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Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Code 22627VIC

  • Part Time
  • 4 years
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students


The Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), will enable you to develop your architectural building design skills in both the residential and commercial areas of the industry. You will work on real projects, reflecting real-life work practices, and responding to real client briefs.

Career Opportunities

  • building designer
  • CAD/BIM architectural technician
  • architectural draftsperson.
  • architectural documentor
  • 3D visualiser

Pathway to further studies

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Design

Studying the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) at Holmesglen

Holmesglen building design students have won more industry awards in the past 10 years than all the institutes combined that teach the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural).<p>Through this course, you will acquire the professional skills and knowledge required for sustainable design, drafting and documentation of residential, industrial and commercial buildings.<p>Emphasis is on the design process, construction technology, integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM), presentation and production of working drawings, using industry standards and the latest architectural software and virtual experiences.<p>You will have access to design studios with high-level computer labs, the latest technology, including industrial 3D Printers, Virtual and Mixed Reality.<p>Architectural Building Design elements will be incorporated in project-based learning; you will have opportunities to develop a variety of skills, including technical and research skills in an environment of self-paced learning, which may include study tours and site visits.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that you are at least 18 years old and have finished year 12, or a mature learner, completing year 11 or its equivalent and having a passion for the architectural building design industry.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


Daytime classes are held between 9am and 5.30pm, however not all classes are strictly at these times - i.e. they may be 1pm - 4pm, etc.<br>Night time classes are 6pm - 10pm.<p>Full-time students typically attend daytime classes over 3.5 days. However, if required, some daytime classes can be replaced with evening classes.<p>Part-time students typically attend two evenings per week. It would take 4 years to complete the course with this pattern of study.<p>Part-time students can attend 1, 2 or 3 nights, which would shorten or lengthen the duration of their study. If required, instead of evening classes, part-time students can attend during the day.<p>Remote delivery: when required by circumstances, face-to-face classes can be live streamed via the Webex platform through timetabled sessions.
Unit code Unit name
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
VU23454 Integrate digital applications into residential architectural workflows
VU23456 Present architectural designs
VU23442 Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings
VU23444 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings
VU23451 Select construction materials for building projects
VU23452 Provide design solutions for residential buildings
VU23447 Design sustainable buildings
VU23449 Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings
VU23441 Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process
VU23457 Manage architectural project administration
VU23459 Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment
VU23455 Integrate digital applications into commercial architectural workflows
VU23443 Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings
VU23445 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings
BSBPMG426 Apply project risk management techniques
VU23458 Undertake complex architectural projects
VU23453 Provide design solutions for commercial buildings
VU23446 Design safe buildings
VU23450 Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings
VU23448 Integrate services layout into design documentation
BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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Qualification and Recognition

On completion of this course, you will receive the 22627VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $29,726
Government subsidised $13,768
Mandatory materials Cost
Activities fee $290

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. <a href="">Read more about VET Student Loans</a>.

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