The Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), will enable you to 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, and responding to real client briefs.
Career opportunities, include:
- building designer
- CAD/BIM architectural technician
- architectural draftsperson.
- architectural documentor
- 3D visualiser
Pathways to further study:
Studying the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) at Holmesglen
Holmesglen building design students have won more industry awards in the past 10 years than all the institutes combined that teach the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural).
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 have access to design studios with high-level 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.
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.
Part-time students typically attend two evenings per week. It would take 4 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.
Remote delivery: when required by circumstances, face-to-face classes can be live streamed via the Webex platform through timetabled sessions.
||Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
||Present architectural designs
||Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows
||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings
||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings
||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings
||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings
||Design safe buildings
||Select construction materials for building projects
||Design sustainable buildings
||Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings
||Undertake complex architectural projects
||Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process
||Integrate services layout into design documentation
||Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings
||Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings
||Manage architectural project administration
||Apply project risk management techniques
||Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment
||Undertake small business planning
| Code || Name |
|CPCCWHS1001||Prepare to work safely in the construction industry|
|VU22467||Present architectural designs|
|VU22466||Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows|
|VU22456||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings|
|VU22455||Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings|
|VU22458||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings|
|VU22457||Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings|
|VU22459||Design safe buildings|
|VU22464||Select construction materials for building projects|
|VU22460||Design sustainable buildings|
|VU22465||Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings|
|VU22469||Undertake complex architectural projects|
|VU22454||Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process|
|VU22461||Integrate services layout into design documentation|
|VU22462||Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings|
|VU22463||Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings|
|VU22468||Manage architectural project administration|
|BSBPMG415||Apply project risk management techniques|
|VU22470||Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment|
|BSBSMB404||Undertake small business planning|
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.
IELTS score of 5.5 required
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
The health and safety of our entire Holmesglen community remains a priority. To ensure the best protection against COVID-19 you must be fully vaccinated to attend campus or undertake face-to-face learning in classrooms. You will need to show evidence of your vaccination status to attend campus.
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)
Connections with industry
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. This is incorporated into the Architectural Building Design curriculum.
Designed to meet architectural building design and construction industry needs, you can complete the course in 2 years full time, and be able to move into the workforce or onto a degree course. This course gives you 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).
How to apply
Apply via agent
Holmesglen recommends international students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
To find out more, visit How to Apply for International Students.
If you have further questions about your application, please contact our International Centre:
T: 03 9564 1703
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.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Course fee||$15,500||per annum|
|Mandatory materials fee (GST inc)||$0||per course|
|Mandatory activities fee (GST inc)||$0||per course|
|** Additional course costs||$413||per course|
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and charges annually. You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.
An additional administration fee may apply where the application is submitted directly to Holmesglen and not through a Holmesglen-approved education agent.
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Tuition Fee Protection Service
The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study for which tuition fees are paid. Read more about the TPS here
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