Majoring in Architecture provides you with a rich combination of experiences in creativity, the humanities and the sciences. As a student you will learn about the conceptualisation and design of individual buildings, urban configurations and landscapes in response to existing and emerging economic, technical and social needs and desires.
Within this major you will use a range of different technologies and production methods, both manual and digitally based, to create drawings, models and prototypes. Your practical studies will be supported by investigating design communication, sustainable design and considerations of relevant historical, theoretical and ethical aspects of architecture. You will learn how to use creative and rational inquiry to analyse and provide solutions to design problems, integrating emerging aesthetic, technical, social and ethical concerns. Design studios form the backbone of the Architecture major. Studio teaching is supplemented by studies in the history and theories of the built environment and construction.
UWA has invested heavily in cutting-edge model-making and prototyping technologies including laser cutters and a three dimensional model maker. The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts (ALVA) also has a well-equipped workshop and students have the benefit of the Cullity Gallery to exhibit their work.
The Faculty brings together the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, visual arts and urban design. This grouping represents a substantial breadth and depth of design experience that can inform and inspire new design students.
Please note: This major can only be taken by Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) students concurrently enrolled in the Integrated Design major.
Student profile – Lan Nguyen
In architecture we get to learn a little bit about everything. It’s more than just designing buildings; it’s also about connecting with people, finding solutions to problems, and learning to be creative but practical at the same time.
The ALVA campus has a real sense of community among students and staff. In my time here, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in designing and constructing a timber bus stop located on campus. The pride and satisfaction of seeing ideas turn into a real physical manifestation and being used by the public was incredible.
Through the ALVA Society I’ve had the opportunity to attend national competitions such as SuperStudio 2014 of which my team placed 3rd nationwide. I also had the opportunity to travel with classmates to do a studio in Barcelona in the first half of 2015.
The work experience requirement has allowed me to work directly under experienced architects and gain invaluable skills and insight into the profession. It’s been immensely rewarding. Study architecture!
UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Architecture is only available as a degree-specific major in conjunction with Integrated Design.
Majors in Architecture and Integrated Design provide a range of employment opportunities including work as an:
- Architect (with further study)
- Urban Designer (with further study)
- Architectural Draftsperson
- Architectural Educator/Academic
- Government Policy Advisor
- Architectural and urban design practice
- City and regional planning
- Government agencies
- Higher education
- Property development
- Architectural illustration & modelling
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Further study opportunities
Students who complete an Architecture major and Integrated Design major at a sufficiently high level may proceed to the Master of Architecture by Coursework. The MArch is accredited by the Architects' Boards in each state and territory and recognised by a number of international accreditation bodies. Completion of an Architecture major to a sufficiently high level may also lead to further studies in a postgraduate Urban Design course.
This course is available to Australian and international students.
Prerequisites and minimum scores
|Qualification and prerequisite subjects
|Course entry score
|Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
|Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).
University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.
The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.
If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).
Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.
|UWA Foundation Programme (UWAFP)
|GCE or Cambridge Advanced-level Examinations
|Western Australian Universities Preparatory Program (WAUPP)
|Trinity College Foundation Program
|Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)
|Canadian Matriculation (except Quebec)
|Chinese Unified Examinations (UEC)
|Chinese Gao Kao
|All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
|Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
|South African National Senior Certificate
These are the required prerequisites for applicants who have completed these particular qualifications.
Students with previous tertiary level qualifications will be considered for advanced standing (credit).
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We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: first and second semester.
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First semester entry
International undergraduate applicants must complete this application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.
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