Bachelor of Environmental Design (73E)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2019

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

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This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions. It has been replaced by P3H Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments, please visit that page for the latest information.

The Bachelor of Environmental Design is a three-year course offered full time and part time through the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology and available through the School of Architecture & Design. It is undertaken on campus in Inveresk, Launceston.

Students enrolling in the course select one of two design specialisations offered in Architecture or Interior Design. Students study most of the first year foundation units in common allowing for cross design fertilisation and student networking and also complete specialist units related to their chosen field of design.

Each specialisation has the design studio/design workshop at its core supported by studies in relevant history and theory, building/manufacturing, environmental ethics, technologies and practices, and design communication. Elective units allow students to broaden their study and take a minor study in a related area if they wish.

Course delivery is through design studio or workshop projects, lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshop activities and site visits. Assessment is based on design studio or workshop projects, assignments, and tutorial, seminar and workshop participation.

The Bachelor of Environmental Design prepares all graduates for an increasingly design research driven practice with a focus on environmentally sustainable design within each specialisation.

The Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) is primarily a pre-professional course and thus aims to produce graduates whose creative abilities are developed to a level of competence necessary to gain admission to the Bachelor of Environmental Design with Honours, Master of Architecture or Master of Architecture with Honours, and equivalent courses in the fields of architecture, urban design and related design areas.

The Bachelor of Environmental Design (Interior Design) prepares graduates for interior design practice as independent designers, within interior design practices or in multidisciplinary architecture and design practices. The focus of the course is on commercial, retail, residential and public interiors. The course aims to develop students' creative abilities to a level sufficient to gain admission to the Bachelor of Environmental Design with Honours (Interior Design).

This project is particularly looking at the process of research through design and design-based research. What's happening with Cave Urban is we have a collaborative process going where the students are getting an amazing experience to work directly with people in the profession.
Dr Helen Norrie, School of Architecture and Design.

Career outcomes

  • Architecture Assistant
  • Furniture Designer/Maker
  • Interior Designer

Professional Recognition

Students from all specialisations are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia.

Course structure

In the Bachelor of Environmental Design you enrol in 2 majors, a minor and 4 student electives. There is a compulsory major for all students and you choose a second major, which has a linked minor, and 4 student electives.


This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:

  • A reversed major of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate, 2 advanced units
  • A (standard) major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Two breadth units: units designed to deepen and extend learning across discipline boudnaries
  • Two student elective units: units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units or study the equivalent of a second minor through your student electives and try out different subject areas – it's your choice.
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level.

Compulsory reverse major

Compulsory introductory units

This unit provides an introductory global survey of early architecture and design. It develops knowledge and understandings of key concepts, landscapes, cities, buildings and design relative to social, cultural and technological dimensions contexts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is an introduction to freehand and measured drawing techniques and drawing practice. Studio based exercises will include two and three dimensional drawing conventions, and their types and uses in design. Studio exercises begin with line drawing and increase…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides an introduction to global architectural and design histories and theories post 1750. It aims to develop knowledge and understandings of key concepts and referents relative to their economic/political, ideological/cultural, and technological/material contexts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit builds on the freehand and measured drawing techniques practised in KDA136 Design Communication 1 to develop computer-aided digital skillsets as a working methodology. Building Information Modelling and documentation skills will be developed to support the presentation of design…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Compulsory intermediate units

This unit examines the history of intellectual theories and social positions in design and architecture. It aims to develop a critical approach to design and architecture by interrogating key examples of discourse and practice dating from the turn of the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops critical perspectives on architecture and design in Australia. It introduces Indigenous design prior to European colonisation and examines subsequent developments associated with colonialism, internationalism and regionalist positions.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Compulsory advanced units

This unit focuses on design as a ‘critical spatial practice’ through an interdisciplinary approach that understands, references and questions the specificities of social, cultural and political operations in relation to central themes of perception, temporality, performativity, materiality and virtuality. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit presents a range of contemporary approaches to architecture and design, focusing on theoretical, methodological, ethical, political and professional aspects. It supports students to develop critical positions in relation to the discipline, discourse and practise.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose 1 major from the following list:

