Architectural Design - F2001

Monash Architecture is all about the bigger picture, and how architecture integrates with urban design and urban planning.

Examine buildings within their larger urban or regional environment and in the context of a changing planet. Develop future-forward skills and knowledge to contribute to the common good and to a sustainable and equitable world.

In this studio-based degree, you’ll study all aspects of architecture. For more than half of your degree you will be participating in studio learning, guided by industry experts or academics and collaborating with your peers in small groups to develop responses to a wide range of social and spatial issues. Studio learning replicates the way many architectural and design practices operate.

You’ll also learn how to visually communicate your ideas and responses – to clients, communities and/or policy-makers – through developing skills in visualisation, model making, digital fabrication and live presentation. You will learn to use the latest architectural software to ensure that you are prepared and ready to begin your professional practice.

There is no need to have previously studied any design subjects as our first year has been developed to ensure all students gain the necessary foundation skills in freehand and computer-aided drawing to be successful in the degree and in architectural practice.

On successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, you can move directly into either the Master of Architecture or the Master of Urban Planning and Design. Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Architectural Design at Monash University will automatically progress to our 2-year Master of Architecture.

To qualify as a registered architect, you’ll need to complete the Master of Architecture, which is accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and undertake two years of professional practice.

Career options
Work in a diverse range of roles from urban design and planning consultant, sustainable design consultant, disaster relief specialist, historic building conservationist or interior design consultant, to theatre and set designer, community development officer, property developer, town planner, architectural writer and commentator or urban informatics designer.

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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
Duration
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (International students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

View all minimum age requirements.

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

The English measures outlined above must be completed within 2 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Monash University Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

Further information can be located at English language requirements.

All Monash University undergraduate courses require you to have previously studied and achieved required Australian level standards in certain specific subject known as prerequisite subjects.

You must satisfy the following prerequisite subject requirements for this course:

Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

Alternative pathways

If you don't satisfy the requirements for direct entry consider these pathway options.

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.