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Architecture

Architecture is concerned with the conceptualisation and design of individual buildings, urban configurations and landscapes in response to existing and emerging economic, technical and social needs and desires.

Introduction

An undergraduate major in Architecture serves as a preparation for postgraduate studies by exposing students to a range of technologies and production methods carefully conceptualised in a manner that encourages students to imagine a range of design outcomes and their applications.

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Course description, features and facilities

Majoring in Architecture provides you with a rich combination of experiences in creativity, the humanities and the sciences. As a student you will learn about the conceptualisation and design of individual buildings, urban configurations and landscapes in response to existing and emerging economic, technical and social needs and desires.

Within this major you will use a range of different technologies and production methods, both manual and digitally based, to create drawings, models and prototypes. Your practical studies will be supported by investigating design communication, sustainable design and considerations of relevant historical, theoretical and ethical aspects of architecture. You will learn how to use creative and rational inquiry to analyse and provide solutions to design problems, integrating emerging aesthetic, technical, social and ethical concerns. Design studios form the backbone of the Architecture major. Studio teaching is supplemented by studies in the history and theories of the built environment and construction.

UWA has invested heavily in cutting-edge model-making and prototyping technologies including laser cutters and a three dimensional model maker. The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts (ALVA) also has a well-equipped workshop and students have the benefit of the Cullity Gallery to exhibit their work.

The Faculty brings together the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, visual arts and urban design. This grouping represents a substantial breadth and depth of design experience that can inform and inspire new design students.

Please note: This major can only be taken by Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) students concurrently enrolled in the Integrated Design major.

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Student profile

Student profile – Ashleigh Costa

Architecture allows you to think creatively, fulfil human needs and leave your mark in the world. It gives you the opportunity to travel overseas as part of a student exchange program, and also visit interesting locations around Western Australia.

The assignments allow you to learn more about Perth as they relate well to where we live. Architecture is very practical and hands-on, and I love that I can come to uni every day and have a great environment to work in.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Majors in Architecture and Integrated Design provide a range of employment opportunities including work as an:

 

  • Architect (with further study)
  • Urban Designer (with further study)
  • Architectural Draftsperson
  • Architectural Educator/Academic
  • Government Policy Advisor
Working in:
  • Architectural and urban design practice
  • City and regional planning
  • Government agencies
  • Higher education
  • Property development
  • Architectural illustration & modelling
 

 

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This course could lead to becoming a:

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Further study opportunities

Students who complete an Architecture major and Integrated Design major at a sufficiently high level may proceed to the Master of Architecture by Coursework. The MArch is accredited by the Architects' Boards in each state and territory and recognised by a number of international accreditation bodies. Completion of an Architecture major to a sufficiently high level may also lead to further studies in a postgraduate Urban Design course.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
French Baccalaureat
12
International Baccalaureate
29
UWA Foundation Programme (UWAFP)
66
GCE or Cambridge Advanced-level Examinations
8
Western Australian Universities Preparatory Program (WAUPP)
63
Trinity College Foundation Program
85
Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)
270
Canadian Matriculation (except Quebec)
60
Chinese Unified Examinations (UEC)
12
Chinese Gao Kao
525
All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
12
Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
60
Norwegian Vitnemål
4.14
Swedish Slutbetyg
15.70
German Abitur
3.17
Singapore-Cambridge A-Levels
8
South African National Senior Certificate
4.60

These are the required prerequisites for applicants who have completed these particular qualifications.

If you are applying for a place based on other qualifications you need to demonstrate that you have knowledge at least equivalent to the subjects specified.

Advanced standing

Students with previous tertiary level qualifications will be considered for advanced standing (credit).

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. First semester entry
  3. Second semester entry
  4. Information for…
  5. Contact details - admission information

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: first and second semester.

Application Deadlines

First semester entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre.

Contact the Admissions Centre for advice.

Second semester entry

After the closing date, contact the Admissions Centre for advice.

Information for

Contact details - admission information

UWA Admissions Centre (M353)

Address
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Location
UWA Map
Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 2477 – General enquiries
1800 653 050 – General enquiries (country callers)
Fax
(+61 8) 6488 1226
Enquire on-line
askUWA
Opening hours
Monday – Friday, 9am–4pm

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  1. First semester entry
  2. Second semester entry
  3. Information for…
  4. Contact details - admission information

First semester entry

International undergraduate applicants must complete this application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

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You must also:

Second semester entry

International undergraduate applicants must complete this application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

Apply online

You must also:

Information for

Contact details - admission information

UWA International Centre (M352)

Address
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 3939
Fax
(+61 8) 9382 4071
Contacts
International Centre
Enquire on-line
askUWA
Location
UWA Map
Opening hours
Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm
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Architecture: the details

Status
Available 2014
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
21-25 contact hours, plus own study time (in conjunction with Integrated Design major)
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BDes), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA, 6016
alva.admin@uwa.edu.au
Ask UWA
(+61 8) 6488 2582

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