COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE
The course educates students in the design and construction of innovative buildings of all types, by developing their creativity, and teaching disciplines and skills essential for a successful, professional architectural career. Graduates will have developed specialist knowledge and skills in Innovation and Design Development, Liaison with specialist consultants, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Contract Documentation and Specifications, Building Science, Construction and Structural Design, Architectural Quantities, Estimating and Economics, Project Administration, Legal issues and Professional Practice including quality assurance and management.
The Course of Architecture consists of a total of 96 subjects. Contact hours average 22 hours per week for full-time study. Subject areas covered throughout the six years include:
General Fundamental Background subjects
- Mathematics for Architects
- General and Applied Chemistry
- Geometry and Elements of Projection
- Plastic Arts (freehand drawing & sculpture),
- Architectural Graphics
- Physics for Architects
- Mineralogy & Petrography for Architects
Design Fundamental Background subjects
- Visual Thinking
- Painting and Plastic Arts (painting & sculpture)
- Measured Drawing & General Architectural Design
- Descriptive & Advanced Geometry (Applications)
- Advanced Graphics
- Architectural Design & Synthesis
- General Architectural Design
- Interior Design
- Town Planning
History & Theory of Architecture subjects
- History & Theory of Architecture
- General History of Art
Science & Technology subjects
- Geodesy for Architects (Surveying & Topography)
- Building Materials
- Environmental Control & Design
- Engineering Mechanics for Architects
- Science of Building Construction
- Building Services
- Structural Design
- Lighting – Light and Colour, Acoustics
Professional Practice subjects
- Technical & Academic Writing
- Report & Essay Writing
- Quantities and Estimating
- Theoretical and Applied Economics
- Law & Technical Legislation, Professional Practice (Quality Assurance)
Written Thesis and Thesis by Design:
Subjects are often packaged and offered in different forms to coordinate and cater the needs of students. Each module specifies nominal hours and may be adjusted to for individual student group needs.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Whilst enrolled into the course a student may apply for undergraduate membership of the Australian Institute of Architects, membership is considered on a case by case basis by the AIA. On successful completion of the course, graduates may advance their level of membership to these bodies and apply for membership to other professional bodies such as the Building Designers Association of Australia.
ARTICULATION AND CREDIT TRANSFER
Students wishing to transfer their studies to other institutions will be able to do so on satisfaction of entry and credit requirements of the other institution. Students wishing to transfer their studies to Oceania Polytechnic will be able to gain credits for subjects they have already studied depending on their RPL assessment.
Applications to be directly to OPIE.
6 years full time, equivalent hours part-time 312 weeks, 4612 hours (minimum 22 hours per week).