the industry desires. Design, create, and make in our ProtoLAB with 3D printers, laser cutters, robots, and more.

There's still time to get your application in for Semester 1

Haven't quite gotten around to applying direct to your chosen Swinburne course? Don't fret. There's still plenty of time to get your application in, and start in Semester 1.

Your industry experience

Bolster your CV with real industry experience while you study through our Work Integrated Learning programs – a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees. This can include placements, internships or industry-linked projects.

In this degree, you'll learn from industry specialists in custom created  studio and professional practice focused units.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Strong communication skills
  • Concept generation
  • Design promoting health and wellbeing
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Digital analysis and fabrication skills

Your career opportunities

  • Building designer
  • Building project management
  • Design coordination
  • 3D architectural modeller
  • Structural drafter
  • Architectural consultant or designer

Key codes

CRICOS course code
095610K
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211223
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211221
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Top 100 for art and design

5 stars for overall experience

#1 in Melbourne for graduate found full-time employment 4 months after completing their degree 

#1 in Melbourne for graduate salary one year out

Study architecture

From Swinburne studio to global engineering and design company

Eddy and Amy, both Bachelor of Design (Architecture) students, get outside the Swinburne studios, and into the offices of a global engineering, design and advisory company. Watch how they used all of our latest tech (like KUKA robots and CNC machines) to create the Fab Pod II – a lightweight, acoustically designed meeting room. See how you could be working with industry before you graduate.

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification. 
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).
Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent

Other requirements

Non-year 12 entry

Applicants that have completed work or study in an architecture-related field are invited to apply for advanced standing, which is provided in the form of academic credit towards your architecture degree. In order for us to assess whether your previous work or study satisfies part of the academic requirements of the course, please upload a digital portfolio of up to eight pages, and respond to four design related questions.

Your digital portfolio must be submitted using Slideroom.

Digital portfolios provided through any means other than Slideroom will not be accepted.

Advanced standing can only be assessed once you have submitted your digital portfolio and responded to all questions in Slideroom.

In your portfolio, we are looking for evidence of your ability to think spatially, critically and creatively, as well as the desire to design and build things. In assessing your portfolio, we would like to see your ability to conceptualize and develop ideas. As well as finished outcomes, we are also interested in concept sketches or working drawing that display your thinking process.

Acceptable works include (but are not limited to) product design, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photography, visual art, graphic design or other visual media. We do not expect to see only architectural drawing, plans or digital renders but would ideally like to see a range of visual examples. Think carefully about how you present your portfolio as we will also consider how you structure your content into a clear, compelling story about yourself and your passion for, and commitment to, architecture.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) requires students to complete units of study to the value of 300 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

  • 15Core units
  • +
  • 4Elective units
  • =
  • 3-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Interior Architecture Communication
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DIA10005
Introductory Design Studio
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DDD10006
Your elective unit goes here
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ELECT01
Your elective unit goes here
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ELECT01
Semester 2
Architectural Design Studio 1 (Communication)
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC10001
Your elective unit goes here
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ELECT01
Your elective unit goes here
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ELECT01
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Architectural Design Studio 2 (Construction)
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC20001
Construction 2
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DIA20001
Architectural Design Studio 1 (Communication)
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC10001
Semester 2
Architectural Design Studio 3 (Socio-economic Contexts)
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC20002
Cross Cultural Contexts
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC20003
Digital Documentation 1
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DIA20003
Units of study Unit code
Professional placement - Major (12 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Design
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
DDD20031
Work Experience in Industry B
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20002
Integrated Professional Placement B - Design
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
DDD20032
or
Professional placement - Minor (6 months)
Work Experience in Industry A
Practical unit, 25.0 credit points
WEI20001
Integrated Professional Placement A - Design
Academic unit, 25.0 credit points
DDD20031
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Architectural Design Studio 4 (Construction)
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC30001
Architectural Communication 2
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC30003
Construction 2
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DIA20001
Semester 2
Architectural Design Studio 5
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC30002
Professional Practice 1: BIM (Building Information Management) 
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC30004
Construction 3
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
DIA30001

2023 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$8,301

Total fee* ($AUD)

$24,903

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$37,200

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.
     

Note: There is a 10 per cent discount for on-time payments of your student contribution if you pay a minimum of A$500.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Professional placement fees

Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.

Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-ARC
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CRICOS code
095610K
Course code
BA-ARC
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Apply through VTAC

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC.

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211221
Apply through VTAC
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211223
Apply through VTAC

Student work

  • 'Outside In' project
  • 'Outside In' project
  • ‘Interlocking Wave’ project by second year Architecture students
  • 'Koi' project by third year Architecture students
  • 'Perspectives' project, by second year Architecture students
  • 'Flutter' project
  • 'Armar Curvar' project by second year Architecture students