Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

Swinburne University of Technology

Immerse yourself in architecture as you take an innovative approach to building design. You'll tackle digital technology, environmental awareness, construction, practice, ethics, history and theory as you visualise the innovative environments of tomorrow.

Course Fee:

Australian: $28,077
International: $93,840

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL). Selection will be made using a Range of Criteria which can include (but not be limited to): Online Digital Portfolio: Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of up to 8 pages, which must address some architecture-related questions and include visual examples. 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 drawings 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 drawings, 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. To submit your portfolio, simply follow the prompts during your application process. Please note, applications for Round 1 close 9th December 2018. Any applications submitted after this date will be considered for further rounds. Non-Year 12 entry: Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit. Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success. The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements. English language requirements - satisfactory completion of one of the following: Swinburne's English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 65%, all skills 65%; minimum IELTS overall band of 6.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 75 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20; Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 50 (no communicative skills less than 50); any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency. Note: A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) can now be done on campus in Hawthorn.


300 credit points comprising: 15 Core units (250 credit points); 4 units of study comprising a minor or electives (50 credit points)

Study Pathways:

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

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00111D

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Higher Education Hawthorn 67.5 No Full time 3 years
Higher Education Hawthorn 67.5 No Part time

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Join the hundreds of thousands of grads before you.

For over 100 years, Swinburne has been creating students and grads who lead the worlds in which they study, work and live. 

  • Dimity Hawkins, a graduate, co-founded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won a Nobel Peace Prize (2017).
  • Our film and television students win more awards at international film festivals than any other university. 
  • Our engineering students design, build and race their own Formula SAE car and showcase it at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
  • Our information technology students create live network systems in our three state-of-the-art Cisco networking labs.
  • Our design school is in the Top 40 worldwide (2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject) and our students collaborate with universities in Finland, China and Chile on projects in the Swinburne Design Factory.
  • Many other graduates have gone on to work at places like NAB, Telstra, IBM and ANZ Bank. 

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Beyond that, we prioritise your learning experience above all else. Swinburne was ranked in the top three in Victoria for student satisfaction, outstripping the national average (QILT Student Experience Survey 2016). 

With that goal in mind, we recently launched the Bachelor of Engineering Practice – Australia’s first engineering degree that uses project-based learning, while eliminating lectures and exams. And that’s just for a start.

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