Architectural Studies - Bachelor of Design (Honours), Bachelor

Architectural Studies - Bachelor of Design (Honours), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
Architecture engages with the design, theory and practice of making spaces and environments for human activity. The profession of architecture has an extensive history as a practice and academic discipline.


Developed from an apprenticeship model of professional education, workplace experience is still a requirement for professional registration and recognition of architects. This historic relationship with workplace learning still strongly informs architectural education at QUT.

If you are interested in creating things, buildings and spaces, technology, art and design, a career in architecture may be for you.

Why choose this course? Your architecture and design degree at QUT focuses on sustainable systems and the application of advanced digital design tools to address sustainability. Your study is supported by the integration of teaching, practice and research. Architecture at QUT is increasingly recognised internationally for its service to the advancement of the discipline, and its focus on innovation in design and sustainable development. To address the sustainability imperative, entirely new approaches to constructing and retrofitting cities are necessary. We inspire and empower you to create environments with a positive impact on human health, environmental quality, social relationships and urban systems. You will undertake architectural design projects with a practical edge which will require you to think logically about how buildings function and are constructed. Designers learn and develop these skills in synthesis with innovative and creative thinking. Project-based architectural design units, conducted in a studio setting, are a feature. Attitudes, theories, philosophies and practices associated with this learning environment align well with recognised good practice in teaching and learning in higher education. This course has been assessed as a bachelor honours degree which is a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.Career outcomes Graduates can find employment in the fields of architecture and building design. Upon completion of the one-year Master of Architecture and the required period of practical experience, graduates are eligible to sit for registration as an architect in Australia.


This course, along with the Master of Architecture course, has received full accreditation from the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, and full recognition from the Australian Institute of Architects.

Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Education and Training, Australia, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a very large (enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. QUT also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    18-20 units (240 credit points) alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Your course
Year 1
  • three foundation units covering design, design history and sustainability
  • two units in introductory core architecture design studios
  • first unit dealing with place making
Year 2
  • two design studio units covering the process of design, dwelling, tectonics and public spaces
  • units in integrated technology (climate) and history/theory (culture and space)
  • study history/theory (architecture in the twentieth century) and architectural technology (building construction)
  • first two units of your second major or first minor
Year 3
  • units focusing on digital tools and sustainability
  • develop knowledge of technology integration (structure)
  • study history/theory (architecture and the city), and architectural technology (building services)
  • three units in your second major or minors
Year 4
  • address the context of buildings in urban settings
  • design project integrating your accumulated knowledge
  • complete your second major or your second minor

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need to meet specific entry requirements to be considered for entry to each of our courses. Check the entry requirements tab in your course information for more details.

For all of our courses, you need to either have completed Australian Year 12 (or equivalent), or be aged 17 or older and be applying on the basis of your previous study, work experience or life experience.

For most of our courses, entry is based on your OP score or your rank, which is calculated based on your qualifications and experience. We first consider applicants with OP 1 (or rank 99), then OP 2 (or rank 98), and so on.

Some courses have other entry requirements, like auditions, interviews, portfolios or questionnaires. For these courses you usually need to apply to QUT as well as to QTAC, and the closing dates may be different. Make sure you check your course information for application requirements and closing dates.

International Year 12 students

If you're an international Year 12 student currently studying at an Australian high school, your academic entry is based on your OP or rank score.

English proficiency requirements

To assess your English language proficiency, we accept test results from:

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE)

You must take your proficiency test no more than 2 years before the start of your course.

How do I find my English language requirements?

You can find the English language requirements for your course in the course information.

You can also see a list of language requirements by study area.

QUT IELTS Test Centre

If you are in Australia, you can complete the IELTS proficiency exam at our IELTS test centre.

If you are registering for a TOEFL test, you can organise to send your results directly to us. Our TOEFL institution code is 9778.

International Year 12 students

International Year 12 students currently studying at an Australian high school must either:

  • meet these same requirements
  • obtain a minimum grade of 4 Sound Achievements in Authority Senior English or English for ESL Learners (or interstate equivalent).
Genuineness requirements

As part of streamlined visa processing, we must ensure that your application is genuine and that you can successfuly complete your planned study. We will consider a range of personal and academic factors when we assess your application, including:

  • your immigration history, including any prior visa refusals
  • your personal circumstances
  • the relevance of your proposed study to your previous study and work experience.

You can explain why you chose to apply for this course, and how it will benefit your future career prospects, when you apply.

I don't meet the entry requirements

If you don't meet the English language or academic requirements for your course, you can study English language or academic bridging courses at QUT before you start your course.

The QUT International College offers English language and academic pathway programs to help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred course.

I already have an IELTS or TOEFL score

If you have IELTS or TOEFL results, we can estimate how much English you may need to meet the requirements for your course. We will then give you a new package offer which includes English courses. You will be able to apply for a student visa to cover all courses you're studying. Email your latest IELTS or TOEFL score to QUT International Admissions.

I'm applying through an agent

Some QUT representatives might administer our English language test to determine the duration of the English language program you need to be able to enter the degree program. Check with your agent. If you don't meet the English language or academic requirements, there may be other ways to get into your course.

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 AUD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 AUD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    4500 AUD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 AUD per module and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

2017: $15000 Per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2017: CSP $4500 Per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships and financial supportYou can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.These scholarships are available for this course:
  • Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)
  • Equity scholarships scheme
  • Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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