Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Federation University Australia Federation Business School

This course covers building theory and practice related to residential, industrial and commercial buildings. Students gain specialist skills and knowledge in design, problem-solving, construction technology, full project documentation, computer-aided drafting (CAD/Revit) and project administration. This course satisfies the licensing requirement to become a drafting practitioner in addition to two years practical experience.


Students are required to complete the 20 core units listed below. There are no electives. Face-to-face and online delivery.

Subjects you can Study:

Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process (VU22454);par Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings (VU22455); Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings (VU22456); Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings (VU22457); Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings (VU22458); Design safe buildings (VU22459); Design sustainable buildings (VU22460); Integrate services layout into design documentation (VU22461); Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings (VU22462); Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings (VU22463); Select construction materials for building projects (VU22464); Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings (VU22465); Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows (VU22466); Present architectural designs (VU22467); Manage architectural project administration (VU22468)par Undertake complex architectural projects (VU22469); Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment (VU22470); Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (CPCCWHS1001); Undertake small business planning (BSBSMB404); Apply project risk management techniques (BSBPMG415)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00103D

Related Careers:

Architectural Draftsperson, Builder,
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With our number one ranking for teaching quality and an enviable graduate employment rating (The Good Universities Guide 2016), Federation Business School prides itself on being one of the most student-friendly business schools in Australia, and has more than 20,000 domestic and international students.


We offer higher education programs in Ballarat, Gippsland, Berwick and the Wimmera. We also work with a range of partner institutes across Australia and the world.

Federation Business School combines a strong tradition of education with the freedom and dynamism that comes with being a regionally based university. Smaller class sizes mean you’re more than a student — you’re part of the new Federation Generation.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

As part of our commitment to provide you with as many opportunities, networks and experiences throughout your time studying with us, WIL is now a core component of our redesigned Bachelor of Business programs and an elective option in some commerce programs. Work Integrated Learning includes internships, overseas study tours and projects. By undertaking WIL you will benefit from our industry connections, apply your theory based knowledge and be job ready upon graduation.

Support Services

The University understands that starting your life as a university student is exciting, but that it also involves change with a challenge or two along the way. To help you meet these challenges, and to succeed, we have developed the following range of student-focused programs.

  • UniReady
  • Mentor program
  • PASS program
  • Learning skills advisors
  • After hours tutoring
  • ASK program
  • Study skills

For a more detailed list of support services, please visit:

For the best start, live on Res.

With first year students guaranteed accommodation during their first year of study, living on Res is ideal for international students. Join us on Res and experience:

  • Proven transition program to help you settle in
  • Formation of lifelong friendships
  • 24-hour access to residential support
  • Planned experiences and instant networks
  • No hidden costs with bills included in rent
  • Residences located on or close to campus

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