Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

AUD32,430 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 10028
CRICOS code: 001600A

Study a design and architecture degree

Quietly change the world.

Our design students learn about more than the art, technology and business of architecture - we challenge them to think laterally and explore their potential as agents for change. University of Newcastle architects don't just learn to design and shape the physical spaces of our cities and buildings; they study how to use architecture to stimulate the places we live and work, engage the community and improve our world.

Once a heavy industry hub, Newcastle is shifting into a creative innovation centre, offering a unique space for resourceful, transformative architectural practice. Through live projects in our city and beyond, you’ll develop design principles that emphasise social, economic and environmental sustainability. You’ll invest time in developing a deep understanding of each site you work on. You will become a consultative problem solver, remaining engaged with our challenging future, learning how to develop human and purposeful architecture.

Why study with us?

  • Join a supportive student community and inhabit your own space in our 24-hour access studios.
  • Our practical training philosophy ensures our architecture graduates are work-ready - 94% of our architecture students were employed within four months of graduating.
  • Studio-based learning: discover how to make a positive difference with architecture with our studio-based learning approach.

What you will study

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What you will study

Spend more time in the studio. At the University of Newcastle more than half of your design courses are dedicated to architecture studio work, working on a range of practical and often ‘live’ projects – from houses to public buildings. You’ll study a range of courses in architecture, analyse and research our city environments and natural landscapes, prepare your design proposals as drawings and models, then discuss and present your ideas in small groups with dedicated staff. In your courses you’ll learn about:

  • the architectural site as landscape
  • construction and detailing of buildings
  • sustainable design practices
  • communication in the built environment
  • construction technology and ecology
  • digital and parametric design processes
  • making conceptual and realistic models in our workshop

Engage in live projects with NSW Urban Growth and Renew Newcastle through hands-on projects and public exhibitions. Collaborate with organisations like Healthabitat, improving the housing and health of disadvantaged people, in remote Australia and developing countries such as Nepal, Indonesia, PNG and Bangladesh.

Exhibit your work publicly at our graduate exhibition, giving you the opportunity to showcase your work to industry and the local community.

Qualify as a professional architect - our architecture degree program consists of the three year Bachelor of Design (Architecture), a pathway to the two year Master of Architecture where you become eligible for registration as an architect.


You have the option to study an Architecture Studio elective. These electives provide students with an understanding of real-world design problems through an immersive architectural experience while developing students’ skills in architectural design within diverse cultural contexts, architectural research and architectural communication.

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Advanced study options

Master of Architecture

Complete the most studio-based Master of Architecture degree in Australia and qualify as a professional architect. This two-year degree is well regarded by industry for its emphasis on preparing students for the working reality of practicing architecture. You’ll have the creative freedom to determine how you respond to the challenges of each project. Work on architectural projects that you shape yourself, control your own portfolio, and your career that follows.

Master of Architecture

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Top 100 in the world ? for architecture & built environment
No. 1 ? in NSW for skills development, median salary and student support (Architecture)
98% Employed ? of Construction Management graduates found employment within four months

Career opportunities

On completion of this degree you’ll be able to work as an architectural technician, drafter, manager, facilitator or designer in public and private architectural practices and associated creative industries.

In addition to careers in private architectural practice, opportunities include careers in:

  • local, state and federal government
  • overseas aid and support
  • infrastructure planning research
  • journalism
  • criticism
  • restoration and conservation

If you go on to complete the Master of Architecture, you will become eligible for Registration as an architect.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Architecture at UON is world-class. In 2018 we rated in the Top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Our program is fully accredited by the NSW Architects Registration Board and the Commonwealth Association of Architects and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, and is internationally recognised through the Canberra Accord, the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM), and as part of the Bologna Process for European Higher Education.