Bachelor of Building Design - CU65
The Bachelor of Building Design will prepare you for a career as a qualified building designer and the opportunity to work for design, architectural, planning, building or engineering firms, government departments and corporations with a large building portfolio. Using the latest learning technology and design software used by industry, learn how to design creative, practical and sustainable residential and commercial buildings to meet the needs of your client while adhering to legislation and professional practices. Upon completing this course you will meet the educational requirements for the Building Design - Open Licence issued by Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). Available to study part-time and online, the Bachelor of Design provides you the flexibility to work in industry while you study and apply what you are learning in a professional setting. You will also have the option to fast track your studies by completing course units over Term 3 and complete your degree sooner.
5 years part-time
No pre-requisites required
English (Units 3 and 4, C), General Mathematics or Mathematical Method (Units 3 and 4, C)
The Bachelor of Building Design will provide you with an understanding of construction, structures, building materials and services, sustainability, professional practice, and communication, to prepare you as a confident and capable building industry professional.
If you have a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in building or related trades and would like to increase your employability by up-skilling, then this course may be for you. You may also be eligible to gain credit for prior learning and reduce the time it takes to complete your degree.
You will develop skills in planning and documenting for buildings of any height or floor area, including restorations, renovations, unit development, and extension work.
On completion of the required units, you may also be eligible to receive an interim or exit award of the Associate Degree of Building Design.
Study part-time by online study and benefit from the flexibility to work and gain practical experience while you learn.
Successful completion of this award satisfies the educational requirements for the Building Design - Open Licence issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
|Core Units||24||Major Units||None|
You are required to complete a total of 24 core units.
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 choicesCQUniversity's building design courses are ideal pathways towards 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 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, 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. Alternatively, if you would like to combine studies in engineering with building design, then the dual Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Design) and Diploma of Building Design (CL76) is ideal for you. You will be prepared you for a career as a professional civil engineer skilled in high-level engineering design and building design.
Career focussedThe 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).
Flexible study optionsThe Associate Degree and Bachelor of Building Design are delivered part-time and available to study online, making them ideal options if you are seeking the flexibility to work in the industry while you study. There are no residential schools required for these two courses.
|Term 1 - 2024||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2024||Available Online|
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 profileIf 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 profileTo 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.
If you are an International student, visit our International students webpage for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Security RequirementsNo information available at this time.
Health RequirementsNo information available at this time.
Building Designers provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings of all sizes. Completing the Bachelor of Building Design prepares you to pursue employment opportunities as a Building Designer, and work for:
- design, architectural, planning, building or engineering firms
- government departments
- corporations with large building portfolios.
|Professional Practice: Core|
National Association of Building Designers
This course is accredited by:
|2023 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$8,296.00|
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). Your 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. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP 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. Explore other study costs.
At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we 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.
|Northern Territory||ONL: 150231|
|New South Wales||ONL: 160231|
|South Australia||ONL: 150231|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150231|
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.
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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 are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
- Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView the table below for the best application option based on where you live.
|If you live in||Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*|
|Queensland||Apply via QTAC|
|New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory||Apply via UAC|
|All other states||Apply via ApplyCQUNI|
*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.
Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUniBenefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.
|If you are studying with:||Study Support|
|Murray River Study Hub||Access to local study facilities.|
Option 3: 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.