Bachelor of Architectural Design
- Access the latest design technologies, innovative processes and a wealth of architectural resources.
- Receive advice and guidance from real architects working in the field and go on industry and site visits.
- Impact communities through international study tours and learn how to address the challenges facing tomorrow's cities.
- Progress into the Master of Architecture, which is accredited by all state and territory architect registration boards.
How you'll learn
Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.
Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.
- Overseas study
- Laboratory work
What you'll study
At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:
- Architectural Design 1: Form and Space
- Architecture in the Western Tradition
- Buildings in History and Culture
- Building Materials: Properties, Principles and Applications
Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:
- Interior designer
- Environmental graphic designer
- Furniture designer
- Urban designer
- Property developer
- Product designer
- Wayfinding designer
- Change manager
- Fashion designer
Next steps after graduation
On completion of the Bachelor of Architectural Design, you will be able to start your career as a junior designer in an architectural practice, draftsperson, building designer or 3D visualisation artist.
Following the completion of your Bachelor of Architectural Design, your next step to becoming a registered architect is with UQ’s Master of Architecture.
To be able to practice architecture in Australia, you must join a state or territory registration board. To be eligible to register, you first have to:
- Progress into the Master of Architecture.
- Complete 2 years of professional experience.
- Pass the Architectural Practice Exam.
When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.
- Australian Institute of Architects
When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.
- Board of Architects of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Architects
Entry score threshold
|ATAR / Rank||IB|
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.
English language requirements
IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ
TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.
TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.
Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.
BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.
CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.
OET is not accepted.
There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.
Need help meeting the entry requirements?
We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.
If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.
Additional application information
International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Architectural Design are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).
There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Architectural Design for Semester 1, 2021
|Without adjustments||With adjustments|
Who you'll study with
Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:
|Applicant background||Number of students||Percentage of all students|
(A) Higher education study
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
(C) Work and life experience
|(D) Recent secondary education|
"<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.
Fees and Scholarships
Indicative annual fee
- Books, technical notes etc (approx $150)
- Consumables, paper, pens etc (approx $100-200)
- Drawing board and equipment (approx $600-700)
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.
The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students.
Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:
How to apply
If you’re studying Year 12 in Australia, go to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program.
If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is:
- To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.
To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.
Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.
We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.
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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.