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Bachelor of Design Studies

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314131

2010
ATAR
70

Design is an activity that requires creativity, critical thinking and the ability to understand and respond to the needs and aspirations of people and the possibilities of our environment. Design in the Bachelor of Design Studies degree focuses on the way humans create places through architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.

The three-year Bachelor of Design Studies degree can be taken alone or as the first part of the professionally accredited academic programs of Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture.  Alternatively, the Bachelor of Design Studies program provides a study pathway for students who wish to undertake the the Master of Planning or the Master of Planning (Urban Design)

The program involves the arts and the sciences, writing and graphics, design and analysis, management and engineering, together with architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.

In addition to the core design component in the Design Studies program, students can take electives from a wide range of areas such as digital design media (CAD), history and cultural contexts of landscapes and buildings, or environmental studies, as well as other electives from the humanities and sciences. All courses taught in the School are of one-semester length that allows for greater flexibility in planning a program of study.

Students will find themselves involved in practical aspects of the program, such as designing, making models, visiting building sites, landscapes and gardens, visiting art galleries and exhibitions, and absorbing aspects of the society in which people live and formulating proposals for improving the environment.

 

  • Program Structure

    The multi-disciplinary core and broad range of elective courses in the Bachelor of Design Studies foster intellectual development, critical thinking and creative action. The program is intended as a framework within which to develop these skills for those individuals who have an interest in the environment and design and who wish to enhance buildings and human modified places with creative environmental design solutions.

    The program involves the arts and sciences, writing and graphics, design and analysis, management and engineering, together with architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Although most graduates continue in one of the Architecture and/or Landscape Architecture, Planning or Urban Design, some follow careers in information technology, environmental design, media and publications, arts or other fields.

    Students can also apply for entry to an additional Honours year. The Honours program allows students to research a particular area from a wide range of topics such as digital design media (CAD), history of landscapes and buildings, cross-cultural architectural studies, and environmental studies. The Honours program opens the possibility for students to continue their studies into the Post-graduate (by Research) program, either in a Masters or PhD level.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314131
    2010 CSP ATAR 70
    2010 CSP IB 25
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $7,756
    Mid-year entry? No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 1 Mathematics (or equivalent), basic freehand drawing ability, computing skills

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed a Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before February 1st of the year that you will be studying. If you have studied a higher education program within the last two years, you must not have studied more than 2 years full-time equivalent in that program and you must not hold a completed higher education level award. If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Personal Competencies (PC) and Employment Experience (EE) statements may also contribute to your rank. If you submit a PC or EE statement, and one of these ranks higher than your STAT score, then the highest ranking statement will contribute 50% to your overall rank and the STAT will contribute the remaining 50%. If you do not submit a PC or EE statement, or if the statements have a lower rank than the STAT, then you will compete for a place on the basis of your STAT result only. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wilto Yerlo for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314131

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $21,000
    Mid-year entry? Subject to availability
    CRICOS 002782D
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    A-Level 7
    UEC [Malaysia] 20
    SAT [US] 1665
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] [1] 80%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Bradford Foundation Program 74
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    International ATAR 75
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $21,000
    Mid-year entry? Subject to availability
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 1 Mathematics (or equivalent), basic freehand drawing ability, computing skills
  • Areas of Specialisation

    B.Des.St. (Architectural Studies Major)

    An architectural studies major is taken by students wishing to study in the field of architecture and the built environment, particularly if they intend to complete the Bachelor of Design Studies and Master of Architecture academic programs and become a professional architect.

     B.Des.St. (Landscape Studies Major)

    A landscape studies major is taken by students wishing to study in the field of landscape architecture, particularly those wishing to complete the Bachelor of Design Studies and Master of Landscape Architecture academic programs and become a professional landscape architect.

     B.Des.St. (Architectural and Landscape Studies Major)

    An architectural and landscape studies major is taken by students wishing to study in both fields of architecture and landscape architecture, particularly if they intend to complete the Bachelor of Design Studies with the Master of Architecture/Master of Landscape Architecture double-degree academic program and become a professional architect and landscape architect.  

     B.Des.St. Without a Major

    Students may choose to complete the Bachelor of Design Studies with no major if they do not intend to pursue their education to the professional degrees of Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture. If in the future graduates from this degree (without a major) wish to enrol in the Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture, they would be required to enrol in, and pass, Architecture Design Studio or Landscape Architecture Design Studio and Natural and Landscape Systems.

    Students who follow this pathway may have the opportunity to continue onto the Master of Planning or Master of Planning (Urban Design)

    Many students who also follow this pathway continue their studies into the Master of Design in Digital Media. For those students wishing to choose this option it is highly recommended that they successfully complete the digital media elective courses at the second and third year levels in the B.Des.St.

  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Level I: Introduces the fundamentals of design, its communication in traditional and digital media, the natural and urban systems in which design is located, the ways that designs are constructed, and the history of settlements with its key ideas and outcomes.

    Level II: Develops skills and knowledge in the inter-relationships of environment, people and technology in design as well as the relationships between cultures and design in the past and in contemporary situations.

    Level III: Offers choices of more advanced studios in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture along with the specialised knowledge in natural and landscape systems needed by landscape architects. Elective courses are available at all levels.

