Bachelor of Architectural Design
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP250
2013 Clearly-in ATAR:
Range of criteria
- Campus: City campus
This program, the first step to becoming a design architect, helps you develop an understanding of architecture and provides a diverse set of skills and learning experiences. You will focus on learning the core skills required of an architect and architectural designer and intensively develop a broad grounding in design and communication skills.
RMIT Architecture graduates are design innovators who continue to achieve at the highest levels and are acknowledged by the national and international architectural profession. In 2012 RMIT student Ton Vu was shortlisted for The Architectural Review’s “Global Architecture Graduate Awards”, a shortlist of only 10 students worldwide and containing no other candidates from Australian or New Zealand universities. Our students have also been extremely successful in recent years in the Architecture Australia (AA) “Unbuilt Architecture Awards”, open not only to students but to registered architects.
3 years full-time
Learning and teaching
Design studio typically makes up half the program each semester and is taught in small groups. You will focus on a particular theme and project each semester. After the first semester, you’ll be able to select which design studio you wish to follow from approximately 20 on offer, completing 1 per semester during the course of your studies.
Supporting courses such as technology, communication and history comprise the remainder of your program and give you an understanding of the social and physical contexts of the built environment, as well as teaching you drawing skills.
In your first semester, you will complete a structured foundational design and communications course.
Subsequent semesters include 4 ‘lower pool’ design studios. In the final semester of study, you will move into ‘upper pool’ and complete an upper pool design studio working with Master of Architecture students.
Study in the Master degree consists of 3 additional upper pool design studios, general elective courses and supporting courses such as professional practice.
Lower and upper pool studios are vertically integrated, i.e. grouped with students from various year levels.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program forms part of a 5-year specialist degree, made up of the 3-year Bachelor of Architectural Design plus the 2-year Master of Architecture by coursework.
The Bachelor program offers a range of opportunities in which to develop a strong knowledge base in the field and experience the architectural design process.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT Architecture is well known for its strong, long-standing links with industry. Design studios are delivered by academic staff as well as sessional staff from innovative practices, or visiting international practitioners and academics.
In the design studio context you will also have the opportunity to work on real world projects with local and international community and industry partners. Many public lectures are also held throughout the year, led by prominent local and international architects and urban designers.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The undergraduate program is a stand-alone award that provides employment options for those who seek to work in architectural practices or design more generally, in roles that do not require professional registration. Students must complete the Master of Architecture to be accredited as an architect.
- urban designer
Professional recognition and accreditation
Graduates may be employed in an architectural practice or a related design field, but need to complete the Master of Architecture in order to be professionally recognised as an architect. In Australia, completion of the Master degree will allow you—following 2 years’ professional experience—to sit the Architects Registration Board examination and register as an architect.
This program has a huge range of international exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Europe and Asia. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose design studios that require overseas travel to work with students from international universities.
A recent collaborative design studio, run with the University of Innsbruck in Austria, was called “Matchpoint, Innsbruck”. The studio consisted of a four week residency in Innsbruck with a focus on sport, leisure and urbanism in the contemporary city.
Other recent design studios have included collaborations with students in Berlin, Germany and architecture practices in Shanghai, China.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.
Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.
Pre-selection kit: You must complete and submit the 2014 RMIT University Bachelor of Architectural Design (PDF 136kb 4p) pre-selection kit by no later than 5.00pm, 15 November 2013. Late submissions will not be considered.
Note: Download and save the pre-selection kit to your computer (right click and 'save target as' if you're using a desktop). Complete and then submit it as per the instructions in the form. Do not complete this form online within your web browser.
Applicants who have completed at least one year of tertiary study in architecture, interior design, industrial design, or landscape architecture or completed an Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) or Diploma of Drafting/Building Design will be considered Advanced Level Applicants.
Advanced level applicants are not required to submit the pre-selection kit. Instead they must submit a folio, CV, academic transcript and letter outlining their reason for applying by no later than 5.00 pm, 18 October to the Selection Officer, RMIT Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University. Applicants unsure if they are Advanced Level should contact the Selection Officer via email to email@example.com prior to 5.00 pm, 18 October to confirm.
Applicants must include their full name and VTAC application number in all documentation and correspondence.
Interview (short-listed applicants only): Short-listed and exempt applicants required to attend an interview will be contacted by the University in writing by 29 November. These applicants must attend, as assigned, between 4 and 6 December.
Midyear entry is for advanced standing applicants only. This means you must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study in architecture, interior design, industrial design, or landscape architecture, or a related design discipline, or completed an Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) or Diploma of Drafting/Building Design to allow you to enter into Semester 2.
Advanced level: In addition to the RMIT direct application, you must submit the following in hard copy:
- folio (see folio requirements below)
- academic transcript - a transcript of your academic results from previous or current studies.
- A letter explaining your motivation for applying for this Program of study
These are to be mailed to the Bachelor of Architectural Design program, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, PO Box 2476, Melbourne VIC 3001.
Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. If you have questions in regard to advanced standing or folio requirements, please email the Architecture Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org
Folio requirements: It is important to demonstrate in your folio how you have engaged in the creative process and how these efforts respond to the constraints and issues inherent in the project. The folio will demonstrate your development of creative ideas in a logical sequence.
You are also encouraged to include photographs of 3D models and mock-ups and to ensure that all electronic materials are in print form. Due to time constraints, no folios will be viewed in electronic format, only hard copy folios will be considered.
Other folio requirements:
- The folio should be organised and clearly presented.
- The folio dimensions should be minimum size A4, maximum size A3.
- Projects can include work from previous study, as well as personal or work-related design project experience. Include any projects that demonstrate your potential to follow a design process. Projects that demonstrate an ability to realise a 3D outcome are encouraged. Consideration of sustainability and appreciation of the needs of the user are also relevant.
- Include between 3 and 5 projects in your folio.
- Each project may have up to 4 pages dedicated to it (no more than 20 pages for the entire folio). Project description pages will need to include:
- A brief description of the project intent
- Some developmental work (drawings, models, renderings, sketches etc)
- A series of images of the final outcome.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.
In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:
- pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
- defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) may be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to one-and-a-half years (three semesters).
A grade point average (GPA) of 4 (80-100/HD) or greater achieved in final year will guarantee a place in the Bachelor of Architectural Design, while those students with a GPA of less than 4 will be granted an interview.
The Bachelor of Architectural Design provides a pathway into the Master of Architecture, and is also portable into professional programs in architecture with a similar structure agreement.
A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater will guarantee a place in the Master of Architecture, while those students with a GPA of less than 2.5 may apply for a place.
Architecture & Design
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