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Bachelor of Architecture and Environments


This course addresses the diversification of professional roles graduates of architectural bachelor's degrees are likely to enter, and the skills required of the next generation of built environment professionals.

You will be exposed to contextualisation of the practice of architecture. The course provides an architectural education that not only addresses the traditional role of the architect but also the emerging environment in which design is integrated with the full range of professional and business capabilities necessary to achieve successful development of property and infrastructure in a globalised and development-centred economy.

Design is a central skill but you will also need a wider understanding for your work that includes urban design, planning and policy and architectural science – energy, light, construction and acoustics, services, heritage and the IT systems which underlay contemporary design and modelling.

This degree maintains a core architectural design education but will place it within the wider framework if the built environment and the full range of methodologies used to analyse and synthesise it.

Study in planning, urban design and architectural science will add breadth to your immediate professional capacities as well as preparing you for specialist career pathways offered by the faculty’s full range of postgraduate courses.

These include direct entry to:

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Master of Urban Design
  • Master of Architectural Science (with specialisations in acoustics, high performance buildings, illumination design and sustainable design)
  • Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts and
  • Master of Architecture

Bachelor in Architecture and Environment enrolment guide

In order to qualify for the Bachelor of Design of Architecture and Environments, students must fulfil the requirements specified by the resolutions of Senate and the Faculty.

All students should familiarise themselves with the course resolutions as stated later in this handbook and monitor their own progress in reference to them.

The following points summarise the resolutions but do not replace them.

Summary of requirements

In order to qualify for the award of the pass degree, candidates need to:

  • successfully complete 144 credit points. 120 of these are made up of core units of study listed in Table D
  • successfully complete at least 24 credit points of elective units of study, including a minimum of 12 credit points of senior elective units of study listed in Table D.

Students may, with the permission of the unit coordinator concerned, enrol in elective units of study from the faculty's tables of graduate units, provided they have completed at least 96 credit points with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70.

Master of Architecture prerequisite unit of study

Students wishing to proceed to the Master of Architecture must complete BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice. There are other conditions for entry to the Master of Architecture. Prospective students should refer to the information for that degree.


In order to qualify for admission to the honours degree candidates must satisfy the requirements for the pass degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70. The one-year honours degree is only offered in full-time mode, requiring successful completion of 48 credit points, culminating in a research thesis. Refer to the honours section of this handbook for further information.

Bachelor of Architecture and Environments enrolment planner

Bachelor of Design in of Architecture and Environments

Year 1   Credit
Semester 1    
DECO1006 Design Thinking 6
BDES1011 Architectural History and Theory 1 6
BDES1012 Architectural Communications 1 6
AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing 6
Semester 2    
BADP1001 Empirical Thinking 6
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1 6
DAAE1001 Living Cities 6
BAEN1001 Design in Architecture 6


Year 2
Semester 1    
BAEN2001 Design Integration Lab: Materials 6
BADP2002 City Form and Development 6
BADP2003 Light and Sound 6
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2 6
BADP2001 Algorithmic Architecture       6

Design Intergration Lab: Energy 

  Elective* 6


Year 3  Offered from 2017 Credit
Semester 1    
BAEN3XXX DesignIntegration Lab:Exploring Urban Environments 6
BADP3XXX Designing forEnvironment Quality 6
BDES3023 Architectural Technologies 3 6
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BADP3XXX Property and the Built Environment 6
BAEN3XXX  Design Integrative Lab: Capstone          12
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice# 6


# indicates recommended elective
* indicates free elective

Cross-faculty electives

Unit of Study Code

UoS Name

Credit Points 

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
ENSE1002 Choir 1 3
ENSE1015 Choir 2 3
MCGY1000 Aural Perception 1 3
MCGY1001 Aural Perception 1A 3
MCGY1002 Aural Perception 1B 3
MCGY1003 Aural Perception 2 3
MCGY1008 Harmony and Analysis 1 3
MCGY1009 Harmony and Analysis 2 3
MCGY2004 Aural Perception 3 3
MCGY2005 Aural Perception 4 3
MCGY2010 Harmony and Analysis 3 3
MCGY2011 Harmony and Analysis 4 3
MCGY2600 Advanced Harmony 6
MCGY2611 Music from the Middle Ages to Baroque 6
MCGY2612 Music in the Classical and Romantic Eras 6
MCGY2613 Music in Modern Times 6
MCGY2614 Musical Worlds of Today 6
MCGY2615 The Ultimate Art: 400 Years of Opera 6
MCGY3013 Late Beethoven Seminar 6
MCGY3627 Paleography of Music 6
MCGY3629 Romanticism and the Fantasy 6
MCGY3630 The New Germans: Wagner & Liszt 1848-1876 6
MCGY3600 Advanced Aural 6
MUSC1501 Extended Fundamentals of Music 6
MUSC1503 Fundamentals of Music 1 6
MUSC1504 Fundamentals of Music 2 6
MUSC1506 Music in Western Culture 6
MUSC1507 Sounds, Screens, Speakers: Music and Media 6
MUSC2612 Music Performance 6
MUSC2614 Composition Workshop 6
MUSC2631 Music and Everyday Life 6
MUSC2653 Introduction to Digital Music Techniques 6
MUSC2693 Fundamentals of Music 3 6
MUSC3609 Musicology 6
MUSC3699 Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing 6
Sydney College of the Arts    
CATE2012 Animation: Theories and Histories 6
CATE2013 Theorising Street Art 6
CATE2015 Performance Art 6
CATE2017 Fashion, the Body and Art 6
CATE2018 Global Art 6
CATE2022 Contemporary Art and Feminism 6
CATE2025 Practising Contemporary Indigenous Art 6