University of Technology Sydney

C09048v3 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture (BDesign(Hons))
CRICOS code: 044180E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture offers graduates of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (C10004), Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture (C10271) or Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons) (C09079) a pathway entry into the Master of Architecture (C04235) or Master of Landscape Architecture (C04270).

This course also prepares students for advanced study in a Higher Degree by Research program at the PhD level.

Career options

Career options include architect (after completion of the Master of Architecture), urban designer, landscape architect, administrator, policymaker, researcher, educator or journalist.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Demonstrates ability to take responsibility for actions and decisions in the development of independent research
A.2 Demonstrates capacity to develop an informal and ethical position on social, technical and environmental practices appropriate to research outcomes
A.3 Demonstrates ability to critically situate studio work within a broader theoretical and professional disciplinary context
C.1 Demonstrates ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways appropriate to research outcomes
C.2 Demonstrates ability to engage in, and contribute to, debate at a professional level
I.1 Demonstrates innovation in design and scholarly resources appropriate to research
I.2 Demonstrates ability to innovate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
P.1 Demonstrates ability to apply communication techniques, knowledge and understanding to practical applications in architecture
P.2 Demonstrates ability to thoughtfully apply disciplinary learning in practice with an ongoing commitment to individual research interests and professional development
P.3 Demonstrates knowledge of architectural precedent and to place architectural practice within a contextual framework
P.4 Demonstrates knowledge of current architectural practices and the context of the profession
R.1 Demonstrates ability to source, evaluate and utilise appropriate academic and professional references
R.2 Demonstrates ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies at an advanced level
R.3 Demonstrates ability to present advanced analysis and critical positions
R.4 Demonstrates ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking and formulate an appropriate research project

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

UTS students: course completed within the last three years

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Architecture or UTS Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture or UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons) who have completed the course within the last 3 years and attained an overall minimum WAM of 65 will be made a threshold offer.

UTS students: course completed four or more years ago

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Architecture UTS Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture or UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons) or equivalent who have completed the course 4 or more years ago AND have demonstrated relevant work experience within the architecture industry must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture:

  • A digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape pdfs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (maximum size 5MB).
  • A 200-300 word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking Honours level study in design at UTS, and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree.
  • A 1-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant’s design or related experience, accompanied by supporting reference/s from related industry employer/s.•A copy of the academic transcript.

Non-UTS applicants

Applicants with a degree which is equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Design in Architectureor UTS Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture or UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons) and who have attained an overall minimum WAM of 65.0 or above must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (maximum size 5MB)
  • a 200–300-word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours-level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience
  • a verified copy of the candidate's previous academic transcript.

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

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.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered full time only, over two sessions. The maximum time taken to complete the course is three sessions.

Course structure

Students complete 48 credit points, comprising one 12-credit-point coursework subject, one 12-credit-point preparatory honours thesis subject and one 24-credit-point honours thesis.

Students must complete a coursework subject, conducted in the first half of first session, devoted to research methods, information retrieval skills and the initial development of their thesis proposal. Students then spend the remainder of the first session and the whole of second session producing, under the direction of a specific supervisor, a thesis relevant to their academic, professional and/or creative agenda. The thesis is based on their original work informed by theoretical study and independent research.

The final level of honours achieved is determined by a weighted calculation of the three components of the honours course:

  • pass in subject Research Methods (required for obtaining any level of honours)
  • honours thesis preparatory mark (35 per cent)
  • honours thesis mark (65 per cent).

The level of honours degree awarded is dependent on the student's final percentage mark for the course:

  • honours first class (85–100 per cent)
  • honours second class (division 1) (75–84 per cent)
  • honours second class (division 2) (65–74 per cent)
  • honours third class (50–64 per cent)
  • fail (less than 50 per cent).

Course completion requirements

CBK91983 Core Stream (Honours) 48cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The example program below is for a full-time student completing the Bachelor of Design in Architecture commencing in Autumn session, followed by the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture.

Architecture Research stream, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
11391 Research Methods, Information Retrieval and Project Proposal   12cp
11392 Honours Thesis: Preparatory   12cp
Spring session
11393 Honours Thesis   24cp
Architectural Studies for Interior Architects stream, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
11277 Architectural Studio 5   12cp
11232 Lighting, Acoustics and Advanced Environmental Control   6cp
11248 Architectural History and Theory: Urbanism and the City   6cp
Spring session
11278 Architectural Studio 6   12cp
11206 Introduction to Construction and Structural Synthesis   6cp
11216 Architectural History and Theory: Modernity and Modernism   6cp
Architectural Studies for Landscape Architects stream, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
11277 Architectural Studio 5   12cp
11232 Lighting, Acoustics and Advanced Environmental Control   6cp
11212 Architectural History and Theory: Orientations   6cp
Spring session
11278 Architectural Studio 6   12cp
11206 Introduction to Construction and Structural Synthesis   6cp
11222 Architectural History and Theory: Critique   6cp
Landscape Studies for Architects stream, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
11188 Landscape Architecture Studio 5   12cp
11183 Ecology   6cp
11172 Landscape History and Theory 1   6cp
Spring session
11177 Botany   6cp
11180 Construction   6cp
11197 Landscape Architecture Studio 2   12cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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