Bachelor of Architectural Design
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP250
- CRICOS code: 060830J
- Campus: City campus
This program, the first step to becoming a design architect, helps you develop an understanding of architecture and provides a diverse set of skills and learning experiences. You will focus on learning the core skills required of an architect and architectural designer and intensively develop a broad grounding in design and communication skills.
RMIT Architecture graduates are design innovators who continue to achieve at the highest levels and are acknowledged by the national and international architectural profession. In 2012 RMIT student Ton Vu was shortlisted for The Architectural Review’s “Global Architecture Graduate Awards”, a shortlist of only 10 students worldwide and containing no other candidates from Australian or New Zealand universities. Our students have also been extremely successful in recent years in the Architecture Australia (AA) “Unbuilt Architecture Awards”, open not only to students but to registered architects.
3 years full-time
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Program structure and features
Learning and teaching
Design studio typically makes up half the program each semester and is taught in small groups. You will focus on a particular theme and project each semester. After the first semester, you’ll be able to select which design studio you wish to follow from approximately 20 on offer, completing 1 per semester during the course of your studies.
Supporting courses such as technology, communication and history comprise the remainder of your program and give you an understanding of the social and physical contexts of the built environment, as well as teaching you drawing skills.
In your first semester, you will complete a structured foundational design and communications course.
Subsequent semesters include 4 ‘lower pool’ design studios. In the final semester of study, you will move into ‘upper pool’ and complete an upper pool design studio working with Master of Architecture students.
Study in the Master degree consists of 3 additional upper pool design studios, general elective courses and supporting courses such as professional practice.
Lower and upper pool studios are vertically integrated, i.e. grouped with students from various year levels.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program forms part of a 5-year specialist degree, made up of the 3-year Bachelor of Architectural Design plus the 2-year Master of Architecture by coursework.
The Bachelor program offers a range of opportunities in which to develop a strong knowledge base in the field and experience the architectural design process.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT Architecture is well known for its strong, long-standing links with industry. Design studios are delivered by academic staff as well as sessional staff from innovative practices, or visiting international practitioners and academics.
In the design studio context you will also have the opportunity to work on real world projects with local and international community and industry partners. Many public lectures are also held throughout the year, led by prominent local and international architects and urban designers.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The undergraduate program is a stand-alone award that provides employment options for those who seek to work in architectural practices or design more generally, in roles that do not require professional registration. Students must complete the Master of Architecture to be accredited as an architect.
- urban designer
Professional recognition and accreditation
Graduates may be employed in an architectural practice or a related design field, but need to complete the Master of Architecture in order to be professionally recognised as an architect. In Australia, completion of the Master degree will allow you—following 2 years’ professional experience—to sit the Architects Registration Board examination and register as an architect.
This program has a huge range of international exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Europe and Asia. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose design studios that require overseas travel to work with students from international universities.
A recent collaborative design studio, run with the University of Innsbruck in Austria, was called “Matchpoint, Innsbruck”. The studio consisted of a four week residency in Innsbruck with a focus on sport, leisure and urbanism in the contemporary city.
Other recent design studios have included collaborations with students in Berlin, Germany and architecture practices in Shanghai, China.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 80%.
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed Pre selection kit (PDF 289 KB 4p) along with your application.
Folio: If you have completed at least one year of a diploma or degree in Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, or Landscape Architecture, you may be considered for exemptions. In this case, the Pre selection kit is not required however you must submit a folio, course syllabus, CV and a letter outlining your reason for applying. The folio must demonstrate your breadth of talent in design and drafting. Foundation studies students are also required to submit a folio.
English language requirements:
To study this program you will need to complete 1 of the following English proficiency tests:
- Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
- Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
How to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Ensure you have your supporting documents ready - this includes certified copies of all academic transcripts.
3. Complete and submit your application using 1 of the following options:
- Apply online. Please read these important notes before proceeding.
- Print and complete the Application form for international students (PDF 315 KB 4p) and submit following the instructions on the form.
- Use a registered RMIT representative in your country.
There are no application deadlines for international students; however, we encourage you to apply early as acceptance into programs is subject to the availability of places. An application fee may apply.
Learn more about the International application process.
- In addition to tuition fees you are required to pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- All international student visa holders are required to maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
- Here is an estimate cost of living you can expect to pay each year.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) may be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to one-and-a-half years (three semesters).
A grade point average (GPA) of 4 (80-100/HD) or greater achieved in final year will guarantee a place in the Bachelor of Architectural Design, while those students with a GPA of less than 4 will be granted an interview.
The Bachelor of Architectural Design provides a pathway into the Master of Architecture, and is also portable into professional programs in architecture with a similar structure agreement.
A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater will guarantee a place in the Master of Architecture, while those students with a GPA of less than 2.5 may apply for a place.
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