Courses & Units

Architecture Theory: Discipline Futures KDA349


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 understandings of and attitudes towards the present and forecasted futures of Architecture and your role in the field and profession.

In Architecture Theory: Discipline Futures, you will identify and refine potential trajectories, and target future opportunities in design practice aligned with your own interests. You will research and investigate different emerging fields of practice in design and discuss the complexities embedded in moral and ethical obligations, both as an individual practitioner and in relation to the profession. You will develop a personal design philosophy that identifies and justifies your position and aspirations in relation to your design field and future-focused practice. Based on your identified position, you will be supported through workshops to develop a targeted portfolio and CV or design research statement that prepares you for future practice or further study.


Unit name Architecture Theory: Discipline Futures
Unit code KDA349
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Jacqueline Power
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Locate and justify personal position in relation to fields and practices of design
  • Employ effective communication strategies for professional or academic audiences
  • Identify and critically discuss legal and ethical issues in design

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



KDA235 and KDA241


Teaching Pattern

Online MyLO content; 12 x 60-minute self-directed learning, 12 x 120-minute workshops

AssessmentDesign Ethics Presentation (25%)|Visual Manifesto (30%)|Portfolio (45%)
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