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Top 5 Schools of Architecture for 2021 Revealed

Have you considered studying Architecture at university? Not sure which school of Architecture would suit you best?

We’ve gathered up the top five universities to study Architecture in Australia so you can see how they compare. 

Take a look at which unis made the list! 

#5. Curtin University 

Curtin - School of Architecture

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Rankings

Curtin University in Perth comes in as the 5th best university for Architecture in Australia, according to QS Top Universities Rankings 2021. The university is ranked number one in Western Australia for Architecture.  

The university is also ranked in the top 100 globally for architecture by the QS Top Universities Rankings by Subject 2021. 

According to QS World University Rankings 2021, Curtin is the 13th best university in Australia.

About 

Despite being quite young, Curtin University is a reputable university that has become a space for innovation and high research standards. 

A Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies can be completed at this university over three years full-time. 2121 students were enrolled in this degree as of 2019. 

Students studying architecture at Curtin University have benefited from valuable industry experiences, provided by organisations such as design company GHDWoodhead and government entity, Water Corporation. 

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Curtin University is a pathway for the two-year accredited Master of Architecture qualification, which recognises students as registered architects. 

Entry Requirements 

The guaranteed ATAR for admission into this course is 70. Curtin University also requires all applicants to be proficient in English.

Those who have studied Architecture elsewhere will be required to sit an interview for folio review. 

You can read more about the admission criteria here!

#4. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

UNSW - School of Architecture

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Rankings

According to the QS Top Universities Rankings 2021, the University of New South Wales comes in 4th for Architecture in Australia. 

UNSW is also ranked 33rd globally for Architecture according to QS Top Universities Rankings by Subject 2021. 

Nationally, this university is the 4th best overall across Australia, so you’ll be getting a top education if you choose to study here!

About

A Bachelor of Architectural Studies can be undertaken at UNSW for three years full time. After completing this degree, a Master of Architecture can be completed over two years, which recognises students as registered architects.

Students may also choose to study Interior Architecture (Honours) or Landscape Architecture (Honours) at this university. Both courses are three years full-time with an additional year to study honours.  

As of 2019, there were 3346 students studying architecture and building at UNSW. 

Entry Requirements 

The ATAR cut-off for a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at UNSW is 95. To discover more about this degree, check out our article here!

For both Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture the guaranteed ATAR entry is 80

If students do not have the marks to get into an architecture course at UNSW, they may wish to submit a portfolio of their creative work.

You can find out more about submitting a portfolio here!

#3. RMIT University 

RMIT - School of Architecture

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Rankings

RMIT University in Melbourne is ranked the 3rd best university for architecture in Australia, according to QS Top Universities Rankings 2021.  

The university is also ranked 28th globally for architecture by the QS Top Universities Rankings by Subject 2021. 

Additionally, RMIT is the 15th top university in Australia according to the QS Rankings for 2021.

About

The Bachelor of Architectural Design at RMIT is a three-year course that can be followed by a two-year Masters of Architecture.  At RMIT University, Architecture students have the benefit of studying in an environment similar to a cutting-edge architectural design firm. 

As of 2019, RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design had 4794 student enrolments and is led by Professor Martyn Hook.

There are three disciplines within the Bachelor of Architectural Design at RMIT — they are architecture and urban design, interior design and landscape architecture. 

Entry Requirements 

There are three requirements to enrol in a Bachelor of Architectural Design at RMIT, they are:

    • Completed year 12
    • A study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English, pre-selection kit
    • And submission of a portfolio

You can find out more about the RMIT entry requirements for this degree here!

Students may also enter this degree through SNAP (Schools Network Access Program) which you can read about here

#2. The University of Melbourne

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Rankings

The University of Melbourne is the second best university in Australia to study Architecture according to the 2021 QS Top Universities Rankings. This degree is studied through the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning within the Melbourne School of Design.  

The university is ranked 23rd globally for Architecture according to QS Top Universities Rankings by Subject 2021.

The University of Melbourne is also ranked as the 3rd best university overall in Australia by QS Top Universities Rankings 2021.

About 

Architecture is one of 12 majors that can be completed in the university’s Bachelor of Design. The Melbourne School of Design established one of the first Bachelor degrees in Architecture in 1927. 

After completing this degree, students can choose to study a Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage for an additional year or a Master in Architecture for an additional three years. 

Architecture students and staff at the University of Melbourne have come from over 50 countries and as of 2019, 4254 students were enrolled in Architecture.

There are a number of scholarships available at this university — more information can be found here!

Entry Requirements 

The lowest ATAR selection rank for this degree is 85.05 (this is also called the ‘clearly-in rank’ and should only be used as a guide). 

Admission will also be considered for non-recent school leavers who have completed or partially studied a tertiary degree or have life/work experience in this field. 

Read more about entry requirements for this degree here!

#1. The University of Sydney

USYD - School of Architecture

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Rankings

According to the QS Top Universities Rankings 2021, the University of Sydney comes in 1st for Architecture in Australia. 

The University of Sydney School of Architecture is 21st globally for architecture according to QS Top Universities Rankings by Subject 2021. 

You’ll also find comfort in knowing that USYD is considered the 2nd best university in Australia, so you’ll be receiving a high quality education.

About

As one of the international leaders in architecture, design and planning, the University of Sydney School of Architecture boasts an impressive reputation. The School of Architecture was established in 1918 with the Bachelor of Architecture degree commencing one year later. 

As of 2019, The Sydney University School of Architecture had 2813 students. The school is located in the Wilkinson Building, right in the heart of Chippendale’s creative precinct. 

Architecture degrees at the University of Sydney can be divided into three categories: 

    • Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (3 years full-time)
    • Bachelor of Design in Architecture (3 years full-time) 
    • Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)/Master of Architecture (5 years full-time) 

An additional year of study can be completed as Honours for the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments and the Bachelor of Design in Architecture. 

To learn more about the Bachelor of Design in Architecture at USYD, check out our recent article here!  

Entry Requirements 

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture at USYD has a guaranteed ATAR of 95, while the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments has a guaranteed ATAR of 85

If you want to complete an Architecture program with a Masters component, the ATAR requirement is 97 for a Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) and a Master of Architecture.

Domestic students are invited to submit a portfolio of work in support of their application. 

Find out more about the portfolio and submission for these degrees here!


Kellie Maloney is a driven and passionate writer who likes to flex her creative muscle on the daily. Currently, she also works as a Junior Content Writer at ClassBento, a rapidly growing startup that she is super proud to be a part of. When she is not writing for ClassBento or Art of Smart Education, Kellie can be found writing trashy poetry, cooking (barely) edible food or watching YouTube videos.

 

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