About the course

About the course

Prepare for a creative career as an architectural building designer or draftsperson with our building design course. You’ll learn about architectural design and the construction of residential and commercial buildings witha focus on sustainable design.

In our building design course, you’ll gain skills employers are looking for such as design and technical drawing, project management and the selection of materials. You’ll also get the chance to meet future employers and present your project drawings at our industry presentation functions.

Working in a supportive, tutorial-style classroom, our teachers are industry leaders in their field who will share their experience and help you apply sustainability to your building designs.

With our building design course, you'll get access to our million-dollar technology hub that houses computers offering all the latest architectural software and training, including:

  • AutoCAD
  • Revit
  • Sketch-up Pro
  • Photoshop
  • 3DS Max animation software

Combining theory with practical, our building design course equips you with the know-how to problem solve and apply expertise to real world projects.

Take a look at some of our great awards:

  • Student, Soroush Maghsoudi was recognised with two awards at the 2018 Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) annual awards night. Soroush was awarded Best Digital Presentation by a Student and Drafting Excellence by a Student. His award-winning animation can be viewed here
  • Box Hill Institute is an award-winning industry leader in building design and sustainability training. Our Cross Laminated Timber educational project was a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2017 – Educational Category
  • Graduate and now teacher Paul Morgan won the 2017 Student Dangerous Designs award
  • Building Design graduate Dina Malathounis won various Designers Association of Victoria awards in 2017 with her Killara design, including best building design of the year, best residential restoration, best alteration and additions over $500k, best interior design, and excellence in use of steel. Dina was also successful in the 2018 Asia Pacific International Property Awards, winning in the categories of Architectural Single Residence for Australia and Interior Design Private Residence for Australia
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Intake Dates & Course Length


February, July

February start date:

  • Full time: 2 years (fees shown are for the full time course)
  • Part time: 3 years (3 evenings per week and an occasional Saturday) - contact us for fee details

July start date:

  • Full time: 2.5 years (Mondays and Wednesdays 8:05am- 4:45pm & one Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm) - contact us for fee details
  • Part time: 3.5 years (Monday evenings, Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings & one Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm) - contact us for fee details

A flexible timetable can be coordinated on request - contact us for fee details

Part time study: the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes


Career opportunities for graduates include working as:

  • architectural technicians/draftspersons for architects
  • building contractors
  • building designers
  • building management professionals in commercial enterprises or government departments

With two years of practical experience, graduates may apply for registration and work as a building designer in their own right.

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Entry Requirements


You must have completed Year 12 or be a mature age applicant with a minimum of one year in the workforce

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Applying


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation


You may be eligible for entry into related advanced courses at institutes or universities, including architectural degrees. Box Hill Institute offers an approved pathway with Deakin University.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 6

Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $5,864.00
Full Tuition Fee $13,536.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$548.00
Retain Course Items***$90.00
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure


Completion of 20 units

  • BSBSMB404 Undertake Small Business Planning
    50.0 hours

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research and develop an integrated business plan for achieving business goals and objectives.

    Specific legal requirements apply to the management of a small business.


    Prerequisites: none

  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry
    6.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) induction training within the construction industry.

    It requires the ability to demonstrate personal awareness of OHS legislative requirements, and the basic principles of risk management and prevention of injury and illness in the construction industry.

    Licensing requirements will apply to this unit of competency depending on the regulatory requirements of each jurisdiction.


    Prerequisites: none

  • BSBPMG415 Apply Project Risk Management Techniques
    40.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with aspects of risk management in a project. It specifically involves planning for, controlling and reviewing risks associated with the project, and assisting in this process where required.
    Prerequisites: None

  • VU22454 Undertake Site Survey And Analysis To Inform Design Process
    40.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake a site survey and a site analysis for residential and commercial building projects. It includes the use of basic surveying equipment, recording and interpretation of data, and evaluation of, and compliance with relevant legislation.

  • VU22455 Apply Structural And Construction Technology To The Design Of Residential Buildings
    180.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings. It requires compliance with state legislation and the provisions for Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10 and relevant Australian Standards as they apply to the structural and construction components of a residential building.

  • VU22456 Apply Structural And Construction Technology To The Design Of Commercial Buildings
    120.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings. It requires compliance with state legislation and the provisions for Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 2 to 9 and relevant Australian Standards as they apply to the structural and construction components of a commercial building.

  • VU22457 Comply With Relevant Legislation In The Design Of Residential Buildings
    50.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant legislation to the design of residential buildings. It includes the ability to apply a range of design solutions for residential buildings (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10), in compliance with the BCA and make recommendations for alternative solutions as required. It requires thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the BCA.

