Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
480215 - Newcastle (Callaghan)
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Architecture is a creative and exciting profession that combines technology, ecology, philosophy, art and science to solve the problems of the built environment. Homes, office buildings, opera houses, art galleries, schools and factories are all designed by architects.
Our graduates are highly sought after by industry, with 95% offered jobs within four months of graduating.
The program is delivered using a mixture of problem-based learning, design studio tutoring and traditional teaching. Design studio courses use an innovative problem-based approach to learning in which a range of concerns (technical, ecological, historical and managerial) are integrated into the process of architectural design. In conjunction a range of courses support the development of essential skills and focused knowledge. These courses are in the areas of construction technology, construction ecology, communications, computing and the history and theory of architecture.
The School of Architecture and Built Environment has developed a unique integrated approach to architectural education. From the commencement of the program, students work on projects and real design problems met by architects in practice; using them to develop the knowledge and competence required of a graduate entering the profession. Often working in small groups with tutors, (simulating a design office atmosphere), students learn to integrate the various disciplines contributing to the effective practice of architecture. The basic building needs of work, home and public life form the themes of design aspects covered in the program. The Architecture design studio offers students personal-work-stations, drawing boards and computer network connections to allow participation in the synergy of a shared learning experience.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) usually proceed to the Master of Architecture program. However, graduates choosing not to undertake further study with the Master of Architecture, are able to pursue a variety of para-professional careers such as technicians, drafters, managers and designers in public and private architectural practices, and associated industries. There is a diverse range of career opportunities for Master of Architecture graduates.
In addition to careers in private architectural practice, opportunities include careers in town planning, construction, project management, property development, overseas aid, infrastructure planning, research, journalism, criticism, restoration and conservation.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
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There are no prerequisite courses but the study of Architecture calls for skills in literacy, numeracy and design. Courses such as English, Art, Visual Arts, Industrial Technology, History, Mathematics and Physics provide a good basis for the development of core skills.
Any two units of English plus Industrial Technology and/or Physics and/or Visual Arts and/or Mathematics.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.
Enhanced TAFE-University articulation (credit) arrangements are in place for this degree. Students who have completed the TAFE NSW program, Associate Diploma in Architectural Drafting or the Diploma in Architectural Technology (with passes at credit grade or better), will receive a minimum of 80 units at 1000 level towards the Bachelor of Design (Architecture).
The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) may be awarded as an ordinary degree or 'With Distinction'.
There is no professional placement with this program, however, students are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of a one year study-break between the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and Master of Architecture in order or travel and/or gain experience in architect practices here in Australia and overseas.
The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) degree is a pre-professional qualification which is normally followed by the Master of Architecture. The completion of both programs provides qualifications to enable graduates to enter the Architecture profession.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
The architecture program consists of a full time, two-degree program, taken over five years full-time study or part-time equivalent. The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) requires the completion of 240 units, which is comprised of core courses (220 units) and elective courses (20 units).
After completing the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and before applying for entry to the Master of Architecture, students are encouraged to take a Leave of Absence of at least one year in order to travel and/or gain experience in an architect's practice.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.
Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.
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