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Study Architectural Science at Curtin
B-ARCH

Architectural Science

Bachelor degree

From designing houses and parks to building hospitals and shopping centres, the growing need for infrastructure opens many career opportunities.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)
  • Duration
    3 years full-time
  • Credit
    600
  • CRICOS
    003868A
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Why study Architectural Science at Curtin?

Highly ranked course

Curtin University is the highest ranked university in WA and in the top 100 universities globally for Architecture.

(QS World Rankings 2021) 

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Professional recognition

This course meets the prerequisites for the two-year Master of Architecture qualification.

Architectural Science

Outline

Outline

Architecture combines creative practices of architectural design with the cultural, social, technical and sustainability issues of the built environment.

In this course you will study the relationship between the natural and constructed environment, the architectural proposition and the occupation of space.

This degree is taught by academic staff, industry practitioners and guest lecturers, and is a pathway for the two-year accredited Master of Architecture qualification.

Curtin's architecture students benefit from valuable industry experiences. For example, design company GHDWoodhead and government entity Water Corporation have both provided hands-on design opportunities to Curtin students.

Curtin students have also enjoyed opportunities to work with key industry consultants such as Woods Bagot, Cox and Hassell.

Course structure

You will study core units and specialise in one of the following:

  • Construction Management
  • Design Thinking and Visual Communication
  •  Designing Fashion
  •  Interior Architecture
  • Principles of Planning
  • Animation and Game Architecture Design.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

You will complete projects and stage exhibitions.

This course leads on to the two-year Master of Architecture which is applied specifically to the professional practice of architecture.

What jobs can the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) lead to?

Careers

  • Building consultant
  • Draftsperson
  • Architect*

* After completing the Master of Architecture.

Industries

  • Building and construction
  • Local Government

Further Study

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the broad discipline of architecture, its theoretical underpinnings, and ways of thinking; the ability to apply specific discipline knowledge contained within the streams of Architectural Design, Science and Technology, Architecture and Culture and Design Communication
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to analyse and understand the diverse needs of various parties involved in architecture in order to generate and create innovative solutions
  • conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to access and analyse the diverse information needed to make informed, strategic design decisions
  • communicate information and ideas to diverse audience through visual, verbal and written communication techniques
  • demonstrate ability to recognise and understand the principles of a range of appropriate technologies and their suitable application within the discipline of architecture
  • possess a sustained intellectual curiosity that constantly strives, through self-directed learning, for innovation within the profession of architecture
  • have an awareness and ability to synthesize a range of local, national and international issues and perspectives which influence architecture
  • understand and value cultural and physical diversity and appreciate its significance in the creation of architecture
  • demonstrate a rigorous and ethical approach in the creation of architecture; the ability to work independently and in teams

Professional recognition

To pursue a career as an architect in Australia, you must be registered with the relevant state’s Architects’ Board. Curtin’s accredited Master of Architecture program, when combined with relevant professional experience and successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination, fulfils one of the pathways to registration.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    NA

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    STAT elements considered are E, and either V or Q.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake is only available to domestic students wishing to study on a part-time basis. For international students July intake is only available if you have sufficient credit for recognised learning.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture elsewhere, onshore or offshore, and are applying for entry into the 2nd year or above of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you will be required to sit an interview for folio review.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    STAT elements considered are E, and either V or Q.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    NA

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake is only available to domestic students wishing to study on a part-time basis. For international students July intake is only available if you have sufficient credit for recognised learning.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture elsewhere, onshore or offshore, and are applying for entry into the 2nd year or above of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you will be required to sit an interview for folio review.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

  • STAT entry

    STAT elements considered are E, and either V or Q.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    NA

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake is only available to domestic students wishing to study on a part-time basis. For international students July intake is only available if you have sufficient credit for recognised learning.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture elsewhere, onshore or offshore, and are applying for entry into the 2nd year or above of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you will be required to sit an interview for folio review.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page. 

If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture at another institution, onshore or offshore, and are applying for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) and entry into the 2nd year or above of our Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you will be required to sit an interview for folio review.*

*This does not apply to students transitioning from Curtin College.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    NA

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake is only available to domestic students wishing to study on a part-time basis. For international students July intake is only available if you have sufficient credit for recognised learning.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture elsewhere, onshore or offshore, and are applying for entry into the 2nd year or above of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you will be required to sit an interview for folio review.

Unsure what option suits you?

We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of university admission. Choose the support you need from the options below.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,200*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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