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Start date

3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 35,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Study at an institution that has its degrees ranked in the World Top 150 for Architecture and the Built Environment1.
  • UniSA has a 5 star rating for student skills development in Architecture and the Built Environment2.
  • Study with SA's No.1 University for graduate careers in Architecture and Built Environment3.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research – UniSA's research in design is ranked world class4.
  • Learn in award-winning, purpose-designed facilities, including dedicated design studios and workshops.
  • Engage in real-life projects through our award-winning student Design and Construct learning experience, the longest running and largest practice-based teaching program of its type in Australia.
  • Develop traditional and digital technologies for prototyping and construction of complete buildings.
  • Benefit from our strong relationships with local, national and international industry.
  • Study in a contemporary and dynamic setting with students from the related fields of contemporary art, design and planning.
  • UniSA is home to Australia’s only architecture museum filled with over 200,000 items, including records, drawing and photographs.

12020 QS Subject Rankings
22020 Good Universities Guide – Architecture and Building
3ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
4Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



A career in architecture is immensely rewarding, giving you the opportunity to shape, and even transform, the built environment around you. 

Taught by a team of highly respected and award-winning teachers and practicing architects, you'll learn from educators with real-world experience.

Our Bachelor of Architectural Studies is a globally competitive degree with a focus on the relationship between architecture, communication, technology, culture and the environment. Also our alumni network spans across the globe, from small boutique practices to leading international firms.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

As well as the opportunity to gain practical experience, you will gain the skills needed to design buildings that range in scale and complexity. You will also develop:

  • research and methodological skills to integrate theoretical, behavioural, environmental and ethical issues within architectural practice
  • an understanding of the social and political context of architecture
  • verbal, written and graphic communication skills, including traditional drawing methods and computer-based representation skills and knowledge
  • cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge in contemporary design culture

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Design Studio (Foundation) ARCH 1034 9
Design Construction Principles ARCH 1007 4.5
Design, Culture and Environment ARCH 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Architectural Design Studio (Dwelling) ARCH 1032 9
Architectural Documentation ARCH 1033 4.5
Architecture and Environment ARCH 1020 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Architectural Design Studio (Context) ARCH 2051 9 Note(s): 2
Design Communications (Digital) ARCH 2053 4.5
Architecture and Modernity ARCH 3053 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Architectural Design Studio (Communications) ARCH 2052 9 Note(s): 2
Design Construction Multistorey BUIL 2006 4.5
Advanced Design Media ARCH 3054 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Architectural Design Studio (Construction) ARCH 3049 9 Note(s): 2
Architecture and Technology BUIL 3004 4.5
University-wide Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Architectural Design Studio (Integrated) ARCH 3050 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3
Architecture and Ecology ARCH 3028 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Contemporary Design Theory ARCH 2021 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • conceptual, schematic and detailed design projects
  • concept, massed, compositional and structural modelling
  • verbal and digital presentations
  • online in-class quizzes
  • essays and other written assignments or reports

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Why this Degree

This degree focuses on the relationship between architecture, communication, technology, culture and the environment through theoretical and practical application. An emphasis on current architectural practice in Australia and overseas means you graduate with knowledge of the ever-changing nature of architecture globally. Practical experience is also a focus; you will learn in dedicated design studios and workshops from industry and leading architectural educators.

You will also be given the opportunity to take part in the award-winning Design and Construct student learning experience - the longest running and largest practice-based teaching program of its type in Australia - where you will design and then construct community buildings in remote locations in Australia and overseas.

Some of the projects students have completed include the visitor accommodation at Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu; Aboriginal ranger accommodation and research facilities in Fish River, Northern Territory; and accommodation and research facilities at Witchelina Station, South Australia. You will be involved in projects such as these from conception through to completion.

Real-world connections

You will engage with real-world projects and industry professionals in our architectural design studios throughout your degree. The award-winning Design and Construct learning experience will help you to build pivotal industry relationships and networks across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. National and international field trips offer additional opportunities to network and learn first-hand what it’s like to work as an architect in architectural practices across the world. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Architects are creative, accurate and problem solvers by nature. They immerse themselves in new technologies and materials, and push the boundaries.  A career in architecture is rewarding – you get the opportunity to shape, and even transform, the built environment around you.

Careers to consider:

  • architects: combine creative design with technical knowledge to create sustainable solutions for the built environment
  • heritage consultation: develop sustainable practices in design to protect and maintain heritage sites
  • project manager: involves initiating, planning, executing and controlling a team and their outcomes

This degree does not lead to registration as an architect – to achieve registration you must complete a two-year Master of Architecture degree following successful completion of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

Industry facts


Architect and landscape architect roles in Australia are expected to increase by 18.1 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


The architectural services sector in Australia is projected to grow and reach $7.1 billion in annual revenue by 20201.

1IBISWorld’s Architectural Services market research report 2017


Employment for architects, designers, planners and surveyors is projected to increase by 14.7 per cent in Australia by 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an architecture student you will have access to:

  • dedicated design studios
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum
  • digital and traditional workshops
  • specialised computer suites
Your study spaces

Your program director

"One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again." Renzo Piano

Chris is an architecture thinker, designer, writer, historian, and educator. Chris has taught design studio and history and theory across institutions in Australia, the USA, and China, and has published widely on architectural visuality and aesthetics, cross-cultural approaches to housing, and the relationships shared between critique, criticism, and criticality in art, architecture, and design. His new co-edited book The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design will be published by Routledge in 2018.

Dr Chris Brisbin

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Chris Brisbin

Dr Chris Brisbin

Program Director


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What others are saying

I was a paramedic for nine years before I decided I wanted to study architecture. UniSA is guiding me to be industry ready, strengthening the beginning of my career, and challenging me to think differently, to solve problems using a strong and evolving toolkit.

Christopher Pongrac

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture

Christopher Pongrac

Christopher Pongrac

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture

UniSA graduates have practical all-round professional skills, display good work ethic, and show initiative and a willingness to learn. My advice is to get as much work experience in your studies as possible, develop a relationship with a professional mentor and travel widely to broaden the mind.

Tony Materne, Partner

Employment: MPH Architects

Tony Materne MPH Architects

Tony Materne, Partner

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