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Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: A Guide for International Aspirants

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
Study Abroad Expert

A Bachelors of Architecture in Australia is a three-year program costing around 96,000 AUD- 135,000 AUD. Including BArch, there are around 144 different programs related to architecture such as certificates/advanced diploma, bachelor's in architectural science/studies/interior architecture and masters in architecture offered at around 40 Australian universities.

  • Admission to the program is mostly available for February & July sessions.
  • You can register as an Architect in Australia post completion of a master's degree.
  • There are eight architect boards in Australia for accreditation of programs and architectural registration.
  • The salary range in Australia for architectural students is 60,800 AUD to 100,000 AUD. The image below represents the average salaries of architects in various cities in Australia:
Bachelors of Architecture in Australia

Why study Bachelors of Architecture in Australia?

  • Four Australian universities rank within the Top 50 Global Universities for Architectural program.
  • 10 Australian universities rank within the Top 100 Global Universities for Architectural program.
  • According to the AACA (Architects Accreditation Council of Australia) reports, there are around 13,000 enterprises that employ 40,000 architects in Australia.
  • In 2017-2018, the sector generated an income of approximately $ 5.8 billion which shows the rapid growth of the sector.
  • The Australian lifestyle is quite high quality considering its 13th position in the world’s economy.
  • A satisfaction score of 90% is given to Australia for its higher education and living quality by international students.

Top universities offering Bachelor of architecture:

There are more than 40 universities offering bachelors of architecture in Australia. Around 15 Australian Universities rank globally among top 250 for their architecture program, as per the QS top universities subject rankings 2020. Given below is a table providing details of some of the top-ranking universities, programs offered and the total program fees.

QS Global Subject-Wise RankingsUniversity NameCourses offeredCourse DurationProgram fee (AUD)
15University of SydneyBachelor of Design (architecture)3 years123,000
17University of MelbourneBachelor of Design ( architecture) 3 years102,336 – 133896
22RMITBachelor of Architectural Design3 years123,840
25University of New South WalesBachelor of architectural studies3 years123,840
51-100University of QueenslandBachelor of architectural design3 years135,360
51-100Monash UniversityBachelor of architectural design3 years123,000
51-100Queensland University of technologyBachelor of Design (architecture) Bachelor of Design (interior architecture) Bachelor of Design (landscape architecture)3 years108,300
51-100University of Technology SydneyBachelor of Design (architecture)3 years116,160
51-100University of NewcastleBachelor of Design ( architecture)3 years98,100
51-100Curtin UniversityBachelor of Applied Science (architectural sciences)3 years98,100
101-150University of AdelaideBachelor of architectural design3 years105,000
101-150Griffith UniversityBachelor of architectural design3 years97,500
101-150University of Western AustraliaBachelors of Architecture3 years110,100
151-200Deakin University Bachelor of Design (architecture)3 year96,000
-Western Sydney UniversityBachelor of architectural design3 year99,000

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: Course details

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia includes architectural history, building science, material science and technology, urban planning and development, study of construction planning and management, analysis of contemporary architecture, urban design policy, etc.

The course is designed in such a way that it deals with theory as well as practical work for better insight. Special attention is given to advanced software learning like CAD, CREO, etc that caters to the needs of modern architectural organisations.

The completion of a degree is often followed by 8-10 months of internship and training.

Basic skills required to become architecture:

  • Excellent creativity thinking and imagination skills.
  • Advanced mathematics and physics knowledge.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Zeal to work for long hours in fieldwork under pressure.
  • Good clarity of mathematical concepts.
  • Knowledge of legal constraints and regulations.
  • Teamwork and leadership skills.

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: Admissions

Each university has its own minimum eligibility to be fulfilled. Most of the Australian Universities consider ATAR rank ( Australian Tertiary admission rank) for admissions. It is calculated using HSC (Higher secondary certificate) overall score and is an estimate of the particular student’s rank amongst the candidates of the same year group. In general, one must have completed the minimum qualification of 10+2 years to pursue a Bachelors of Architecture in Australia. The admission is usually offered in February and July months.

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: Eligibility

Given below is a table for details on the university specific eligibility criteria. This includes the ATAR ranks, score for Indian high school graduates, and language proficiency requirements that must be fulfilled by international students. To study in Australia, it is required that you fulfill these minimum requirements:

University nameATAR RANKCBSE Indian School CertificateGrade EquivalentTOEFL(iBT)IELTS
University of Sydney80-9216.592%A296(17/19)7.0
University of Melbourne75-80English Language scores are requiredEnglish Language scores are requiredA2796.5
RMIT-English language is mandatory80%B1796.5
University of New South Wales801383B2 94(25/23)7.0
University of Queensland87-77.5-85B1-A287(19/21)6.5
Monash University-English is requiredEnglish is required-79(21/18)6.5
Queensland University of Technology80+1260%+B2796.5
The University of Technology, Sydney75-95---102-1096.5-7.5
University of New Castle14.570+B1-6.0
Curtin University7060%65%B2-6.5
University of Adelaide75-8070%80%B179(18/21)6.5

In various universities, applicants who are unable to fulfill the above-mentioned minimum requirements are still considered for admissions. This is possible if the applicants apply through pathways.

