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CU65 - Bachelor of Building Design


At a glance

Equip yourself with the skills needed to provide creative, practical and sustainable construction designs for clients by studying the Bachelor of Building Design.

Study modes Distance
Rank OP: 15 SR: 67 ATAR: 63.55
Courses/units 24/144
Availability Distance Education 
Duration 5 years part-time
Recommended study English (4, SA), Maths A or B (4, SA)
Intake dates March, July
QTAC Code Distance: 851345
VTAC Code Distance: 1700110401
UAC Code Distance: 160231

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from Term 1, 2017. Entry ranks are to be used as a guide only as they are subject to change each year.

Career opportunities

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 recognition

The Bachelor of Building Design is accredited by the National Alliance of Building Designers. Upon completion of the course you will satisfy the educational requirements for the Building Design - Open License. Further information is available from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.



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 distance education and benefit from the flexibility to work and gain practical experience while you learn.

Why Study at CQUniversity

Discover our range of built environment and design education and training options designed to develop confident and capable building industry professionals.

Study your way

CQUniversity is one of the few universities offering built environment and design courses by distance education, enabling you to study from any where in Australia, when and how it suits you.

Up-to-date and industry relevant

Our strong links with industry ensure that you gain a practical understanding of the latest industry innovations, industry codes and practices and the ability to interpret the appropriate documentation and regulations.

You will also learn about materials selection and usage, communication, planning and ethics, making you well-rounded in your knowledge and increasing your employability.

Construct your future career

If you have a keen interest in the building and construction industry and like to build, plan, manage or design, then built environment and design might be the area for you.

During your studies you will be guided by skilled lecturers and academics in the field while sharing and networking with like-minded students within our online learning environment.

Our built environment and design courses and units have been developed to help you build a solid foundation for your future and allow you to reach your career goals.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete a total of 24 core units.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Building Design course please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of unit availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding unit information in relation to your specific application.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

OP: 15 , SR: 67 , ATAR: 63.55

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our prospective students page.

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or program you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

  QLD NSW SA VIC WA Distance
Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Building Design, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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