  • VU22458 Comply With Relevant Legislation In The Design Of Commercial Buildings
    60.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant legislation to the design of commercial buildings. It includes the ability to apply a range of design solutions to the construction or design of a commercial building (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 2 to 9), in compliance with the BCA and make recommendations for alternative solutions as required. It requires thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the BCA.

  • VU22459 Design Safe Buildings
    40.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply safe design principles to control occupational health and safety (OHS) risk during the life of a building. It includes the ability to identify and comply with legal responsibilities and obligations and evaluate OHS hazards associated with the design, construction and use of a building during its life cycle. Applying safe design principles requires consultation with stakeholders and specialist advisors and the ability to make recommendations for alternative design solutions and incorporate risk controls into the building design and end use.

  • VU22460 Design Sustainable Buildings
    90.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply the principles of sustainability to building design. It includes the application of sustainable practices to minimise negative impacts of the construction process and land use on the environment, incorporate passive design, sustainable water use and energy efficiency into a building design and select suitable materials for the construction of the building. It requires compliance with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

  • VU22461 Integrate Services Layout Into Design Documentation
    40.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to integrate the layout of services and connections into building design documentation for residential (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) buildings. It includes the knowledge and application of current sustainable and energy efficient practices and appliances and involves consultation with other professionals to obtain agreement on service layout details and specifications. It requires compliance with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the BCA.

  • VU22462 Produce Preliminary And Working Drawings For Residential Buildings
    180.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies outcomes required to produce two and three-dimensional drawings in accordance with standard industry practice and to a level suitable for building permit approval applications. It includes the ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and to produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10).

  • VU22463 Produce Preliminary And Working Drawings For Commercial Buildings
    180.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies outcomes required to produce two and three-dimensional drawings in accordance with standard industry practice and to a level suitable for building permit approval applications. It includes the ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and to produce working drawings for commercial buildings (Building Code of Australia Classes 2 to 9).

  • VU22464 Select Construction Materials For Building Projects
    60.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to evaluate and select a range of suitable construction materials for building projects, taking into account a range of criteria including physical attributes, cost and sustainability. It includes the ability to analyse properties and characteristics to determine their suitability for application in the construction of a building. It requires selection of materials that comply with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

  • VU22465 Provide Design Solutions For Residential And Commercial Buildings
    200.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply the theories and principles of design to the design of buildings. It can be applied to both residential buildings (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2 to 9). It requires the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information on the history and elements of architecture and their influence on current practice. It includes developing a design response, which meets the requirements of a project brief, and communicating a final design solution to relevant stakeholders.

  • VU22466 Integrate Digital Applications Into Architectural Workflows
    240.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to use a range of digital applications in architectural workflows. It includes the ability to determine the appropriate digital applications required for specific project outputs and the application of architectural standards and conventions to produce and manage the project. Work is likely to be undertaken with limited supervision and in consultation with team members and external consultants.

  • VU22467 Present Architectural Designs
    120.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to present a design concept for an architectural project. The design could be for a residential (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) or commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) building. It includes reviewing the project brief, developing presentation materials and presenting the final design concept to relevant stakeholders. Materials for presentation could include preliminary drawings, computer generated drawings/images, or models. It requires the ability to effectively clarify or communicate ideas and the design concept to stakeholders.

  • VU22468 Manage Architectural Project Administration
    60.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to manage architectural administration and the development of project documentation. It requires the knowledge of the legislation pertaining to project administration and the ability to comply with the organisational requirements for quality assurance. Work is expected to be undertaken in consultation with both internal personnel and external consultants and with limited supervision.

  • VU22469 Undertake Complex Architectural Projects
    280.0 hours

    This unit specifies the outcomes required to undertake complex architectural projects for residential (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and/or commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) buildings. It includes consultation with a client to prepare a project brief and the development and presentation of a design concept that meets the requirements of the brief and relevant legislative requirements and codes and standards. It requires the preparation of all necessary documentation and the development of a critical path management diagram. It requires thorough knowledge of the BCA, relevant Australian Standards and local authority regulatory requirements.

  • VU22470 Conduct, Interpret And Apply A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment
    50.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessments. This includes relevant theoretical knowledge of fire, understanding of the regulatory framework, assessing a location and education of and consultation with clients about the benefits of achieving the required fire resistance. This unit of competency also specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessments to the design and construction of buildings.


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