Bachelor of Architectural Design

The University of Adelaide

Design goes far beyond the visual. It responds to possibilities and limits, to hopes and needs. It is equal parts creative and calculated. Architectural design is about understanding landscapes and the way humans create places within them. Architecture, landscape architecture and urban design share the purpose of aiding society while creating structural works of art. Program graduates apply design skills in all sorts of rewarding careers, and take on specialised roles through postgraduate study. You might restore beautiful old buildings or be a micro-home master. You could create and preserve natural landscapes and life cycles. Perhaps you will design the next iconic skyscraper or opera house.

Course Fee:

International: $105,000

Entry Requirements:

SACE; Selection via ATAR; Assumed Knowledge: SACE Stage 1 maths (or equivalent), basic freehand drawing ability, computing skills


The program hones concrete skills and encourages big picture thinking. You will: Visit notable building sites, landscapes, gardens and exhibitions. Gain high-level practical design and model-making skills. Practise computer and hand based drawing techniques. Explore relevant theory, history, tradition and innovation. Consider issues of ecology and environment. Learn how to formulate effective proposals. The multi-disciplinary core courses in the Bachelor of Architectural Design foster intellectual development, critical thinking and creative action. The program is intended as a framework in which to develop these skills if you want to enhance buildings and human modified places with creative environmental design solutions. The majority of the teaching activities are based around the design studios, where topics are developed and discussed with studio leaders. These studio sessions are supplemented by courses in various other topics such as Representation, Construction, Environment, and History and Theory. Representation introduces you to the latest computer and hand based drawing techniques. Construction uses specialist equipment for modelling and experimentation and the Environment course includes issues of ecology. History and Theory engages with the traditions of the discipline to consider frameworks for contemporary design. Students can also apply for entry to an additional Honours year.

Subjects you can Study:

Architecture; Construction; Design; Digital Media; Environment; History; Landscape architecture; Representation; Theory; Urban design


To practise as an architect or landscape architect, you must complete a professionally accredited combination of degrees in your chosen discipline. The University offers the following choices: > Bachelor of Architectural Design followed by Master of Architecture recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects and accredited by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia. > Bachelor of Architectural Design followed by Master of Landscape Architecture recognised and accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. > Bachelor of Architectural Design followed by either Master of Planning or Master of Planning (Urban Design) recognised and accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. > Bachelor of Architectural Design followed by Master of Property recognised and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. > Bachelor of Architectural Design followed by Master of Construction Management recognised and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace 61.7 Yes Part time
North Terrace 61.7 Yes Full time 3 years

Walk in remarkable footsteps

The University of Adelaide’s international reputation for breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We count among our alumni five Nobel Laureates, over 140 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first female Indigenous recipient. The country’s first female prime minister also studied here, as did the first Australian-born professional astronaut in space.
Today, our high-achieving culture continues to attract the world’s best and brightest, including students from more than 90 countries.

Be ready for the future workforce

Although many of the jobs you could be doing in a decade’s time don’t yet exist, your best preparation for them does at the University of Adelaide. We’re constantly updating and refining our degrees to ensure that — wherever your passions lie, you’ll gain the flexible capabilities to explore every opportunity tomorrow brings.
Importantly, our degrees’ recognised quality that opens career paths everywhere. We’re ranked inside the world’s top 50 universities in four subject areas; in the top 100 for another 12, and the top 150 for 10 more.*

Learn from world-leading research

As South Australia’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research-intensive universities, our researchers collaborate with industry, government and leading institutions around the globe to address the world’s greatest challenges.
Our research—rated 5/5 in over 40 distinct fields^ informs all our degrees. Importantly, it also generates a tangible community benefit. Our total contribution to South Australia’s economy is over $4.23 billion†.
* QS World University Rankings By Subject, 2019. ^ Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018. † London Economics, 2018. 
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