Architectural Design and Architecture - F6003

Architectural Design and Architecture

Bachelor degree/Master degree

Open to international students, the Monash architecture vertical double degree brings together our Bachelor of Architectural Design with the Master of Architecture to form a five-year specialist degree. This pathway has been specifically designed for international students, allowing you to move through the key academic stages required to register as an architect or professional in the built environment.

Work across the world

The Master of Architecture is accredited by the Architects’ Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and also recognised by the board of architects in Malaysia and Singapore.

Our course is also recognised by agencies and organisations in the Commonwealth Association of Architects including Canada, Mexico, Korea, America, China and 25 other countries.

This means your Monash Master of Architecture degree meets many architectural accreditation or validation systems enabling you to work around the world.

No folio or interview - GPA only

There’s no folio or interview required - just GPA and English language requirements.
See the Entry requirement tab below for more information.

How our vertical double degree works

Step 1: The Bachelor of Architectural Design is the first stage on your journey to be an architect.

This stage will provide you with the foundation skills and knowledge in design where you’ll learn how to use the architectural processes of investigation and experimentation to explore materials, space and unexpected environments.

We’ll teach you how to use computer-aided drafting (CAD) software and develop CAD modelling and drawing skills in both two and three dimensions.

Step 2: Graduates from our Bachelor of Architectural Design are guaranteed entry for the Master of Architecture, which is the key to meeting the academic requirements which lead to registration as an architect.

In stage two you will undertake high-level study in specialised areas of architecture, from housing and urban design to digital practices. Through project based design studios you will gain exposure to leading design practices.

Career options

Registered Architect working across scales from homes to housing complexes, public facilities to entertainment precincts and urban design of cities.

Ability to become specialists in heritage buildings, sustainable design or disaster relief. Opportunities in government as policy advisors, project management, property or community development.

Graduates can branch out further to architectural writer, game and set designers, designing building components and other jobs which contribute to shaping the built environment.

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At a glance


Course offered to international students only

Subject prerequisites
English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 5 years (full time)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Equivalent Australian Year 12

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Bachelor of Architectural Design

The breadth and diversity of an architectural education can prepare you for a range of different career pathways. You’ll need the subsequent Masters of Architecture degree to become a registered architect.

Graduates from our combined (Bachelor of Architectural Design and Master of Architecture) degrees can work in drafting and designing within small to large scale private practices and for government. Graduates may work on projects of different scales from homes, to housing complexes and from public facilities to entertainment precincts and the urban design of cities. Some become specialists - in heritage buildings, sustainable design or disaster relief.

Architecture graduates can also pursue opportunities including roles in government as policy advisors, project management, property or community development. It is also possible to branch out further to building components, architectural writer and commentator, game and set designers and other jobs which contribute to shaping the built environment.

Course Structure

In combination with our Architectural Design studios, which are the backbone of the course and provide the basis for integrating and learning different aspects of architecture, you will learn about architecture through several perspectives and knowledge areas. Architectural Performance, History and Theory, and Communications units provide comprehensive foundations for putting architectural ideas to work in the world. See below descriptions for more information.

Archetictural Design Studios

Design studios are the core of our architectural education. The studio creates a collaborative environment to explore design approaches through projects that respond to briefs, issues and different constraints. The ‘studio’ models the way architects work with clients, teams, and stakeholders in an iterative process to achieve an outcome. Studios address contemporary urban and architectural issues and are taught by practising architects or academics (many are also both).

Each semester there is a range of studio options available that mirror the diversity of architectural approaches and ways of practising. This enables you to develop personal interests and shape your professional pursuits. The breadth of studio topics on offer each semester allows you to develop skills in specific areas, expand your understanding of architectural possibilities and gain experiences that align with your curiosity and career aspirations.

Studios align with a different theme and vary each semester. Themes span from exploring design processes to developing careful observation and critical propositions, and from materialising architectural ideas to addressing relationships between architecture and the city. The sequence of themed studios prepares you to engage with a range of complex projects and issues in the subsequent Master of Architecture course.

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Architectural performance

Architectural performance units focus on understanding a host of technical issues that support the realisation of design ideas. You’ll learn how material, structural, constructional and environmental issues shape the built environment and impact the way we live.

Through this suite of three units, you will discover how buildings stand up, how they keep us dry and comfortable, what they can be made out of, how they go together, and how they can contribute to creating healthy and sustainable environments. These units provide you with the knowledge and vocabulary to collaborate with other professionals in the creation of building projects.

Architectural Communication

Learn how to explore and express your design ideas through a range of representational tools. Through two units undertaken in the first year, you will gain foundations in drawing, computer-aided drafting (CAD), digital modelling, physical modelling, presentation layout, and graphic communication. Communication skills and tools will be further developed and expanded through subsequent design studios and third year architecture elective options. These units prepare you to confidently present your work to clients and communities with confidence - just like architects do in the industry.


The university has a wealth of options to help broaden your education. Choose from literally hundreds of electives that can complement and develop your interests and help you achieve your career goals. You can delve deeper into contemporary architecture or venture into other areas of artistic practice like glass making, sculpture, painting, or sound and video art. You can explore Design subjects like branding, furniture, multimedia or web design. You can also go further afield and study a language, accounting, marketing, or explore a range of other units on offer across the other Monash faculties.

Master of Architecture

Course Structure

The course is structured in four parts. Part A. Architecture Foundations, Part B. Advanced architecture and design studios, Part C. Applied professional practices and Part D. Electives.

Part A. Architecture Foundations

These predominantly project based studies, required for entry point 1, provide advanced preparatory knowledge and skills of architectural design, architectural performance, history and theory, and communication strategies..

Part B. Advanced architecture and design studios

These studies will focus on core concepts and skills relevant to architecture design at a Master’s level. Through project-based studio classes you will gain exposure to leading design practices. In conjunction with studios, you will select from a range of advanced architecture studies units, which are complementary depth units. These will introduce you to the methods and tactics of architectural design research and engage with the multidisciplinary socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, theoretical and technical dimensions relevant to architecture and urbanism. Studies culminate in the final year in a self-directed project.

Part C. Applied professional practises

These studies focus on the core business and regulatory aspects of practice as an architect within the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations and evolving construction methods and practices.

Part D. Electives

These studies provide complementary depth units and enable you to tailor your studies to individual interests. You may select units from either architecture-specific advanced architecture studies depth units or other units offered by the University.

Making the application

Future students

Domestic students should apply to the separate Bachelor of Architectural Design and Master of Architecture courses.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

Student Contribution Amount (SCA) rates are calculated per unit. A full time load for a year is generally 48 credit points.

See information on how average fee is calculated.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.