Architectural Design

Bachelor degree

Architects combine creative vision and technical expertise to help shape the built environment. Successful architecture can help revitalise a city, make housing affordable or help us live more sustainably.

With this straight-from-school architecture course, you will specialise from year one, and learn to respond to a range of complex contemporary issues facing the built environment to become a thoughtful maker of the world of tomorrow.

Architectural Design is the first stage of our five-year Bachelor/Master professional qualification in architecture. Successful completion of the Bachelor degree guarantees access into the Master of Architecture course. Highly talented students can also apply to the Scholars program.

Over half of your study is undertaken through Architecture Design Studios. You will:

  • investigate design ideas and processes, mentored by leading academics and architects from around the world
  • work with various media, from drawing to digital fabrication and at different scales, from models to full-scale design/make buildings
  • learn to test design ideas and critically observe their implications with peers in small boutique studios
  • gain understanding of architecture in its broad context while undertaking studies that let you interact with communities and work on projects that benefit others
  • explore global issues and discover how to apply your knowledge to create local solutions

You may study part of your degree at the Monash Centre in Prato, Italy, or choose a travelling studio, taking you interstate or overseas.

Architecture is a creative discipline, offered alongside Fine Art and Design at Monash. This provides opportunities for collaboration through interdisciplinary studios and development as a sensitive urban professional.

Architecture presents substantial career opportunities in Australia and internationally. You may find yourself contributing to a wide range of buildings or large-scale urban projects. Our graduates work in private practices and for government, with opportunities as designers, policy advisors, project managers or in community development.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

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Range of criteria
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Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences/Other

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Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
Duration: 3 years (full time)
Start date: First Semester (February)
Qualification: Bachelor of Architectural Design, Bachelor of Architectural Design (Scholars Program)

Information about fees


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“The nature of the program at MADA is intimate and flexible and this fostered creative risk taking and the development of each student. Because the classes are small, individual opinions are valued. I developed the ability to critically evaluate my design decisions and understand those of others.” - Edwina Brisbane, Architecture Assistant.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


Equivalent Australian Year 12


All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL N/A N/A
IB At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL N/A N/A

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

Non-School leaver requirements

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

VET Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma graduates: To be considered, applicants will normally require at least 60% average. Preference may be given to students whose prior studies are related to the course in which they are seeking admission. Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements.

University: Two single units at an Australian higher education institution satisfy minimum entry requirements, but more units may be useful for selection, especially in areas of study related to the course in which admission is being sought.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

All domestic applicants must

1. Apply via VTAC

2. Complete an on-line registration form for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

3. If you have no background in architecture: complete the Pre-selection Activity for Domestic Applicants – you'll receive the Pre-selection activity once you complete the online registration form


If you have had one year of tertiary study in a field related to architecture such as interior architecture, building design and technology, or landscape design:present a folio at the interview – contact for confirmation

4. Attend an interview, if shortlisted based on the results of your Pre-selection Activity

Important dates and requirements

The online registration form will be available from 8 August 2016.

The Pre-selection Activity for Domestic Applicants will be available from 8 August 2016.

Each applicant's final ranking is based on a range of criteria – their interview score (where applicable), Pre-selection Activity/folio, and ATAR or GPA.


Interview and pre-selection activity

The pre-selection activity changes every year.

Architects typically express their designs through drawings, photography, digital images, and text, but we don't expect you to have these skills yet – the pre-selection activity isn't about showcasing your design or drawing skills. You will be asked to respond to an issue through text and image and you won't be disadvantaged if you haven't completed Studio Art or Visual Communication Design.

If shortlisted for an interview, you'll have an opportunity to tell us about the ideas you explored in the pre-selection activity. The interview also allows you to demonstrate your communication skills while discussing your background, enthusiasm, and motivations. Interviews will be held from late November to early December. If you are based in a remote area, you may be eligible to sit a phone interview.

If you are an applicant with an architecture background, the interview provides you with the opportunity to present your folio and to tell us about the ideas you have explored in your previous design education.

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course. More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: F2001

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Course Structure

With a specialist course at Monash you begin study in your area of interest from day one. If you have a specific career goal or more specific field of study firmly in your sights, this may be the option for you. These courses are designed to ensure you have the right combination of skills needed for your professional field.

The course develops through theme studies in Architectural design, Technologies and environments, History and theory, and Communication. These will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the third year of the course.

A. Architecture 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 designs, technical, conceptual, historical and professional issues into creative architectural outcomes across a range of scales and types of projects.

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. Studies culminate with a comprehensive integration of building systems and the introduction of relevant professional practices. Across the units, issues are explored through design projects including the use of physical and digital models for performance analysis.

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.

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.

E. 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.

F. Free elective study

Electives will enable you to further develop your knowledge of architectural design, or to select units from across the faculty or the University (in which you are eligible to enrol).

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Double Degrees

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

For more information visit the faculty website