Bachelor of Architectural Design - 2019

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017 and 2016

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Art, Design and Architecture

Admission and fees


Course progression map

F2001 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

3 years FT

Full-time study only.

You have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Bachelor of Architectural Design

The award conferred depends on the study program completed.


Architecture at Monash is a five-year academic program starting with the Bachelor of Architectural Design and leading to the Master of Architecture course. These together will qualify graduates to start their professional practice.

Creativity is the cornerstone of the three-year Bachelor of Architectural Design course. Central to the course is the design studio where you will investigate ideas and experiment with design processes, mentored by academics and architects from around the world. You will construct models and build full scales structures, both in class and in the community and experiment with diverse materials in our glass, woodwork and metal studios.

If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design you will automatically progress to the Master of Architecture, which focuses on research-led architectural design teaching and learning through advanced studios and depth-unit architectural studies electives.

Architecture offers substantial career opportunities in Australia and internationally. Our graduates work in private practices and for government. Some become specialists - in heritage buildings, sustainable design or commercial projects. They work on homes, complexes, entertainment precincts and purpose-built facilities. Opportunities also include roles in government as policy advisors, in project management or in development.

Double degrees

The Bachelor of Architectural Design course can be taken in combination with the following course:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (with the civil engineering specialisation)

This will lead to the award of two degrees, the Bachelor of Architectural Design and the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours). The requirements for the award of the each of the specialist degrees will be fulfilled in part by cross-crediting of units required in the separate courses. You should refer to the course entry for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and the course mapcourse map ( for the double degree for the requirements of the civil engineering specialisation.


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

Upon successful completion of the course it is expected that you will be able to:

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


The course develops through theme studies in architectural design, technologies and environments, history and theory, and communication. These will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final studio unit in the third year of the course.

Part A. Architecture design studios

Architecture design studio units bring together a range of complex issues inherent in the production of architecture: material, structure, program, site, history and representation. They focus on the architectural project as a process of investigation, critical observation and experimentation. Design studios foreground the development of architectural designs through material and three-dimensional testing of ideas. They combine various design, technical, conceptual, historical and professional issues into creative architectural outcomes across a range of scales and types of projects.

Part B. Technologies and environments studies

Technologies and environments units cover material, structural, construction and environmental conditions. Studies begin with the exploration of materials through physical models and drawings. They move on to the introduction of structural systems and then to environmental systems including human comfort and energy usage. Studies culminate with a comprehensive integration of building systems and the introduction of relevant professional practices. Across the units, issues are explored through design projects including the use of physical and digital models for performance analysis.

Part C. History and theory studies

History and theory units provide the skills to research and analyse architecture issues, and develop awareness and critical understanding of architectural and urban developments across local, national and international contexts. Through the prism of history, you will begin to situate the built environment in relation to broad social, cultural, environmental and theoretical developments. These units introduce the languages of architecture - formal, visual, written, and verbal - and enable you to become more articulate in all of these modes.

Part D. Communication studies

In communications units you will learn various representational techniques relevant to the technical, conceptual and intuitive practices of architectural design work. The investigations develop through a series of clearly defined exercises that build upon one another and increase in complexity and scale over time, from drawing to key software applications and design media necessary for professional practice. You will be introduced to tools, techniques and media for developing and expressing architectural ideas.

Part E. Occupational health and safety study

This will introduce you to occupational health, safety and environmental training particularly within the context of studying art, design and architecture.

Part F. Free elective study

Electives will enable you to further develop your knowledge of architectural design, or to select units from across the faculty or the University (in which you are eligible to enrol).


The course comprises 144 points, of which 132 points are focussed on the study of architecture and 12 points are free electives.

Elective units may be at any level, however no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at level 1.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Architecture design studios (72 points)

You must complete:

  • ARC1001 Foundation studio 1 (12 points)
  • ARC1002 Foundation studio 2 (12 points)
  • ARC2001 Architecture design studio 3 (12 points)
  • ARC2002 Architecture design studio 4 (12 points)
  • ARC3001 Architecture design studio 5 (12 points)
  • ARC3002 Architecture design studio 6 (12 points)*

Part B. Technologies and environments studies (24 points)

You must complete:

  • ARC1102 Technologies and environments 1*
  • ARC2101 Technologies and environments 2*
  • ARC3101 Technologies and environments 3*
  • ARC3102 Integrated technologies environments and professional studies*

* Note: If you are in the double degree E3009 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Architectural Design you do not complete these units since civil engineering studies provide the knowledge and skills.

Part C. History and theory studies (24 points)

You must complete:

  • AHT1101 Introduction to visual culture in art, design and architecture
  • ARC2401 Contemporary architecture
  • ARC2402 19th and 20th Century architecture
  • ARC3401 Architecture and the city

Part D. Communication studies (12 points)

You must complete:

  • ARC1301 Architecture communications 1
  • ARC2301 Architecture communications 2

Part E. Occupational health and safety study (0 points)

You must complete:

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

Part F. Free elective study (12 points)

Elective units may be chosen from the faculty or across the University as long as you have the prerequisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the units. If you are in a double degree course, these elective units are used in fulfilling requirements of the other course.

Free electives can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units ( tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. 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. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.

Progression to further studies

If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design you will automatically progress to course F6001 Master of Architecture, the second part of the Monash University architecture program. Graduates will be trained to have the vision to design progressive architecture that responds to the needs of contemporary society.