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Building Design (Architectural)

Advanced Diploma Of

Code: 22477VIC Cricos: 099956G



Preston, Epping




2 years full time / part time


2 years full time / part time


Year 12/VCE or mature age

Next Intake


Next Intake

February, July, February, July, Midyear

Design a rewarding career for yourself

Begin to build your career with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural). If you’ve dreamed of running your own building design firm, working for an architect or leading building design teams, this qualification is the first step in your journey. Building design is a creative and technical career in an industry with national skill shortages and almost 10,000 job opportunities predicted in the next five years. Our course will equip you with the industry knowledge and practical skills to master the design, presentation and documentation process for residential and commercial building projects.

Learn practical techniques in an industry environment

Our course is structured around a simulated office environment, with a project-based delivery that tests your knowledge in practical situations. This course has been developed with industry and is recognised by the Building Designers Association of Victoria and the Building Practitioners Board. Our industry-experienced teachers use the latest computer-aided technology to ensure that you graduate with skills ready for industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) graduates are sought after, with many past students winning Building Design Awards Victoria prizes and thousands of dollars in grants.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This qualification offers a variety of employment opportunities in the building design, architectural or engineering industries. You might work as a design team leader, project administrator, architectural designer, architectural technician or architect’s assistant. You will also have the ability to run your own drafting office or work in building management for large commercial enterprises or government departments.
  • Project Administrator
  • Architectural Technician
  • Architect Assistant
  • Designer
  • Design Team Leader


You can advance your passion for building design with further qualifications in architecture, project management, town planning or interior design. Successful completion of this course will provide 9 subjects/1.5 years credit into our Bachelor of the Built Environment.

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"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by a variety of methods, including project-based assessment, theory-based tests, completion of practical assignments/folio work, and targeted oral questions

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
VU22456 Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings Core 120
VU22470 Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment Core 50
VU22469 Undertake complex architectural projects Core 280
BSBPMG415A Apply project risk management techniques Core 40
VU22460 Design sustainable buildings Core 90
VU22465 Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings Core 200
VU22459 Design safe buildings Core 40
VU22461 Integrate services layout into design documentation Core 40
VU22457 Comply with relevant legistlation in the design of residential buildings Core 50
VU22464 Select construction materials for building projects Core 60
VU22458 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings Core 60
VU22468 Manage architectural project administration Core 60
VU22454 Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process Core 40
VU22455 Apply structural and construction technology to the design or residential buildings Core 180
VU22466 Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows Core 240
VU22467 Present architectural designs Core 120
VU22463 Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings Core 180
VU22462 Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings Core 180

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$12650.00 - $29050.00
$8890 per semester
$17780 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department. Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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Year 12/VCE or mature age. Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency.
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Application procedure