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What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Architecture is a pathway qualification for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. Students study for 2 semesters full time to acquire foundation knowledge in design, history, construction technology, communications, and urban sustainability. After completion of the Graduate Diploma in Architecture, approved students may then continue on to the accredited Master of Architecture (SD-93017) four-semester professional program. Students may commence the program in either January or May. The Graduate Diploma is delivered in a creative studio-based environment focusing heavily upon design through hands-on and digital making with state-of-the-art tools. Project-based design studios focus upon real-world scenarios with specific attention to fundamentals of architectural design including materiality, landscape, and/or spatial atmospheres. Graduates will display foundation skills in architectural design that are creative, critical, analytical, and spatial, as well as basic historical, theoretical, climate/environmental, technical and disciplinary knowledge from core studies. Both digital and by-hand skills in drawing, physical making, and rapid prototyping are introduced in workshops, seminars, and studios. This program is intended for students who have creative design ability and wish to ultimately pursue a career in architecture or related field. Students will come from a diverse range of backgrounds, making the experience of the Graduate Diploma of Architecture one that is highly interdisciplinary and diverse in terms of the age, background, and experience levels of the student cohort.

Key features

  • Articulate into our accredited Master of Architecture
  • Annual all-school “design charrette”
  • Off-campus study tours including paid overseas studio trip
  • Monthly international guest architecture lecture series
  • Guidance from distinguished Architects-In-Residence
  • Bi-annual student exhibition and publication
  • Internationally recognised academic staff of scholars and practitioner-teachers
  • Work integrated learning

Professional outcome

The Australian Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects of Queensland currently recognise and accredit the Master of Architecture program. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is recognised as the normal pathway to the Master of Architecture.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Architecture, with articulation into the master's program academically prepares the graduate to acquire the requisite work experience to gain eligibility towards the professional status of architect in Australia or overseas. Professional status is governed at the State level in Australia. Professional registration overseas is governed by the relevant professional authority.


On Campus and Remote

Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.

The September semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they’re on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond’s exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Society and Design



Study options

Full Time (2 semesters)

Tuition fees
A$43,540.00 (23,94,939) per year
Total program fee (Students commencing study in 2022): AUD $43,540

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected May 2022


Bond University

14 University Drive (Off Cottesloe Drive),



4226, GOLD COAST, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree or equivalent from an approved institution. English Language Requirements: IELTS score 7.0 (No sub score less than 6.5); Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test: 98; PTE: 65.

For international students

Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree in a field cognate to the proposed degree.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 7.0 with no sub score less than 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT): 98; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 (No sub score less than 176); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 65.

Please refer to the relevant English language requirements on the Bond University webpage.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Bond University

Bond rates five stars in teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility, and inclusiveness (2019 QS Star Ratings).

  • Located on the Gold Coast, Australia
  • Welcomes international students from 90+ countries
  • Lowest student-teacher ratio in Australia
  • Number one for student experience in Australia