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Bachelor of Architectural Design

RMIT Architecture and its graduates are known for their achievements at the highest levels. Acknowledged by the national and international architectural profession, the Bachelor of Architectural Design is designed to help you develop a rich understanding of architecture, and build a diverse set of skills that will carry you through your career. 

Learn in an environment that is similar to a cutting-edge architectural design firm. Through your core and elective subjects, you'll have the opportunity to focus on your drawing, 2D and 3D design skills, and will be surrounded by like-minded creatives. You'll combine both experimental and speculative design with practical projects, and engage with real-life industry projects to expand your knowledge and help you discover innovative approaches to problem solving. 

Learning from internationally-recognised and award-winning architects alongside visiting national and international experts, consultants and specialists, you will explore the core skills required of an architect and architectural designer. As a student, you will be immersed in new ideas and perspectives that will develop your design and communication skills.。

Selection task requirements 

You are required to provide the following: 

  • a statement outlining your motivations and aspirations for studying architecture including details of any relevant experience such as employment, voluntary work, etc and how this strengthens your application to this program (maximum 250 words) 

  • a design ideas exercise. For this exercise you are required to identify an issue or major site and respond to it by presenting bold ideas and visions for its future. Your site can be a building, a street or a public space that you wish to reconsider through design 

  • your design vision which may be informed by opportunities you identify within the site. Alternatively, you can engage with current or recurring issues facing society or the built environment as a way of expressing your ideas about design. Your design ideas exercise submission must be in a single PDF of up to 4 pages (maximum file size 10MB) including: 

  • graphic illustration of your design proposal. You are free to use any medium to communicate your ideas including: drawing, illustration, model making (submit photographs only), photomontage, collage, painting, computer modelling/rendering – anything that you think will express your ideas and proposal. Make sure to scan or digitise hand drawings and photographs at a higher resolution for clarity. 

  • clearly identify the issue or site you are responding to 

  • a concise written description of the design problem or site and your analysis of what you have identified as issues or opportunities for your design proposal (maximum 100 words) 

  • a clearly written description of your design proposal (maximum 100 words) 

You are encouraged to be ambitious and brave in the design work that you present in response to this exercise. In preparing your response, think broadly, imaginatively and be creative. Your proposal does not have to be practical or even possible, it could be for now or a long way into the future. There is no one correct response to this exercise and you are not expected to have any substantial prior knowledge of architecture. The selection panel will be assessing your ideas and vision and not your ability to draft architectural drawings or plans. You should draw on your own experience and research to put forward your own ideas. Consider the issue or site and your design response carefully before preparing your final submission so that your ideas are clearly presented to the selection panel.