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22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)~

Building Design & Construction Management

Next intake January 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
DurationFull-time: 2 years

Course description

Learn the fundamentals of good design as you utilise your creativity and love of construction to create your own (virtual) building projects.

This course, highly regarded by industry, provides the practical skills, knowledge and qualifications to work as a building designer. You’ll gain specialist design skills applicable to residential and commercial design within the construction sector. Importantly, our strong industry partnerships allow students to work on live projects and graduate work-ready.

If you want to pathway to university, this course will give you excellent practical skills and a work-ready edge.  

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Building Designer
  • Draftsperson in Building Design/Architectural sector

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 January
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Jan 2024 
Class DayStart: 29 Jan 2024
Mon, Tue & Wed - 9am to 5pm
Full-time: 2 years  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Design skills and knowledge are desirable      

Core Units Code Hours
Apply project risk management techniques BSBPMG415 40
Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings VU22456 120
Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings VU22455 180
Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings VU22458 60
Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings VU22457 50
Conduct interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment VU22470 50
Design safe buildings VU22459 40
Design sustainable buildings VU22460 90
Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows VU22466 240
Integrate services layout into design documentation VU22461 40
Manage architectural project administration VU22468 60
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry CPCCWHS1001 6
Present architectural designs VU22467 120
Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings VU22463 180
Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings VU22462 180
Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings VU22465 200
Select construction materials for building projects VU22464 60
Undertake complex architectural projects VU22469 280
Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process VU22454 40
Undertake small business planning BSBSMB404 50


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Project based in class assessments (including team based projects)                          
  • Written assignments     

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Standard Tuition AUD $6.80 per hour 2086 AUD $14,185.00 AUD $15,645.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.30 per hour 2086 AUD $29,830.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Education Levy AUD $312.90
Resource Fees AUD $700.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $16,788

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)/Bachelor of Property and Real Estate at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) at Deakin University

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 20/11/2023 4:13:50 PM