Undergraduate study

Three undergraduate degrees are offered by the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree is a three-year programme of full-time study that provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the built environment and is specific to their chosen major.

This degree comprises a general first-year programme of 120 points, followed by two years of specialised study in one of the following majors:

  • Architecture
  • Architecture History and Theory
  • Interior Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

The BAS leads into a two-year Master's qualification in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Architecture History and Theory. Master's study enables students to extend their undergraduate degree and pursue other areas of study, within the disciplines that can be supervised by the School of Architecture. Please visit our postgraduate study pages for information about the Master's qualifications offered by the School of Architecture.

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Bachelor of Building Science

The Bachelor of Building Science (BBSc) degree is a three-year programme of full-time study that provides a thorough grounding in the science and technology of building and an understanding of architecture. It also provides students with the skills to creatively apply knowledge to technical construction situations.

The degree begins with a general BBSc first-year programme of 120 points, common to students in the first year of the BAS. This is followed by two years of specialised study in one or both of the following majors:

  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Engineering Systems

This undergraduate degree leads into the two-year Master of Building Science for those wishing to become professional project managers, sustainable engineers, building scientists, or have a satisfying career in the building industry.

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Bachelor of Design Innovation

The Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) degree is a three-year programme of full-time study. Students specialise in one of three design disciplines and have the opportunity to combine studies in design with a minor in another discipline such as Psychology, Anthropology, Māori or Pacific Studies, Writing, Film or Media Studies. This provides students with opportunities to configure your course of study to suit your individual interests and intended careers.

The degree begins with a first-year programme that is shared by all specialisations within the BDI. The first year is a total of 120 points consisting of core courses and courses prescribed by your chosen minor or elective courses. This is followed by two years of specialised study in one of the following majors:

  • Culture+Context
  • Industrial Design
  • Media Design

The BDI leads into the two-year Master of Design Innovation for students wanting to obtain the highest level of professional expertise in their chosen major.

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