Architecture & Construction (Diploma of Built Environment)

Build a better tomorrow with a future career in Architectural Science, Interior Architecture or Construction Management.

Key Information


Stage 1: 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)
Stage 2: 2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Intake dates

Stage 1: February, June, October
Stage 2: February, June, October (for Architecture only)

Campus location

Curtin Bentley


Stage 1 = $15,600 ($1,950 per unit)

Stage 2 = $16,200 ($2,025 per unit)

FEE-Help available

Domestic International


Stage 1 = $25,000 ($3,125 per unit)

Stage 2 = $33,000 ($4,125 per unit)

FEE-Help available


Course overview

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

The Diploma of Built Environment provides entry into three 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.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) at Curtin University are eligible for membership in a number of professional bodies, including Australian Institute of BuildingAustralian Institute of Building Surveyors^; Australian Institute of Quantity SurveyorsBoard of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia*; Chartered Institute of Building; and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
^Pending accreditation outcomes
*Conditional registration

Leading to:

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Architectural Science
  • Interior Architecture
  • Construction Management

Careers include:

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

Diploma of Built Environment Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087939G

Students must complete seven core units and one elective units:

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Design Skills
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Studies in Society
  • Computing Skills

  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physics
  • Programming
  • Project Management
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Built Environment Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087939G

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

  • Academic & Professional Communications

  • Philosophy and Practice (Interior Architecture)
  • Cities & Suburbs
  • Architectural Technology in Context (Architecture)
  • Interior Design Studio II (Interior Architecture)
  • Graphic Communication I
  • Graphic Communication II
  • Technology of Design
  • Architecture Design 2 (Architecture)
  • Understanding Architecture

  • Building Measurement
  • Commercial Construction
  • Construction Industry Management
  • Introduction to Management in Construction
  • Residential Construction
  • Site Management
  • Structures
Units may not be offered in every study period. Please contact your Program Manager for further information

Architectural Science / Interior Architecture - Diploma of Built Environment

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

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.

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.

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.

This unit considers the various contexts within which the design of small-scale buildings occurs. It addresses the built, human and natural environments and the relationships between them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This unit introduces architectural precedents and  encourages students to develop skills in observation to interpret, explore and synthesize ideas into small projects expressing relationships of the body to landscape, space, form, structure and materials.

This unit is designed for students who are studying architecture and therefore need to understand some key architectural ideas and techniques for architectural analysis. In this unit as a developing professional students acquire knowledge and skills necessary to observe, record, and critique architecture and the built environment based on key architectural theories.

Construction Management - Diploma of Built Environment

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

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.

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.

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.

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.

This unit is designed for students who are pursuing tertiary studies and a career in Construction Management related professions, building fundamental knowledge and understanding of the concepts and techniques associated with managing the conception, planning and construction of building projects.

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.

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.

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.