Bachelor of Architectural Design, Monash University

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Bachelor of Architectural Design for 2015


Why study Bachelor of Architectural Design?

Architects shape the environment that we live in. They can revitalise our cities, help us live more sustainably and create rich environments for us to live and work in. If this fits your passion, this degree is your first step in a two-degree program toward becoming an architect.

Be immersed in architecture from day one. With an emphasis on making, you will work across multiple media and scales, from drawing to digital fabrication to models and full-scale building. Through design media, you will learn to critically observe and test your ideas. You will also examine design and its relationship with urban networks, while developing an understanding of techniques and technologies.

Spend over half your degree in the architectural design studio. Explore areas such as housing, digital practices and sustainable urban design, and undertake studies that let you interact with communities and work on projects that benefit others - in 2012, our students created interactive kids' play spaces for 'ArtPlay' in Birrarung Marr.

You will be consistently presenting and discussing your projects, so you will develop specialist communication skills to engage clients and collaborate with other built-environment professionals.

Explore architecture in-depth through discipline-specific electives or choose interdisciplinary units that allow you to work on creative projects with your art and design peers. If you choose electives from other art and design areas, for example, interior architecture, communication design and fine arts, you can work with a range of techniques and materials, such as glass and metals. You can even brush up on your Italian, or pick up some marketing skills by taking interesting electives from another faculty.

Explore global issues and discover how to apply your knowledge to create local solutions. Our internationally diverse team of academics and visiting-architects program mean architects from around the world are in your studio, giving you the benefit of their global experiences. For example, in 2011, architecture students collaborated with Norwegian-based Rintala Eggertsson Architects to design and build the 'Sea Light Pavilion' at Docklands.

If that's not enough, you can study part of your degree at the Monash Centre in Prato, Italy, or pick from one of our travelling studios, taking you interstate or overseas to work on site specific projects.

From entry in 2014, Architecture at Monash has a new entry process. If you are an Australian student, or an international student completing VCE in Australia, you will need to follow the new process. Visit the entry requirements and applications link below for full details.

Professional recognitions


The Monash architecture program is fully accredited. When you graduate from the five-year, Bachelor of Architectural Design and Master of Architecture program, you will meet the academic requirements for registration as an architect in Australia.

To register as an architect in Australia, you must also complete an additional two years of professional practice experience and pass the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia Architectural Practice Examination. For more details visit the Architecture Registration Board of Victoria.

As an architecture graduate, you will have to grapple with problems not yet imagined. Not simply a technician in the world of today, you will be a participant in shaping the world of tomorrow.


Entry requirements

Clearly in ATAR score (2015):

  • Range of criteria (Caulfield)

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students


3 years full-time

Fees for 2015

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Commonwealth supported place not offered for this course.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.


First Semester (February)


  • On-campus at Caulfield: full-time


Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Course code: 3119

CRICOS code: 059372G

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Telephone: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274); +61 3 9902 6011 from outside Australia, email or visit


Sorry, this course is not currently available to International students.

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Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

VCE prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

International Baccalaureate subject prerequisites

  • A score of at least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL

Extra requirements

All local applicants must apply through VTAC. Please refer to information below.


Online registration process (Current Year 12-All, Non-Year 12-All): All applicants must complete the online Art Design and Architecture registration form by no later than 24 October. To register go to []

Applicants with no background in architecture will need to complete a pre-selection activity by 29 October. Details of this activity available upon registration.

Applicants with a background in Architecture will need to present their folio during the interview process. Submission of a digital copy is also required.

You are considered to have a background in Architecture if you have completed at least one year of tertiary study in a field related to architecture (architecture, interior architecture, building design and technology, or landscape design). Please contact if you need to confirm if you qualify as an applicant with a background in Architecture.

Interview (Current Year 12-Some, Non-Year 12-Some): Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 17 November with details of the interview process. Interviews will be hosted from late November to early December.

Advisory letters will be sent to applicants by 12 December. Each applicant's final ranking is based on their interview score, pre-selection activity or folio, and ATAR or GPA.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Entry scores

Qualification Caulfield
2015 ATAR clearly in for CSP Range of criteria


Semester one (March)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

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    If you want to practise professionally as an architect, the Bachelor of Architectural Design is the first of the two degrees you will need. Once you successfully complete it, you're guaranteed entry into our two-year Master of Architecture.

    With the Master of Architecture, you will be ready to practise. Our constantly changing built environment means a continual demand for architects exists in Australia and internationally.

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