OCEANIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE

COURSE OUTCOMES

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.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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:

Subject Area
Total Hrs

General Fundamental Background subjects

496

  • Mathematics for Architects
  • General and Applied Chemistry
  • Geometry and Elements of Projection
  • Plastic Arts (freehand drawing & sculpture),
  • Architectural Graphics
  • Physics for Architects
  • Geology
  • Mineralogy & Petrography for Architects

Design Fundamental Background subjects

576

  • Visual Thinking
  • Painting and Plastic Arts (painting & sculpture)
  • Measured Drawing & General Architectural Design
  • Descriptive & Advanced Geometry (Applications)
  • Photogrammetry
  • Advanced Graphics
  • AutoCAD

Design subjects

1712

  • Architectural Design & Synthesis
  • General Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • Town Planning

History & Theory of Architecture subjects

432

  • History & Theory of Architecture
  • General History of Art
  • Morphology

Science & Technology subjects

912

  • 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

224

  • 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:

260

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.

ASSESSMENT

Grading Guide

Admission

Codes:

Applications to be directly to OPIE.

Duration:

6 years full time, equivalent hours part-time 312 weeks, 4612 hours (minimum 22 hours per week).

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ARCHITECTURE

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INTERIOR DECORATION

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BUILDING DESIGN

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DRAFTING

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Oceania Polytechnic Institute of Education Pty Ltd.

  • 2nd floor, 220 Albert Road ,
  • South Melbourne, Vic-3205, Australia.
  • Tel. +61 3 9663 3129
  • Email. info@opie.vic.edu.au

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