Launch a creative career in building design with the Undergraduate Certificate in Architectural Design from Victoria University.
This course gives you a recognised qualification within six months – providing a fast track towards a new career.
You’ll gain a strong foundation in architectural design, architectural history and theory, building design documentation and building construction.
After graduating, you will be able to:
- evaluate construction systems and materials
- prepare working drawings to industry best practice
- analyse key world architectural works, their theoretical and cultural context and their relevance to design.
If you decide to keep studying to aim for higher roles, you may progress to the Bachelor of Building Design.
Undergraduate certificates are a recent addition to our courses. They let you graduate with a recognised qualification in as little as half a year.
Take advantage of the new certificates to begin an entry-level career sooner, or to take your first step towards further study and a bachelor degree.
This course will be delivered in the VU Block Model, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once.
With its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.
The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in architectural design
Graduates of this course can pursue careers in a number of related fields. You might choose to work with:
- registered building practitioners
- builders and building designers
- surveying bodies
- greening bodies
- other design professionals.
To aim for a higher role, you can continue studying towards your bachelor degree. Graduates of this course are guaranteed a place in the Bachelor of Building Design and will be credited for 48 credit points of study, reducing the time it takes to complete the Bachelor.
To attain the Undergraduate Certificate in Architectural Design students will be required to complete:
- 48 credit points Core units
We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.
Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.
You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.
Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.
Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.
Find out more about the VU Block Model.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Evaluate construction systems and materials;|
|2.||Prepare working drawings to industry best practice and as determined by the project brief;|
|3.||Analyse key world architectural works, their theoretical and cultural context and their relevance to design; and|
|4.||Work individually and with others, and communicate effectively with others orally and in writings on a range of architectural-related topics.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.
Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.
The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.
- Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
- an Australian or overseas equivalent or
- an International Baccalaureate (IB).
Importance of ATAR for this course
We consider both ATAR and other criteria
ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
Why is ATAR not applicable?
You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.
This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).
This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.
Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
Completion of two units of Higher Education studies in Construction, Environmental Sustainability or similar.
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.
This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.
Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Construction, Environmental Sustainability or similar.
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
Pathways & credits
There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.