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Bachelor of Design in Architecture


The Bachelor of Design in Architecture is a three-year, full-time degree that focuses on the design of the built environment. It comprises mandatory core units of study that are augmented by electives that students may take either within the faculty or elsewhere in the University.

Completion of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture with a credit average permits entry into the Master of Architecture, on the provision that the student has completed Architectural Professional Practice as one of their electives.

Bachelor of Design in Architecture enrolment guide

To qualify for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree, 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

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

  • maintain a full-time enrolment. 24 credit points per semester is a normal full-time load, 18 is the minimum and 30 is the maximum
  • successfully complete 144 credit points. 102 of these are made up of core units of study as described in Table A
  • successfully complete at least 12 credit points from the faculty electives as described in Table A.
  • not complete more than 30 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties and
  • successfully complete the remaining elective units of study from those listed in Table A

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.

Progression in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Students must pass ALL core units of study to complete the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree. To manage this, the faculty has created a series of thresholds through which students must pass before progressing to the next stage.

Architecture Studio

The Architecture Studio units of study are central to the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and the teaching of them is structured in such a way that the knowledge and skills gained in one semester build on those from previous semesters. It is necessary to pass Architecture Studio 101 before proceeding to Architecture Studio 102 and Studio 201 before you proceed to Studio 202 and so on. A fail result in any Studio unit of study will prevent progression to the following one, causing a 12-month delay in a student’s studies.

Architectural History and Theory, Communications, Technologies and Art Workshops

Architectural History and Theory, Communications, Technologies and Art Workshop units of study are also core to the degree. There are a number of units of study in each of these subject areas that must be taken in sequence. For example it is necessary to complete Architectural History/Theory 1 before undertaking Architectural History/Theory 2. If a student fails a unit of study in a particular subject area they must attempt it again in a subsequent year, but will be permitted to advance to the next year of the degree in subject areas for which they have passed all prerequisites.

Master of Architecture prerequisite unit of study

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


T 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 Design in Architecture enrolment planner

Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Year 1   Credit
Semester 1    
BDES1011 Architectural History/Theory 1 6
BDES1026 Architecture Studio 1A 12
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1 6
BDES1027 Architecture Studio 1B 12
  Elective* 6


Year 2
Semester 1    
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2 6
BDES2026 Architecture Studio 2A 12
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    

Art Workshop 2


Architecture Studio 2B

  Elective* 6


Year 3   Credit
Semester 1    
BDES3011 Architectural History/Theory 3 6
BDES3026 Architecture Studio 3A 12
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice# 6
BDES3037 Architecture Studio 3B 12
  Elective* 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