Bachelor of Architectural Design and Master of Architecture - 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

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 type

Bachelor/Master by coursework

Standard duration

5 years FT

Full-time study only.

You have a maximum of 12 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

Master of Architecture


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.

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design 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 stage of the course can be also 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 each of the specialist degrees will be fulfilled in part by cross crediting of units required in the separate courses. Students should refer to the course entry for E3001 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) for the requirements of the civil engineering specialisation.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 for stage 1 and level 9 for stage 2, and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7 for stage 1 and level 9 for stage 2, and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

Stage 1: Bachelor of Architectural Design:

  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.

    Stage 2: Master of Architecture:

  8. acquire and apply the knowledge and range of skills necessary to become a professional architect according to the national accreditation bodies
  9. integrate knowledge and skills in the design and communication of architectural projects
  10. contribute to the built environment with responses sensitive to their environmental, technical, social and cultural contexts
  11. work and communicate with multi-disciplinary teams in international contexts responsive to local cultures and conditions
  12. critically assess international architectural discourses and practices and contribute to advancing design research.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Architects' Accreditation Council of AustraliaArchitects' Accreditation Council of Australia ( (AACA).

Australia is a signatory to the Canberra Accord which recognises the substantial equivalency of accreditation or validation systems in architectural education of the following agencies or organisations:

  • Acreditadora Nacional de Programas de Arquitectura y Disciplinas del Espacio Habitable/Comite para la Practica Internacional de la Arquitectura (ANPADEH/COMPIAR)
  • Canadian Architectural Certification Board/Consiel canadien de certification en architecture (CACB-CCCA)
  • Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)
  • Korea Architecture Accrediting Board (KAAB)
  • National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) (U.S.)
  • The National Board of Architectural Accreditation of China (NBAA)
  • The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA).

In addition to this F6001 Master of Architecture is recognised in Malaysia by the Board of Architects MalaysiaBoard of Architects Malaysia ( and Singapore by the Singapore Board of ArchitectsSingapore Board of Architects (

Upon completion of both the Bachelor of Architectural Design and the Master of Architecture, you 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. After starting your career you will need two years professional practice before you can sit the exam to register as an architect. Outside of Australia, graduates should confirm local requirements for registration with the relevant organisation/s.


The course develops through theme studies in architectural design, technologies and environments, history and theory, communication and applied professional practices. Exhibition of students' work at the conclusion of both stages 1 and 2 will demonstrate the integration of these themes through self-directed design project work.

Part A. Architecture design studios/Advanced architecture and 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.

At the graduate level these studies will focus on advanced concepts and skills relevant to architecture design. Through project-based studio classes you will gain exposure to leading design practices. In conjunction with studios, you will select from a range of advanced architecture studies units, which are complementary depth units. These will introduce you to the methods and tactics of architectural design research and engage with the multidisciplinary socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, theoretical and technical dimensions relevant to architecture and urbanism. Studies culminate in the final year with a rich integrated project that draws on and advances prior learning.

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. 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: Professional practices

These studies culminate in a dedicated unit in the master's stage of the course, providing focus on the core business and regulatory aspects of practice as an architect within the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations and evolving construction methods and practices.

Part F. 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 G. Elective study

Electives will enable you to further develop your knowledge of architecture, and enable you to tailor your studies to individual interests or to select units from across the faculty or the University (in which you are eligible to enrol).


Stage 1: Bachelor of Architectural design

This stage 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.

Units are 6 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 F. Occupational health and safety study (0 points)

You must complete:

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

Part G. 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.

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.

If you are in a double degree course, these elective units are used in fulfilling requirements of the other course.

Stage 2: Master of Architecture

This stage comprises 96 points as specified below, including a minimum of 48 points at level 5.

Part A. Advanced architecture and design studios (66 points)

You must complete:

  • ARC4001 Advanced architecture project 1 (12 points)
  • ARC4002 Advanced architecture project 2 (12 points)
  • ARC4502 Advanced architecture studies 2
  • ARC5001 Advanced architecture project 3 (12 points)
  • ARC5501 Advanced architecture studies 3
  • ARC5002 Final architecture project (18 points)

Part E. Professional practices (12 points)

You must complete:

  • ARC4101 Integrated project - technologies, environments and professional practices
  • ARC5201 Professional practices

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

You must complete the following (if not already completed):

  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

Part G. Elective study (18 points)

You must complete 18 points of electives from the following including at least 6 points at level 5:

  • ARC4501 Advanced architecture studies 1
  • ARC5502 Advanced studies in architecture 4 or an open elective at level 5
  • any unit from across the university in which you are eligible to enrol

Alternative exits

If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Architectural Design prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Architectural Design degree as outlined in stage 1 of the course.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of the stage 1 requirements for the Bachelor of Architectural Design will automatically progress you to stage 2, the Master of Architecture.

Successful completion of the Master of Architecture with H2A equivalence may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.