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Study Architectural Science at Curtin

Architectural Science

Bachelor Degree

B-ARCH

Course
Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
600
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

From designing houses and parks to building hospitals and shopping centres, the growing need for infrastructure opens many career opportunities.

Study Architectural Science at Curtin

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Professional recognition

This course meets the prerequisites for the two-year Master of Architecture qualification.

Architecture combines creative practices of architectural design with the cultural, social, technical and sustainability issues of the built environment.

In this course you will study the relationship between the natural and constructed environment, the architectural proposition and the occupation of space.

This degree is taught by academic staff, industry practitioners and guest lecturers, and is a pathway for the two-year accredited Master of Architecture qualification.

Curtin's Architecture students benefit from valuable industry experiences. For example, design company GHDWoodhead and government entity Water Corporation have both provided hands-on design opportunities to Curtin students.

Curtin students have also enjoyed opportunities to work with key industry consultants such as Woods Bagot, Cox and Hassell.

Curtin University is committed to providing a world-class learning experience to our students, and we are proud to announce that in the 2019 URAP World Rankings, we were ranked 2nd nationally, and 24th in the world for architecture!

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • You will benefit from being taught by academic staff, industry-based practitioners and guest lecturers with varied experience.
  • Excellent facilities and equipment for studio and computer work.
  • Hands on practical approach - studio work, exhibitions and design projects.
  • Industry-integrated projects may offer further opportunities to develop understanding about design and construction of buildings as well as how architecture relates to societies, cultures and people and the way they live.
  • The Master of Architecture is professionally accredited by the Architect Accreditation Council of Australia and many international architectural boards.

How this course will make you industry ready

You will complete projects and stage exhibitions.

This course leads on to the two-year Master of Architecture which is applied specifically to the professional practice of architecture.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

There is no professional recognition for this course, however it is a prerequisite for entry into the Master program.

Please note: To pursue a career as an architect in Australia, it is a legal requirement that you must be registered with the relevant state’s Architects’ Board. Curtin’s accredited Master of Architecture program, when combined with relevant professional experience and successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination, fulfils one of the pathways to registration.

Career information

Careers

  • Building consultant
  • Draftsman
  • Architect*

* After completing the Master of Architecture.

Industries

  • Building and construction
  • Local Government

Further Study

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the broad discipline of architecture, its theoretical underpinnings, and ways of thinking; the ability to apply specific discipline knowledge contained within the streams of Architectural Design, Science and Technology, Architecture and Culture and Design Communication
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to analyse and understand the diverse needs of various parties involved in architecture in order to generate and create innovative solutions
  • conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to access and analyse the diverse information needed to make informed, strategic design decisions
  • communicate information and ideas to diverse audience through visual, verbal and written communication techniques
  • demonstrate ability to recognise and understand the principles of a range of appropriate technologies and their suitable application within the discipline of architecture
  • possess a sustained intellectual curiosity that constantly strives, through self-directed learning, for innovation within the profession of architecture
  • have an awareness and ability to synthesize a range of local, national and international issues and perspectives which influence architecture
  • understand and value cultural and physical diversity and appreciate its significance in the creation of architecture
  • demonstrate a rigorous and ethical approach in the creation of architecture; the ability to work independently and in teams

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page. 

If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture at another institution, onshore or offshore, and are applying for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) and entry into the 2nd year or above of our Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you will be required to sit an interview for folio review.*

*This does not apply to students transitioning from Curtin College.

How to request an interview and folio review

If your circumstances mean that you will need to sit an interview, you will be required to contact Architecture on dbestudents@curtin.edu.au no later than the first Friday in December to request an interview date and time. You will be contacted with the details of your interview once it has been scheduled.

For more information about what to expect from the interview, please contact dbestudents@curtin.edu.au.

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake is only available to domestic students wishing to study on a part-time basis. For international students July intake is only available if you have sufficient credit for recognised learning.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,170*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Trimester 3A

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: B-ARCH
  • CRICOS code: 003868A
  • Last updated on: December 11, 2019