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.


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 – Lan Nguyen

In architecture we get to learn a little bit about everything. It’s more than just designing buildings; it’s also about connecting with people, finding solutions to problems, and learning to be creative but practical at the same time.

The ALVA campus has a real sense of community among students and staff. In my time here, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in designing and constructing a timber bus stop located on campus. The pride and satisfaction of seeing ideas turn into a real physical manifestation and being used by the public was incredible.

Through the ALVA Society I’ve had the opportunity to attend national competitions such as SuperStudio 2014 of which my team placed 3rd nationwide. I also had the opportunity to travel with classmates to do a studio in Barcelona in the first half of 2015.

The work experience requirement has allowed me to work directly under experienced architects and gain invaluable skills and insight into the profession. It’s been immensely rewarding. Study architecture!

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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. Architecture is only available as a degree-specific major in conjunction with Integrated Design.

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.

On this page

  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) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
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.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Future Students

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Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Architecture: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Delivery mode
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
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA, 6016
(+61 8) 6488 2582