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: Application Package

International applicants are required to submit additional documents along with their application. These are as follows:

  • Academic certificates and mark sheets of 12th qualification.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Language proficiency test: IELTS/TOEFL
  • Health insurance.
  • Passport size photographs.
  • Residential proof or Australian visa

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: Cost of Study

When planning to study abroad, international applicants must keep in mind that they will encounter expenses like tuition, accommodation, etc. These expenses can be broadly categorized in pre-arrival and post-arrival. Pre-arrival costs include one-time expenses including exams, travel, etc. Post-arrival cost includes tuition and the cost of living abroad. The detailed outline of these is briefed in the sections below.

Pre-arrival costs

These are one-time investment costs which cannot be ignored in any circumstances.

Type of expensesCosts in AUD
Application fees125-300
Visa application fees575
IELTS application fees340
TOEFL application fees300
Airfare200-750.
Health insurance2,149

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: Tuition Fee

Given below is a graph comparing the tuition fees for some of the popular Australian universities offering a bachelors in architecture:

Cost of Living in Australia

Cost of Living in Australia

The Australian government suggests international students have an extra amount of around 21,000 AUD annually. This amount will cover your accommodation and other expenses. You must have an additional 7,000 AUD, if a partner is accompanying you, These expenses include the basic cost of living in Australia. Given below is a detailed description of the monthly expenses that you may experience

Type of ExpenseCost (AUD)
Homestay450 – 1200
Students Hall440 – 1100
Rent of Appart750 – 1700
Food500 – 1000
Transportation cost30 – 70
Internet70 – 120
Entertainment200

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia with Scholarships

Despite being one of the most expensive countries, Australia is still amongst one of the most preferable destinations for students. This is mostly because of the number of scholarships that are available for international students. Given below is the list of scholarships among some of the top universities:

Government-funded scholarships

  • Australian Awards: This is a government-funded scholarship that covers all the student expenses such as accommodation, transportation, 100% tuition fees, etc. For 2020, the award will be given to 1982 students belonging to around 50 countries. The department of foreign affairs and Trade released a budget of A$ 280 million for this scholarship.
  • Provider Scholarships: Based on the academic performances, the government provides meritorious international students with scholarships.
  • Destination Australia Scholarship: Introduced to improve mobility in Australia, this scholarship is offered to both domestic and international students. Over 1000 scholarships are offered each year to promote Australia as a study abroad destination and enhance the study-abroad domestic aspirants.

University-Specific Scholarships

Given below are the scholarships for international students studying in Australia. Some universities offer specific scholarships for Bachelors of Architecture programs. The details of value/amount offered are also included in the below-mentioned table:

UniversityScholarshipValue
University of SydneyCox Architectural Scholarship Dean’s International Merit Scholarship5000 1000
University of MelbourneMelbourne Mobility Award Students Grant6000 1000-10,000
Monash UniversityCommonwealth Indigenous Access Scholarship3000
RMITAustralian AwardsVaries
University of New SouthwalesUNSW International Scholarships5000
University of Technology SydneyInternational Undergraduate Full Tuition ScholarshipComplete Tuition is Waived

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Bachelors of Architecture in Australia: Job prospects

As per the AACA survey, it was discovered that for around 10,000 architects who had bachelors as their highest qualification. This was followed by a masters in architecture degree, which is held by around 2,800 architects in Australia.

It is expected that there will be around 9,000 job openings in the coming five years. This means that around 1800 opening will be seen each year. Given below is an image of the major industries and their share of employment for architects:

Bachelors of Architecture in Australia

An architect in Australia working with the government earns around 93,800 AUD on an annual average. However, the one’s working in the private sector make around 89,400 AUD annually.

Job typeAnnual Average Salary (AUD)
Architectural draftsperson67400
Architect & Architectural Designer81500
Architectural Technician83800
Architectural Consultant86600
CAD Drafter71600
Design & Decoration Assistant74900
Interior Designer89800
Landscape Architect88600
Mapping Technician65800
Architectural Manager105000

Architecture sector has a great scope in Australia. The demand for highly proficient architects is rapidly Increasing. The jobs in this sector have all the important roles from planning a project to construction and legal documentation which make the sector more stimulating.

A bachelor’s degree followed by masters in architecture from Australia will bring more job opportunities and exposure. The industry is worth $100 billion and has millions of employees. The architects in Australia are registered under the state or territory architect’s board. Any graduate, prior to registration, cannot call themselves Architects legally in Australia. There are a total of 8 boards in Australia.

However, to be eligible to register under the Board, one must have completed masters in architecture, have 2 years of experience in the industry and then, one has to pass the competency test. International students must keep this in mind while applying for the program and various jobs in Australia.

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