Bachelor of Design (Architecture) (BDes (Arch))

University of Newcastle, Australia Australia

Cricos: 00109J

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The award
BDes (Arch)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study

Course starts
February, July

International course fees
AUD 28015 per year

All study options

About Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at University of Newcastle, Australia

Quietly change the world.

We teach our students more than the art, technology and business of architecture - we challenge them to think laterally and explore their potential as agents for change. UON architects don't just design and shape the physical spaces of our cities and buildings; they 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?

  • Be mentored by six AIA gold-medal winning professors in practice who will teach you to push the boundaries.
  • Join a supportive student community and inhabit your own space in our 24-hour access studios.
  • Our practical training philosophy ensures our graduates are work-ready - 87% of our architecture students were employed within four months of graduating.

What will you study?

Spend more time in the studio. At UON more than half of your units of study are dedicated to architecture studio work, working on a range of practical and often 'live' projects - from houses to public buildings. You'll 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. You'll learn about:

  • the architectural site as landscape
  • clients and their architectural briefs
  • construction and detailing of buildings
  • sustainable design practices
  • communication in the built environment
  • construction technology
  • construction ecology
  • architectural history: aesthetics, composition and proportion
  • digital and parametric design processes
  • making conceptual and realistic models in our workshop
  • history and theory in the built environment

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 - the UON architecture 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.


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.

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 awardBDes (Arch)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsFebruary, JulyDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesAUD 28015 per year

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Entry 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. You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Mid-year entry is now available in this program.

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