    Architectural Studies major:

    Level I

     Core courses:

    Electives:*

    Level II

     Core courses:

    Electives:*

    • DESST 2504: Art History and Theories IIA  
    • DESST 2505: Art History and Theories IIB
    • DESST 2512: Islamic Architecture and Gardens
    • DESST 2514: Conservation in the Built Environment
    • Special Topic in Design Studies **
    Level III

     Core Courses:

    Electives:*

    • DESST 3502: Islamic Architecture and Gardens
    • DESST 3510: Sustainable Residential Building Design
    • DESST 3511: Sustainable Commercial Building Design
    • Special Topic in Design Studies * *

    *Elective courses can also be taken from other Schools in the University as long as they are at the appropriate level and are the equivalent unit value.

    **There are a range of Special Topic courses offered in the School, including but not limited to: Special Topic in landscape studies, environmental performance, urbanism, and Aboriginal Architecture. Please note that not all Special Topic courses are offered each year. Course descriptions can be found on the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design web-site.

      

    Landscape Studies Major

    Level III

     Core Courses:

    Electives:*

    • DESST 3511: Sustainable Commercial Building Design
    • Special Topic in Design Studies ** 

    *Elective courses can also be taken from other Schools in the University as long as they are at the appropriate level and are the equivalent unit value.

    **There are a range of Special Topic courses offered in the School, including but not limited to: Special Topic in landscape studies, environmental performance, urbanism, and Aboriginal Architecture. Please note that not all Special Topic courses are offered each year. Course descriptions can be found on the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design web-site.

      

    Architecture and Landscape Architecture major:

    Levels I and II are the same as Architecture or Landscape Major.

    Level III

     Core courses: 

    • DESST 3027: Designing Sustainable Communities
    • DESST 3028: Natural and Landscape Systems
    • DESST 3029: Architecture Design Studio
    • DESST 3030: Landscape Architecture Design Studio
    • Electives:

      No electives available.

    Design Studies without a major:

    Levels I and II are the same as Architecture or Landscape Major.

    Level III

     Core course:

    Electives:*

    • DESST 3502: Islamic Architecture and Gardens III
    • DESST 3025: Natural and Landscape Systems
    • DESST 3510: Sustainable Residential Building Design
    • DESST 3511 Sustainable Commercial Building Design
    • Special Topic in Design Studies ** 

    *Elective courses can also be taken from other Schools in the University as long as they are at the appropriate level and are the equivalent unit value.

    ** There are a range of Special Topic courses offered in the School, including but not limited to: Special Topic in landscape studies, environmental performance, urbanism, and Aboriginal Architecture. Please note that not all Special Topic courses are offered each year.  Course descriptions of electives can be found on the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design web-site.

  • Career Opportunities

    What is the pathway to becoming an architect or landscape architect?

    The career paths of architects and landscape architects are many and varied. High levels of skill and flexibility are needed in professions that are responding to global and local needs. To prepare for these exciting possibilities this School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide delivers one undergraduate Bachelor of Design Studies program that leads to two professional graduate degrees – Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture. Alternatively, the Bachelor of Design Studies program provides a study pathway for students who wish to undertake the School’s graduate Master of Planning or Master of Planning (Urban Design) programs.

    The Bachelor of Design Studies followed by the Master of Architecture is recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects and accredited by the Architects Board of South Australia. These two programs can be completed in 5 years of study.  A total of two years practical experience, at least one of which must be taken after graduation, and an examination by the Architects Registration Board are prerequisites to registration as an Architect.   

    A similar pathway applies for aspiring Landscape Architects, with the Master of Landscape Architecture being recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and examined by the Registered Landscape Architects Board for registration.

    It is important to note that while many B.Des.St. graduates continue in either Architecture and/or Landscape Architecture others follow a variety of career directions.  The B.Des.St. leads to careers which require skills in analysing and interpreting situations, the use of creative decision making approaches, and the formulation of proposals for change or conservation.

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Design Studies are well equipped to continue on to a broad spectrum of future studies in other fields because of the program's emphasis on critical thinking, creative action, communication skills and digital technologies. These pathways could include teaching, health sciences, environmental law, international development, urban and regional planning, marketing and business.

    Potential careers

    Academic, Asset Manager, Construction Manager, Draftsperson, Environmental Designer, Consultant, Planner, Policy Adviser, Project Manager, Project Officer, Environmental Project Officer, Researcher, Planning Officer / Urban Planner, Town Planning Engineer, Landscape Architect, Architect

  • Graduate Attributes

    School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Postgraduate Program Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Accreditation

    To practice as an Architect, Landscape Architect, Town Planner or Urban Designer, candidates must have completed a professionally accredited degree in the relevant program.

    The Bachelor of Design Studies followed by the Master of Architecture is recognised by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) and accredited by the Architects Board of South Australia.

    The Bachelor of Design Studies followed by the Master of Landscape Architecture being recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and examined by the Registered Landscape Architects Board for registration.

    The Bachelor of Design Studies followed by the Master of Planning or Master of Planning (Urban Design) are accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

  • Further Information
    Visit www.architecture.adelaide.edu.au. An information session will be held on Tuesday 9 December 2008, 4-5pm.
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