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Bachelor of Design (Architecture)

The University of Newcastle

CRICOS provider number: 00109J TEQSA provider ID: PRV12056

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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.

They 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.

You’ll learn about:

  • the architectural site as landscape
  • construction and detailing of buildings
  • construction technology and ecology
  • sustainable design practices
  • digital and parametric design processes
  • making conceptual and realistic models in our studio and Makerspace

More than half of your degree is dedicated to architecture studio work, working on a range of practical and often live projects.

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

Architectural technician, designer, drafter, infrastructure planner, project manager, 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.

If you have not previously studied one or more of these subjects or have limited knowledge in them, we strongly encourage you to consider enrolling in bridging courses. NUPrep Bridging provides free academic preparation and support short courses, available both on campus and online, to complete before starting your degree.

Explore NUPrep Bridging Courses

Applicants with higher education study

If you have completed or partially completed higher education studies, your grade point average can be converted into a selection rank for admission into our undergraduate programs.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you completed or partially completed competency-based vocational education and training (such as TAFE, a private Registered Training Provider, or vocational studies undertaken in high school), this can be used to determine your eligibility for admission.

Completion of studies at an AQF Level 4 (Cert IV) or higher Guarantees Entry into many of our undergraduate programs.

Review the Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you do not have an ATAR (or equivalent) or formal qualification, Newcastle University provides a range of pathways toward your preferred degree. Regardless of your age or experience, there is a place for you.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have completed prior studies at another higher education institution or registered training organisation, you may be eligible to receive credit towards your undergraduate degree. Please note that you must apply for admission before applying for credit.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

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 2024 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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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.