C6161 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

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Plan: C6161 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)
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: Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)
Qualification national code: 22477VIC
Nominal hours: 2086
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/architecture-and-urban-design
CRICOS code: 099261E

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Purpose of the Program

The Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) focusses on the design, presentation and documentation processes for building projects that are responsive to the site, user needs and the environment. This program is vocational in nature and develops skill sets through a variety of learning experiences that directly relate to the practices of building design professionals. Skills are developed to enable you to communicate and work effectively with regulators, authorities and the wide range of consultants associated with the design, construction and servicing of buildings. As a building designer you will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution toward the improvement of the built environment through design solutions that are inclusive of both traditional and emerging community needs.

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Articulation and pathways


*NOTE: The current suite of articulation agreements are due to be refreshed to align with the delivery of 22477VIC in 2019. Some credit arrangements may be subject to change.

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

If you are a graduate of the Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural) and you are applying to these programs listed below you may be able to claim credit or exemptions for courses you have already completed. For the list of courses for which you may articulate into from the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) and other details refer to the program guide for the programs in the RMIT Handbook (http://www.rmit.edu.au/handbook.

Bachelor of Architectural Design http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=BP250
Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/bh114
Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=bh115
Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/bh112
Bachelor of Applied Science (Property) http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/bh113
Bachelor of Applied Science (Valuation) http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/bh113

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.


Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural) you may be eligible to undertake further studies at RMIT in:

  • Architectural design
  • Building and construction
  • Communication design
  • Landscape architecture (design)
  • Surveying (see the engineering brochure)
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Entrance requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.
For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.
Prerequisites Nil

English language requirements
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 5.5, with no band less than 5.0, or equivalent (This is currently under review and may change for future enrolment).
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

Selection tasks
Non year 12 applicants are recommended to submit a VTAC Personal Statement with their application and include their reasons for wanting to study the course. Applicants should also detail any work experience when completing a VTAC Personal Statement

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External accreditation and industry links

The Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural) is recognised by the Victorian Building Authority. On successful completion of the program, together with at least two years practical experience supervised by a registered architect, building designer, or builder, graduates can apply to register as a building practitioner and practice as a sole practitioner in Victoria providing they meet the requirements set out in the Building Amendment Regulations 2009 to qualify to register through Building Practitioners Board in the category of Draftsperson, class of Building Design (Architectural).

Our teachers bring to the program extensive industry experience and contact networks, and many are practising professionals. Their experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

Industry experience is also represented on the program's Program Advisory Committee which regularly gives feedback to the School on current trends in the industry, as well as the skills and knowledge needed to gain employment.

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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


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, online databases and resources, and other course related materials, such as DVDs, newspapers and e-books. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

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.

All RMIT University students have unlimited access to our specialist quality electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it. Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

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. 

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content


Canvas is accessed through myRMIT. It is the system where you can find all of your course announcements and content, including class notes and resources. Canvas also allows you to participate in course activities, take assessments tasks, view and submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback. www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Google Apps

Store your work in the cloud and collaborate with peers using Google Apps. In addition to Email and Calendar, learning tools include Drive, Sites, Google+ (including Hangouts), Blogger, and Picasa.


Use myDesktop to access your RMIT desktop and applications anywhere, anytime. myDesktop allows you to use a range of software free on your desktop computer or mobile device.

Learning Lab

RMIT's Learning Lab is packed with study tips, videos and tutorials that can help you improve your general academic study, writing and maths skills.


Lynda.com is packed with video tutorials to help you learn software, creative technologies, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Learn more about the online learning tools at RMIT. https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/study-support/online-learning-tools

Specialist resources

The Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) is also serviced by a state of the art BIM (Building Information Modelling) studio and latest versions of the some of the software used in industry.

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 from Student Support.

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


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