Bachelor of Architectural Design

Griffith University

This program will put students on the path to a career as an architect. It combines classroom studies, fieldwork and practical experience to help students learn about designing buildings, urban systems, public places, transport nodes, and recreation and conservation areas. Students will also develop their design and creative problem-solving skills, and learn how to create designs that meet aesthetic, functional and user needs - now and in the future. A focus on sustainable design in tropical and subtropical climates will prepare students for work in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. In the third year, students will complete a supervised industry-based design project.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Gold Coast
Institution CRICOS: 00233E


  • Creative Visual Strategies
  • Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
  • Introduction to Architecture and Landscape Design
  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture History 1
  • Construction Materials and Practice
  • plus more

About us

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university – challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions. Our high-quality degrees are specifically designed to prepare students for the future and are taught by Australia’s most awarded teachers.

We rank among the world’s best universities and continue to improve our international standing. In the largest and most credible world university rankings, we are ranked in the top 400 – placing us in the top two per cent worldwide*.

Griffith is committed to helping international students make the most of their time in Australia by providing quality education, guidance and support. We teach across three trimesters each year, with intakes available in February, July and October. 

Popular study areas include:

  • Architecture, construction and planning
  • Business and government
  • Criminology and law
  • Education
  • Engineering, IT and aviation
  • Humanities, languages and social science
  • Medicine, dentistry and health
  • Music and performing arts
  • Science and environment
  • Visual and creative arts.

For more information visit our Study website.


Griffith hosts 50,000 students across six campuses in South East Queensland, spanning three major cities (Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane). Students choose Queensland not only for the quality education but for its superb subtropical climate, welcoming environment and mixture of natural wonders and vibrant city life. 

Learn about life in Australia and our campuses.

Griffith English Language Institute

For over 25 years, Griffith English Language Institute, Griffith University’s official English language provider, has been delivering award-winning English language programs.


  • Direct Entry Program – for students wanting to gain entry to a Griffith University degree or Griffith College programs
  • High School Preparation – a specialised program for international students aged between 13 and 18 years entering an Australian secondary school
  • English for work, travel or personal reasons – no matter whether you are a beginner or advanced, we will help you achieve your English goals.

For more information visit Griffith English Language Institute.


* Based on the International Association of Universities – World Higher Education Database, listing more than 18,500 institutions of higher education. 

Student services

At Griffith University you will have access to our diverse range of student support initiatives, including programs and staff dedicated specifically to helping international students. We provide students with first-class support during their Griffith experience, from arrival through to graduation and beyond.


Griffith Mates: The Griffith Mates are a diverse peer-support network for international students, with members who speak over 30 languages. Look out for the Mates at orientation – they may even be waiting to welcome you at the airport!


Orientation and arrival: Orientation is when you get to know Griffith and have fun meeting people before you start classes. The Griffith Mates will help you get to know your campus with campus tours during Orientation. Discover the beauty of Brisbane or the Gold Coast through free Twilight Walking Tours hosted by the Griffith Mates.


International Student Advisory: If you need some extra personal support, make an appointment with an International Student Advisor. Our team of dedicated staff provides advice and information on issues that can affect your life in Australia and your studies at Griffith.


EnglishHELP: If English is your second language, we provide a free English language learning service to develop your academic English and improve your overall academic performance. 


Peer Assisted Study Sessions: Peer Assisted Study Sessions are study groups for specific courses that students often find difficult or demanding. 


Health and wellbeing: If you need a doctor there are health and medical services located on the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses, as well as medical centres and hospitals near each campus. If you need someone to talk to about personal issues, we offer free, confidential student counselling on all our campuses.


Disability services: Through our Disability Service, we aim to improve the participation, retention and success of students with disabilities, while ensuring easy access to learning environments. 


For more information visit International Student Services.


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