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RMIT BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE
5 year professionally accredited undergraduate Architecture degree
Applying for entry into the Undergraduate RMIT Bachelor of Architecture degree
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The main focus of the Bachelor of Architecture degree at each semester level is the design studio, in which students investigate architecture through design, integrating the knowledge gained in history, communications and technology into a total design project.
The Architecture program at RMIT is differentiated from other architecture degrees by the design studio structure and selection process.
Students ballot for a thematic design studio and tutor each semester. The range of studio topics reflects a diversity of architectural practice and design research. Tutors are drawn from the RMIT Architecture program and visiting academics, and from innovative practices in Melbourne. During the fifth semester, a portfolio course provides a critical reflection on your emerging body of design work. The design studios from semester six onwards are more specialised and engage with a more theoretically challenging set of design questions or a larger scale of projects.
History, communications and technology courses support the lower-level design studios. In the upper part of the program, students ballot for specialised and advanced seminars in these course areas along with Professional Practice courses. Students can undertake studios and seminars in other programs such as Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design, as well as in the urban design and digital design research areas, fostering pathways into the postgraduate Urban Architecture Laboratory and the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory.
The undergraduate Program culminates in a final year Major Project through which students are able to reflect upon, refine and demonstrate the knowledge they have gained in the program through the production of a substantial design or thesis project. There are public exhibitions of student work each semester and an annual exhibition and publication of Major Project work to encourage debate and to celebrate the work undertaken during the program.
The Urban Architecture Laboratory offers a three-semester full time postgraduate Masters, developing research around urban scale issues of architectural design. The undergraduate program offers pathways into this research area through seminars and a stream within the final year Major Project studios.
A number of undergraduate design studios and seminars, and a final year Major Project stream offer pathways into the interdisciplinary digital design research area within the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory postgraduate program.
Rmit Architecture is committed to engaging with and contributing to emerging architectural practices, research and debate in an international context. The program features regular international visiting academics and practitioners who offer public lectures, design studio and research workshops, seminars and act as postgraduate examiners and critics.
RMIT Architecture maintains an exchange program with other leading architecture schools around the world, enabling RMIT Architecture students to study overseas and for international students to study Architecture at RMIT for one or two semesters.
RMIT Architecture Exchange information
RMIT Architecture students going on Exchange overseas
information for RMIT students applying to study on exchange at an Architecture School overseas.
Studying Architecture on Exchange at RMIT
information for International Study Abroad and Exchange students applying to study at RMIT.
International Study Tours
The Architecture Program offers international study tours that currently focus on Northern European modernist and contemporary design projects and urban contexts.
ASA/RMIT International Architecture and Urban Design Study Tours:
Contemporary and Modernist European Architecture & Urban Design
Shane Murray - tour leader - Urban Architecture Laboratory
International travelling design studios
RMIT Architecture regularly offers design studios that travel to other countries. Recent studios have travelled to Vietnam, Taiwan, France, the Netherlands and Japan.