Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Code: 22477VIC
Study Area:
Building Design

Start date: February 2022
End date: December 2023

This two and a half year course is for students wanting a career as a building designer or draftsperson within an architectural practice. Learn the skills, knowledge and application of industry specific software to deliver innovative design solutions for residential and commercial projects. Students will follow a project from conception to completion; through site selection, town planning, contracts and tender.

This course is delivered as classroom supported online delivery from February until November over three days per week between 10am - 3pm and generally requires a 30 hours per week commitment. Study at home assignments will be issued in November after completion of the first year, to be completed prior to February when second year officially commences.

Occasional attendance during term will be required at the Bendigo Charleston Road Campus for tutoring, workshops and onsite visits. This will be advised at the start of each term.

For online learning you will need broadband internet and a computer system with the minimum requirements capable of Entry-Level Configuration for Autodesk Revit 2021, (*note: Revit is available for free from Autodesk to students enrolled in educational institutions). Study at home assignments will be required between November to February after completion of the first year.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Classroom supported online delivery - 2.5 years


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Building designer
  • Business owner
  • Employment in the building industry
  • Successfully completing this course will enhance current professional skills.
  • Draftsperson

  • Individual interview
  • Applicants must complete a language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) application.

Course overview

This course is designed to equip you with the skills & knowledge to design and document residential & commercial buildings. Using industry specific software you will learn to present, document and deliver innovative design solutions on a diverse range of projects. The course also covers subjects such as sustainable building design principles, conduct and apply bushfire attack level (BAL) assessments, comply with building regulations and legislative requirements, architectural project administration and small business planning.

For information on pricing please contact Bendigo TAFE on 5434 1800.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Individual interview

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Portfolio
  • Problem solving scenarios
  • Project
  • Questioning
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Classroom and online

Key study areas

Building Design & Architectural

Further study opportunities
  • Further study opportunities are available at university level. Graduates may be given credits in: Architecture, Town Planning, Construction Management, Urban Design. This Qualification covers the academic requirements only for registration as a Draftsperson - Building Design in Victoria, (see the Vic Building Authority (VBA) for full requirements).


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$12,495.14
Concession - average total course fee*$2,499.03
Full fee - average total course fee*$24,610.11
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$333.76
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 13/10/2021 4:39 PM

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