Architecture B major

Studying Architecture provides you with a rich combination of experiences in imaginative creativity, the humanities and the sciences. Students learn about the conceptualisation and design of individual buildings, urban configurations and landscapes in response to existing and emerging economic, technical and social needs and desires. The major introduces students to a range of different technologies and production methods, both manual and digitally based, to create drawings, models and prototypes. Your practical studies are supported by investigating design communication, sustainable design and considerations of relevant historical, theoretical and ethical aspects of architecture. You emerge with a knowledge of how to use creative and rational inquiry to analyse and provide solutions to design problems, integrating emerging aesthetic, technical, social and ethical concerns. Students who wish to progress to the Master of Architecture must successfully complete the co-requisite Architecture majors : Architecture A and Architecture B


Students are able to (1) demonstrate skills in conceptualising, developing technical solutions and actualising design propositions of a range of complexities from small and simple to propositions of medium complexity; (2) present design propositions through a range of media, both digital and hand-drawn, and digital and physical models; and (3) demonstrate knowledge of the history and theory of the profession, and be capable of undertaking the professional architectural degree.

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 can be taken as a second major, only in conjunction with the co-requisite Architecture A degree-specific major, in the following degrees:

Overview of unit sequence

The Architecture B second major is a single major comprising:

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

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ARLA1000 Design Studio - Groundings
IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals, LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings
S2 ARLA1030 Structures and Systems
ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARCT2001 Design Studio
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals)
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making, IDES2040 Future Making
S1 ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions
ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems (formerly ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems)
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation).

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ARCT3000 Architecture Studio 3
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2, ARLA2001 Future Making Studio
former units IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making
IDES2040 Future Making, ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture; ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions; ARCT2050 Environmental Design.
S2 ARCT3030 Construction
ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2

Choosing a second 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 second major.

General degrees

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

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 Architecture B can be included as second major in the Bachelor of Environmental Design course.

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For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .