University of Technology Sydney

C10325v3 Bachelor of Design in Architecture Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDesign)
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609535 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 079755D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
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
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
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 an architect 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.

Taking a transdisciplinary approach, the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture provides students with a rich education oriented towards international practice and design experimentation. Teaching is hands-on and undertaken in teams using the most innovative digital design and fabrication technologies available to the architectural profession in dedicated studios and workshops. UTS students have the benefit of learning from a cohesive team who are passionate about architecture and engage with the discipline as practitioners, researchers, educators and critics.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own across disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate in a rapidly changing world.

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.

Career options

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

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to some of the most complex issues that face their disciplines and society.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at https://dipinn.uts.edu.au.

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Establish and develop an informed and ethical position towards social, technical and environmental issues and practices
A.2 Recognise and appreciate local and global cultural diversities and values
A.3 Acknowledge Indigenous, cultural and historical values within the development of the project
C.1 Work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team
C.2 Communicate ideas professionally and effectively through a variety of mediums: oral, written, visual, physical and digital
C.3 Display leadership qualities throughout the production and delivery of the project
CII.1.1 Identify and represent the components and processes within complex systems and organise them within frameworks of relationships
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, test, appreciate and articulate the actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
CII.3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and sensitively to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact
I.1 Produce inspirational responses that demonstrate the successful integration of sub-disciplinary areas of knowledge: history, theory, tectonics and/or practice
I.2 Creatively use architectural media, technologies and materials
P.1 Understand and challenge disciplinary conventions through an engagement with emergent forms of architectural practice, technologies and modes of production
P.2 Thoughtfully apply disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development
P.3 Respond to a comprehensive brief within the disciplinary context
P.4 Evidence a three-dimensional understanding of spatial sequence and organization
P.5 Integrate an understanding of a relationship between form, materiality, structure and construction within design thinking
P.6 Evidence disciplinary knowledge through the application of physical and/or digital mediums
R.1 Position work within an extended and critically reasoned context through the identification, evaluation and application of relevant academic references and architectural case studies
R.2 Define, develop and apply an appropriate design method in the execution of an architectural project
R.3 Independently analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives

Key

CII = Creative Intelligence and Innovation course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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.

Admission to the combined degree is on merit according to the admissions policy for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

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 leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of portfolio and interview rank.

Students must refer to the portfolio eligibility for the faculty’s consideration in order to get a place.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

International students

International students (excluding those studying in an Australian high school) must submit an application to UTS International (in person, by mail or online) or through an accredited UTS representative.

Applicants must submit the following material:

  • a six-page digital portfolio in PDF format (landscape) of their work; this may include images, animation or video (max. size 5MB)
  • one of the PDFs must be a 150–200-word written submission that selects and identifies one of the submitted pieces of work, and addresses the aim of the work and why it succeeded (to enable this PDF to be easily viewed, text must be supplied in 16-point Helvetica font, with 1.5 line spacing).

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points, comprising 144 credit points in architecture and 96 credit points in creative intelligence and innovation. The creative intelligence and innovation subjects are undertaken in accelerated form within July and Summer sessions during the first three years of study, and through one full year of study after completion of the professional degree. The Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

Industrial training/professional practice

In the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, students can undertake between 6 and 12 credit points of internship (work experience) that relates to innovation within their research, career development or core degree specialisations. For students undertaking 12 credit points of internship, international internships may be negotiated.

This course involves significant industry engagement as part of the learning process. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

STM91342 Core subjects (UG Architecture) 132cp
CBK91801 Electives (UG Architecture) 12cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 240cp

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
11273 Architectural Studio 1   12cp
11212 Architectural History and Theory: Orientations   6cp
11214 Spatial Communications 1   6cp
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
11274 Architectural Studio 2   12cp
11216 Architectural History and Theory: Modernity and Modernism   6cp
11206 Introduction to Construction and Structural Synthesis   6cp
December session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
11275 Architectural Studio 3   12cp
11248 Architectural History and Theory: Urbanism and the City   6cp
11207 Architectural Design and Construction   6cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
11276 Architectural Studio 4   12cp
11222 Architectural History and Theory: Critique   6cp
11225 Thermal Design and Environmental Control   6cp
Year 3
February session
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Autumn session
11277 Architectural Studio 5   12cp
11232 Lighting, Acoustics and Advanced Environmental Control   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
11278 Architectural Studio 6   12cp
11247 Architectural History and Theory: Current Events and Debates   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
December session
81522 Innovation Internship A   6cp
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
March session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81521 Envisioning Futures 6cp  
81528 New Knowledge-making Lab 6cp  
July session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
Spring session
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
August session
81524 Transdisciplinary Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp

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
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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