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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

  • Work in award-winning, purpose-designed facilities including dedicated design studios and workshops.
  • Learn from internationally-renowned and experienced teachers with industry-leading expertise and experience.
  • 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.
  • Benefit from our strong relationships with local, national, and international architectural practices.
  • UniSA is home to Australia’s only architecture museum filled with over 200,000 items, including records, drawings, and photographs of Australian architecture.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by enrolling in the Master of Design after completing the Master of Architecture where you can focus on expanding a specialised career in Sustainable Design or Design and Construct.
  • Study at an institution that has its degrees ranked in the World Top 150 for Architecture and the Built Environment1.
  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for student experience in architecture2.
  • 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.

12020 QS Subject Rankings
22021 Good Universities Guide – Architecture and Building (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
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 transform the built environment around you. 

Taught by a team of highly respected and skilled teachers, you'll learn from educators with real-world experience so that you can develop the critical foundations necessary to shape the sustainable buildings of tomorrow.

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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This bachelor-level degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to understand design principles and methods; building structures and construction systems; digital design and communication methods; sustainable design strategies; and the social and cultural history that shapes our built environment.

This degree has a strong practical focus – in design studio classes you will design complex projects informed by contemporary architectural practice and construction, as well as undertake research and hands-on learning through industry placements and coursework.

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 assessment through both speculative and practical learning activities that are designed to provide you with professional agility to respond to any challenge your careers in Architecture throw at you, primarily in the form of:

• Design-based architectural and urban projects of varying scales and complexities presented and assessed as portfolios and oral presentations; and
• Research and analysis into architecture history and design precedent presented and assessed as essays, reports, and oral presentations
• Demonstrating 2D and 3D skills in composing digital and analogue drawings and models.

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 developing skills and knowledge by studying the relationships that are shared between architecture, digital and analogue communication, design and construction technologies, cultural history, and the natural and built environments. An emphasis on current architectural practice in Australia and overseas means you graduate with knowledge of the ever-changing nature of architecture globally.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in award-winning Design and Construct courses, where you will design and build community projects in remote locations in Australia and overseas with students from other design disciplines, just like in the real world. 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, Australia); and accommodation and research facilities at Witchelina Station, (South Australia, Australia).

Real-world connections

Our courses are supported by an extensive teaching team of over 100 practising architects from industry. Projects in design studios are drawn from industry, developing real-world skills and knowledge that enable students to connect with and lead in the evolution of the design and construction industry.

Additional networks are formed through multi-disciplinary coursework between students across multiple discipline areas, and during national and international field trips where you will learn first-hand what it’s like to work as an architect in other cultures and countries.

You can also expand your networks through industry-leading internship projects and work-experience in South Australian architectural practices while studying your degree. UniSA also offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus, and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Hear about Andrew's experience studying the Master of Architecture at UniSA.

A career in architecture is immensely rewarding – you get the opportunity to shape and transform our internal and external environments.

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Career outcomes

Your career

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

Careers to consider:

  • Architect: combine creative design with technical knowledge to create sustainable solutions for the built environment
  • Urban designer: design at the urban scale and participate in educating civic leaders and the public about the shaping of our cities
  • Heritage consultant: develop sustainable practices in design to protect and maintain heritage projects and sites of important ongoing cultural value
  • Project or construction manager: involves initiating, planning, and managing a team to deliver projects of varying scales and complexities.

* This degree does not lead to registration as an Architect in any State or Territory in Australia. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is a pathway program to the Master of Architecture, which is an accredited Australian architecture qualification and provides a pathway to future registration as an architect. Only those practitioners registered with architectural registration boards, including the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia, are entitled to use the title ‘architect’ by law.

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 safe and secure design studios, which are accessible 24/7 
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum
  • digital and traditional workshops
  • specialised computer suites and access to industry-leading software on your own computers
Your study spaces

Your program director

Architects fulfil a critical role in society through shaping the environment in which we live. Architecture brings together the technical, the cultural, and the creative – a combination that makes studying and working in architecture challenging and incredibly rewarding.

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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