Bachelor of Design - Architecture

University of Newcastle

Architecture is a creative and exciting profession that combines technology, ecology, philosophy, art and science to solve the problems of the built environment. Homes, office buildings, opera houses, art galleries, schools and factories are all designed by architects. Becoming an architect requires the completion of 2 degrees over 5 years, or a longer equivalent if studying part time. The first degree program leads to the award of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture), and consists of 3 years full-time study or part-time equivalent. The second degree program, the Master of Architecture, consists of 2 years full-time study or part-time equivalent. After gaining their Bachelor of Design (Architecture) students often choose to take a break of a year or more in order to gain experience in an architect's practice before completing their Master of Architecture. Teaching in the Bachelor and Master's degree programs combines studio-based problem based learning approaches, plus traditional lecture-based courses.

Course Fee:

International: $88,245

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; any 2 units of English plus recommended study of Industrial Technology and/or Visual Arts


In the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program, students are required to complete a total of 240 units, of which 220 units are core courses and 20 units are elective courses.

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Study Pathways:

Credit transfer agreements with TAFE NSW and other education providers are under continuous negotiation.

Further information:

The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) may be awarded as an ordinary degree or 'With Distinction'.


If registration and practice as an architect is desired, then students must also complete the Master of Architecture program. The Master of Architecture degree is recognised for registration by the State Boards of Architects, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects. The Master of Architecture, along with a minimum of two years' professional experience and a professional practice exam conducted by the State Boards of Architects, leads to registration as an architect.

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Provider CRICOS: 00109J

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan 70.1 No Full time 3 years
Callaghan 70.1 No Part time 6 years

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