Year 1
Compulsory introductory units

Students investigate the activity of experiencing, seeing, feeling, sensing, measuring and documenting observations. These investigations also require imagining, representing and testing ideas through a range of media, in addition to researching and beginning to develop design values. Students develop design…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is a continuation of KDA111 Design Studio 1 and develops responses to human activities, comfort, spatial enclosure, materials, and context. The unit also sets up opportunities to explore relations between the user, scale, internal and external spaces. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 2
Compulsory intermediate units

This unit develops fundamental skills in design, including site analysis, preliminary design and sketch design. Students explore and integrate design criteria including contextual response, activity support and construction principles. The studio will emphasise designing in section and responding to human…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops understanding and skills in planning for complex programs and the exploration and application of passive design principles for multi-story buildings. It involves historical precedents and inter-disciplinary processes. Students will be required to devise and detail appropriate construction…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 3
Compulsory advanced units

This unit focuses on the design of internal spaces emphasising the synthesis of daylight, artificial light, acoustics and detailing within the context of Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) and complex multifunction building types. Decision-making is supported through measuring, calculating and Building…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Develops students' ability to understand the notion of 'context' in the broadest cultural sense through the exploration of an adaptive reuse project, developing an appreciation for both built fabric and the cultural meaning of places. The unit also focuses on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Architecture requires active involvement and critical use of a range of knowledge. This unit is integrated with the design studio and history and theory in design studio in an integrated (cap-stone) project. The unit focus is on the expansion of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops the ability to design a complex, multi-level, mixed use building in an urban context, and expands the understanding of program and site analysis in this context as a basis for design decisions. The unit also focuses on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This major is in teach-out and is no longer available for selection.
Year 1
Compulsory introductory units

Students investigate the activity of experiencing, seeing, feeling, sensing, hearing, measuring and documenting observations. These investigations require imagining, representing and testing ideas through a range of media, in addition to researching and beginning to develop critical self-analysis. Students develop design…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students develop design skills and knowledge as the basis for individual approaches to design and production of free standing items of furniture. Students apply design processes, principles and construction knowledge to produce individual furniture items in relation…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 2
Compulsory intermediate units

This unit introduces students to the history of mass and batch production furniture to enable them to develop individual and innovative approaches to designing and making contemporary commercial items for multiple production. The design process will be based on an…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit enables students to develop individual brief writing skills and to demonstrate design outcomes that centre around the needs and desires of others. The emphasis is on brief negotiation, understanding, project management and designer identity. Upon completion of this…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 3
Compulsory advanced units

This is the realisation of the brief prepared in Semester One in the unit KDA305 Design Workshop 5. Students will develop the ability to program and manage a semester long project, present and manufacture work in a professional manner (exhibition…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops students' ability in professional design brief writing, prototyping and critical design analysis. Students will prepare their own design brief to be undertaken during the unit. Precedent studies and analysis underpin the brief writing process. Documented scale drawings,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on the foundations laid in KDA307 Professional Practice 1 and compliments KDA306 Design Workshop 6 in developing a professional body of documentation drawings and illustrated works in the form of a portfolio. Students will develop their 'identity',…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students in this unit will explore the fundamental elements of current business practice within the profession of Furniture Design in Australia including but not confined to business and ethics; management; professional practice and sustainability; professional presentation and the importance and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 1
Compulsory introductory units

Students investigate the activity of experiencing, seeing, feeling, sensing, measuring and documenting observations. These investigations also require imagining, representing and testing ideas through a range of media, in addition to researching and beginning to develop design values. Students develop design…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is a continuation of KDA111 Design Studio 1 and develops responses to human activities, comfort, spatial enclosure, materials, and context. The unit also sets up opportunities to explore relations between the user, scale, internal and external spaces. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 2
Compulsory intermediate units

This unit develops fundamental skills in design, including site analysis, preliminary design and sketch design. Students explore and integrate design criteria including contextual response, activity support and construction principles. The studio will emphasise designing in section and responding to human…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops the ability to generate design concepts and analyse and synthesise a variety of design concerns - including functional, aesthetic, technical and theoretical - into a coherent and creative solution for a commercial, retail, public or residential project…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 3
Compulsory advanced units

In this unit students investigate the issues and technologies associated with the creation of healthy interior environments including the services required for interiors that meet standards of human comfort and safety. The unit considers indoor air quality, thermal comfort services,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students take major responsibility for developing their design work in relation to a complex, multi-variable brief for a commercial, retail, public, residential or mixed project within an historically significant adaptive reuse framework. Students develop the ability to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit addresses the use of light and sound in design and examines ways of working with light and sound within the context of interior design. The unit focuses on the design of internal spaces emphasising the synthesis of daylight,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students demonstrate their ability to generate design concepts and resolve a design for a complex, multi variable commercial, retail, residential, public or multi use project and to manage the design project with a minimum of guidance. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose 1 minor from the following list:

Year 1
Compulsory introductory units

This unit focuses on the structural principles of elements used in building design. It covers structural mechanics and material properties, as they apply to elements in compression and tension, and in beams and trusses found in typical buildings. Graphical statics…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on built environment sustainability, which underpins much of the BEnvDes and MArch courses. If people are thermally comfortable, and buildings respond to local climatic conditions and are made from appropriate materials, then less energy is used and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 2
Compulsory intermediate units

This unit introduces students to design approaches to surface and space with a particular focus on the principles and techniques of construction detailing. Students investigate the range of materials, finishes and fixtures available for use in interior and exterior applications.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on building construction, envelope design, and performance and regulatory compliance for mid sized, mixed use, non-residential buildings. This unit studies structural systems for these types of buildings and the performance and regulatory requirements of envelopes, their typical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 1
Compulsory introductory units

This unit introduces a range of furniture-making skills and techniques, in addition to safe operation and maintenance of hand tools, power tools and machinery, specific to the timber-furniture industry. The main focus is to develop students' hand-tool skills as well…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will develop advanced machine operation techniques as well as build on the timber construction knowledge and hand-tool use developed in Furniture Technology 1. Dovetail joinery and advanced timber machining will be combined to produce a small…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 2
Compulsory intermediate units

This unit is designed to support the development and fabrication of the KDA231 Design Workshop 4 ergonomics and seating project. Computer-aided processing including 3D printing and CNC machining will be taught and utilised throughout the modelling, testing and manufacture of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is designed to support the development and fabrication of the KDA231 Design Workshop 4 ergonomics and seating project. Computer-aided processing including 3D printing and CNC machining will be taught and utilised throughout the modelling, testing and manufacture of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 1
Compulsory introductory units

This unit focuses on the structural principles of elements used in building design. It covers structural mechanics and material properties, as they apply to elements in compression and tension, and in beams and trusses found in typical buildings. Graphical statics…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on built environment sustainability, which underpins much of the BEnvDes and MArch courses. If people are thermally comfortable, and buildings respond to local climatic conditions and are made from appropriate materials, then less energy is used and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Year 2
Compulsory intermediate units

This unit introduces students to design approaches to surface and space with a particular focus on the principles and techniques of construction detailing. Students investigate the range of materials, finishes and fixtures available for use in interior and exterior applications.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students investigate the production and selection of furniture for interior environments. Furniture function is explored through ergonomics and analysis of the role of furniture in the creation of space. Analysis of significant furniture precedents is used to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Other

Plus two student electives to be taken in Years 2 and 3
Plus two breadth units to be taken in Years 2 and 3.  For a list of breadth units see:  http://www.utas.edu.au/students/lead-achieve/breadth-units/offerings

Entry requirements

The Faculty considers for admission students who have a broad academic background and a demonstrated interest in, commitment to and aptitude for design.

Apart from the University's general admission requirements, there are no additional prerequisites for the BEnvDes degree. HSC/TCE subjects preferably should not be restricted to a narrow discipline, but rather span two or more areas (e.g. art and science).

A limited number of quota places is available to applicants who do not meet the normal University entry requirements. Such applicants will be required to attend an interview and present a folio of creative work and/or demonstrate skills and knowledge that suggest they could successfully undertake the course. Such students applying for the Bachelor of Environmental Design (Furniture) will enrol in the Associate Degree in Furniture Design with the opportunity to articulate into the degree course upon successful completion of the Associate Degree.

Admission is normally for Semester 1 (February).  Due to the pre-requsite requirements and the sequential nature of the course structure, a Semester 2 (July) intake is only available to International students subject to credit/advanced standing awarded for previous post-secondary study.  A Semester 2 commencement for domestic students will result in a longer course duration i.e. 3 years and 6 months.

There may be some credit granted for completion of the Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Building and Architecture), which is offered by TAFE Tasmania, however this will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

The Architecture specialisation is designed as a pre-professional course and articulates directly into the Master of Architecture.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $45.45 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $303.

International students

2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $0 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $24,500 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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