What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) undergraduate degree gives you the knowledge and practical skills you need to start your journey towards a career in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture or interior architecture.

Study alongside Building Science students in the first year, giving you a basic understanding of the principles and theory behind the built environment.

Gain a solid grounding in a range of subjects from design, technologies, architectural history, to environmental science, theory and urban design.

The insights you gain will help you make an informed choice when it’s time to pick your major at the end of the year. You can choose between Architecture, Architecture History and Theory, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Useful secondary school subjects

Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling, Physics, English, Technology, Art, Design and Graphics.

First year

Your first year will give you a solid understanding of the built environment both in New Zealand, and globally.

You'll study eight core introductory courses. Some will introduce you to the concepts, history and theory of design, as well as how design is communicated. Other courses focus on the technology used in creating the built environment in a sustainable way.

By the end of your first year you'll have a strong grasp of the main ideas, vocabulary and technology of architecture. You'll also have a good idea of where you want to go from there.

Second year

This is the year you begin to focus on your chosen major Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Architecture History and Theory.

You'll look closely at specific areas like building technologies, culture and heritage, design communication and site systems and ecology.

Third year

In your third year in your Bachelor of Architectural Studies you'll delve even further into your chosen subject and apply what you've learned to large-scale projects and research assignments.

Get a Master's degree:

You'll need a Master's degree to be formally recognised by the professional bodies of architecture and landscape architecture.


  • Landscape Architecture
  • Architecture
  • Architecture History and Theory
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Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$36,950.00 (18,91,961) per year
Approximate fee (120 points): NZ $36,950

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

Application deadline

1 December 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022


Te Aro Campus

139 Vivian Street,


Te Aro,

6011, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High School Diploma, and a SAT score of 1200 or higher overall. For SATs taken prior to May 2016, a score of 1650 overall is required, with at least 500 in each of Reading, Writing and Maths. OR High School Diploma, and an ACT composite score of 24 or higher. IELTS (Academic): Overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5 | TOEFL (iBT): A score of 80 on the internet-based test | Pearson Test of English (Academic): A score of 50 with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 42 | C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)): A score of 169 or higher, with each skill score no less than 162 | C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)): A score of 169 or higher, with each skill score no less than 162 | Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP) : A minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3.

For international students

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5

TOEFL: minimum overall score of 80 (internet-based test)

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 50 (with a 'Communicative score' of not less than 42)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,4,3

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


About Victoria University of Wellington

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