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Bachelor of  Architectural Design

Program code: 2293
QTAC code: 711202
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Architects shape city skylines and design solutions for problems like affordable and sustainable housing. If you're interested in designing spaces that are beautiful and functional – architecture is for you.

  • The Bachelor of Architectural Design is the first step to becoming a professional, registered architect in Australia. It's taught by leading academics and researchers at one of the top three architecture schools in Australia.
  • Enjoy the format of studio-based design courses, which provide you with opportunities to develop special areas of interest. You might collaborate with industry, research solutions to design problems, meet real clients, or visit projects.
  • Learn to design in response to climate and context, from lecturers with strong local industry links and an international perspective. You'll study design principles, sustainability, emerging technologies, the history of buildings and culture, and more.
  • Progress to the Master of Architecture to finish your training as a professional architect. The BArchDes is the preferred pathway into the master's program, and aligns with international benchmarks in architectural education.

The Bachelor of Architectural Design provides you with the foundational knowledge, technical skills and creative imagination to shape our built environment and design the cities and spaces of tomorrow.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The UQ School of Architecture was ranked 50th in the world by subject in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The School was also placed in the top three Australian universities for architecture in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.


  • Teaching staff

    Award-winning teachers

    During your studies you'll be taught by experts in the field. In 2015, one of our professors, Paul Memmot, was awarded the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Award – the highest accolade for teaching from the Australian Institute of Architects.

  • Why study

    Take the next step – Master of Architecture

  • Teaching spaces

    Studio culture

    Studio culture

    UQ is one of the few Australian universities to offer dedicated 24/7 design studios for students. The studios are the principal learning space for students, alongside the workshop, and fabrication and computer labs for testing your ideas and developing your designs.

Career outcomes

Career options for Bachelor of Architectural Design graduates include employment in:

  • allied design professions,
  • government departments,
  • statutory bodies,
  • local authorities,
  • commercial development companies, or
  • research organisations.

Architectural education can lead you in many directions in addition to becoming a practicing architect, such as fashion, interior or product design, magazine editorial work, property development, research, and education.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design are not legally allowed to call themselves "architects" or seek registration with architect registration boards in Australia.

To be eligible for professional registration, you have to complete a master's level qualification and a period of professional experience.

Overwhelmingly, graduates progress into the Master of Architecture program, which provides the necessary postgraduate qualifications and training for registration as a professional architect.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Students

    Scholarship opportunities

    The Birrell Scholars program recognises outstanding architecture students and gives them priority access to industry networks, events, and exchange and industry-sponsored opportunities. The School also awards more than $55,000 in scholarships and prizes annually.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Research

    Research leaders

    The School of Architecture is home to two leading research centres: the Centre for Architecture Theory, Criticism and History and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre. Our research fuels our teaching, which means you'll learn the very best and very latest ideas. 


  • Beyond the classroom

    Student exhibition

    Student exhibition

    Every year the School showcases the best works from our architecture students. The exhibition is sponsored by major industry partners and brings together Brisbane's architectural community to review our graduates' work and celebrate. 

  • Students
    When I moved to Australia from the Middle East in grade four, my parents decided they would buy me Lego sets if I got top grades, and my interest in architecture grew from there. Straight out of high school I enrolled in architecture at UQ. It’s been two years now. The close friends, the experiences, and knowledge I’ve gained have cemented my passion. Shehzad Jeevaji, current student, Bachelor of Architectural Design,
  • Beyond the classroom

    UQ Architecture lecture series

    UQ Architecture lecture series

    Each year, the School of Architecture, in collaboration with the SLQ's Asia Pacific Design Library, coordinates a lecture series featuring internationally renowned speakers. Lectures aren't just about presenting established superstars, but also discovering rising ones, who are creating new knowledge and exciting designs.

  • Why study

    Our social commitment

    During your studies, you'll learn to design with an awareness of people’s needs, with a respect for the past and a vision for the future. The School's curriculum aims to equip graduates with the skills to solve the social and environmental challenges facing tomorrow's cities and their inhabitants.



Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Architectural Design in 2018:

6 89 32

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Architectural Design:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median4 / 93 4 / 93
Lowest7 / 86 6 / 89

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Architectural Design are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Architectural Design in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study44 30.34%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
68 46.9%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International students29 20%
Total145 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Architects

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Board of Architects of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Architects

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Architectural Design may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Architectural Design are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,359
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Architectural Design for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Books, technical notes etc (approx $150)
  • Consumables, paper, pens etc (approx $100-200)
  • Drawing board and equipment (approx $600-700)


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Architectural Design need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Architectural Design is 711202. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

Accreditation and recognition of architecture programs is jointly conducted by the Board of Architects of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Architects. The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) maintains a listing of all accredited courses in Australia.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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