Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (P3H)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

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

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements

Location

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

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Saki White, Architecture and Built Environments Student
Architecture develops ideas and forms that enrich experience and imagination with reference to environmental, social, and economic realities.

Studying with us, you’ll build the discipline and creativity required to make a meaningful contribution to the field. Inspired by our Learning-By-Making tradition, your studies will be hands-on and filled with authentic interactions and real-world scenarios.

Our program includes architectural design methodologies, histories and theories of architecture, construction techniques and building performance, professional and ethical studies, and design research and communication. It will allow you to develop skills and practices that enable entry into design practice and a pathway to the profession.

Catalyst Program

Are you a high achiever and want to get the most out of your University experience? The Catalyst Program combines your Bachelor degree with scholarships, extracurricular experiences, special events, and networking opportunities. It was created for outstanding students, just like you. Learn more about the Catalyst Program

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments is a pre-professional course designed to ensure our graduates have the competencies necessary to gain admission to the Master of Architecture and equivalent courses in design fields addressing the built environment.

Core units within the program develop rigorous and creative thinking, and provide a grounding in sustainable and ethical practice. Choice Units and Electives enable you to design your portfolio and skill set, allowing entry into careers and pathways in your field of interest.

  • 1 Critically relate the ethical, legal and political implications of design in the built environment in order to demonstrate socially and environmentally responsible Architecture.
  • 2 Engage expert and non-expert audiences in imagining, visualising, and realising spatial design propositions.
  • 3 Apply Architectural knowledge, skills and practices relating to the spatial and built environment in relation to people, cultures, environments and technologies.
  • 4 Propose and test speculative built environment futures for abstract, real or virtual contexts through iterative methods of visualisation, fabrication and critique.
  • 5 Formulate and justify Architectural positions on complex issues in the design of the built environment by drawing on a breadth and depth of disciplinary knowledge and methods of inquiry.
  • Your education with us will be wide-ranging and immersive, providing solid foundations and extending to practice based and applied learning experiences.

    Purpose-built learning spaces

    Our learning spaces are designed to ensure all students enjoy a collaborative, practice-based and applied experience. Flexible studios and teaching spaces inspire interactive learning. Generous student study spaces provide for independent study and group work.

    Our School is based in architecturally designed, repurposed buildings. The industrial character of our Inveresk home embodies our commitment to sustainability, and our learning-by-making philosophy.

    Industry leading facilities and technology

    Our workshops are equipped with a full spectrum of manufacturing technologies ranging from traditional fabrication equipment to Computer Numerically Controlled routers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and a Kuka 6-axis industrial robotic arm.

    Dedicated computer labs offer a wide range of industry standard software for design, digital fabrication and Augmented and Virtual Reality, including Rhino 6 3D, Fologram, ArchiCAD, Revit, and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

    Exceptional study experiences

    The Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments program offers students a range of choices. In addition to engaging with our globally recognised Learning-By-Making units, you may undertake a placement in practice, or go on international study tour. Our partnerships with universities around the world give you the chance to study for a semester overseas.

    Become a Student Ambassador

    Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others, and developing lasting friendships and networks as a student ambassador. Our ambassadors proudly represent the University throughout Tasmania in schools, at University and community events, and support a range of recruitment and engagement activities. Though the Student Ambassador Program or STEM Outreach Team you will have many opportunities for training and professional development, experience in real-world community engagement and outreach, networking, and public speaking, plus end up with a key point of distinction on your CV.

    Study overseas at one of our partner institutions

    Our international exchange program offers opportunities to study at universities around the world, and it counts towards your degree. Exchange can allow you 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. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

    UPDATE (MARCH) 2021: Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Face-to-Face Study Abroad & Exchange programs have been postponed until 2022.

    Alternative Virtual Exchange Opportunities can be found on our Virtual Overseas Experiences tab. For more information please contact Global.Mobility@utas.edu.au

    Find out more about Student Exchange.

