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 are plenty of social activities organised as well, so get involved and have fun!

If you're unsure where to start, download our Welcome Guide (which includes a map) and click on each of the tabs below.

Welcome Events - Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Orientation Week for Semester 2, 2021, will be held Monday 19 - Friday 23 July. The faculty are holding some welcome events on Tuesday 20 July - take a look at the details below and join in!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all events will be held online but we look forward to welcoming you to the campus as soon as possible.

Department of Architecture

Tuesday 20 July9.30 - 11.00amBachelor of Architectural Design WelcomeOnline - Zoom
Register here

Department of Design

Tuesday 20 July2.00 - 3.00pmBachelor of Design WelcomeOnline - Zoom
Register here 
Tuesday 20 July2.00 - 3.00pmMaster of Design WelcomeOnline - Zoom
Register here

All new students - online social event

Tuesday 20 July3.00 - 4.00pmChat with Art, Design and Architecture students
Get to know fellow students including your Peer mentors and members of the Monash Art, Design and Architecture Student Society (MADASS).
Online - Zoom
Register here

Facilities and Technical Support

Tuesday 20 July11.00 - 11.45amFacilities Access and Website Walkthrough
Join us to be shown through our available facilities (virtually) and learn how to best access the ones you need. There will be a Q and A session if time permits.
Online - Zoom
Register 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 University 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!

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Attendance on campus

For the latest information and updates about on-campus study and any changes or restrictions, check out the Monash COVID-19 webpage.

What will my study load look like?

We recommend you allow 2 hours per credit point per week of scheduled study time. This includes reading time and participation in classes (lectures, tutorials, studios, discussion groups), and 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 for the semester (there are 12 teaching weeks each semester). Typically this would comprise a mixture of scheduled learning activities (contact hours, either 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 teaching staff about suitable computer options. 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.

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.

Study skills

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.

Accessing facilities

We have a wide range of technical facilities and spaces 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 making a booking here.

Monash Moodle

Moodle is the common learning platform for Monash students and your essential go-to point for:

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

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

Discover how to explore Moodle and prepare for your studies.

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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!

Welcome to Caulfield + Clubs and Societies

Join MONSU and find out about student events, and 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


Our very own student society! MADASS brings together the students of Art, Design and Architecture through social, academic and networking events. Become a member - MADASS (also via Facebook)


You'll find us at the heart of a vibrant, creative precinct on Caulfield campus – contributing to a dynamic atmosphere of dialogue and exchange, with exhibitions across three art galleries.


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.

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Course and general enquiries

Do you have a question about your course or something general?

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.

  • Submit an enquiry via Monash Connect
  • Give them a call on +61 3 9902 6011.

Student support

Feeling unsure about what supports are available? Monash has a wide range of support services to help you during your study - not just related to your academic work, but covering these areas and more:

  • health and counselling
  • disability support
  • financial assistance
  • safety and security
  • International student support
  • diversity and inclusion
  • accommodation

Student Support Services

University Orientation

Orientation is all about getting off to a great start - and not just within the faculty but also finding out what Monash has to offer. Understanding how the university works, as well as the systems and services that support you, means you’ll be on your way to academic success.

Click on the button below for details about University Orientation.

University Orientation

Important Dates

Never miss a key date again! There are important dates each year and each semester that you need to be aware of, relating to changing your enrolment, withdrawing from units, re-enrolling for the following year, and more. Click on the button below to stay updated on all key dates.

Important Dates

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