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Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 02-March-2020
University of Auckland
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Course details


Explore the design, theoretical and environmental aspects of architecture and the built environment in this three-year studio-based programme, the first step to becoming a registered architect.

Programme overview

The BAS introduces you to the fundamental aspects of architecture. Through studio courses, real world case studies and future-based speculation projects, you will develop your design skills and creative practice. You will have access to software used in the industry as well as fully-equipped workshops to bring your concepts to life.

To become a professional architect, you require the Master of Architecture (Professional); or one of our associated combined masters programmes. This is usually undertaken immediately following the BAS programme.

Programme structure

In your first year, you’ll be introduced to design through drawing and making, including both hand and digital techniques. You’ll also be introduced to the history and theory of architecture, sustainable design and materiality. You’ll have the chance to explore construction principles, which we apply in studio courses and inside our workshops. Two General Education courses will give you the chance to supplement your studies in subject areas of your choice.

In second year and beyond, you’ll learn more about architectural design, media, materials and sustainable practice. You’ll also expand your understanding of historical precedent and theories of architecture, and be introduced to project management (i.e., getting buildings built).

Where could this programme take you?

Becoming a practicing architect is a common outcome for BAS graduates once registered. However, you can also contribute to the industry as a designer, project manager or consultant, or work in client liaison. Graduates have also been known to utilize their creative thinking in other fields, such as film or web design.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Architect (following successful completion of MArch(Prof) or one of the associated combined masters degrees and professional registration)
  • Architectural historian or writer
  • Building industry consultant
  • Digital design professional
  • Heritage or cultural consultant
  • Interior designer
  • Project manager
  • Urban designer

Further study options

  • Master of Architecture (Professional)
  • Master of Architecture (Professional) and Heritage Conservation
  • Master of Architecture (Professional) and Urban Design
  • Master of Architecture (Professional) and Urban Planning (Professional)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture
  • Master of Heritage Conservation

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 550 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.


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