Bachelor of Building Design

Victoria University (VU)

The Bachelor of Building Design program combines the creative practices of an architectural design studio with the cultural, social, technical and sustainable issues that are associated with the built environment. As a student in the new Bachelor of Building Design, students will use innovative processes to solve problems creatively, and determine solutions for a better future. Modern computer labs, design studios, site visits and interaction with industry practitioners will take students into 'real life' situations with industry briefs. The Bachelor of Building Design program aims to inspire and exercise students in a wide and diverse range of experiences so as to develop an independent and creative approach to building design. In this three-year degree, students will study and develop skills in building design (architectural), building legislation and auditing, building codes, environmentally sustainable construction techniques and materials, building services, professional practice and communication to prepare them as a confident and capable building industry professional. Students will also take classes alongside students from building design, construction management, building surveying and engineering programs. By studying in multidisciplinary teams in a studio-based learning environment students will work with allied professions in the building industry right from the beginning of their studies.

Course Fee:

International: $90,000

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis. Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.


288 credit points. 8 First Year Core units; 16 Professional Core units and Capstone units.

Subjects you can Study:

Building design

Study Pathways:

VET applicants will be considered and pathways are available from a range of VET courses.


Australian Institute of Building

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Architectural Draftsperson,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Footscray Park No info No Part time 6 years
Footscray Park No info No Full time 3 years
Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.

First-year and second-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once. From 2020, all students will be taught in this way.

Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses. The Polytechnic creates pathways direct to the workforce or to university degrees.

VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at its Melbourne and Sydney campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.

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