When you study the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), you will develop your architectural building design skills in both the residential and commercial areas of the industry. You will work on real projects, reflecting real-life work practices, responding to real client briefs.
Career opportunities, include:
- building designer
- architectural technician
- architectural assistant
- building design assistant
- architectural draftsperson.
Pathways to further study:
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While measures are in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), units of theory for this course will be delivered remotely and other units delivered on campus with social distancing in place.
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Studying the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) at Holmesglen
Through this course, you will acquire the professional skills and knowledge required for sustainable design, drafting and documentation of residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
Emphasis is on the design process, construction technology, integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM), presentation and production of working drawings, using industry standards and the latest architectural software and virtual experiences.
You will also have access to design studios with high computer labs, the latest technology including industrial 3d Printers, Virtual and Mixed Reality.
Architectural Building Design elements will be incorporated in project-based learning; you will have opportunities to develop a variety of skills, including technical and research skills in an environment of self-paced learning, which may include study tours and site visits.
Holmesglen is the only educational institute in the world in conjunction with leading sustainable industry partners to boast a one-to-one scale, three-storey educational structure to demonstrate and interact with sustainable cross laminated timber technologies which is incorporated into the Architectural Building Design curriculum.
Designed to meet architectural building design and construction industry needs, you can complete the course in two years full time, and be able to move into the workforce or onto a degree course.
Flexibility for students is a key element of this course's timetabling.
Daytime classes are held between 9am and 5.30pm, however not all classes are strictly at these times - i.e. they may be 1pm - 4pm etc.
Night time classes are 6pm - 10pm.
Full-time students typically attend daytime classes over 3.5 days. However, if required, some daytime classes can be replaced with evening classes. A mixture of day and evening classes provides flexibility.
Part-time students typically attend two evenings a week. It would take four years to complete the course with this pattern of study.
Part-time students can attend 1, 2 or 3 nights which would shorten or lengthen the duration of their study.
If required, instead of evening classes, part-time students can attend during the day. A mixture of day and night classes provides flexibility.
||Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process
||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings
||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings
||Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings
||Select construction materials for building projects
||Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings
||Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows
||Manage architectural project administration
||Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
||Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment
||Undertake small business planning
||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings
||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings
||Design safe buildings
||Design sustainable buildings
||Integrate services layout into design documentation
||Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings
||Present architectural designs
||Undertake complex architectural projects
||Apply project risk management techniques
| Code || Name |
|VU22454||Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process|
|VU22455||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings|
|VU22457||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings|
|VU22462||Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings|
|VU22464||Select construction materials for building projects|
|VU22465||Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings|
|VU22466||Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows|
|VU22468||Manage architectural project administration|
|CPCCWHS1001||Prepare to work safely in the construction industry|
|VU22470||Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment|
|BSBSMB404||Undertake small business planning|
|VU22456||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings|
|VU22458||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings|
|VU22459||Design safe buildings|
|VU22460||Design sustainable buildings|
|VU22461||Integrate services layout into design documentation|
|VU22463||Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings|
|VU22467||Present architectural designs|
|VU22469||Undertake complex architectural projects|
|BSBPMG415||Apply project risk management techniques|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
There are no formal entry requirements.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion of this course, you will receive the 22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) which is the required qualification recognised by the VBA (Victorian Building Authority) in conjunction with sufficient industry experience, to become a Registered Building Practitioner (Building Design - Architectural).
A Registered Building Practitioner (Building Design - Architectural) is legally responsible for the outcome of their building designs and documentation.
Connections with industry
This qualification, together with relevant industry experience, allows you to become a Registered Building Practitioner with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
Holmesglen is a leading provider of building studies in Victoria, and this course is delivered by professionals with extensive industry experience.
Holmesglen has an excellent reputation within the building industry and is proud to have produced more BDAV student award winners than all other educational institutes combined.
Graduates of the 22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) are likely to be employed as building designers, architectural assistants, building design assistants or architectural draftspersons.
They may work in small and large building design, architectural and construction businesses, and apply their skill to residential and non-residential developments.
Employment growth is also occurring within niche areas, such as commercial kitchen design.
How to apply
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Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
Additional costs may apply to students who may require a Working With Children Check, National Police Check, consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements.
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out more about paying for your course.
VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. Read more about VET Student Loans.
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