Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) (Advanced Diploma)

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The award
Advanced Diploma

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study

Course starts
February, July

International course fees
AUD 13000 per year

All study options

About Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) at Melbourne Polytechnic




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Rise up in the world of design with the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural). Your dream of working for an architect, building designer, or running your own building design firm can become a reality. A career in this field can be both creative and rewarding.

Diverse opportunities for your future

This course will equip you with knowledge and skills to accomplish the design, presentation and documentation process for residential and commercial building projects.

The course focuses around the idea of 'the simulated office' with a project based delivery structure where you will apply the knowledge gained to projects as you progress through the course. Classes mix hands-on sketching and design work with theory and building documentation drawings.

Industry connections and resources

This course is recognised by the Building Designers Association of Victoria, and by the Building Practitioners Board as the pre-requisite qualification for application to become a registered practitioner within Victoria.
Note: practical industry experience is also required.

The course is also an excellent stepping stone to other qualifications in fields such as architecture, project management, town planning, or interior design.

Our teachers are fully qualified and experienced to lead you through your building design studies. The department uses up-to-date computer-aided programs to ensure you are working in line with industry needs and teachers focus on your progress throughout the course, providing quality personal attention to ensure you are industry ready.

Employment outcomes

Career opportunities for building design professionals are extensive, including:

  • design team leader
  • project administrator
  • architectural technician/designer
  • architect's assistant

Look forward to working in a variety of offices: Building Design, Architectural and even Engineering.


A variety of assessment methods are in place, including project-based assessment, theory-based tests, completion of practical assignments/folio work, and targeted oral questions.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


For any additional information on the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by a variety of methods, including project-based assessment, theory-based tests, completion of practical assignments/folio work, and targeted oral questions


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Entrance Requirements

You need to have successfully completed Year 12/VCE or be mature age
For additional information, we encourage you to attend one of our Information sessions

Pathways to further study

Melbourne Polytechnic provides seamless pathways towards higher qualifications. Successful completion of this course will provide 9 subjects/1.5 years credit into the HEBBE Bachelor of the Built Environment.

Career Pathways

This course opens the door to a huge variety of employment opportunities, including working as a team leader or project administrator with architects, builders or building designers. You will also have the ability to run your own drafting office, or work in the building management department of large commercial enterprises or government departments.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardAdvanced DiplomaHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsFebruary, JulyDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesAUD 13000 per year

Entry requirements


Australian Year 12 equivalency


Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with no individual band below 5.0, or equivalency

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