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UAC code482500 - Newcastle
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023), Semester 1 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 001600A
Program Code10028
Selection Rank
73.65 (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers in 2022. It may change in 2023.
Entry requirements

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.

Program handbook


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.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • A thorough knowledge of Architectural fundamentals and the principles which underpin them so as to operate effectively with comprehensive and well-founded skills.
  • An ability to inform their practice through knowledge of historical and cultural precedents, as well as their own experience.
  • An ability to apply design theories and methods to their projects.
  • Utilise effective communication skills, including verbal, written and/or visual strategies, to communicate design & technical information both in the process of collaboration & to convey information.
  • Be responsive to the societal issues and the needs of the users of their designs.
  • Inform their design through a knowledge of structures, materials, construction and service systems.


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Program code10028
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan Campus74.0073.65

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Recommended studiesAny two units of HSC English and History, plus one or more of the following: Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology.
Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD33,240 (indicative annual fee, 2022)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code001600A

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Mid-year entry is now available in this program.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Credit transfer

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 the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying 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).

Professional recognition

State Boards of Architects

Completion of the Master of Architecture degree together with a minimum of two years professional experience and a professional practice exam (conducted by the State Board of Architects) leads to registration as an Architect.

Board of Architects Malaysia

This program is recognised by the Board of Architects Malaysia. Students are required to complete the Master of Architecture in order to be eligible for registration by the Board of Architects Malaysia.

Australian Institute of Architects

Students are required to complete the Master of Architecture in order to be eligible for registration by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia

The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) degree is a pre-professional qualification, followed by the Master of Architecture, providing qualifications to enable students to enter the Architecture profession. Students are required to complete the Master of Architecture in order to be eligible for registration by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Royal Institute of British Architects

Students are required to complete the Master of Architecture in order to be eligible for registration by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

In the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program students are required to complete 240 units, which is comprised of: 

  • 220 units of core courses; and
  • 20 units of elective courses. 

Please note: all elective courses must be chosen at the 2000 level and above. 


Elective courses give students the opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge in their own or another engineering discipline; or specialise in areas such as business, maths or science; or undertake study overseas. Please be aware that all electives must be chosen at the 2000 level and above. 

Additional Information: 

  • 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.
  • Students wishing to undertake this program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the program convenor for advice on optimum selection of courses for part-time enrolment.
  • Please note that if you undertake courses that are not in your approved program, you will be liable for additional fees for those courses. This is in addition to the fees associated with your normal program of study.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Additional documents

Transition arrangements

2020 Arrangements

Please note: Core course ARBE2101 Construction Ecology 2 has been removed from the program. From 2020 onwards, students will be instead required to complete the new core course ARBE3101 Performance and Sustainability of the Built Environment. Students who have previously completed ARBE2101 will not be required to take ARBE3101. 

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 "Additional documents" section in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au). 

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE1101Construction Technology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE1102Construction Ecology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE1103Digital Communication in the Built Environment
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Summer 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE1104History and Theory in the Built Environment 1
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE1105Communication in the Built Environment
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE1201Visual Communication in the Built Environment
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE1220Architecture Studio 2
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
ARBE1222Architecture Studio 1
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
ARBE2203History and Theory in the Built Environment 2
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE2220Architecture Studio 3
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
ARBE2222Architecture Studio 4
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
ARBE3100Construction Technology 3
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (BCA Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE3101Performance and Sustainability of the Built Environment
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (BCA Singapore)
10 units
ARBE3200History and Theory in the Built Environment 3
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE3220Architecture Studio 5
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
ARBE3221Architecture Studio 6
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units


Please note: all elective courses must be chosen at the 2000 level and above. 

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units


The Bachelor of Design (Architecture) may be awarded as an ordinary degree or 'With Distinction'.

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

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.

International students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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.

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