Architecture A major

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

BP011 Bachelor of Environmental Design
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Architecture B is a co-requisite of the Architecture A major.

Overview of unit sequence

Architecture A is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • four Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals)
S2 ARCT1010 Drawing History
S1 ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society
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
ARLA1000 Groundings Studio (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals
LACH1000); ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1; ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society (formerly HART1001); ARCT1010 Drawing History; ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems (formerly ARCT1030);
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040)
S1 ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture
ARCT1010 Drawing History
ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society (formerly HART1001 Art, Technology and Society)
S2 ARCT2050 Environmental Design
ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems
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 4
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2, ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making
former units IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making
IDES2040 Future Making, ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture; ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions; 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)
ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making (incorporating former IDES2040 Future Making)
IDES2001 Design Communication
IDES2040 Design Studio—Future Making
IDES3010 Advanced Design Thinking
S1 ARCT3050 Active Matter
ARCT3040 Advanced Design Thinking

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Architecture A degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Environmental Design course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP011-ARCTA

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .