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22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)~ - International

CRICOS code: 099456E
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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.  

How often do I attend?

Full time - 3 to 4 days a week

~ 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

Find out what documents you will need to complete for your application.

How to apply

Please complete the two forms below and submit via an education agent in your country.

Application form   SOP

If you need help, contact the International team.

Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 January
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 19 May 2022
Close: 31 Dec 2024 
Class DayMon, Tue & Wed - 9am to 5pm
Full-time: 2 years  Apply  


Note: Students are required to undertake some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside of class time.

Please refer to our key dates and orientation webpage here.

We reserve the right to close course intakes early. Many courses have limited places and high demand. Early applications are recommended. We reserve the right to cancel intakes and courses if there are insufficient student numbers.


Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent – Equivalents can be found on our Entry Requirements page.


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent) – Equivalents can be found on our English language equivalency page.
*Applicants from specified countries may be exempt from English Language Requirements for admissions purposes. Such students will still need to provide evidence of meeting minimum English requirements for visa purposes. Check the list of exempt countries for more information.

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.

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     

Fees are based on current year and are subject to change for future years. Fees are charged upon course offer and must be paid to obtain the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Contact the international office for detailed information or see fees, payments and refunds. More information.

Total tuition fee:


Total approx. materials and courses expenses:

Resource Fees AUD $700.00 Once

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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