Welcome to Monash Art, Design & Architecture

Orientation is your opportunity to get to know us. It’s a time for you to explore our spaces, meet new people, and prepare for your study journey.

There are so many programs and activities happening online, clubs you can choose to take part in, and academic and learning workshops to help you settle into Monash life.

Remember to get your essentials sorted:

There’s plenty of social activities organised as well, so get involved and have fun!

If you're unsure where to start, take a look at our Welcome Guide.

Find out more

Settle in

Each course will have a different approach, but teaching staff will be able to provide you with all the information you need to successfully complete your course requirements.

Having the right skills and strategies for study, assignments, exams and research is crucial to your success at university. Take a look at the wide range of resources available to you.


Moodle is your essential go-to point for:

  • course content
  • reading lists
  • assessment and study requirements
  • assignment uploads
  • discussion forums
  • contact information your tutors and lecturers.

Moodle can be accessed via my.monash using your Monash account.

Accessing facilities

We have a wide range of facilities and technical support including, a number of different bookable workshops and digital labs, and a team of technicians on hand to assist you. You can find out more about our spaces and to make a booking here.


You'll find us at the heart of a vibrant, creative precinct on Caulfield campus – contributing to a dynamic atmosphere of dialogue and exchange. You can find out more here.


Attendance on campus

If you are based in Melbourne, some of your classes may include face-to-face learning, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place. This is dependent on what Victorian Government restrictions are in place.

All students, independent of their location, will have full access to the learning materials online and will be supported throughout their study.

All libraries are now open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm on a limited basis to support students without adequate study facilities at home.

On campus details for your units will be available in your timetable portal. You can keep an eye out for the latest COVID 19 details here.

What will my study load look like?

We recommend you allow 1 to 2 hours per credit point per week of scheduled study time. This includes reading time and participation in lectures, tutorials, studios, discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments. Try to balance this out across the semester, as some tasks will be weighted more heavily at different times during the semester. '

For a 6 credit point unit this would equate to 12 hours of study per week,144 hours in total. Typically this would comprise a mixture of scheduled learning activities (face to face and/or online) plus self-directed study.

We recommend keeping any paid work to a maximum of 15 hours per week.

What materials will I need?

Students studying Design and Architecture should receive details from lecturers about suitable computer options. Generally, a basic laptop is sufficient for your first semester of study. Many classes rely on the use of Adobe Creative Cloud, which is discounted for students if purchased via the Monash Shop.

Students studying Fine Art please be prepared to budget between $50 to $100 for your initial art supplies. You will be notified of material and levy requirements by staff on a project-by-project basis. Cost for each studio-based unit you enrol in will approximate $80 per semester. The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture has an arrangement with a supplier to offer you these supplies at a discounted rate. Further information will be provided during Orientation week.

Monash Moodle

Moodle is the common learning platform for Monash students. Discover how to explore Moodle and prepare for your studies.


Welcome Activities

Department of Architecture

DateTimeDetailsZoom Details
22/02/20219.30am - 11.00amMaster of Architecture (3 year program) WelcomeJoin us on Zoom
24/02/202111.00am - 12.00pmWelcome to Urban Planning and DesignJoin us on Zoom
25/02/20219.30am - 11.30amUndergraduate Architecture WelcomeJoin us on Zoom
26/02/20219.00am - 9.45amMaster of Architecture (2 year program) WelcomeJoin us on Zoom

Department of Design

DateTimeDetailsZoom Details
24/02/20212.00pm - 3.00pmUndergraduate & Honours Design WelcomeJoin us on Zoom
26/02/20212.00pm - 3.00pmPostgraduate Design WelcomeJoin us on Zoom

Department of Fine Art

DateTimeDetailsZoom Details
25/02/20212.00pm - 4.00pmFine Art Welcome                                         Join us on Zoom

Facilities and Technical Support

22/02 - 26/02/202110.00am & 2.00pm
Facilities Access and website walkthroughRegister here 

Discover what's on at Orientation

How to use your Orientation Planner: Add our faculty welcome event and any course-specific activities to your schedule. Next, look for faculty clubs and groups as these are great ways to make friends in your course. Still looking for more? Check the Orientation Planner for campus-specific or online events. You’ll need to register for certain events if you want to attend, so don't miss out!

Peer Mentoring Program

As a new student, you’ll be grouped with other first-year students to receive mentoring support from a peer mentor in your first year.

Your mentor will be an experienced student from your faculty who can share knowledge and answer your questions about university life. They can show you where to find programs, resources and services at Monash, so you can have an enjoyable and successful first year.

Once the semester starts, your peer mentor will be in touch!

Monash Art, Design and Architecture drop in course advice sessions

When you attend one of our course advice sessions, you’ll get to meet one of our friendly course advisers.

You’ll get ask about your course and we can provide you with some essential information that will help you navigate the first few weeks at Uni.

You book yourself into one of these sessions here.

Welcome to Caulfield

Join MONSU for a night of fun and games and meet other students starting at Caulfield this semester!

You can register for the event here.

Virtual Caulfield campus tour

MONSU Caulfield is taking you on a virtual tour of the Monash Caulfield campus, delivered straight to your screen!

You can register for the event here.

Clubs and societies

Our clubs and networks are your opportunity to get more out of your uni experience. Form lasting friendships and networks, develop your professional skills and go deeper on the topics you're passionate about. There's something for everyone, and want you to get involved!

Check out the FIRST YEAR HUB + MonashSocial


MADASS brings together the students of Art, Design and Architecture through our social, academic and networking events.

Become a member - MADA Student Society MADASS (also via Facebook)


SONA (Student Organised Network for Architecture) is the national student-membership body of the Australian Institute of Architects. Student members have access to a huge range of support networks and forums, information, resources, events, prizes and competitions. Find out more here.


Squirrel is an internal publication sent weekly to Monash Design students and staff. Squirrel presents stories and projects that celebrate our achievements – demonstrating just how adaptive designers are – and aims to foster a community spirit as they connect through online learning and teaching. Find out more here.


Student and Academic Services

Do you have a question?

For all general enquiries, Monash Connect are your one-stop-shop. The team are best placed to answer your enquiry or direct you to the appropriate area.

Course specific?

If you have questions that relate to your course or specific units, the Student and Academic Services team are here to help. To contact us you can:

Student Engagement Support

Feeling lost and unsure what supports are available?

Contact Anita Blom in Student Engagement. She can provide you with advice and connect you with the right support.

T: +61 3 9903 1843

M: +61 (0)419 665 676

E: anita.blom@monash.edu