Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
City
Points
360
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

The BAS introduces you to the fundamental aspects of architecture. Through studio courses, real world case studies and future-based speculation projects, you will develop your design skills and creative practice. You will have access to software used in the industry as well as fully-equipped workshops to bring your concepts to life.

To become a professional architect, you require the Master of Architecture (Professional); or one of our associated combined masters programmes. This is  usually undertaken immediately following the BAS programme.  

Read the full programme regulations for the Bachelor of Architectural Studies in the University of Auckland Calendar.

Programme structure

In your first year, you’ll be introduced to design through drawing and making, including both hand and digital techniques. You’ll also be introduced to the history and theory of architecture, sustainable design and materiality. You’ll have the chance to explore construction principles, which we apply in studio courses and inside our workshops. Two General Education courses will give you the chance to supplement your studies in subject areas of your choice.

In second year and beyond, you’ll learn more about architectural design, media, materials and sustainable practice. You’ll also expand your understanding of historical precedent and theories of architecture, and be introduced to project management (i.e., getting buildings built).

Sample programme structure

Year 1 120 points
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 100
    Name:
    Design 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    20 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHDRC 102
    Name:
    Architectural Media
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHTECH 106
    Name:
    Architecture and Sustainability
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    General Education course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 101
    Name:
    Design 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    20 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHHTC 102
    Name:
    Modern Architecture and Urbanism
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHTECH 107
    Name:
    Design Technology
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Name:
    General Education course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
Year 2 120 points
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 200
    Name:
    Design 3
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHDRC 202
    Name:
    Architectural Media II
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHTECH 207
    Name:
    Design Technology II
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHHTC 235
    Name:
    Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 201
    Name:
    Design 4
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHTECH 208
    Name:
    Environmental Design I
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHHTC 236
    Name:
    Introduction to Architectural Theory
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
Year 3 120 points
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 300
    Name:
    Design 5
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHHTC 340
    Name:
    Oceanic Architecture and Urbanism
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHTECH 307
    Name:
    Environmental Design II
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 301
    Name:
    Design 6
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHHTC 339
    Name:
    Pre-modern Architecture and Urbanism
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHTECH 312
    Name:
    Design Technology III
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHPRM 304
    Name:
    Professional Studies 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.
Rank score, subject and credit requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement230

    • Minimum 16 credits in one subject from Table A
    • Minimum 16 credits in one subject from Table B.
  • CIE Cambridge International Examinations280

  • IB International Baccalaureate31

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Further requirements

All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative work and a one-page written statement. Selection into the BAS programme will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, portfolio and written statement.  

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Further requirements

You must have completed one semester’s successful bachelors degree study from a New Zealand university or one year’s successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree or bachelors-level qualification from a New Zealand non-university tertiary institution.

You must also submit a portfolio of creative work and a one-page written statement. Selection into the BAS programme will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, portfolio and written statement.  

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

Grade, subject and other requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place. Your GCE A level score is calculated on the best three academic subjects and General Studies cannot be included.

Further requirements

You must also submit a portfolio of creative work and a one-page written statement. Selection into the BAS programme will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, portfolio and written statement.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

Grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Further requirements

You must have completed one year’s successful bachelor degree level study at a recognised university (or similar institution). 

You must also submit a portfolio of creative work and a one-page written statement. Selection into the BAS programme will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, portfolio and written statement.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

How much does a Bachelor of Architectural Studies cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,430.80 – $7,845.60*
International students
NZ$35,772*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies has one intake per year, with applications due 8 December. Study commences in Semester One of the following year.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

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How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

Where could this programme take you?

Becoming a practising architect is a common outcome for BAS graduates once registered. However, you can also contribute to the industry as a designer, project manager or consultant, or work in client liaison. Graduates have also been known to utilise their creative thinking in other fields, such as film or web design.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Architect (following successful completion of MArch(Prof) or one of the associated combined masters degrees and professional registration)
  • Architectural historian or writer
  • Building industry consultant
  • Digital design professional
  • Heritage or cultural consultant
  • Interior designer
  • Project manager
  • Urban designer

Some career paths may require further study.

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