BP250 - Bachelor of Architectural Design

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Plan: BP250 - Bachelor of Architectural Design
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Architectural Design
Award abbreviation: BArchDes
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/architecture-and-urban-design
ASCED code: 040101
CRICOS code: 060830J

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Architectural Design (BP250) is a three year degree program providing you with a broad and coherent knowledge and skill base of the discipline of architecture. The program has a design focus with strong links to practice, offering exposure to a wide range of design led project based learning. The Design Studio forms the core of the program and is supported by Architecture History and Theory, Architecture Technology, Architecture Communications and Architecture General Electives. As capstone experiences, you will undertake a Design Studio with students in the Master of Architecture and also prepare a portfolio of work reflecting on your learning achievements in Design Studio.

RMIT Architecture is primarily focused on design and has an international reputation for design excellence. The program is known for promoting ideas-led venturous design exploration and design innovation. The program assists you to develop an understanding of architecture, while providing you with a diverse set of skills and learning experiences. The Bachelor of Architectural Design is the first step on the path to becoming an architect.

The program is a pathway to further study and employment in architectural and design practice.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of RMIT's Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) are guaranteed an interview for this program. Graduates who successfully gain entry are granted 144 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time study).

Upon successful completion of this program you can continue your studies in the Master of Architecture (MC163) program at RMIT.

If you complete with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater, you will be guaranteed entry in the Master of Architecture (MC163). If your GPA is less than 2.5 you may apply for a place and will be selected competitively based on your grades and folio.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

Selection task

All applicants must complete the selection task. Short-listed applicants are required to participate in an interview.


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External accreditation and industry links


In Australia there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in architectural design.

Successful completion of both the Bachelor of Architectural Design (BP250) and the Master of Architecture (MC163) at RMIT satisfies the academic requirement for registration as an architect. Following a subsequent minimum of two years practical work, you can apply to the ARBV http://www.arbv.vic.gov.au/ to sit the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) to register as an architect in the state of Victoria or your local Architects Registration Board.

Industry Links

The Architecture programs at RMIT have many close links with industry which take on a variety of different forms. Academics within the School are strongly encouraged to maintain their linkages with industry, and many continue to run practices and are heavily engaged in active practice based research around the world.

Each program has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

In addition the School of Architecture and Design makes regular use of industry experts as guest lecturers and tutors to ensure you are exposed to current industry developments. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides you with exposure to current industry practitioners.

As evidence of the close links with industry, a number of eminent local and international architects provided input to the development of this program.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Studios, Project Spaces and Specialist Facilites

All architecture courses are held in timetabled studio and classroom spaces. RMIT does not have dedicated studio spaces outside timetabled classes but we do have a range of project spaces where projects can be assembled and their resources productively arranged, available out of timetabled classes and studios (24/7).
You will have access to many specialist facilities including: advanced CAD laboratories, Construction Technology workshops, Digital Design and Manufacturing Laboratories, Modelling Workshops, 3D scanners and printers, laser and foam cutters as well as various metalworking, woodworking, vacuum forming equipment and CNC manufacturing machines.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students


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