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C10004v5 Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDesign)
UAC code: 602010 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 044179J
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture by itself does not lead to professional recognition as an architect. To become a professional architect, students must complete this degree followed by the Master of Architecture (C04235) (an additional two years of full-time study or equivalent).


Overview
Course aims
Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Further study at UTS
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture is the first of two degrees needed to become an architect. Students wishing to qualify for professional recognition as architects must also complete the Master of Architecture (C04235). UTS architecture courses provide the skills and knowledge necessary to practise in the architectural profession and to be a future leader in the design of the built environment.

Through the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, students learn what it means to be an architect in a globalised world. This is achieved with a focus on how the profession can shape global cities through complex spatial thinking.

The first step is to deprogram preconceived ideas of architecture. Such an approach lays the foundations for creative spatial and material awareness, pushing the boundaries of traditional architectural practice.

UTS takes a hands-on approach to digital design and fabrication: students learn the software, material and model-making skills required to translate thought into form, right from the start. They have the opportunity to work on real-life projects and engage with stakeholders such as the Powerhouse Museum, ABC, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

Students are globally connected with opportunities to study in, work in or visit cities such as Berlin, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. They hear from international experts through guest lectures and are connected to global competitions and scholarships like the Costenino Design Challenge or Frank Gehry internship program.

UTS Architecture is a young and vibrant architectural school, working from one of Australia's newest, leading-edge campuses. Its staff are actively engaged in the industry as practitioners and commentators, while its 24-hour studios are always abuzz with students who live and breathe architecture.

Course aims

This degree provides a liberal introduction to the study of architecture as a discipline. Students gain a critical and ethical awareness of architecture as a discipline with much to offer in the face of many of today's most pressing societal challenges. It equips students to join other design fields or related disciplines, and it prepares students for the Master of Architecture degree.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to take an informed and ethical position toward social, technical and environmental practices
A.2 Ability to position work within practice and an extended disciplinary context
C.1 Ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team, manage and maintain partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required, and constructively contribute to peer learning
C.2 Ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways including oral, written, visual, physical and digital
C.3 Ability to engage and contribute to professional debate
I.1 Ability to understand and challenge disciplinary conventions and develop innovative approaches
I.2 Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
I.3 Ability to produce inspirational responses that exemplify integration of learning experiences
P.1 Ability to apply communication techniques (digital and/or manual), knowledge and understanding to practical applications in architecture
P.2 Ability to thoughtfully apply/deploy disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development
P.3 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of both past and current architectural practices
R.1 Ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies to carry out investigative study and source, evaluate and utilise appropriate academic and professional references
R.2 Ability to analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and explore alternatives in a self-directed manner
R.3 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of architectural precedent and to place architectural practice within a contextual framework
R.4 Ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking in order to inform a range of outcomes

Career options

Career opportunities include architect (after completion of the Master of Architecture), urban designer, project manager, administrator, policymaker, researcher, educator, journalist, and disaster relief and international aid professional.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building may consider applications based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. The STAT is conducted through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Non-current school leaver applicants are advised to submit an optional portfolio by Friday 30 October 2015.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and any two units of English.

Design and Technology, Visual Arts are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is three years of full-time study (or equivalent). Year 1 is recommended to be taken in full-time mode.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 144 credit points. The normal full-time load is four 6-credit-point subjects a session, totalling 48 credit points a year for three years.

Year 1 comprises four compulsory 6-credit-point subjects a session. Years 2 and 3 comprise one 6-credit-point elective and three compulsory subjects a session.

Course completion requirements

STM90375 Core subjects 120cp
CBK90284 Sub-major/Electives 24cp
Total 144cp

Course program

The subjects listed below represent the standard full-time course. Under certain circumstances, students may apply for exemptions from some subjects. The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course full time.

Year 1
Autumn session
11211 Architectural Design: Forming   6cp
11212 Architectural History and Theory: Orientations   6cp
11205 Architecture and Landscape Cultures   6cp
11214 Architectural Design: Architectural Communications   6cp
Spring session
11209 Architectural Design: Making   6cp
11216 Architectural History and Theory: Modernity and Modernism   6cp
11206 Introduction to Construction and Structural Synthesis   6cp
11208 Architectural Design: Architectural Communications 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
11221 Architectural Design: Strategy   6cp
11248 Architectural History and Theory: Urbanism and the City   6cp
11207 Architectural Design and Construction   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
11222 Architectural History and Theory: Critique   6cp
11227 Architectural Design: Performance   6cp
11225 Thermal Design and Environmental Control   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
11231 Architectural Design: Field   6cp
11232 Lighting, Acoustics and Advanced Environmental Control   6cp
11233 Advanced Architectural Construction   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
11234 Architectural Design: Integration   6cp
11247 Architectural History and Theory: Current Events and Debates   6cp
11204 Integrated Systems   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture (C09048) is available to meritorious students with an additional one year of full-time study.

Further study at UTS

Students who have successfully completed this course may proceed to the Master of Architecture (C04235) as continuing students, provided they enrol in the next academic year after award of the degree, or seek leave of absence for no longer than one academic year after the award.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture followed by the Master of Architecture (C04235) is accredited for professional recognition by the NSW Architects Registration Board, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building