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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art and Design

Managing facultyArt and Design
Abbreviated titleBArchDes
CRICOS code059372G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Diego Ramirez-Lovering


  • Full-time study only


Architecture at Monash is a five year academic program comprising the Bachelor of Architectural Design and the Master of Architecture degrees. The Bachelor of Architectural Design offers a program of education in the discipline of architecture and provides the first of two degrees required for professional registration.


Students who complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design will have the ability to engage imagination, creativity, analysis and critical judgement in resolving design issues; they will be able to express ideas and concepts orally, verbally and visually.

The program of study will develop critical awareness of building materials, construction processes and structural service systems and their integration in architecture. The course delivers knowledge of the regulatory and business aspects of the architectural profession within an ethical and environmentally-aware framework.

Professional recognition

Upon completion of both the Bachelor of Architectural Design and the Master of Architecture, students will have achieved the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Competency Standards applicable to university courses and will comply with the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture (RAIA) Education Policy Performance Criteria.


The course consists of the following areas of study:

(a.) Architectural design studios (72 points)

This is the major study. In first year it introduces students to the architecture workshop. There are design studios at each level of the course.

(b.) Technology (18 points)

This is delivered with the design studios and includes materials, construction, and environmental systems.

(c.) Theory and history (24 points)

This includes the common first year introduction to design theory and history and three architecture-specific units, exploring the culture and context of architecture over time.

(d.) Communications (18 points)

In first year, students take one perceptual drawing unit. There are also two units of digital communications.

(e.) Electives (12 points)

Two electives are undertaken. PPR3102 Professional practice for interior architecture is recommended to students not intending on progressing to the masters level. This unit does not replace the professional practice taught at the masters level which is required for accreditation.

(f.) Occupational health and safety (0 points)

This is compulsory to all courses in the faculty and deals with issues relevant to art and design.


First year (48 points)

First semester

  • ARC1001 Foundation studio (12 points)
  • ARC1401 Introduction to architectural theory (6 points)
  • DWG1301 Drawing 1C (6 points)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)

Second semester

  • ARC1002 Architecture design studio 2 (12 points)
  • ARC1102 Technologies and environments 1 (6 points)
  • ARC1301 Architecture communications 2 (6 points)

Second year (48 points)

First semester

  • ARC2001 Architecture design studio 3 (12 points)
  • ARC2401 Contemporary architecture (6 points).
  • ARC2301 Architecture communications 3 (6 points)

Second semester

  • ARC2002 Architecture design studio 4 (12 points)
  • ARC2101 Technologies and environments 2 (6 points)
  • ARC2402 19th and 20th century architecture (6 points)

Third year (48 points)

First semester

  • ARC3001 Architecture design studio 5 (12 points)
  • ARC3401 Architecture and the city (6 points)
  • elective (6 points) or PPR3102 Professional practice for interior architecture (6 points)

Second semester

  • ARC3002 Architecture design studio 6 (12 points)
  • ARC3101 Technologies and environments 3 (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design will automatically progress to the Master of Architecture.


Bachelor of Architectural Design