Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 30 units to complete
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With the exception of eight open enrolment first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.

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This course was previously known as Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture).

Interior designers, as qualified professionals in Interior Architecture, design quality environments for a diverse range of users and functions. They coordinate the design and construction of building interiors including commercial, workplace, hospitality, medical, gallery, and retail environments. In addition, interior designers may be involved with more transient environments and the associated displays for trade fairs, exhibitions, museums, and public events. Their skills and knowledge are also utilised for adaptive reuse of existing buildings and conservation of significant sites. Interior designers require skills and understanding in all aspects of design, including technical knowledge of interior construction, equipment and building systems. They must also exercise ability in communication and administrative skills. The degree also provides a sound basis for more specialised careers and study in areas such as furniture or set design, education and/or research.

This course is highly respected in the interior design industry, both nationally and internationally, and has alliances with a number of national and international universities which encourage student exchanges and national and international field trips. Students are encouraged to compete in national and international competitions, in which Curtin students always do very well.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify, explain and apply the disciplinary concepts in interior architecture
  2. develop creative practices and ways of building knowledge that are critical and reflective
  3. synthesise and manage information from various media to inform the processes related to interior architecture and evaluate its use in design solutions
  4. select and use effective and appropriate visual, spoken, written, graphic and technical communication techniques to a range of audiences
  5. select from a range of available technologies to use appropriate to interior architecture
  6. adapt and respond to new ways of learning and global interaction to develop a self-directed approach
  7. develop awareness and sensitivity around community and its role in Interior Architecture with particular attention to context and global differences in perceptions and interpretations of concepts and practice
  8. recognise and include concepts of social sustainability, social equity and cultural diversity into interior architecture
  9. work independently and collaboratively demonstrating relevant professional and ethical practices.

Interior designers find employment as independent interior design consultants, within interior design practices, as facility managers for large corporations, within architectural firms or, in some instances, working for organisations specialising in specific areas such as lighting design or furniture design and in design education.

Curtin’s Interior Architecture degree is recognised by the International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects, and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Students are encouraged to become student members of the DIA, which enables them to attend public design forums, guest lectures and weekend conferences at discounted rates.

The DIA admits graduates as full associate members once they start professional practice. Full associate membership may be awarded after they submit a professional portfolio of work.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:

* Successful completion of two of the following recommended eight open enrolment units APC100, BIA140/BIA145 (co-requisites), BAS120, BIA100, BIA110, BIA120 and BIA130 (of which one must be APC100).and separate English language competency is required OR
* Successful completion of four OUA full degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)

  • Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Generally the course is fully planned in sequential progression.

There are 8 open enrolment units – these units are APC100, BIA140/BIA145 (co-requisities), BAS120, BIA100, BIA110, BIA120 and BIA130. Completion of 4 of these units (one must be APC100 or equivalent) will be sufficient for students to apply for the course.

Please note: The unit APC100 replaces BAS100, do not enroll in this unit if you have already completed BAS100 (or the equivalent HUM100).

To qualify for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture), students must complete the following:

  • 29 core units to complete (Including 2 double units)
  • 1 Elective unit (Students can select a unit which will help them with the upcoming thesis in the fourth year. We suggest/recommend it can be something in visual arts, humanities, or a related architecture unit. Ultimately there is no other requirement than it be a 25 credit (or equivalent) unit in a Bachelor’s level course or higher).
  • Students who fail a core unit twice may be terminated from the course

All materials will be avaliable online via Blackboard.

All online submissions with exception of units that require invigilated exams.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Technology of Design
BAS120 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Philosophy and Practice
BIA120 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Communicating Interior Solutions
BIA130 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Design 1
BIA1402 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Methods 1
BIA1452 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Bites
BIA100 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Design 3
BIA110 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 Do not complete this unit if you have completed BAS100 or HUM100 as they are academically equivalent in this course.
2 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.

Completion of 4 of these units (one must be APC100) will be sufficient for students to apply for the course.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Interior Architecture Functional Fundamentals
BIA200 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Tangible Environment Studio
BIA210 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Ephemeral Environments Studio
BIA220 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Experience and Aesthetics
BIA230 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Habitation Fundamentals
BIA240 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Community Encounters Studio
BIA250 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Expressive Structures Studio
BIA260 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Contexts
BIA270 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Interior Architecture Technology Driven Design
BIA300 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Technology System Solutions
BIA310 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Constructed Memory Studio
BIA320 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Contexts and Trajectories
BIA340 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Extreme, Complex and Bizarre Studio
BIA350 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Spatial Enclosure Studio
BIA360 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Exploration and Manifestation of Interiors
BIA370 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

Complete one Elective Unit. You can select an elective unit which will help you with the upcoming thesis in the fourth year. We suggest/recommend it can be something in visual arts, humanities, or a related architecture unit.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Interior Architecture Practice Simulation
BIA400 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Advanced Theory and Research
BIA420 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Practice
BIA430 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Marketing (Practice) Strategies
BIA450 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Project Studio 1
BIA4701 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Project Studio 2
BIA4801 Curtin - - SP3 -

1 Double Unit

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Interior Architecture Practice Simulation
BIA400 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Advanced Theory and Research
BIA420 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Practice
BIA430 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Marketing (Practice) Strategies
BIA450 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Interior Architecture Research Studio 1
BIA4101 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Interior Architecture Research Studio 2
BIA4401 Curtin - - SP3 -

1 Double Unit

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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Not eligible just yet? No worries. You can still start studying towards the degree - in fact, completing OUA units is the best way of becoming eligible. Once you've successfully completed the required units, you'll be ready to apply.

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Open Enrolment Units

There are eight open enrolment units in this course. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment units, and can enrol in APC100, BAS110/BAS115 (co-requisites), BAS120, BIA100, BIA110, BIA120 and BIA130 (provided all unit pre-requisites are met).

Students who successfully complete four from these eight open enrolment units (of which one must be APC100) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture) program provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria.

Open enrolment units as electives

Students who do not satisfy all of the Eligibility requirements for this degree, or students who do not intend to apply for admission to this degree, may study the Open enrolment units as electives. Please refer to the Award Requirements or Electives sections on your degree page for information about the maximum number of level 1 electives you may include in your degree.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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FEE-HELP
You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

2017 Changes

From 2017, BAS110 Architecture and Interior Architecture Studio and BAS115 Architecture and Interior Architecture Methods have been removed from the course. They will be replaced by new units, BIA140 Interior Architecture Design 1 and BIA145 Interior Architecture Methods 1.

Students who have completed BAS110 Architecture and Interior Architecture Studio and BAS115 Architecture and Interior Architecture Methods prior to 2017 will have it counted towards their degree.

2015 Changes

The name of the course has been changed to Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture) which aligns with current research into university viability, national trends and Curtin University's strategy towards increasing understanding, positioning and reflection on technologies and science for current students and future agility.

The change includes addition of 2 new honours units. Currently, all students undertake the Honours program. From 2015, third year Interior Architecture students who have attained a CWA of 65% or more will be invited into the Honours program. Fourth year is either a continuation of the first three years, extending knowledge of current academic research methodology as applied in the field of Interior Architecture (4 x 0.125 EFSTL, 2 x 0.25 EFSTL) or an honours stream extending knowledge of current academic research methodology as applied in the field of Interior Architecture, demonstrated through a supervised research project and an honours dissertation (2 x 0.25 EFSTL plus 4 x 0.125 EFSTL).

OUA students will not be affected by the addition of 2 units as this course has just been offered in 2014. Curtin University has rolled out first year in 2014 and second year in 2015.

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