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Master of Architecture pathway option

If you are looking to explore a career within Architecture, with no prior experience in the field - an accelerated Graduate Diploma in Architecture could be help get you there! This new variation to the Master of Architecture provides applicants with a non-cognate Bachelor degree a clearly articulated entry pathway to an accredited architecture degree. 

Graduate Diploma in Architecture 

Complete a 2 semester Graduate Diploma in Architecture and a further 4 semester Master of Architecture to achieve a Masters qualification which academically prepares the graduate to acquire the requisite work experience to gain eligibility towards the professional status of 'Architect' in Australia or overseas.

Our Master of Architecture continues to maintain accredited status with the Board of Architects Queensland (BOAQ) and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

Professional accreditation

The Australian Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects of Queensland currently recognise and accredit the Master of Architecture program. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture (previously Bachelor of Architecture Studies) and Graduate Diploma in Architecture are recognised pathways to the Master of Architecture.

Architecture at Bond

We practice what we teach

Architecture students will expand their skills within the landmark Abedian School of Architecture building. The building was designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of internationally renowned firm Cook Robotham Architecture Bureau (London).

The unique design of the School provides an exceptional student learning experience. The concept of the building aims to foster collaboration at all levels from undergraduates to postgraduates where architectural students and academics can learn, create and exhibit in an open plan studio environment. The striking design of the building also acts as a teaching tool where theory comes to life, and will inspire innovation and creativity in students. The floating mezzanine, spiral stair cases, and internal ‘street’ are just some of the design features that will excite and stimulate a contemporary education space in which students, industry and the community can learn, gather, and exhibit.

Students will benefit from exclusive access to seven new design studios, computing and fabrication laboratories, a digital robotics laboratory, traditional workshops, reading and resource rooms, an atelier as well as impressive exhibition and event space. The School is one of a select number of architectural schools worldwide that incorporate architectural design through digital robotics, providing opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture.

The Abedian School of Architecture features one of the lowest student to staff ratio of any architectural program offered in Australia, ensuring unrivalled access to state of the art equipment, as well as personalised attention and mentoring.

Key features

  • Articulate into our accredited Master of Architecture
  • Annual all-school “design charrette”
  • Off-campus study tours including paid overseas studio trip
  • Monthly international guest architecture lecture series
  • Guidance from distinguished Architects-In-Residence
  • Bi-annual student exhibition and publication
  • Internationally recognised academic staff of scholars and practitioner-teachers
  • Work integrated learning

About the program

The Graduate Diploma in Architecture is a pathway qualification for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. Students study for 2 semesters full time to acquire foundation knowledge in design, history, construction technology, communications, and urban sustainability. Show more

The Graduate Diploma in Architecture is a pathway qualification for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. Students study for 2 semesters full time to acquire foundation knowledge in design, history, construction technology, communications, and urban sustainability. After completion of the Graduate Diploma in Architecture, approved students may then continue on to the accredited Master of Architecture (SD-93017) four-semester professional program. Students may commence the program in either January or May. The Graduate Diploma is delivered in a creative studio-based environment focusing heavily upon design through hands-on and digital making with state-of-the-art tools. Project-based design studios focus upon real-world scenarios with specific attention to fundamentals of architectural design including materiality, landscape, and/or spatial atmospheres. Graduates will display foundation skills in architectural design that are creative, critical, analytical, and spatial, as well as basic historical, theoretical, climate/environmental, technical and disciplinary knowledge from core studies. Both digital and by-hand skills in drawing, physical making, and rapid prototyping are introduced in workshops, seminars, and studios. This program is intended for students who have creative design ability and wish to ultimately pursue a career in architecture or related field. Students will come from a diverse range of backgrounds, making the experience of the Graduate Diploma of Architecture one that is highly interdisciplinary and diverse in terms of the age, background, and experience levels of the student cohort.  Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • January 2020
  • May 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
Program typePostgraduate Diploma
Study areaArchitecture and Built Environment
Program codeSD-93046
CRICOS code0101412
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The role of an architect is changing. Architects of the future are going to be responsible for more than just designing buildings. New technology, innovative ways of designing and imaginative vision means there has never been a more exciting time to be an architect than now. The Abedian School of Architecture is designed to develop the emerging architectural professional to be fearless in their design ability, as well as possess the confidence to change the world and the habitats of the future through their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking and technical proficiency.

Professional status is governed at the State level in Australia. Professional registration overseas is governed by the relevant professional authority. Established as a highly flexible and student-focused degree program, students in the Master of Architecture will study for six semesters full time. Studies include content from the disciplines of architecture, digital media, construction, city planning, urban design, and university electives.

The Australian Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects of Queensland currently recognise and accredit the Master of Architecture program. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is recognised as the normal pathway to the Master of Architecture.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Architecture, with articulation into the master's program academically prepares the graduate to acquire the requisite work experience to gain eligibility towards the professional status of architect in Australia or overseas. Professional status is governed at the State level in Australia. Professional registration overseas is governed by the relevant professional authority.

This master's program enables graduates to enter the architecture profession in a variety of careers including architectural firms, government, construction, development, infrastructure and planning industries both in Australia and around the world. The strategic thinking, visual creativity, public engagement, design and technology skills, strategic management and entrepreneurial outlook developed in this degree also provides graduates with a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries . Many architectural graduates establish careers in design studios, virtual design, web and graphic design, fashion, advertising, industrial design, arts management and the visual arts.

Program structure

The Graduate Diploma in Architecture program is delivered within a comprehensive design studio environment. Each studio contains a combination of practical and professional applications, theoretical studies, technical proficiency and conceptual rigour. 

View the Graduate Diploma in Architecture - Program Structure and Sequencing

Foundation Subjects (80cp)

Subject selection is dependant on the students commencing semester, please refer to program sequence for subjects to choose.

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: $19,440 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.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree in a field cognate to the proposed degree.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

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

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Incredible access to state of the art resources

Master of Architecture students have complete access to the Architecture equipment and studios. The Abedian School of Architecture is characterized by small class sizes in a dedicated studio environment. Students have 24/7 access to the award-winning architecture building, designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of CRAB Studio, London. A strong studio culture is driven by student collaboration, social engagement, and consistent one-on-one interaction with academic staff. The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture. Studio, workshop and digital based learning are core components of Architectural studies at Bond, with practical hands-on projects contributing to a large part of the program.

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