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in fact, some even call for student contributions for campus
redevelopments. Some departments either recommend or require
that students take time out for a stint in professional practice
before they finish the degree (or before continuing to the second
phase of the degree in a two-part course).
To compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the
‘How tough is it to get in?’ tables in Section 4.
Australian qualifications in architecture have always been well
recognised, but the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Architect Register has made working overseas much easier.
Qualified architects in Australia and other member countries can
apply to practise in countries ranging from Canada, China,
Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New
Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore,
Thailand and the United States.
The Australian Institute of Architects launched a new
foundation in 2014 that will promote the benefits of architecture
and design to the Australian community. The foundation will focus
on projects such as exhibitions, education programs and
scholarships. It has also proposed strengthening the role of
architecture in government policy, which would include initiatives
such as the integration of architectural and urban design issues
into the school curriculum.
Although it is not new in the field, the US-style degree (with a
general pre-professional degree followed by a postgraduate
qualification in architecture) is likely to become more common in
Rita — Bachelor of Architectural Design
Why did you choose to study
I had always wanted to study design,
and architecture was top of my list. I
couldn’t believe it when I got in! I had
studied art, graphics, maths and physics
in school. Architecture combines a
creative way of thinking with structured
technical thought, which suited my brain perfectly.
What was the best thing about your course?
Architecture is a hands-on course full of innovation,
technology and creativity. The best thing about my course is
learning a discipline that has existed for thousands of years
and is always evolving. My course offered a wide range of
classes and different streams to follow, so you could tailor the
course for your own direction.
What was the worst thing about your course?
Architecture is a lot of work. You have to be prepared to work
really hard and get used to sleep deprivation!
What did your course involve?
It involved lectures and tutorials, but the main class (and most
important) is design studio, which you take every semester.
Design studio is like a tutorial but in more of workshop style.
There’s more of a dialogue between the student and tutor.
What are your job prospects after graduating?
I have just completed the undergraduate part of the degree,
so I will need to complete the masters component before
looking for a job.
What advice would you give to students considering
Be prepared to work hard, as the results are worth it. Work
experience is key — get as much as possible while studying.
And harass your tutors and lecturers for as much knowledge
as you can get out of them!
Will you complete further study?
The masters component is a requirement in my field, so I will
need to complete this in order to pursue a career as an
The student body and graduate ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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