Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)


  • Program code: C6097
  • Campus: City campus
  • National curriculum code: 21953VIC

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Are you inspired by design and want to shape a better world?

This 2.5-year program focuses on the practical and technical application of design skills. Learn about the presentation, documentation and architectural workflow processes for building projects that engage with the site, user needs and the environment.

In this hands-on program you’ll develop specialised skills and knowledge through a variety of learning experiences from freehand drawing to digital applications that augment architectural workflows, construction technology and documentation processes.

Key features of this program are:

  • innovative and sustainable design
  • problem solving
  • structural and construction technology
  • project documentation
  • architectural project administration.

You'll learn to communicate and work effectively with a variety of stakeholders including regulatory authorities and a wide range of consultants associated with the design, construction and building services.

You'll contribute to the ongoing development of the building industry and the built environment.


2.5 years full-time

Midyear entry: 2 years full-time

Full-fee places only available at midyear.

Program structure and features

This program is 2.5 years full-time with a practical hands-on focus that enables you to design and document domestic and commercial-scale building projects.

This qualification and the appropriate industry experience leads to registration as a building practitioner in Victoria and membership of the Building Designers Association of Victoria.

Full-time students are expected to attend approximately 24 hours of classes over 5 days and undertake approximately 22 hours of extra study and research weekly. There are often concentrated periods of out of class work when assessments are due.

As a student in this program you’ll develop strong industry connections with the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) accessing student membership, scholarships, design competition and awards.

This program connects you with leading building designers and architectural firms in Victoria, who also contribute to the program delivery.

Past students have been awarded the Sir George Verdon Prize for excellence in their building design studies and have participated in industry-based projects such as the Castlemaine Larder Project.

Learning and teaching

The learning and teaching of this program emulates how you would work in a professional studio environment. Teaching staff will interact with you from an industry practitioner perspective and the vocational approach to learning and teaching will immerse you in simulated environments.

You will study in state of the art facilities at RMIT’s city campus, learning through lectures, workshops, studios, class and industry presentations and briefs and group discussions.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes essays, reports, verbal and visual presentations, group projects, research and practical projects.

All programs are delivered in English.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Program structure

You will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of building design, digital presentation and documentation for buildings using a range of software platforms. You'll also focus on:

  • construction processes
  • environmental sustainability and design
  • materials technology
  • building services
  • associated planning and building regulation codes and standards.

You’ll undertake project-based learning in purpose-designed facilities and supervised studios, and site excursions will give context to studio-based learning.

The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.

Industry connections

This program is heavily linked to industry with strong recognition and support from a variety of industry groups. Throughout your studies you will work on industry-based real-life project briefs and have several opportunities to enter industry-led competitions.

End of year graduate exhibitions connect students with industry, adding validation to their projects.

Students have participated in a number of community-based projects including:

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


As a building design graduate your work focus could include:

  • digital presentation and architectural documentation of buildings
  • architectural modelling and animation
  • specialist and technical design areas such as commercial/domestic design and planning
  • retail design and documentation
  • working as part of a technical architectural team to underpin a design team or as part of project management.

Your daily activities may involve:

  • meeting and working to a client brief
  • preparing detailed architectural drawings and documentation
  • preparing building specifications
  • visiting building sites for site analysis and investigation
  • analysing bushfire attack levels
  • analysing environmental factors
  • liaising with engineers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, planning professionals etc to ensure all aspects of the project are properly addressed
  • working to building and local council codes, by-laws and national regulations.

As a building design graduate you may work in a wide range of technical positions including:

  • building designer
  • architectural technologist
  • BIM/ CAD specialist
  • domestic and commercial designer/ technical consultant
  • freelance building designer/ practitioner.

Graduates can work in architectural practices and building design offices.

If you plan to register as a building practitioner and practice as a sole practitioner, you'll need to meet the requirements set out in the Building Amendment Regulations 2009 to qualify to register in the category Building Design DP-AD (Architectural).

Graduates of this program, which is accredited under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, will need to complete 1 year's practical experience supervised by a registered architect, builder or building designer to the satisfaction of the Building Practitioners Board.

Professional Recognition and Accreditation

The program is a state-accredited and nationally recognised qualification that enables graduate building designers to work for registered building practitioners, architects and other design professionals in related industries.

The Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) is required by the Building Practitioners Board to register to practice as a building designer in the state of Victoria.

Global opportunities

You can study overseas for 1 or 2 semesters at an RMIT-affiliated institution.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary Diploma or Certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.



Selection tasks

Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online or direct applicant statement if they wish other information to be considered. You should explain why you're applying and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to each program.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.

Fee assistance

As a vocational education (TAFE) student you may be eligible for the following:

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

You will be required to submit presentations of your work in an appropriate manner. Materials are provided but anything outside the normal range of materials will need to be sourced by the student.

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates of this program can apply to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Architectural Design.

Successful applicants may gain exemptions of up to 1.5 years (3 semesters).

Applicants that have a grade point average (GPA) of 4 (80-100, HD) or greater achieved upon completion of the program will guarantee a place in the Bachelor of Architectural Design.

Applicants with a GPA of less than 4 will be granted an interview with the Bachelor of Architectural Design.

Eligible graduates may apply for exemptions of up to 1 year from the following degrees:

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Architecture & Design

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
Make an enquiry


Selection Officers, Nick Periac or Nicholas Rischitelli
School of Design TAFE
Building 94
Cardigan Street, Carlton
Tel. +61 3 9925 4819

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