Your journey towards becoming a registered architect starts here
The September semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format with a mixture of on-campus, mixed mode and remote classes. All students will be able to access Bond’s exceptional, personalised learning experience regardless of their location. For students who are able to attend campus, we are working toward the resumption of face-to-face classes especially for small group instruction such as tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.
Architects of the future are fast becoming responsible for more than just designing buildings. By studying a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at Bond, graduates will become part of the new generation of architects. At Bond, you will learn to use theoretical and practical experience to solve the problems of the future through a focus on design, construction and communication.
Our students are able to step into the next chapter of their architecture career by graduating sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees.
Hands-on access to leading architectural technologies
As an architecture student at Bond, students have access to all the architecture equipment and studios within the Abedian School of Architecture and enjoy 24/7 access to the impressive building. This is due to the university-wide approach to small-class sizes and the School’s dedication to industry-simulated studio environments. As part of the School’s focus on creating graduates who push the architectural profession forward, students work on practical hands-on projects within The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab.
- An annual all-school design “charrette”
- Off-campus study tours (additional costs may apply)
- Monthly international guest-lecture series
- Study with distinguished guest faculty and Architects-In-Residence
- Bi-annual student exhibition and publication
- Internationally and nationally recognized academic staff of scholars and practitioner-teachers
About the program
The Bachelor of Design in Architecture provides the foundation for a career in broad fields of design and creative practice, with a specialisation in the discipline of architecture. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture provides a broad design education in a creative studio-based environment focusing heavily upon learning to design through hands-on making and the use of state-of-the-art digital tools. Show more
The Bachelor of Design in Architecture provides the foundation for a career in broad fields of design and creative practice, with a specialisation in the discipline of architecture. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture provides a broad design education in a creative studio-based environment focusing heavily upon learning to design through hands-on making and the use of state-of-the-art digital tools. Learning in a design studio comprises the majority of coursework and is project-based. This features projects focused upon real-world scenarios, collaborating with students and external guests from interdisciplinary fields of expertise to develop solutions for a range of stakeholders and end-users. In addition to practical skills and disciplinary knowledge learned through studio and seminar-based studies in design, communications, technology, history, theory, and professional studies, students acquire ‘soft skills’ in collaboration, teamwork, time management, interpersonal communication, self-critique, and overall, spatial intelligence which is unique to an architectural education. Through the program offerings at the Abedian School of Architecture, issues of pressing international and national concern form the core content of the studio curriculum. Among the most prominent of these are the challenges posed by our contemporary condition globally, one characterised by rapid urbanisation, environmental change, technological emergence, and increasing socioeconomic inequity. The B Des Arch aims to prepare students for globally-relevant employment by immersion into a program that provides broad yet focused experiences in synthesising diverse information in the resolution of complex creative-design challenges. Established as a highly-flexible and student-focused degree program, students will study for 2 years full time but may also choose to study part-time. Studies include content from the disciplines of architecture, digital media, construction, urban planning, film, and university electives. Key highlights of the program include an annual all-school “charrette”, several off-campus study tours (including international study opportunities), a monthly international guest-lecture series, study with distinguished guest faculty and Architects-In-Residence, a bi-annual student exhibition and publication, and an internationally and nationally recognised academic staff of scholars and practitioner-teachers. Students will undertake a brief period of work-integrated learning to provide relevant industry experience prior to graduation. Students undertake the Bachelor of Design in Architecture in a unique setting: the national and international award-winning Abedian School of Architecture. This facility and its associated Fabrication and Robotics Lab are dedicated for student use, creating an environment to support creative activity that is accessible 24/7 throughout the year. Students enjoy their own studio-based desk in the School provided for the duration of their studies, which becomes the point of personalised contact with program staff for an individualised, highly supported education. The limited student cohort size of the School is maintained to ensure all students have unique access to workshop facilities and program staff that is unparalleled almost anywhere globally. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture is a standard degree pathway leading toward a Master of Architecture, which is the terminal award allowing graduates to gain registration as an Architect in Australia and other jurisdictions that recognise the award. Graduates of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program may progress to the Master of Architecture upon application and review of undergraduate performance. However, entry to the Master of Architecture is not automatic. Show less
|Mode||On Campus and Remote|
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Bachelors Degree|
|Study area||Architecture and Built Environment|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
This program is sequentially structured to prepare you with the necessary knowledge and expertise to continually develop and apply your skills in a variety of contexts.