    Work-Integrated Learning is embedded throughout your studies. Some of our existing and recent partnerships include the MONA FOMA, Dark MOFO and Junction Arts festivals, Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, state and local governments and not-for-profit organisations.

    Career outcomes

    Cumulus Studio was named one of ten international practices to watch by Architizer, a journal based in New York City and curated by architects around the world. Cumulus Studio was founded in Tasmania in 2011. All four directors and more than half the staff are graduates from the University’s Architecture and Design program. Cumulus Studio’s success shows, with offices now in Hobart, Launceston and Melbourne.

    Our graduates are known for their principled attitude and hands-on skills. They are also celebrated for their technological awareness, and their focus on creating environmentally and socially conscious design solutions.

    Careers relating to Architecture are growing, with employers demanding strong design skills across construction and building industries. Here are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years:

    - Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services forecast to increase by 14.6 per cent by 2024

    - Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians is one of the largest growing occupations in the Construction industry, forecast to increase by 19.5 per cent by 2024.

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

    - building design

    - construction and project management

    - environmental and government policy

    - disaster relief and international aid

    - exhibition and event design

    - architectural consultancy

    - object design

    - digital fabrication

    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 your study with an Honours year as a pathway to a PhD.

    Postgraduate study

    If you complete the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments, you may be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas, and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

    The University of Tasmania’s Architecture program, comprising the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (BABE) and the Master of Architecture (MArch), is accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

    Graduates of the program meet the AACA requirements for an Australian architecture qualification. There are additional requirements for attaining registration as an Architect beyond the completion of the course.

    For further registration requirements, please visit the AACA website.

    If you have any queries about the accreditation process, please contact us for further information.

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments requires the completion of 300 credit points comprising:

    • 250 credit points of Core units
    • 50 credit points of Elective units

    In your Elective component you can choose any unit marked “elective” at any level from across the university for which you meet the pre-requisites. Use the Unit Search tool  to explore your options.

    Your electives can add breadth to your degree, adding different subject areas from within or outside the College of Sciences and Engineering. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with Architecture and Design by completing units offered in the Bachelor of Design, or take complementary units in Fine Arts.

    If you are starting in 2023 you can find your course planner here – this helps you plan what units to enrol in and when.  

    We have a team of Course Information Officers available to help you structure your studies to meet your desired outcomes. For enrolment assistance please contact us via  U Connect today.

    Note: While the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments is based in Launceston, it has a first-year pathway delivered in Hobart. All B.ABE units in first year are delivered in both Hobart and Launceston.  All B.ABE units from second year onwards are delivered in Launceston only, necessitating regular travel or relocation to Launceston.

        

    Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments Architecture Studio units 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 focus on establishing foundational…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Technology units focus on establishing key concepts and principles related to the physical facts of architecture and human experience of these facts. At Introductory level, these units provide foundational knowledge and skills in…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1

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

    Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments Architecture Studio units 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 focus on establishing foundational…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1

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

    Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Technology units focus on establishing key concepts and principles related to the physical facts of architecture and human experience of these facts. At Introductory level, these units provide foundational knowledge and skills in…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    In this unit you will be introduced to a range of visual tools and techniques for conceptualising and communicating complex relationships and generating new insights through design. Through a combination of interactive, self-directed learning activities and practical exercises, you will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    This Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Representing Architecture unit focuses on establishing key ideas and capacities related to the analysis, processing and communication of aspects of design. Only existing at Introductory level, the unit provide the foundation for practice…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1

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

    Architecture Theory: Built Environments explores political, cultural, environmental and historical contexts and their relation to the production and inhabitation of the built environment. A series of thematic discussions introduces you to ideas and precedents in spatial design disciplines across a…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments Architecture Studio units 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 on the application…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Theory units focus on establishing and enhancing students’ capacity to think with clarity and rigour to ensure solid bases for research inquiry and design practice. At Intermediate level, these units provide foundational understandings…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Technology units focus on establishing key concepts and principles related to the physical facts of architecture and human experience of these facts. At Intermediate level, these units develop focused knowledge and skills at…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments Architecture Studio units 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 focus on establishing foundational…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 1

