The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments – Creative Innovators’ Program combines a Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments with extra experiences, activities and opportunities. It is created for outstanding students, just like you.
In addition to the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments units, you can apply for the Overseas Exchange Program and spend a semester learning at one of our international partner institutions. If you're accepted to the program, you'll be automatically supported by a $2,500 scholarship.
You will receive a guaranteed internship placement within Tasmania's thriving design industry, getting genuine hands-on work experience, building valuable professional networks, and ensuring that you are work ready when you graduate.
You can even graduate with a custom built, multidisciplinary second degree, the high achiever academic extension Bachelor of Philosophy at no extra cost, by studying just a few additional units.
There is a $7,500 relocation scholarship available for domestic interstate students moving to Tasmania, and a $3,000 bursary for Tasmanian students to support the start of University studies.
If you want to get the most out of your University experience, set yourself apart in your chosen field, and give yourself an edge for future employment, the Creative Innovators’ Program is for you.
New in 2020! This program is now available for international students, please see the entry requirements for more information.
The Creative Innovators’ Program gives you a world-class architecture and design education including hands-on project and research experience, genuine work experience, and an enriching overseas study exchange.
The Creative Innovators’ Program is built around the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments, which 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 will develop creativity and innovative thinking, and provide a grounding in sustainable and ethical practice. Electives choices will enable you to design your portfolio and skill set, allowing entry into careers and pathways in your field of interest.
The program is also focussed on delivering genuine practical experience, with options for field trips, research projects, industry engagement, work integrated learning, and international study opportunities included core components of your studies.
When you study with us, 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
Inspiration in Architecture & Design begins with our award-winning building located in Launceston’s historic Western Railway Yard at Inveresk. Flexible studios and teaching spaces within the former diesel workshop offer creative environments for interactive learning. State-of the-art workshops are equipped with a full spectrum of manufacturing technologies ranging from traditional fabrication equipment, Computer Numerically Controlled routers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and a Kuka 6-axis industrial robotic arm.
Dedicated Mac and PC 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 practical possibilities. In addition to units in our globally-recognised, Live Build, Learning-By-Making program, you can gain credit for Work-Integrated Learning in practical internships. You will also have the opportunity to take overseas study tours, and study on exchange at partner institutions around the world.
Prepare for your future career with our internship program
Creative Innovators’ students participate in an internship placement as part of their studies. Our close connections with the thriving Tasmanian creative industry and architecture and design professions deliver you genuine work experience prior to graduation, allowing you to get a taste of what it’s like to work in your future career, build valuable professional networks, and test your skills and knowledge in the real world.
Study overseas as part of your current degree
Never mind a gap year when you can travel and study overseas and have it count towards your degree! The University exchange program provides students with the opportunity to gain an international experience as part of their current degree, with 150 partner institutes globally across 30+ countries, there is a program type for everyone offering programs from semester length to just 2 week international stints.
The exchange is typically undertaken in your second year, and you'll be fully supported by our dedicated Student Mobility team all the way. Upon successful application to the semester exchange, Catalyst students automatically receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs. Other financial assistance is available for both domestic and international students.
Find out more by visiting the Student Mobility website.
Summer research project
Regardless if you choose to pursue a career in research, the Summer Research Project is a great way to set yourself apart for your future career. You apply to conduct a six to eight week research program on a topic of your choice during the summer, typically between your second and third year. If your is successful, Creative Innovators students receive a guaranteed $3,000 to assist with costs!
You have the advantage of working in some of Australia's best facilities, with access to leading researchers in whatever field of study you're interested in. This may become a pre-cursor to an honours year, or a great experience to add to your CV, either way it's putting you ahead when it comes to starting your career.
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.
Creative Innovators’ students will also participate in an internship placement as part of their studies. Our close connections with the thriving Tasmanian creative industry and architecture and design professions deliver you genuine work experience prior to graduation, allowing you to get a taste of what it’s like to work in your future career, build valuable professional networks, and test your skills and knowledge in the real world.
“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.”
The Creative Innovators’ Program offers outstanding career advantages, giving you an edge over your peers and giving you skills, knowledge and experiences to shine in your future career.
Architecture and its cognate fields are in a state of continuous evolution. The Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments will provide multi- and interdisciplinary frameworks allowing for agility in this ever-changing landscape, as well as work-ready skills demanded by employers, including evidence-based problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication and time management. By undertaking community-engaged, hands-on projects, you can graduate with a portfolio of your own work, created in consultation with real clients.
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.
In addition, the exclusive, academic extension Bachelor of Philosophy degree is offered for no additional cost to high achieving students who want to broaden the scope of their education. You can add to your specialist knowledge with highly sought after and transferable employment skills across research, leadership, multidisciplinary perspectives, and cultural understanding.
Our graduates have very transferable skills across both programs, 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
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.
Our program is also accredited in New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.
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.
The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments component of the Creative Innovators’ Program usually takes three years to finish and requires the completion of 24 units. Within each year level, first semester units are not prerequisites for second semester units, meaning students can enter or re-commence the course mid-year.
Your core units will involve studies of building technology, history and theory, and communication, integrated within a workshop and studio-focused environment.
Bachelor of Philosophy
The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments and Summer Research Program all contribute to the requirements for the Bachelor of Philosophy. This means that by successfully completing the Creative Innovators’ Program you will be only a few units away from attaining a second, custom-built academic extension degree for no additional cost.
Need help choosing you first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS 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 at UTAS.
Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)
Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2019, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 90.00. The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.
It is recommended that school leavers also include the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (P3H) in your preferences when applying.
All other domestic applicants
This course is only available to students who have recently completed secondary education. Students from other educational backgrounds can apply for the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments, course code P3H.
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, including economic hardship, 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.
Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.
If you successfully complete this course, you may be also 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 Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments is designed as a pre-professional course and articulates directly into the Master of Architecture.
If you aren’t eligible for an offer to this course you should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (P3H).
In addition, if you wish to explore extracurricular study opportunities, the overseas exchange and Summer Research Program can be applied for independently, should you wish to undertake them.
Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.
Fees & scholarships
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.
Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $93,031 AUD*.
Course cost based on a rate of $29,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).
* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.
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.
Creative Innovators Program scholarships
There is a guaranteed $7,500 relocation scholarship available to domestic students who are relocating from interstate to Tasmania, and are commencing the Creative Innovators Program for the first time.
The scholarship will be delivered as $2,500 per semester for your first three semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Creative Innovators Program at census date, have successfully passed all your units in each semester.
There is a $3,000 bursary available to domestic students from Tasmania to support the commencement of their university studies. The scholarship will be delivered as $1,500 per semester for your first two semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Creative Innovators Program at census date and have successfully passed all your units in each semester
The Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) provides commencing international students with a 25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of their course (provided satisfactory grades are maintained).
Overseas Exchange Scholarship
The College of Sciences and Engineering will give you a guaranteed $2,500 to assist with costs upon successfully applying for a semester overseas exchange. Note that other sources of funding are also available, including additional scholarships, funds through the Commonwealth OS Help Program and (if eligible) Domestic students can still claim Centrelink payments.
Dean's Summer Research Program
Typically taken in the summer of your third year, you have the opportunity to participate in a six to eight week research program working on a topic of your choice. You will work alongside your supervisor and graduate research students to gain experience in identifying and solving research programs. If your project is accepted for the program. You will need to apply to the program, and if successful, will receive a guaranteed $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs.
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.
Although you receive guaranteed scholarships as part of the Creative Innovators Program, you can still apply for others. 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.
Important eligibility information
Program participants will be required to fulfil all the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments and, if applicable, Bachelor of Philosophy requirements.
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