Bachelor of Architectural Design

Pathway to Master of Architecture (5558)

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$8,000.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual CSP fee

Entry requirements




Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

Assumed knowledge


About this program

Architecture at Griffith has been ranked in the world's Top 100 in the prestigious QS World University Rankings. We are ranked in the top four architecture programs in Australia for teaching quality.

As a Griffith student, you will have access to our wide research portfolio in environmental planning, arts and design, engineering, climate adaptation and science. This will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills. Our program provides graduates with knowledge and skills for the real world; practice ready, focusing on digital and green technologies, and engaged with the Asia-Pacific region.

Bachelor of Architectural Design will set you on the path to a career as an architect, as it provides a stepping stone to Griffiths Master of Architecture degree. Our architecture degrees are distinctive in their emphasis on environmental sustainability and urban design. You will combine classroom studies, studio work, fieldwork and practical experience to learn about urban systems, public places, designing buildings and all aspects of the built environment.

You will develop your design and creative problem-solving skills, and learn how to develop designs that meet aesthetic, functional and user needs now and in the future. In your third year, you will get hands-on experience when you complete a supervised industry-based design project.

Attendance information

This program is offered full-time on-campus only at the Gold Coast campus. The program includes some Trimester 3 core courses which may be offered in intensive mode.

Studying amid COVID-19

The University's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing policy is under review and consultation and will be suspended from 14/4/2022. Please visit Studying amid COVID-19 for more information.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in this degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

The second trimester of the third year of the program includes a compulsory industry focused project.

My career opportunities

Griffith's Bachelor of Architectural Design will set you on the path to a career as an architect. Graduates will be eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Architecture, which provides the academic qualifications needed for accreditation as an architect.

With your design, technical knowledge and creative visual thinking skills, you will be qualified to assist architects and other built environment professionals in the design, documentation and procurement of buildings.

You could find employment in a broad spectrum of creative roles in government agencies, statutory bodies, design practices and studios (urban design, architecture, interior design, virtual environments, graphic design and the film and games industries), commercial development companies, building product manufacturing and distribution companies and research organisations.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Architectural Design is recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects / Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) / Board of Architects of Queensland as an approved pathway program to the professionally accredited Master of Architecture.

Pathways to further study

Graduates from this program will be eligible for direct entry into the Master of Architecture (5558) subject to meeting the academic entry standard.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Architectural Design (1492)

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Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

Further information

Additional fee information

Additional costs

Throughout your program you may be required to pay for the following items:

  • Studio materials (drawing equipment and consumables: various pens, pencils, brushes, paper, masking tape, erasers etc., model making consumables; cardboard, timber, sheet materials, glue, tape etc.), printing, laptops
  • expenses associated with field trips and placements