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

    Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Technology units focus on establishing key concepts and principles related to the physical facts of architecture and human experience of these facts. At Intermediate level, these units develop focused knowledge and skills at…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 1

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

    Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments Architecture Studio units 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, Technology–Studios are double-weighted units emphasising the…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 1

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

    In this unit, students will grapple with contemporary theories and contexts, and how Architecture as a profession and as a product responds to those ideas. Students will begin by interrogating Critical Architecture theories, developing an understanding of where architecture theory…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 1

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

    Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments Architecture Studio units 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, Technology–Studios are double-weighted capstone units emphasising…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Theory units focus on establishing and enhancing students’ capacity to think with clarity and rigour to ensure solid bases for research inquiry and design practice. At Advanced level, the units concentrate on building…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    Architecture Choice Units offer students a chance to select units from a range of options that suit their personal interests and professional aspirations. All units express key aspects of our program …Digital Design Processes develops the theme of digital representation…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2

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

    Architecture Choice Units offer students a chance to select units from a range of options that suit their personal interests and professional aspirations. All units express key aspects of our program …A&D WIL provides you with the opportunity to undertake…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    OnlineSummer school
    OnlineWinter school (late)
    OnlineSpring school

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

    Architecture Choice Units offer students a chance to select units from a range of options that suit their personal interests and professional aspirations. All units express key aspects of our program …Architecture Study Tour involves visits to a range of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    Launceston5 Week Session Nov

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

    Architecture Choice Units offer students a chance to select units from a range of options that suit their personal interests and professional aspirations. All units express key aspects of our program. Learning by Making projects focus on the collaborative design,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSpring school

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

    This unit focuses on designing products for batch or multiple productions. Students are encouraged to develop individual and innovative approaches in the designing and making of contemporary, commercially viable items for manufacture. Workshop and studio activities will include student evaluations…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonIntensive Session Jun

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

    Two 12.5 credit point electives are normally selected in Years 1 and Year 2. In your Elective component you can choose from any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university.

    Entry requirements

    We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

    Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study.

    Domestic applicants who recently completed secondary education

    Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. This course has a Guaranteed ATAR of 65.

    In 2022, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 65.80.  The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

    Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

    Domestic applicants with higher education study

    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

    • Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; OR
    • Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University).

    Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed a Certificate IV (or equivalent) in any discipline.

    Domestic applicants with work and life experience

    Applicants without senior secondary, tertiary or VET / TAFE study can complete a personal competency statement.

    Applicants may be eligible for an offer if they have relevant work and / or life experiences which demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

    If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

    We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

    All international students will need to meet the minimum English Language Requirements, University General Entry Requirements and any course specific requirements such as pre-requisite subjects, if applicable.

    English Language Requirements

    This degree requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0, with no individual band less than 5.5, or a PTE Academic score of 50, with no score lower than 42 or equivalent.

    For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

    General Entry Requirements

    Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires the completion of qualifications equivalent to a 12th year of education in Australia.

    Please review the equivalent undergraduate entry requirements to see the minimum requirement relevant to your country. The ATAR information for this course is located in the “For Domestic Students” section of the entry requirements on this page.

    You can also meet the General Entry Requirement for this course with the following qualifications or prior studies:

    Completion of an equivalent AQF Certificate IV or above

    Complete or incomplete (minimum 25 credit points) of previous tertiary study at Bachelor level or higher

    If you do not meet the minimum requirements, we offer the Foundation Studies Program.

    Course Specific Requirements

    This course does not have any course specific requirements.

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

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $102,350 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $32,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    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

    Scholarships for 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.

    Specific scholarships for Architecture and Design include:

    For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please refer to scholarships.

    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.

    Scholarships for 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 refer to International Scholarships.

    How can we help?

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

    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
    Online
    Online enquiries

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