The Architecture major in the Bachelor of Design is an ideal starting point to build an architecture career that is relevant to the 21st century.

Design lies at the heart of the architectural process and is underpinned by expertise in history, theory, environmental and construction technology, and communication.

Students who major in Architecture will develop a strong base of design competence and knowledge across a wide range of architectural issues.

The Architecture major allows you to develop your designs using the latest modelling and rendering techniques through studio-based classes.


Once you have completed the Bachelor of Design with a major in Architecture, you will need to complete the two-year Master of Architecture in order to become a professional architect. Students may also take a gap year in industry before the Masters to gain experience.

Professional architects often find employment in private architectural firms, working on residential, commercial or institutional projects. There are also opportunities to work on interiors and historic building conservation and renovation. Many graduates will realise an ambition to run their own architectural practice, while others pursue work overseas.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Design

Clearly-in Rank 2018
86.20 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne 2018
78.00 Guaranteed entry

Access Melbourne allows you to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. Guaranteed entry is available to eligible students from a rural area or disadvantaged financial background. i

Access Melbourne can help you gain a place in a course, even if your ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank. Eligible students must apply through Access Melbourne and meet prerequisites.

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Minimum ATAR 2018
85.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


A study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 of English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL (English as an Additional Language).

A study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 of VCE Mathematical Methods (or equivalent) is required for the following majors: Civil Systems, Computing, Construction, Mechanical Systems, Property and Spatial Systems.

A bridging subject will be available for students who have completed the equivalent of VCE Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2 or who have received a study score below 25 in VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent).

Some double majors are only possible if students have completed specific subjects in VCE or equivalent.