Extended Major Overview


Architecture provides a rich experience in creative thinking across a broad set of studies bridging the humanities and the sciences. In this major, students engage with the ideas and processes involved in making interventions within built and natural environments. Practical application is supported by consideration of relevant theoretical and ethical aspects of architecture. Units in technology, science, history, theory and communication provide core knowledge of the architecture discipline. In these, students learn how to think and communicate through analytical, critical and representational modes. Running in parallel are the design studio units which offer an immersive and integrative experience. In these units, project-based learning develops students' propositional capacities in relation to a range of contextual concerns: theoretical, environmental, technical, material and spatial. Students learn how to conceptualise and design single buildings, urban configurations and landscapes in response to existing and emerging economic and social needs and desires. Manual and digital technologies and production methods are used to generate drawings, models and prototypes.

The major Architecture A includes an emphasis on discovery through drawing in both digital and analogue forms; grounding in cultural landscapes and integration of culturally diverse content; engagement with contexts that are local, regional and international; and an embedding across learning areas of a deep appreciation for sustainability. Students who wish to progress to the Master of Architecture must successfully complete the co-requisite Architecture majors and associated complementary units.


Students are able to:

  1. demonstrate capacity for analytical, critical and propositional modes of thought
  2. respond creatively to local, regional and international contexts, issues and practices
  3. engage critically with the history and theory of architecture and allied disciplines
  4. integrate technical knowledge and skill in resolving design proposals ranging from simple to moderate complexity
  5. demonstrate advanced understanding of the implications for architecture of sustainability
  6. work productively in collaborative and transdisciplinary situations
  7. communicate at a sophisticated level through a range of manual and digital media.
Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.


Architecture (B) MJD-ARCTB


Architecture A can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
not available in 2024 – may be available in 2025 or 2026
non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (24 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1 None
S2 ARCT1010 Drawing History None
S1 ARCT1011 Early Modern Architecture
VISA1001 Art, Technology and Society.
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society
S1 ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation
IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take all units from this group (18 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2
All of the following ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1
and ARCT1011 Early Modern Architecture
and ARCT1010 Drawing History
and ARLA1030 Structures and Systems
and ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation ARCT1150 Architecture Studio 1
S1 ARCT2010 Modern Architecture
ARCT1010 Drawing History
and ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society (formerly HART1001 Art, Technology and Society)
S2 ARCT2050 Environmental Design
ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems
or ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (18 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2, NS ARCT3001 Architecture Studio 3
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2
and ARCT2001 Architecture Studio 2
and ARCT2010 Modern Architecture
and ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions
and ARCT2050 Environmental Design
S1 ARCT3010 History and Theories of the Built Environment
ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture (formerly ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Art and Architecture)
Degree-specific major units

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARCT3040 Advanced Design Thinking
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2 (incorporating former IDES2001 Design Communication)
or ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making (incorporating former IDES2040 Future Making)
or IDES2001 Design Communication
or IDES2040 Design Studio—Future Making
IDES3010 Advanced Design Thinking
N/A ARCT3050 Active Matter
ARCT3040 Advanced Design Thinking