Prepare for a creative career as an architectural building designer or draftsperson with our Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural). You’ll learn about architectural design and the construction of buildings, both residential and commercial, with a focus on sustainable design.

In our building design course you’ll gain the skills that employers are looking for. Skills 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.

You’ll work in a supportive, tutorial-style classroom with teachers who are industry leaders in their field. They will share their experience and help you apply sustainability to your building designs.

With our building design course, you will get access to our million dollar technology hub, and get access to fast computers with all the latest architectural software and training, including:

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

We combine theory with the practical, equipping our students with the know-how to problem solve and apply their 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. The award winning animation can be be viewed here.
  • Box Hill Institute is an award winning, industry leader in building design and sustainability training. Our Cross Laminated Timber educational project led to Box Hill Institute being finalists in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2017 – Educational Category.
  • Graduate and now teacher, Paul Morgan, won the 2017 Student Dangerous Designs award and “Drafting Excellence by a Student” award at the Building Designers Association of Victoria’s 2016 Building Design Awards.
  • Building Design graduate, Dina Malathounis, won a significant number of Building 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 has also been successful in the 2018 Asia Pacific International Property Awards, having won in the categories of Architectural Single Residence for Australia and Interior Design Private Residence for Australia. 
  • You can also take a look at our talented 2015 Victorian state winners and their projects.



National Code 22477VIC
Study Areas Building Design
Study Level Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 2 years, (FT: mid-year 2.5 years, )
PT: 3 years,

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​


Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $5,864.00
Full 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 VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, 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.

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

February and July

Full time: 2 years - our webite shows fees for the full time course starting in February

Part time: 3 years (3 evenings per week and the occasional Saturday) starting in February - contact us for fee details

Mid year entry: 2.5 years (day classes Mondays and Fridays) - contact us for fee details

Box Hill

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

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

VTAC and direct entry

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Career opportunities for graduates include working as an architectural technician/draftsperson for architects, building contractors, and building designers or in the building management department of commercial enterprises or government departments. With one year of practical experience, graduates may work as a building designer in their own right.

Completion of 20 units (20 core).

Code

Title

Hours

BSBSMB404 UNDERTAKE SMALL BUSINESS PLANNING 50.0

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
Assessment:

CPCCWHS1001 PREPARE TO WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY 6.0

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
Assessment:

BSBPMG415 APPLY PROJECT RISK-MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES 40.0

There is currently no description entered for this unit.
Prerequisites: None
Assessment:

VU22454 UNDERTAKE SITE SURVEY AND ANALYSIS TO INFORM DESIGN PROCESS 40.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22455 APPLY STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY TO THE DESIGN OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 180.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22456 APPLY STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY TO THE DESIGN OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS 120.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22457 COMPLY WITH RELEVANT LEGISLATION IN THE DESIGN OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 50.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22458 COMPLY WITH RELEVANT LEGISLATION IN THE DESIGN OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS 60.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22459 DESIGN SAFE BUILDINGS 40.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22460 DESIGN SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS 90.0

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).

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22461 INTEGRATE SERVICES LAYOUT INTO DESIGN DOCUMENTATION 40.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22462 PRODUCE PRELIMINARY AND WORKING DRAWINGS FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 180.0

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).

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22463 PRODUCE PRELIMINARY AND WORKING DRAWINGS FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS 180.0

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).

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22464 SELECT CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS FOR BUILDING PROJECTS 60.0

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).

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22465 PROVIDE DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS 200.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22466 INTEGRATE DIGITAL APPLICATIONS INTO ARCHITECTURAL WORKFLOWS 240.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22467 PRESENT ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS 120.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22468 MANAGE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT ADMINISTRATION 60.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22469 UNDERTAKE COMPLEX ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS 280.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:

VU22470 CONDUCT, INTERPRET AND APPLY A BUSHFIRE ATTACK LEVEL (BAL) ASSESSMENT 50.0

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.

Prerequisites:
Assessment:


Last updated: December 13, 2018 09:07am