Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (P3H)

Overview  2019

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65+

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.

Location

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65+

Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Students from all over the world come to the University of Tasmania to study Architecture and Design.

Find out what motivated these students to study here, what excites them about studying and living in Tasmania, and their aspirations for the future.

Design for a climate of change

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments engages students in a series of creative design projects that explore a future where social responsibility and environmental sustainability are key elements in the design and making of new buildings, places and spaces.

You will develop innovative approaches, critical thinking, and the creative skills to respond to the challenging issues facing society and will learn to push the boundaries of architectural and design practice.

The course is underpinned by substantial design studio and workshop components, integrated with studies in relevant histories and theories, building technologies, professional studies and design communication.

You’ll also have opportunities to participate in the Learning-by-Making program that has been a special feature of the School’s learning experience for more than 25 years. The practical experience program is integrated throughout the degree, developing critical participatory skills and learning methods that are invaluable for when you graduate and are starting your future career.

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments prepares all graduates for architectural and design practice and research, with a focus on environmentally sustainable design. Your learning experiences will place you at the leading edge of architecture and design and will enrich your creativity and innovative thinking.

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments is a pre-professional course and aims to produce graduates whose creative abilities are developed to a level of competence necessary to gain admission to the Master of Architecture, and equivalent courses in the fields of architecture, urban design and related design areas.

At the School of Architecture and Design, your multi-disciplinary theory and history education provides a foundation for a wealth of practice based and applied learning experiences.

Purpose-built learning spaces

Our learning and teaching environment provides world-class facilities to ensure that all students enjoy a rewarding university experience that is collaborative, practice-based and applied. Generous student study spaces provide for independent study and group work.

Your classes are located in a converted 1951 diesel locomotive workshop. The conversion was designed by Six Degrees Architects and Sustainable Built Environments, and has won multiple awards for design excellence in sustainability and adaptive re-use. Its industrial character exemplifies our strong environmental focus, timber research, and learning by making philosophy.

Industry leading facilities and technology

Our world-class facilities are equipped with the most advanced technologies. Two extensive design studios on the ground and top floors provide flexible spaces for collaborative learning and teaching.

Our workshops combine traditional fabrication equipment with cutting edge Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) tools. In the building workshop, emphasis is placed on material fabrication of digital design propositions, with CNC laser cutters, routers, 3D printers, and a Kuka 6-axis industrial robotic arm. The design workshop is equipped with high-quality machinery and tools for the design and making of objects, fittings and furniture.

Our computer labs support Mac and Windows and include a wide range of industry standard software for Building Information Modelling (BIM), environmental analysis, graphic processing, digital design and CNC manufacturing. Digital design platforms include parametric and generative design tools, including Rhino 3D and its parametric plug-in Grasshopper, ArchiCAD, Revit, Vectorworks, SketchUp and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Students are supported to fast track their digital design skills at their own pace with hundreds of online, e-learning tutorials provided through our Institute of Digital Design Australia subscription.

Learning by Making

Learning-by-Making projects for community clients are structured to give students an authentic experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and collaborating with clients, consultants, and local authorities in the design and fabrication of small public buildings and structures, furniture and spatial interventions. Projects ranging from mobile houses to bus shelters, stage sets and wilderness seating, provide a design focus for applying principles of social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Students optimise their learning experience by exploring the relationships between design and making, between material and structural performance, and between scales and modes of production. We take an integrated approach that combines advanced digital design software, Computer Numerically Controlled fabrication tools and traditional making processes.

The School places an emphasis on prototyping activities that involve students constructing physical models, built from representative materials in three dimensions and often at full scale, to explore design alternatives, test theories and confirm performance.

You can explore past Learning-by-Making projects on the School of Architecture and Design website.

“Studying at UTAS has given me the skills to pursue my dream job in the design industry. Intimate class sizes, quality teaching and individual feedback foster academic and personal growth. I found a fantastic balance of practical, theoretical and hands on opportunities to learn.”

Gabrielle Livermore

Interior Design specialisation with First Class Honours graduate, and winner of the Design Institute of Australia 2015 VIC TAS Graduate of the Year — Interior Design

Overseas Exchange

Our international exchange program offers opportunities for a semester of study at universities around the world. Exchange can allow students to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. Participants may be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Career outcomes

“One of the greatest things about studying at the University of Tasmania is that they have a really strong learning-by-making program. You learn a lot about the technical aspects. I didn’t realise how good that was until I got this job. It was such an asset to be able to get going on day one.”

