Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Design in Architecture is the first of two degrees needed to become an architect. Students wishing to qualify for professional recognition as architects must also complete the Master of Architecture. UTS architecture courses provide the skills and knowledge necessary to practise in the architectural profession and to be a future leader in the design of the built environment. Through the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, students learn what it means to be an architect in a globalised world. This is achieved with a focus on how the profession can shape global cities through complex spatial thinking. The first step is to deprogram preconceived ideas of architecture. Such an approach lays the foundations for creative spatial and material awareness, pushing the boundaries of traditional architectural practice. UTS takes a hands-on approach to digital design and fabrication: students learn the software, material and model-making skills required to translate thought into form, right from the start. They have the opportunity to work on real-life projects and engage with stakeholders such as the Powerhouse Museum, ABC, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Students are globally connected with opportunities to study in, work in or visit cities such as Berlin, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. They hear from international experts through guest lectures and are connected to global competitions and scholarships like the Costenino Design Challenge or Frank Gehry internship program. UTS Architecture is a young and vibrant architectural school, working from one of Australia's newest, leading-edge campuses. Its staff are actively engaged in the industry as practitioners and commentators, while its 24-hour studios are always abuzz with students who live and breathe architecture.
The course comprises a total of 144 credit points. The normal full-time load is four 6-credit-point subjects a session, totalling 48 credit points a year for three years. Year 1 comprises four compulsory 6-credit-point subjects a session. Years 2 and 3 comprise one 6-credit-point elective and three compulsory subjects a session.
Standard entry requirements
- Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. Applications may be considered based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. Non-current school leaver applicants are advised to submit an optional portfolio by October. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
- Or AE5: Pass
- Or PTE: 58-64
- Or CAE: 176-184. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place. Assumed knowledge Mathematics and any two units of English. Design and Technology, Visual Arts are recommended.
The Bachelor of Design in Architecture followed by the Master of Architecture is accredited for professional recognition by the NSW Architects Registration Board, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.
Students who have successfully completed this course may proceed to the Master of Architecture as continuing students, provided they enrol in the next academic year after award of the degree, or seek leave of absence for no longer than one academic year after the award.
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Career opportunities include architect (after completion of the Master of Architecture), urban designer, project manager, administrator, policymaker, researcher, educator, journalist, and disaster relief and international aid professional.