Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code3119
Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleBArchDes
CRICOS code059372G
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT

Full-time study only

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Diego Ramirez-Lovering


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • engage imagination, creativity, analysis and critical judgement in resolving design issues
  • independently develop design strategies and concepts, refined through an iterative process of reflection
  • communicate design ideas verbally and visually through multiple media
  • demonstrate critical awareness of building materials, construction processes and structural service systems and their integration into professional architecture practice
  • engage reflectively with other professionals involved in the design, development and construction of the built environment within an ethical and environmentally-aware framework
  • critically assess international architectural discourses and speculative design theories and engage with design research
  • integrate global and local practices and understanding in the process of design.

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 components:

(a.) Architectural design studios (72 points)

This is the major study. There are design studios at each level of the course.

(b.) Technology and environments (18 points)

This includes materials, constructions and environmental systems and is delivered with design studios in years one and two.

(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 master's level. This unit does not replace the professional practice taught at the master's 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.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year (48 points)

Semester one

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art, design and architecture
  • ARC1001 Foundation studio 1 (12 points)
  • DWG1201 Drawing 1
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)

Semester two

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

Second year (48 points)

Semester one

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

Semester two

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

Third year (48 points)

Semester one

  • ARC3001 Architecture design studio 5 (12 points)
  • ARC3101 Technologies and environments 3
  • elective or PPR3102 Professional practice for interior architecture

Semester two

  • ARC3002 Architecture design studio 6 (12 points)
  • ARC3401 Architecture and the city
  • elective

Suitable elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook. Note: Some units may require permission from the owning faculty. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3.

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design will automatically progress to course 3120 Master of Architecture.


Bachelor of Architectural Design