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Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification

  • completion of a related diploma or completed or partial completion of a related advanced diplomas, associate degrees or degree.

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.

Non- Year 12 entry other requirements

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.

English Requirements

  • IELTS (Academic Module),  Overall 6.0 No individual band below 6.0 

  • PTE Academic, 50 (no communicative skill less than 50)  

  • TOEFL iBT, 64 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition Test^, 64 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)

  • C1 Advanced*, 169, no band less than 169 

  • Common European Framework, B2

  • Linguaskill – General^, Overall score of 160–179 with no band less than 160

  • Duolingo English Test^, Overall score of 95 - 100

Other Requirements

  • Published Guaranteed ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank): 80

  • Australian Foundation (min overall %): 80%

  • International Baccalaureate IB Diploma – Standard Entry: 28

  • International Baccalaureate IB Diploma – Predicted Grade: 30

Course Information

From Bauhaus to brutalism, suburbia to skyscrapers; architecture is more than just buildings. Concerned with both form and space, process and performance, mass and light, perception and comfort, Architecture shapes the ways we live and connect.

Throughout a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at Swinburne, you'll study a range of concepts and skillsets under the guidance of world-renowned academics in a variety of settings, from classrooms to workshops and design studios.

Across three years – and through units in design, construction, cultural contexts and more – you will master the software used in cutting-edge firms, retrace the history of the craft, get hands-on experience with industry partnerships and placements, and work with innovative and sustainable building materials that are changing the world.

With access to Swinburne’s ProtoLAB, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication and design workshop equipped with 3D printers, collaborative robots and laser cutters, you’ll have all the tools at hand to become a designer of the future.

You'll build up your CV with real industry experience while you study through our Work Integrated Learning programs, which are a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees and can include placements, internships or industry-linked projects. In this degree, in units Architectural Design Studio 5 and Professional Practice 1: BIM (ARC3002 and ARC30004), you’ll collaborate with and learn from industry specialists.

CRICOS code: 095610K

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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.

Core studies 

15 units (250 credit points)


  • Contexts of Architectural History

  • Introductory Design Studio

  • Construction 1: Building Systems and Materials

  • Architectural Communication 1

  • Architectural Design Studio 1 (Communication)

  • Architectural Design Studio 2 (Construction)

  • Architectural Design Studio 3 (Socio-economic Contexts)

  • Cross Cultural Contexts

  • Construction 2

  • Digital Documentation 1

  • Construction 3

  • Architectural Design Studio 4 (Construction) *

  • Architectural Design Studio 5 *

  • Architectural Communication 2 *

  • Professional Practice 1: BIM (Building Information Management) *

*Outcome unit – completion demonstrates the attainment of course learning outcomes

Other studies

4 units (50 credit points)

Choose from a combination of the following course components to complete 50 credit points of other study. Students may also select elective units (12.5 credit points each).

+ Work Integrated Learning

+ Minors

+ Elective units

Any of the following units may be undertaken.


  • Introduction to Animation

  • Introduction to Character and Environment Design

  • Action Analysis and Locomotion

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Packaging Design

  • Visual Communication Studio

  • Product Visualisation 1: 2D and 3D Exploration

  • Digital Presentation and Computer Ideation

  • User Centred/Co-Design Studio

  • Entrepreneurship and Opportunity

  • Introduction to Management

  • Fundamentals of Marketing

  • Built and Sustainable Communities

  • History of Ideas

  • Environment and Society

  • Health and Disease Across the Life Course

  • Typography for Print and Interactive Publication

  • Lean Startup Springboard

  • Startup Funding and Investment

  • Integrated Marketing Communication

  • Consumer Behaviour

  • Business and Society

  • Organisational Behaviour

  • Environmental Philosophy

  • Publication Design

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

+ Signature Series

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduates may enter the workforce globally – in architecture roles for private and corporate architecture firms, government organisations, development companies or in the building and design sector.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) AUD per year

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