Introduction to Architecture
If you've got a knack for design and a passion for the spaces we inhabit, then an architecture course may lead you into a career you'll love. Discover why studying architecture in Australia could be the pathway for you. We’re here to help you explore online courses available with leading universities.Explore architecture courses
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You will need an ATAR between 70 and 89 to be eligible for a Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science). Other prerequisites can include:
- a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE)
- assumed knowledge in English and/or maths
- basic freehand drawing ability
- computer skills
It’s important to check the entry requirements for your chosen course before you apply to avoid disappointment.
However, an ATAR isn’t the only way to start studying architecture. If you don’t meet these entry requirements, Open Universities Australia can help you get into an undergraduate architecture degree through pathway subjects that are open to everyone. Chat to our student advisors to find out more about this.
It takes a minimum of seven years to become an architect. You’ll need to complete:
- 3 years of undergraduate study
- 2 years of postgraduate study
- 2 years of supervised experience with an architectural firm
You will also need to pass the Architectural Practice Examination and register with your local state or territory’s Architects Registration Board.
If you choose to study online through Open Universities Australia, you can complete your qualifications at your own pace. You have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take at once, and scale them up and down as it suits you. This is a fantastic way to work towards your dream of becoming an architect, while balancing other commitments like full-time work, family and friends.
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What you'll learn in an architecture course
Since becoming an architect requires both an undergraduate and postgraduate architecture degree, what you learn will really depend on where you are in your study journey.
For an introduction to architecture, there are short courses available that cover topics such as:
- The history of architecture, from the ancient world until today
- Different architectural movements
- Sustainable design
When you take the next step into an undergraduate degree, you’ll learn:
- The broad discipline of architecture and ways of thinking
- How to conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research
- The art behind architectural methods including 3D computer-aided design and modelling, technical drawing and model making
In a postgraduate degree, you’ll build on the above learnings through work-based projects, before writing an individual dissertation in architectural design.
Why should you study architecture?
The world of architecture is constantly changing because of new design trends, building practices and environmental conditions. If you’re a creative problem solver who wants to influence how our towns and cities look long into the future, then it couldn’t be a better industry to get into.
As our population booms, the need for architects and architectural design is set to increase—making it a profession that offers plenty of job security.
An architect earns well, too. The fully-fledged architect has an average salary of $133,761, with senior architects earning up to $180,000 per year.
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