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Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)
Lay the foundations for a career as an architect
Enter an industry where initiative, creativity and critical awareness are valued. Explore how architecture relates to culture and daily life. Study building design and construction, and express architectural ideas via reports, models and multimedia.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 15 Aug 21
- 14 Nov 21
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A graduate of this degree can:
- demonstrate an understanding of the broad discipline of architecture, its theoretical underpinnings, and ways of thinking; the ability to apply specific discipline knowledge contained within the streams of Architectural Design, Science and Technology, Architectural Culture and Design Communication
- think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to analyse and understand the diverse needs of various parties involved in architecture in order to generate and create innovative solutions
- conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to access and analyse the diverse information needed to make informed, strategic design decisions
- communicate information and ideas to diverse audience through visual, verbal and written communication techniques
- demonstrate an ability to recognise and understand the principles of a range of appropriate technologies and their suitable application within the discipline of architecture
- possess a sustained intellectual curiosity that constantly strives, through self-directed learning, for innovation within the profession of architecture
- have an awareness and ability to synthesize a range of local, national and international issues and perspectives which influence architecture
- understand and value cultural and physical diversity and appreciate its significance in the creation of architecture
- demonstrate a rigorous and ethical approach in the creation of architecture; the ability to work independently and in teams.
Graduates find employment in a wide range of fields, especially where initiative, creative thinking and critical awareness are valued. Graduates of this degree are sought after as there is a shortage of qualified people in the disciplines within the Built Environment particularly in Australia given the strength of the economy. Architects are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
This degree is the prerequisite for entry into the Master of Architecture, entry to the degree is competitive and a high semester weighted average is required. Students with a Bachelor's degree from a non AACA accredited architecture program are required to submit a folio at the time of application.
Graduates of this undergraduate degree who do not intend to practise architecture will have opportunities in areas such as urban design, environmental research, building conservation, heritage matters or community development.
This degree does not qualify the holder for registration as an architect or for Associate Membership of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. The educational qualifications required for registration are obtained through successful completion of the Master of Architecture degree, for which this degree is a prerequisite.
Open enrolment subjects
There are seven open enrolment subjects in this degree. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment subjects, and can enrol in APC100, BAS115, BAS120, BAS130, BAS140/BAS145(co-requisites), BAS150 through Open Universities Australia.
Higher education via OUA
- Successful completion of two of the following recommended eight open enrolment subjects APC100, BAS110/BAS115 (co-requisites), BAS120, BAS130, BAS140/BAS145 (co-requisites) and BAS150 (of which one must be APC100) and separate English language proficiency is required OR
- Successful completion of four OUA full degree level subjects at pass level, of which one must be APC100. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)
If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture elsewhere, onshore or offshore, and are applying for entry into the 2nd year or above of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you may be required to sit an interview for folio review. STAT elements considered are E, and either V or Q.
- 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-comparison.tisc
- Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study OR
- Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.
Work and Life
- Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
- Finished secondary education more than two years ago
- Bridging and enabling degree entry
- Curtin Enabling Program: UniReady - https://www.open.edu.au/degrees/uniready-enabling-subjects-curtin-university-cur-unr-deg
- Enabling degrees completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this degree.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Centre for Aboriginal Studies - http://karda.curtin.edu.au/
- Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications - https://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/
- English language proficiency
English Proficiency Requirements
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 or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
- Successful completion of two degree level subjects via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
- Successful completion of two degree level subjects at an Australian university and English proficiency
- Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.
*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***
Software Requirements — Students will require access to the following software: Photoshop, AutoCAD and Rhino. Details on accessing AutoCAD and Rhino will be provided in due degree at the commencement of relevant subjects (please note this software is free for student use). The student will be responsible for organising access to Photoshop, although student discount rates are available for Adobe.
Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.
Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.
To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/
It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.
More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).
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This degree is the prerequisite for entry into the Master of Architecture. The degree covers the design of buildings, the technical aspects of building construction, and how architecture relates to societies, cultures and people and the way they live. Architectural ideas are communicated through written and spoken reports, photographs, drawings, models and the electronic media. Students not intending to continue on to the Master may use the knowledge gained in this degree to seek employment within the architectural profession or building industry.
Software Requirements — Students will require access to the following software: Photoshop, AutoCAD and Rhino. Details on accessing AutoCAD and Rhino will be provided in due degree at the commencement of relevant subjects (please note this software is free for student use). The student will be responsible for organising access to Photoshop, although Curtin can offer student discount rates.
This degree sits within a group of degrees:
Recommended Study Pattern
Students MUST successfully complete all 24 subjects comprised of the Core Zone (20 subjects) and the Flexible Zone (4 subjects).
CORE ZONE (20 core subjects)
Essential Subjects: Complete the following core subjects:
Level 1 subjects:
- APC100 - Academic and Professional Communications
- BAS120 Technology of Design
- BAS130 Understanding Architecture
- BAS115 Architecture Methods 1
- BAS145 Architecture Methods 2
- BAS140 Architecture Design 2
- BAS150 Architectural Technology in Context
Level 2 subjects:
- BAS240 Architectural Technology and Making
- BAS250 Architecture and Identity
- BAS230 Architecture Design 4
- BAS235 Architecture Methods 4
- BAS200 Architecture Design 3
- BAS205 Architecture Methods 3
Level 3 subjects:
- BAS310 Environmental and Technological Systems in Architecture
- BAS320 Urban Contexts
- BAS340 Environmental and Technological Strategies in Architecture
- BAS350 Architecture, Theory and Critique
- BAS330 Architecture Design 6
- BAS300 Architecture Design 5
- BAS305 Architecture Methods 5
FLEXIBLE ZONE Choose one Specialisation: (4 subjects)
Specialisations prepare students to develop broad knowledge about an additional discipline area or same discipline area that complements their study in an award course. Some Specialisations may assist students to progress into postgraduate studies but have specific entry requirements.
This specialisation is developed for students wishing to understand the principles and processes surrounding building construction and management, specifically focusing on low and high rise construction, building surveying and construction contracts.
- CME101 Low Rise Construction
- CME206 Building Surveying
- CME309 Construction Contracts and Law
- CME103 Introduction to Management in Construction or CME106 High Rise Construction
Interior Architecture Specialisation
This specialisation is developed for students wishing to understand principles informing Interior Architecture design considerations including design elements, interior theory, philosophy, practice and aesthetics that impact and inform spatial experience.
- BIA120 Philosophy and Practice
- BIA230 Spatial Experience and Aesthetics
- BIA380 Interior Theory and Methodologies
- BIA100 Interior Design Studio 2 - Elements or BIA140 Interior Design Studio 1 - City
Suggested study plans for full time study will be available soon.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), students must complete the following:
- 24 core subjects
- Students who fail a core subject twice may be terminated from the degree
- This degree must be completed within 10 years
Changes in 2021:
This degree has undergone a major change effective from Study Period 3, 2021. It is with anticipation that there will be very minimal impact on students who are admitted in the current version. Current students in the program will be taught out in the next few years. The course coordinator will be assisting students who fall behind to have individualised study plans developed.
The following subjects will be removed from the Core structure:
- BAS110 - Architecture Design 1*
- BAS220 - Architectural Histories of Illusion, Power and Imagination
- BAS335 - Architecture Methods 6
*For students who need to complete this subject, BIA140 - Interior Design Studio 1 - City is an accepted alternative core subject.
Two new specialisations have been introduced from SP3. Each specialisation requires the completion of 4 subjects and students are required to select one specialisation.
- Interior Architecture
- Construction Management
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