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Architecture and Building

Architecture and Building

The Business and Economics
discipline is one of the most popular program choices for international
students coming to Australia.

Specialisations
Architecture
programs in Australia are devised in collaboration with the Australian Institute of
Architects, and Building programs developed with the Australian Institute of
Building (AIB). Specialisations
available through this discipline include:

Interior
Design/Decoration;

Building
Surveying;

Urban/Regional/Rural Planning;

Building Design;

Urban Studies;

Cabinet-making/Carpentry;

Environmental Planning;

Plumbing/Tiling/Plastering;

Town Planning;

Drafting;

Landscape Design;

Landscape Gardening.

Construction Management;

Certificate
Diploma
Advanced
Diploma
Bachelor
Degree
Graduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Diploma
Masters
by research/coursework
PhD

Qualifications
Architecture
and Building programs are offered at the following qualification levels:

TAFE and
private colleges typically offer vocational programs through Certificates,
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. These allow students to become trades people
and gain practical job skills. Universities offer more specialised Bachelor
Degrees, Graduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, Professional
Doctorates and PhDs. These programs allow students to practise as professional
Architects, Urban Planners and Surveyors.
There are,
however, some exceptions. Some TAFEs and Colleges might offer Bachelor programs
and universities Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs. Pathways are available
for students wishing to link their programs and reduce the amount of time of
their total study.

University Programs

Completion of
an Architecture, Planning or Development Degree at university level allows
students to practise as professionals in their chosen field. Examples of
university level programs include:

LEVEL
QUALIFICATION

Undergraduate
Bachelor
of Architecture; Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies); Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Town Planning; Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Postgraduate
Graduate
Certificate of Development Planning; Postgraduate Diploma of Project Management; Masters of Regional Development; Masters of Architecture; and PhD.

Undergraduate
Requirements
for entry into specialised programs such as Bachelor of Architecture are
generally higher than Bachelor of Arts or Science majoring in Architecture or
Urban Planning. However, completion of the latter program would not give
students accreditation to practise as a professional. Examples of admission
requirements include:
Examples of typical entry
requirements are:

Bachelor of
Architecture – 5 points at
A Level in a minimum of two subjects to 11 points at A Levels. Some competitive
courses also require students to produce a portfolio to be considered for
admission.

Most
university programs in Architecture, Urban Planning and Town Planning include a
practical internship. This provides students with essential hands-on experience
before graduation.

Postgraduate

Examples of admission requirements are as follows:

Masters of Architecture
– A relevant Australian Bachelor Degree or equivalent plus a design portfolio.

Masters of Urban and Regional Planning
– entry requirements range from an Australian Bachelor Degree or equivalent in a relevant field, to an Australian postgraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant field plus at least two years work experience.

Pathways

Very few pathways are available for students wanting to transfer their credits and qualifications from the VTE sector to University sector. Pathways do exist within TAFE and private colleges to articulate between Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. Similar pathways exist in universities for students wishing to upgrade from Graduate Certificates to Postgraduate Diplomas to Masters and PhD.

Professional Associations
Graduated
students may be eligible for membership in the following professional bodies:

Architecture

Australian Institute of Architects
Student
Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) Australian
Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Commonwealth
Association of Architects (CAA) New
Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Royal
Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) American
Institute of Architects (AIA) The
Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Pertubuhan
Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA)

Building
Australian
Institute of Building (AIB) Australian
Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) Australian
Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Master
Builders of Australia (MBA) National
Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Chartered
Institute of Building (CIOB) –
UK American
Institute of Building Design (AIBD) Hong Kong Institute of Building (HKIOB)

Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities

Architect;

Building
and Construction Manager;

Landscape Architect;

Painter;

Urban and Regional Planner;

Interior Designer;

Civil Engineer;

Construction Plant Operator;

Plumber;

Project Manager;

Fibrous Plasterer;
Surveyor;

Safety Inspector;
Town Planner.

Carpenter;

Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves.
“Speak

– ​Julia Morgan –