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22627VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Building Design

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

Course description

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

This course is highly regarded by industry. It provides the practical skills, knowledge and qualifications to work as a building designer.  You will gain specialist design skills applicable to residential and commercial design within the building design sector in a project-based setting, reflective of real office practice. Importantly, our strong industry partnerships allow students to work on live projects and graduate work-ready. 

There are also opportunities to pursue further studies with pathways to university, where this course will provide you excellent grounding to take your studies further into Architecture and/or Building.   

Possible career outcomes

  • building designers
  • architectural assistants  
  • building design assistants  
  • architectural draftspersons 

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 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 29 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Mon, Tues & Wed - 9am to 5pm
Full-time: 2 years  Apply  
2025 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayStart: 3 Feb 2025
Mon, Tues & Wed - 9am to 5pm
Full-time: 2 years    


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. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4.

  • 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 BSBPMG426 40
Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings VU23443 120
Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings VU23442 180
Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings VU23445 60
Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings VU23444 50
Conduct interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment VU23459 50
Design safe buildings VU23446 40
Design sustainable buildings VU23447 90
Integrate digital applications into commercial architectural workflows VU23455 120
Integrate digital applications into residential architectural workflows VU23454 120
Integrate services layout into design documentation VU23448 40
Manage architectural project administration VU23457 60
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry CPCWHS1001 6
Present architectural designs VU23456 120
Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings VU23450 180
Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings VU23449 180
Provide design solutions for commercial buildings VU23453 100
Provide design solutions for residential buildings VU23452 100
Research and develop business plans BSBESB401 50
Select construction materials for building projects VU23451 60
Undertake complex architectural projects VU23458 280
Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process VU23441 40


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:

  • ​Questioning ​
  • Observations and practical demonstrations 
  • ​Portfolio (work samples)
  • ​Product (reports, projects, role plays etc) 

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their 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 $0.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.30 per hour 2086 AUD $29,830.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $770.00
Education Levy AUD $312.90


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 $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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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: 3/07/2024 4:02:17 PM