Architecture Major

Bachelor of Environments

Architects combine creative vision, innovation, technological understanding and architectural theory to shape how we live, work and play in our built environment.

As an architect, you will deal directly with many of the complex challenges facing our world, and will be at the forefront of change and issues of sustainability and resource scarcity.

Design lies at the heart of the architectural process, and you will learn to develop your designs using modelling and rendering techniques through studio-based classes and virtual and physical modelling.

Architects don’t work in isolation from the other parts of the building industry and from society more generally, so the unique Bachelor of Environments program has been designed to ensure our students have the opportunity to experience how architects work with property developers, urban planners, engineers and construction managers, developing the skills to work within the large project teams that are now a common part of many architectural projects.

You could work in a specialist architectural practice, or in a diverse firm offering a full service across a range of projects with many different environmental considerations. You can work within Australia, or alongside numerous graduates who have built careers in many countries around the globe.

Course Plans

The Architecture major Handbook entry stipulates the complete requirements for the Architecture major.

Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool.

Commenced 2016

Semester 1 Intake

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

ABPL10004 Global Foundations of Architecture

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10003 Constructing Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20027 Architecture Design Studio: Earth

Environments Elective

(ENVS20001 Digital Design and Fabrication recommended)

Environments Elective

(ABPL20050 Design Workshop recommended)

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

Environments Elective

(ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water recommended)

ABPL20033 Construction Analysis

Environments Elective

(ABPL30053 Formative Ideas in Architecture recommended)

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30048 Architecture Design Studio: Air

ABPL30041 Construction Design

ABPL30050 Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30037 Architecture Design
Studio: Fire

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced 2015

Semester 1 Intake

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments OR
ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ENVS10003 Constructing Environments

ABPL10004 Global Foundations of Architecture

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20027 Architecture Design Studio: Earth

Environments Elective

(ENVS20001 Digital Design and Fabrication recommended)

Environments Elective

(ABPL20050 Design Workshop recommended)

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

Environments Elective

(ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water recommended)

ABPL20033 Construction Analysis

Environments Elective

(ABPL30053 Formative Ideas in Architecture recommended)

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30048 Architecture Design Studio: Air

ABPL30041 Construction Design

ABPL30050 Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30037 Architecture Design
Studio: Fire

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

(Asia Pacific Modernities or Formative Ideas in Architecture recommended)

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Semester 2 Intake

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments OR ENVS10008 Urban Environments

ENVS10003 Constructing Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ABPL10004 Global Foundations of Architecture

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water

ABPL20033 Construction Analysis

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

Environments Elective ABPL20027 Architecture Design Studio: Earth (recommended) 

ABPL30041 Construction Design

Environments Elective

(ENVS20001 Digital Design and Fabrication recommended)

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30048 Architecture Design Studio: Air

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

(ABPL30053 Formative Ideas in Architecture recommended)

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30037 Architecture Design
Studio: Fire

ABPL30050 Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced 2013 or 2014

Semester 1 Intake

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10003 Constructing Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20027 Architecture Design Studio: Earth

ABPL20030 Foundations of Architecture

Environments Elective

(ENVS20001 Digital Design and Fabrication recommended)

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

Environments Elective

(ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water recommended)

ABPL20033 Construction Analysis

Environments Elective

(ABPL20050 Design Workshop recommended)

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30048 Architecture Design Studio: Air

ABPL30041 Construction Design

ABPL30050 Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30037 Architecture Design
Studio: Fire

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

(ABPL30053 Formative Ideas in Architecture recommended)

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Semester 2 Intake

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10003 Constructing Environments

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water

ABPL20033 Construction Analysis

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

Environments Elective ABPL20027 Architecture Design Studio: Earth (recommended) 

ABPL30041 Construction Design

ABPL20030 Foundations of Architecture

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30048 Architecture Design Studio: Air

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

(ABPL30053 Formative Ideas in Architecture recommended)

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30037 Architecture Design
Studio: Fire

ABPL30050 Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced Pre-2013

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Environments prior to 2013 should refer to the B Envs Handbook entry for the year they commenced in conjunction with the current Handbook listings for Environments elective and Breadth subject availability.


Environments Electives

Environments electives are subjects approved as Environments discipline subjects in the Bachelor of Environments. The full list of Environments electives is available here.

Breadth

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry for details of breadth requirements and to access a complete listing of available breadth subjects.

Breadth restrictions in the Architecture major


Students undertaking the Architecture major are not permitted to take as breadth:

  • any Art History subjects (subject codes beginning AHIS)
  • certain Planning, Design or Construction subjects

Refer to the Architecture Handbook entry for full details.

Career Outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce and join architecture or construction teams to provide specialist assistance on large projects or continue your studies in the Master of Architecture to meet the academic requirements to become an accredited architect.

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