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Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

The University of Newcastle

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Architecture is more than just art and technology. At the University of Newcastle, our Bachelor of Design (Architecture) students are challenged to explore their potential as agents for change. Mentored by AIA gold-medal winning professors in practice, our graduates don’t just design and shape the physical spaces of our cities and buildings – they use architecture to stimulate the places we live and work, engage the community and improve our world. Learn in the state’s newest creative innovation centre – Newcastle. Through live projects, you’ll develop design principles that emphasise social, economic and environmental sustainability and become a consultative problem solver.

Areas of study

Architectural design, architectural history and theory, architectural technology, professional practice.

Career opportunities

Architect, designer, drafter, infrastructure planner, project manager, technician, town planner. Broaden your career options and qualify as a professional architect with a Master of Architecture (two additional years of study).

Professional recognition

Fully accredited by the NSW Architects Registration Board, the Commonwealth Association of Architects and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Internationally recognised through the Canberra Accord, the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM) and as part of the Bologna Process for European Higher Education.

Practical experience

Engage in live projects through hands-on work and public exhibitions. Collaborate with organisations to improve the housing and health of disadvantaged people in remote Australia and developing countries. Our graduates also exhibit their work publicly at our graduate exhibition, an opportunity to showcase work to industry and the local community.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Any 2 units of English, any 2 units of history, plus one or more of Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Visual Arts.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2022)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year Bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.