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Architecture and Built Environments

Architecture explores the interaction between design and inhabitation, while addressing the challenges presented by environmental, social and economic change.

Studying with us, you'll develop creative and critical thinking skills that will enable you to push the boundaries of built environments. Centred on a Learning-By-Making practice, you will access inspiring studio spaces and workshops for experimentation and bringing your ideas to life.

Your studies will cover histories and theories, construction techniques and building performance, professional and ethical studies, and design research and communication. You'll develop participatory skills and learning methods invaluable for design practice.

Course Options

Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.
Launceston CRICOS 002847C

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Bachelor of Environmental Design (Honours)

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.
Launceston CRICOS 039205K

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Master of Architecture

2 year full-time, up to 5 years part-time.
Launceston CRICOS 059006G

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Study in the distinctive spaces of our Architecture and Design Building – an award-winning conversion of a 1951 diesel locomotive workshop.

Learn by making and get your hands on all the latest industry technology.

Gain specialised expertise in sustainable resources and industry.


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments (300 credit points)

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.

Core units (237.5 credit points)
You'll complete nineteen units of core knowledge to learn the underpinning principals of business and develop general workplace skills.

Elective units (62.5 credit points)
These five units will broaden your learning experience and complement your area of study.

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Seven Core Units 87.5 credit points Six Core Units 75 credit points Six Core Units 75 credit points
Choose 1 Elective
12.5 credit points
Choose 2 Electives
25 credit points
Choose 2 Electives
25 credit points

Architecture and Built Environments (Creative Innovators Program)

If you’re a high achiever with a passion for Architecture, the Creative Innovators Program is for you. It combines our Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments with extra experiences, events and opportunities, plus up to $13,000 in scholarships.

Bachelor of Environmental Design with Honours

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.

This honours course is designed specifically for students who wish to continue further studies in self-directed research in environmental design, forming the basis of an Honours thesis.

Career outcomes

Tasmanian talent gets international architecture acclaim

An alumni-founded architecture firm was recently named one of the top 10 firms to watch in 2020. All four directors of Cumulus Studio, as well as more than half of the staff, are graduates from Architecture & Design. "We see architecture as a way of reinvesting in the State and further contributing to all the little things that make Tasmania a unique, special place to live," co-director and principal architect Peter Walker said.

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Our graduates are known for their hands-on design and fabrication experience. They are also celebrated for their skills in using cutting-edge technology, 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 which is forecast to increase by 19.5 per cent by 2024.


The Master of Architecture degree is recognised and accredited by the Board of Architects of Tasmania, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Students who complete a Master of Architecture satisfy the academic requirements for registration as an architect in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Study Experiences

MONA FOMA SOMA - collaboration

Witness the unique collaboration between UTAS Architecture and Design students, Director of MONA FOMA Brian Ritchie and his producers, sound recordist Dr Toby Gifford, and Monash University. With MOFO moving to Launceston to present a festival with unexpected experiences, the team identified the sound, performance and recording opportunities throughout the Launceston CBD in preparation for the festival 13-20 January 2019.

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Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. 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, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language 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. For more information, please visit International Future Students.