Christine Green, Interior Design specialisation graduate

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When you study with us, you will gain multi-disciplinary and work-ready skills demanded by employers, including evidence-based problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making, effective communication and time management.

Through our extensive practical opportunities and hands-on projects, you also graduate with a portfolio of your own work that has been created in consultation with real clients, giving you an edge for your future career.

Our Architecture program is the first step towards becoming a qualified architect. To pursue this path, you will follow up your undergraduate degree with the postgraduate Master of Architecture. Alternatively, you may continue with an Honours year as a pathway to a research higher degree.

Our graduates have very transferable skills across both programs, and have pursued careers in fields such as:

  • Architecture
  • Commercial interior design
  • Urban design
  • Construction and project management
  • Environmental policy
  • Disaster relief and international aid
  • Strategic design
  • Museum and exhibition design
  • Adaptive re-use design
  • Industrial and product design
  • Retail design
  • Hospitality design
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Digital interaction design
  • Health and aged care design
  • Education design for preschools through to universities

Professional Recognition

The Architecture program, comprising the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments and Master of Architecture, is nationally recognised and accredited by the Board of Architects of Tasmania, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Students who complete the Master of Architecture are eligible, following a period of relevant professional experience, to apply for registration as an architect in Australia.

Our programs are also accredited in New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments usually takes three years to finish and requires the completion of 24 units. You will complete a core major in Built Environments (eight units), plus a range of other core and elective units.

Your studies will include units covering design studio, building technology in design, history and theory studies, and communication studies.

    

Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied-problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In first year, studios are paired…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied-problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In first year, studios are paired…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In second year, studios focus…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In second year, studios focus…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied-problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In third year, studios are double weighted capstone units emphasising the creative synthesis and critical application of knowledge and skills encompassing technologies, theories and spatial…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied-problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In third year, studios are double…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Visualisation and Fabrication is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you to key ideas,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

What is design? How does design thinking conceptualise the world, and produce with it new insights? This unit introduces you to the organisational capacity and transformative potential of design thinking as it relates to Islands – environments understood through their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

What complexities can design address? How can design thinking expand our understanding of the world and its interconnections? This unit introduces you to the organisational capacity and transformative potential of design thinking as it relates to Clouds – systems understood…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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

2 Student Electives (i100-level)

Structure and Skin focuses on the development of core knowledge and skills in structures and construction relevant to architectural design disciplines. You will apply foundational knowledge of structural principles and systems to the design of building structures and skins emphasising…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Histories and Theories of Built Environments is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In second year, studios focus…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Light, Sound, Surface is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you to key ideas,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Histories and Theories of Architecture focuses on the development of core knowledge and critical understanding of the canon of Architecture. Through lectures, self-directed research and interactive seminars and workshops you will explore, discuss and critique the relationships between the objects…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

1 Breadth Unit (100, 200 or 300 level)
1 Student Elective (100, 200 or 300 level)

They provide a business-based perspective and look to the future direction of the profession and your role in it.In Design Practices: Agency and Engagement you will interrogate contemporary theories and the implications for development of a critical spatial practice. You…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Design Practices units provide a foundation for you to develop your confidence as practitioners both now and into the future. They provide both a business-based perspective and look to the future direction of the profession and your role in it.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

2 Student Electives (200 or 300 level)

Entry requirements

If you are interested in studying the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments, you will need to meet the General Entrance Requirements of the University, and any course-specific requirements.

School Leavers

An ATAR score of 65 or higher.

While there are no additional prerequisites for this 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).

Mature age students

You will need to meet University General Entry Requirements through alternative qualifications or experience.

Please note that admission is normally for Semester 1 (February).  Due to individual unit pre-requisite 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.

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5.

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the International Future Students website.

Credit for appropriate studies completed at TAFE and/or other university courses may be granted. You can apply for advanced standing as part of the application process, or it can be assessed independently via a separate application.

Please contact us for further information.

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

If you do not meet the minimum ATAR you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies as a pathway to the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments.

If you do not meet the General Entry Requirements (GER), you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies, or the University Preparation Program.

In all cases, contact us to discuss an option best suited to your needs.

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 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including: those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

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

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

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1300 363 864
International
+61 3 8676 7017
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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