What will I learn?

This qualification applies to building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except Construction Type A buildings. Building designers may specialise in residential projects including new buildings, heritage restorations and additions or renovations; or they may also undertake commercial and industrial projects such as factories, motels, offices, restaurants, retail or service outlets and warehouses.

Employment Outcomes

Numerous career paths exist for building designers, including working for building design or architectural firms, consultancies, government departments, residential and commercial developers or self-employment.

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Qualifications & Skills Covered

Diploma of Building Design (CPP50911)

This course covers safety, materials, compliance, sustainability, design concepts, working and design drawings. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 10 elective units.

Which department am I in?

Building and Construction



Study options

Full Time (104 weeks)

Tuition fees
A$13,400.00 (US$ 9,403) per year
Total course cost (104 weeks): AUD $26,800; Average cost per semester (6 months): AUD $6,700
Start date

31 January 2022, 25 July 2022


Tonsley Campus

1284 South Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

  • An Academic IELTS score of 5.5, no band below 5.0 or equivalent and
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent.

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


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