Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Code: 22477VIC
Study Area:
Building and Construction

Start date: February 2020

End date: July 2022

This two year and six month 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. You will attend classes three days per week between 10:30am - 3pm for the first two years and you need to allow for 20 hours of homework per week. Full time one day and one evening per week for the third and final six months of the course.

  • Bendigo Charleston Road campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Classroom supported online delivery - 30 Months.


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. This course is delivered full-time over 2.5 years. 2020 fees for those eligible for government funding are: The first year will be $6,423.70, of which the enrolment fee of $6,014.50 can be deferred using the VET student loans scheme leaving $409.20 to be paid up front for the student services/materials. As an indicator only, fees for 2020 Second year students will be $3,710.50 ($3,392.50 enrolment fee) and fees for 2020 Third year students will be $2,857.50 ($2,857.50 enrolment fee). For more 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 supported online delivery

Key study areas
Building Design & Architectural

Further study opportunities
  • • Further study opportunities are available at university level. Graduates may be given credits in the following: Architecture, Town Planning, Construction Management, Urban Design.


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.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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*$11,994.50
Concession - average total course fee*$2,398.90
Full fee - average total course fee*$24,009.86
B.   Materials average fee**$250.32
C.   Consumables average fee**$166.88
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 28/10/2019 11:55 AM

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