University core subjects (3)
- CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE 1)
- CORE11-002 Collaboration, Teams and Leadership (CORE 2)
- CORE11-003 Responsibility, Integrity and Civic Discourse (CORE 3)
- Orientation/Safety Induction
A compulsory orientation and workshop induction is held during O week for all new students. Attendance is mandatory.
- Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement*
* Students will complete Beyond Bond during their degree. This subject is worth 0 Credit Points.
Integrated Studio Subjects (6)
- ARCH11-140 Creative Design Studio: Atmosphere
- ARCH11-133 Creative Design Studio: Landscape
- ARCH11-132 Creative Design Studio: Material
- ARCH13-128 Design Futures Studio: Australasian Cities
- ARCH13-129 Design Futures Studio: Global Cities
- ARCH13-130 Design Futures Studio: City Lab
Foundation Subjects (16)
- ARCH10-123 Design Thinking Through Drawing
- ARCH10-138 Digital Design + Prototyping
- ARCH11-114 World Architecture + Urbanism
- ARCH10-126 Designing for Sustainable Futures
- ARCH10-124 Cities: People + Place
- ARCH11-135 Architecture + Urbanism of Asia Pacific
- ARCH10-140 Subtractive Fabrication Lab
- DIGM11-101 Graphic Design
- ARCH11-125 Materials + Methods
- ARCH10-137 Designing for Climate
- SSUD13-311 Introduction to Structures
- ARCH10-127 BIM + Documentation
- ARCH13-134 Urban Futures + Parametric Cities
- ARCH13-131 Design Ethics + Design Detailing
- DIGM12-201 Modelling for Animation
- ARCH11-136 Additive Fabrication Lab
General Electives (2)
Students may choose two (2) elective s subjects from the University’s list of undergraduate subjects.
Students wishing to select an Elective more closely related to their degree may wish to select from the following:
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2020 fees: $20,040 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2021 fees: $21,040 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.
Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2019.
Other applicants may be considered for admission on provision of the following: A portfolio of creative work - A4 format submitted electronically as single PDF document not exceeding 10MB. The portfolio should contain a variety of examples chosen from mediums such as drawing (freehand or mechanical), computer-aided design, painting, graphics, photography, sculpture, digital media, design technology, or crafts. The assessors are looking for creativity, imagination and skill so the portfolio should include evidence that illustrates your ability to think and communicate visually, as well as demonstrating any experience you have with a range of media and techniques. The subject matter does not need to be architecture-related. Images should be accompanied with text to explain what is shown and when it was made, and clarify if any of the work is not your own (for example, produced by you as a member of a group). A cover page should be included.
2021 Year 12 Entry
To ensure students are not disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, current Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer for 2021 entry conditional on the completion of Year 12. Applications will be assessed based on their first semester Year 12 results and meeting any subject prerequisite requirements for their program. Find out more.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
The vision of the architect is responsible for the creation of the smallest of dwellings through to complex megacities. As such, architecture requires comprehensive skills relating to design, planning, construction, technology and communication. The architectural process can vary in complexity and scale, enabling architects to undertake a variety of projects from exhibitions, interior refurbishments and residential dwellings through to public buildings, large scale infrastructure and urban design.
This degree prepares graduates with theoretical and practical experience relating to design, problem solving, construction and communication that can be applied to a wide range of careers. Graduates of this degree may gain employment in architectural firms, government, construction, development, infrastructure and planning industries in Australia and around the world.
The strategic thinking, visual creativity, public engagement, design and technology skills, and entrepreneurial outlook developed in this degree provide graduates with a wide range of career opportunities such as the creative industries. Many architectural graduates establish careers in design studios, virtual environment design (such as gaming, cinema and animation), web and graphic design, fashion, advertising, industrial design, arts management and the visual arts.
To become a registered architect, you are required to complete both an undergraduate and postgraduate qualification as well as requisite work experience.
Architecture Design Charrette
What better way to introduce our incoming Architecture cohort to student life then with our annual Design Charrette. The Architecture Design Charrette is an opportunity for first year, second year and Masters students to interact and work together in groups. Each year, a respected guest is brought to campus to lead the Charrette along with our highly qualified academics. Students are sent to a local location and are given a design orientated task to work on during the week. The team then reports back to the guest, academics, and peers with their findings and designs.
Take a look below at our previous Design Charrette experiences.