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Arts in Architecture

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The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture course offers a liberal arts and technical program for those with a special interest in architectural studies and provides the basis for a further postgraduate professional degree. This course is characterised by project based design studio learning integrated with technical studies and research led teaching. Students investigate architectural concepts of increasing complexity throughout the program.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program promotes critical approaches to architecture and the city. Studies in design, history, theory, technology and representation contribute to an analytical approach to the dialogue between architecture, site, program, and landscape. Material and tectonics are investigated; form and space are explored within a diversity of cultural and environmental settings. History and theory themes related to landscape urbanism, cultural meaning in architecture and place making, modernism and urban policy and form underpin the course. Students engage in interdisciplinary and architecture specific studies and activities.

Course Information

Open Majors and/or Minors

The following Majors and/or Minors are open to all UC students:

Your Creativity: Your Degree

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.

Why Portfolio Entry?

Simply put: because your ATAR score is not always a true reflection of your creative potential. This pathway offers you the opportunity to show off your passion and keen eye for Architecture. School leavers will use this pathway to secure an offer in the Early Round of admissions. Mature Age Students will benefit from not worrying about their ATAR score (or equivalent) and focus on showcasing their personal talent and/or professional achievements in the field of Architecture.

What Should I Include in my Architecture Portfolio?

There is no application form as such, but for your information, you might like to include the following with your portfolio: 

  1. Education/experience background: Can you show us that you've done well in relevant subjects at school?  It is advised that you include any academic transcripts or certificates you have from your other studies.
  2. Interest in Architecture: Knowledge of the field, why are you interested in architecture, what is some of your favourite work and why? 
  3. Reasons for Applying: What inspired you to join the course and the profession?
  4. Your Portfolio: The assessor will be looking at the originality of your work and the quality of your presentation.  In general, applicants should submit 6-10 pieces of their best and most recent work. Your work might include:
    • Drawings, illustrations and visual art, 
    • Photography, Film or Animation
    • Design or Multimedia project work
    • Creative writing examples

Where applicants are not offered a place in their nominated course of BA in Architecture, they are often referred to the UCC diploma program, which provides an alternate pathway into it. Information regarding the Diploma can be found on the UC College website. In particular, the Diploma of Design develops students' knowledge and skills in creative thinking, visual communication, technology, 2D and 3D design and will focus on the investigation and development of design projects in a supportive studio environment. This one year diploma enables students to study a generic design program which provides a clear pathway to a variety of bachelor degrees in the field of design.

How do I Apply?

For application details and procedures, as well as information on upcoming Portfolio Workshops, please check our Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page. Or email your enquiry to

You can also watch the following short video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

architecture students visiting China studioStudents have the advantage of learning from and contributing to Australia's National Capital, Canberra, an internationally recognised model design city. The architecture program reflects the design ethos of the capital in its education profile with opportunities for study that complement Canberra as a laboratory for design invention. Students also use community and government projects as study vehicles, engage with public policy in environment and design and have access to international design connections and alliances.

Many UC Architecture students undertake work with local architecture practices during their studies, gaining valuable professional experience, and building professional associations.

Students have the opportunity to study overseas for a semester through the University of Canberra Student Exchange Program and receive full credit towards their degree. In addition to full semester exchanges, students may travel overseas as part of shorter study tours or studio projects. Destinations have included Beijing, the Solomon Islands, Italy, and Central Australia.

Career Options

professor of architecture in front of architectural drawingsStudents aspiring to become architects may use the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture for admission to the two year Master of Architecture degree. Together, these professionally accredited courses provide the education pathway towards registration as an Architect in Australia.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree also offers a pathway for postgraduate studies in a range of other design disciplines taught at the University including interior architecture and digital design.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture can also be used as a springboard to a wide range of careers including government, urban or regional policy advisor, urban designer (with additional study), exhibition design, education (with additional study), property development and building. Our graduates find work in Canberra, elsewhere in Australia and in architectural offices overseas including the UK, Italy, China, and other countries.

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff