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Associate Degree of Building Design - CC01

The Associate Degree of Building Design is an ideal course if you are looking for a career where you can combine creativity with form and structure of the built environment. Recognised by industry, completion of this course will allow you to achieve your Building Design - Medium Licence, issued by Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Through design-based projects develop the foundational knowledge to plan and design buildings, ranging from residential homes to medium-rise commercial buildings up to three stories. This includes restoration, renovation, unit development and extension work. You will gain the skills to become confident in design and documentation, construction, structures, building materials and services, professional practice and communication and the key principals of sustainability. This course is offered part-time and online to provide you the flexibility to work in industry while you study and apply what you are learning immediately in your current role.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:66 ATAR:66

UNITS/CREDITS

16/96

DURATION

4 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

PREREQUISITES

No pre-requisites required

RECOMMENDED STUDY

English (4, SA) and Maths A or B (4, SA)

Study the Associate Degree of Building Design and equip yourself with the skills to plan and design buildings, ranging from residential homes to medium-rise commercial buildings. This includes restoration, renovation, unit development, and extension work. You will develop the skills to become confident in design and documentation, construction, structures, building materials and services, professional practice and communication and the key principles of sustainability.

The course may enable you to up-skill from vocational education and training (VET) qualifications in building and related trades so that you can enhance your career prospects. You may also be eligible to gain credit for prior learning and reduce the time it takes to complete your degree.

If you are already a qualified tradesperson completing this course enables you to take your qualifications to a paraprofessional level. CQUniversity is one of a few universities in Australia to offer this course by online study. You may choose to enhance your future employability by working in the industry and gaining practical experience while you learn.

Successful completion of this award satisfies the educational requirements for the Building Design - Medium Licence issued by Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Core Units 16 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

You are required to complete a total of 16 core units.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Greater choices

Our building design courses are ideal pathways if you are seeking a career as a building designer. As a building designer, you will provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings and work for design, architecture, planning, building or engineering firms, government departments, and corporations with a large building portfolio.

Our Associate Degree of Building Design (CC01) equips you with the relevant skills to plan and design structures ranging from residential homes to commercial buildings up to three stories above a lower level set aside for car parking. Completion of this course meets the educational requirements for a Building Design - Medium Rise licence, issued by the Building Services Authority, Queensland.

The Associate Degree of Building Design is also a great pathway to the Bachelor of Building Design (CU65), which goes on to provide an understanding of construction, structures, building materials and services, sustainability, professional practice and communication. Successful completion satisfies the educational requirements for the Building Design - Open Licence issued by the Building Services Authority, Queensland.

Industry aligned

The Associate Degree and Bachelor of Building Design are accredited by the Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ)/National Association Building Designers (NABD) and the Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA).

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

Rank Threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. 

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 66 | ATAR 66.0


Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge; English (4, SA) and Maths A or B (4, SA).

Completing the Associate Degree of Building Design prepares you to pursue building designer roles within:

  • design, architectural, planning, building or engineering firms
  • government departments
  • corporations with large building portfolios.

This course is accredited by:

  • Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ)/National Association Building Designers (NABD)
  • Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA)
2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,016.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. The Australian Government loan scheme HECS-HELP assists you in paying your student contributions. You can choose to defer part or all of your student contribution fees.  Learn more about paying for university

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Other study costs

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

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If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

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If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania

Apply via VTAC

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South Australia; Northern Territory; Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
Apply direct