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Architecture & Construction

The Diploma of Built Environment provides entry into four different career paths:

  • Architectural Science
    Learn about building design and construction. Discover how architecture relates to people and how they live. Learn about the communication of architectural ideas.
  • Interior Architecture
    Learn how to design quality environments and coordinate the design and construction of  building interiors for a diverse range of environments.
  • Construction Management
    Learn how physical elements create a structure, calculate construction costs and manage construction projects.
  • Urban & Regional Planning
    Get accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia. Discover how to address environmental, social and design issues concerning the community.

Leading to:

Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Architectural Science
  • Interior Architecture
  • Construction Management
Bachelor of Arts
  • Urban & Regional Planning

Careers include:

  • Architect
  • Construction Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Facility Manager
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Town Planner

Your Architecture & Construction Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed Year 12 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Built Environment (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2-3 trimesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University.

Choose from Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Arts.


Or if you have…

✓ Completed Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Built Environment (Stage 1)

7 pre-university level units are studied over 2-3 trimesters.

Diploma oF Built Environment (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Built Environment Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087939G

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Information and Media Technologies

Specialist Units

  • Design Skills I
  • Design Skills II
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Project Management

Diploma of Built Environment Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087939G

Students must complete the following core unit and seven course-specific units:

Core Unit

  • Academic & Professional Communication

Specialist Units (Architecture & Interior Architecture)

  • Architecture and Culture
  • Cities & Suburbs
  • Design Studio I
  • Design Studio II
  • Graphic Communication I
  • Graphic Communication II
  • Technology of Design

Specialist Units (Construction Management)

  • Introduction to Building Measurement
  • Commercial Construction
  • Construction Industry Management
  • Construction Law
  • Residential Construction
  • Site Management
  • Structures

Specialist Units (Urban & Regional Planning)

  • Architecture and Culture
  • Cities & Suburbs
  • Construction Industry Management
  • Graphic Communication I
  • Graphic Communication II
  • Introduction to Planning
  • Technology of Design

Architectural Science / Interior Architecture Diploma of Built Environment

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Academic & Professional Communications

Research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts. Develop reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teamwork skills and the ability to articulate the practices that lead to successful collaboration.

Architecture and Culture

An introduction to architectural themes and their concepts. Architectural ideas and theory will be discussed through specific movements but will be connected with exemplars of relevant textual material, international built and unbuilt works, and local works. These will be explored through observations recording and site visits. They will be carefully considered and documented through reading, writing and drawing. 

Cities & Suburbs

Considers cities and suburbs from around the world, their form, function and vitality. Students will gain an understanding of the land use structures, the socioeconomic process and the issues associated with the planning and development of cities and surrounding areas, examining the changing form and function of these areas using theory and data. 

Design Studio I

The City as a Cultural Artefact: its conditions and spaces. Studio includes two integrated components: Design – studies of the relationship between idea, space, form and structure as it is related to human culture; analysis of the city as a representation of collective values; analysis, interpretation and creation of the elements of the city including interiors, gardens, squares, streets, stairs, doors, gates, windows; and Methods – an introduction to sketching, diagramming, orthographic projection and modelling; their histories, techniques and applications.

Design Studio II

Fundamental study of design methodologies and techniques to propose conceptual ideas and further the development of these in order to allow final design propositions to reach full fruition. Principles are developed through a sequence of assigned methodical tasks instructed and performed in class. The study-period ends with an intensive workshop.

Graphic Communication I

Introduction to the foundations of reading, constructing, understanding and presenting architectural drawings. Students will gain knowledge of applying architectural drawing conventions: drawing syntax, graphics, symbols and annotations will be taught both manual (mechanical) drafting and CAD (computer aided design). A standard set of drawing types will be covered to include plans, sections, elevations and axonometric. 

Graphic Communication II

An introduction to building an understanding for the representation of the architectural form. Through a  gradation of skills taught, this unit allows students to present design though mixed media. The sequence of topics includes: a studio-based introduction to hand-drawn perspectives, rendering and collage; and lab based sessions which will introduce Computer Aided Design in 3D and digital collage for architectural representation of space, form structure and material.

Technology of Design 

This unit provides an introduction to the theoretical (the why) and the pragmatic (the how) nature of the relationships between the built, natural and human environments around us. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the theories, ideas and principles of a range of technological systems that are applied in the design of architecture and interior architecture. In this case, technology refers to the science of architecture and its integration within the aesthetic, social, cultural and professional context of design. 

Construction Management Diploma of Built Environment

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Academic & Professional Communications

Research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts. Develop reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teamwork skills and the ability to articulate the practices that lead to successful collaboration.

Commercial Construction

This unit broadens students’ knowledge in commercial and industrial areas of construction technology. Examine how commercial and industrial dwellings are built and how materials are used in them. Students will also develop the ability to read plans and illustrate construction details.

Construction Industry Management. 

An overview of the construction industry, project life cycle, the industry’s place in the community and external factors that influence it. The role, functions and professional practices of construction managers, quantity surveyors and project managers. An introduction to a range of management concepts and techniques associated with construction projects. 

Construction Law

An introduction to sources of law affecting building projects including the judicial system, common law and statue law, contract law and torts, and dispute resolution.

Introduction to Building Measurement

Introduction to the application of measurement in the construction industry, use of dimension paper, conventions for setting out and recording measurements, quality control procedures for completing measurement tasks, and practical experience of measuring simple examples of all major building trades.

Residential Construction

An introduction to domestic construction types, components and practices and an over of basic constructional materials used in domestic construction. This unit also provides an overview of the basic physics theory, and explores how physics relates to building science including examination of the properties of matter, wave motion, heat, light and sound and introduces solar effects on buildings. Fieldwork is a component of this unit.

Structures

Forces, moments and equilibrium, ties and struts, loads on buildings, pin-jointed frames, shear force, bending moments and the design of beams and columns. Methods of indeterminate analysis. Design of structural elements in accordance with the Australian Steel Structures Code and the Timber Engineering Code. Design of temporary works including framework and scaffolding.

Site Manegement

Application of building processes with regard to site organisation and layout. Materials and plant management systems. Site supervision and reporting. Work study and method study. Subcontracting management. Site cost control. Site security. Industrial relations in the construction industry. Workers compensation and safety acts.

Urban & Regional Planning Diploma of Built Environment

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Academic & Professional Communications

Research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts. Develop reflective, critical and evaluative thinking and teamwork skills and the ability to articulate the practices that lead to successful collaboration.

Architecture and Culture

An introduction to architectural themes and their concepts. Architectural ideas and theory will be discussed through specific movements but will be connected with exemplars of relevant textual material, international built and unbuilt works, and local works. These will be explored through observations recording and site visits. They will be carefully considered and documented through reading, writing and drawing.

Cities & Suburbs

Considers cities and suburbs from around the world, their form, function and vitality. Students will gain an understanding of the land use structures, the socioeconomic process and the issues associated with the planning and development of cities and surrounding areas, examining the changing form and function of these areas using theory and data.

Construction Industry Management.

An overview of the construction industry, project life cycle, the industry’s place in the community and external factors that influence it. The role, functions and professional practices of construction managers, quantity surveyors and project managers. An introduction to a range of management concepts and techniques associated with construction projects.

Graphic Communication I

Introduction to the foundations of reading, constructing, understanding and presenting architectural drawings. Students will gain knowledge of applying architectural drawing conventions: drawing syntax, graphics, symbols and annotations will be taught both manual (mechanical) drafting and CAD (computer aided design). A standard set of drawing types will be covered to include plans, sections, elevations and axonometric.

Graphic Communication II

An introduction to building an understanding for the representation of the architectural form. Through a  gradation of skills taught, this unit allows students to present design though mixed media. The sequence of topics includes: a studio-based introduction to hand-drawn perspectives, rendering and collage; and lab based sessions which will introduce Computer Aided Design in 3D and digital collage for architectural representation of space, form structure and material.

Introduction to Planning

The origin, evolution, strengths and weaknesses of the planning system in WA. Operation of the current planning and development system including evaluation of planning documentation.

Technology of Design

This unit provides an introduction to the theoretical (the why) and the pragmatic (the how) nature of the relationships between the built, natural and human environments around us. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the theories, ideas and principles of a range of technological systems that are applied in the design of architecture and interior architecture. In this case, technology refers to the science of architecture and its integration within the aesthetic, social, cultural and professional context of design.

2016 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,092 (core)
1,911 (stream specific)
10,920
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,470 11,760

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,900 (core)
3,325 (stream specific)
20,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 3,800 30,400

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma
(Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 50 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades


International Students

Diploma(Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 2 points from 2 GCE A‐Level OR 1 point from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from GCE AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 21 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College
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Intakes

Diploma of Built Environment (Stage 1)
February | July | October

Diploma of Built Environment (Stage 2)
February | July

Duration

Diploma of Built Environment (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Built Environment (Stage 2)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course on Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2016

Apply now for Diploma of Built Environment and you could be on your way to year 2 of your Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Arts at Curtin within 12 months. 

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