Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBAE

SATAC Code
424441 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2023 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 70.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO: AdvDIP
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2022 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 70.05
TAFE/RTO: Dip
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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 and world-class leaders in research - UniSA's research in design is ranked world-class1.
  • Study at a university that is No.1 in South Australia for Graduate Careers in Architecture2.
  • Engage in real-life projects through our unique award-winning student Design and Construct courses where you will collaborate in designing and building real-world projects across Australia - 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 through experienced practitioner teachers.
  • UniSA is home to Australia’s only Architecture Museum filled with over 200,000 items, including records, drawings, and photographs of Australian architecture.
  • Study the Planning and Urban Design minor (four courses) and complete the Master of Urban and Regional Planning in just 1.5 years instead of two.
  • 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.
  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for student satisfaction in architecture3.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). SA public universities.
3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Architecture and Built Environment - Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.
4UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Snapshot

Snapshot

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

Taught by a highly respected and skilled team, you'll learn from educators with real-world experience that will teach you the critical foundational skills and knowledge necessary to shape the sustainable environments of tomorrow.

Our Bachelor of Architectural Studies is a globally competitive degree focusing on the relationship between architecture, communication, technology, culture, and natural and built environments. Our alumni network spans the globe, from award-winning local architectural practices to international practices with offices worldwide.

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 world.

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

As well as the opportunity to gain relevant practical experience, you will gain the skills needed to design architectural environments that range in scale and complexity and develop:

  • Research and methodological skills to integrate theoretical, behavioural, environmental, and ethical issues within architectural practice
    Understanding of the social and political context of architecture
    Verbal, written, and graphic communication skills, including traditional drawing methods and 2D and 3D computer-based representation skills that will enable you to visualise your designs using Virtual Reality and the Unreal game engine
    Conceptual and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge in contemporary design culture, including Aboriginal and First Nations cultural practices.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
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
THIRD YEAR
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, as well as to 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. 

Assessment

Assessment

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 career in Architecture throw at you, primarily in the form of:

  • Design-based architectural and urban projects of varying scales and complexities presented and assessed through design portfolios and oral presentations
  • Research and analysis into architecture and cultural history and design precedent, including Aboriginal and First Nations, presented and assessed through essays, reports, and oral presentations
  • Demonstrating 2D and 3D skills in composing digital and analogue drawings and models, including Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 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 the unique award-winning Design and Construct courses, where you’ll collaborate, 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 designed and built 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 architectural practitioners from the industry. Half of your learning occurs in the architectural design studio where your skills and knowledge are applied to real and speculative design projects drawn from industry, developing your relevant real-world learning experiences and enabling you to productively transition into your professional working careers after graduation.

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

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 problem solvers by nature. They immerse themselves in new design technologies and construction materials, and push boundaries of what is possible. They work collaboratively with their clients and other planning, design, and construction-related professionals to realise their client’s design imagination. A career in architecture is rewarding because you get the opportunity to shape and transform the 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 public about shaping our streets, suburbs, and cities
  • Heritage consultant: develop sustainable re-use 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

* The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (DBAE) is a recognised pathway program to professionally accredited Master of Architecture qualifications (or equivalent) across Australia and New Zealand. The Master of Architecture qualification (or equivalent) is required under the Architectural Practice Act (SA, 2009) to seek future registration as an ‘architect’ in South Australia. Only those practitioners registered with architectural registration boards in each State and Territory in Australia, including the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia, are entitled to use the title ‘architect’ by law.

Industry facts

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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

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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

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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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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

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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

Scholarships

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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 that are accessible 24/7 
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum to research about Australian architectural design
  • digital and traditional workshops to make models of your design projects
  • specialised computer suites on--campus in addition to access to industry-leading 2D and 3D computer-design 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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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

MPH Architects

Tony Materne MPH Architects

Tony Materne, Partner

MPH Architects