Bachelor of Architectural Design

  • Approved Abbreviation: BArchDes
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3753
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 097540C

This program applies to students who commenced in 2018 or later. 

The Bachelor of Architectural Design provides students with a combination of skills and knowledge required by contemporary architects, aligning with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Standard of Competency for Architects in the areas of design, documentation, project delivery and practice management across five knowledge domains; regulatory, social and ethical, environmentally sustainable, communication and disciplinary. The program focuses on producing graduates who can synthesise and evaluate information from across associated disciplines, undertake architectural design and apply design thinking to complex projects in a global marketplace.

Additional Program Information

Parts of this course may be taught at the Parramatta City - Hassall St or at the Parramatta South campus.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Architectural Design should anticipate expenses of approximately $200 per semester for model-making materials and large format plotting costs. Additionally, it is strongly recommended all students have their own laptop when commencing the program (minimum 8GB RAM, multi-core processor, graphics card) but no later than the start of Semester 3. Laptop specifications and other required equipment will be provided upon admission to the program.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Mohammad Reza Razavi
 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above

Admission

  • Recommended ATAR: 85 or equivalent
  • Assumed knowledge: HSC English Standard (or higher), and Science and/or Mathematics (Band 4 or above).
  • Recommended studies: Art, design technology (drafting/CAD), and/or professional studies.

Alternate Entry

Where academic requirements are not met, entry by portfolio demonstrating creative ability is also possible. Portfolios will be assessed by the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment on a qualitative basis.

A PDF portfolio is required for all international applicants.

Portfolio (PDF only) Formatting and Content Requirements

  • Maximum 10 page PDF file showing visual evidence of creative ability. Images should be labelled and dated, with brief descriptions of the work to clarify as required (max 25 words per image). Creative production need not be limited to ‘architectural’ works but can include: photography, sculpture, freehand drawing, mechanical drafting or CAD modelling, woodwork or technical arts, music scores, creative writing, dramatic performance or dance, and other forms of creative or professional endeavour.
  • Maximum 5MB file size
  • Colour or black and white
  • A4 portrait or landscape
  • No embedded hyperlinks. Static files only. No security or password protection on the file
  • Cover sheet with your name, email address, and phone number and 100 word maximum description of the creative content, explanation of any exceptional circumstances, and articulation of why the field of architecture is of interest
  • Save the PDF file using the following name format: B_Arch_Design_SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_portfolio.pdf

For example, B_Arch_Design_SMITH_JOHN_portfolio.pdf

You must upload your portfolio to your UAC application or via direct application through the Western Sydney portal. Offers are made on specific dates throughout the year.

For UAC applications visit

https://www.uac.edu.au/key-dates

For Western Sydney portal applications visit

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/dates/closing_dates

Do not email your portfolios to WSU.

All work submitted to be applicant's own work.

Additional Information

To be eligible for admission you must have achieved a minimum ATAR or equivalent of 85.00.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Note Regarding Professional Accreditation

The program is designed to meet all the requirements of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and in conjunction with the proposed Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) program. The professional pathway to registration in architecture in Australia requires a minimum 5 year sequence including a three year Bachelors, a 2 year Master of Architecture and a nominal 2 year (3300 hrs) professional practice internship under the supervision of a registered practising architect of which 1650 hours can be during their study years. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Architectural Design will enable students to apply for entry into the Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) program at Western Sydney University and may be eligible to apply to other accredited architecture program providers dependant on their entry requirements. Students who do not wish to proceed to the Masters program will still obtain a qualification that will assist with employment in the broad industry as part of building design teams and other allied disciplines in creative arts and professional services.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Students are required to obtain a General Construction Induction Card (“white card”) to facilitate construction site visits as part of the program. This can be obtained independently or through a coordinated effort of program staff during new student orientation. Detailed information will be provided to students. It is expected Induction Cards will be obtained during the first year of study, and will be a requirement to enrol in Year 2.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

Students are encouraged to take a voluntary placement.  Please contact the Course Advisor for information.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence.

Students must complete:

  • Eight 10 credit point core subjects
  • Six 20 credit point core studio subjects
  • Four elective subjects

Parts of these subjects may be taught at the Parramatta City - Hassall St campus or at the Parramatta South campus.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
ENGR 1046 Human Centred Design Research Methods 10
ENGR 1038 Design Graphics: Presenting Innovation 10
ARCH 2001 Architecture Studio - Fundamentals of Analogue Design 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
BLDG 1009 Environmental Building Design 10
ARCH 2002 Architecture Studio - Fundamentals of Digital Design 20
BLDG 1015 Residential Building 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 1008 Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies 10
ARCH 3004 Architecture Studio - Rethinking the Sub-urban 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ARCH 3003 Architecture Studio - Rethinking Urbanism 20
BLDG 1014 Non-Residential Building 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
CIVL 4003 Construction Technology 5 (Envelope) 10
ARCH 3002 Architecture Studio - Global Cities 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ENVL 2001 Analysis of Spatial Data 10
ARCH 3005 Architecture Studio - The Infrastructural 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
BLDG 1009 Environmental Building Design 10
BLDG 1015 Residential Building 10
ARCH 2002 Architecture Studio - Fundamentals of Digital Design 20
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
ENGR 1046 Human Centred Design Research Methods 10
ARCH 2001 Architecture Studio - Fundamentals of Analogue Design 20
ENGR 1038 Design Graphics: Presenting Innovation 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
BLDG 1014 Non-Residential Building 10
ARCH 3003 Architecture Studio - Rethinking Urbanism 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
HUMN 1008 Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies 10
ARCH 3004 Architecture Studio - Rethinking the Sub-urban 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
ENVL 2001 Analysis of Spatial Data 10
ARCH 3005 Architecture Studio - The Infrastructural 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
CIVL 4003 Construction Technology 5 (Envelope) 10
ARCH 3002 Architecture Studio - Global Cities 20
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Replaced Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.

301030 - Introduction to Industrial Design Methods

301074 - Graphics 1: 2D and 3D Industrial Design Communication

300706 - Building 1

300707 - Building 2

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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