The Diploma of Built Environment provides entry into four different career paths: Architectural Science, Interior Architecture, Construction Management, Urban & Regional Planning.
The design,planning and architecture industry includes careers associated with the process of planning, designing and constructing buildings and structures. They may design specifically for functional or artistic features according to requests made by clients. They should be aware of the style and methods of designing physical structures and spatial areas. One of the main tasks associated with these occupations lies in factoring all aspects of an areas or buildings location, budget, functional necessities and aesthetic aspirations to create a suitable design.
Architects,planners, designers and landscape architects design, plan and manage a wide variety of buildings and landscape areas for commercial, industrial, recreational or residential uses. They must have knowledge of spatial areas and uses as well as construction factors influencing layout and design. Architects typically work a Monday to Friday work week, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to meet deadlines, work with clients or oversee construction progress. They mainly work in an office setting or workshop consulting with clients and designing drawings and graphic images of projects. They can also work in the field surveying land and overseeing work in their projects.
Additional careers in the planning,design and architecture industry include draftspersons, urban planners and interior designers and decorators. Interior designers utilise interior space and organise it in a way that enriches living and work spaces for residential and commercial areas. They should have a solid understanding of space functions as well as the ways in which design and decoration enhance work efficiency or psychological well-being. Interior decorators work to plan and design the decor of offices, residences, hotels and other interior environments. They should have a thorough understanding of functionality and aesthetic features to determine decoration themes, colour schemes and materials and patterns used to decorate spaces.
Urban and regional planners design and implement plans and advice for urban and rural land use. They provide information for environmental, economic and social factors affecting land development. They must have knowledge of spatial areas and uses as well as construction factors influencing layout and design. They typically analyse a variety of factors influencing land use and advise authorities, designers and builders on proper uses and restrictions of the land.
No matter which area individuals work in the design and architecture field, most professionals enjoy designing and being creative with new designs for buildings and spaces. They should be critical and creative thinkers as well as have artistic and technical skills using computer programs to create digital designs. The career prospects for professionals in the field are high, especially for those with creative and artistic talents. Individuals hoping to start a career in design and architecture will require a bachelors degree in architecture or relevant study and benefit greatly from internships with firms while still in school. This can help students gain entry level positions upon graduation.
Architectural Science Learn building design and construction. Discover how architecture relates to people and how they live. Learn the communication of architectural ideas. Interior Architecture Learn how to design quality environments and coordinate the design and construction of building interiors for a diverse range of environments. Construction Management Learn how physical elements create a structure, calculate construction costs and manage construction projects. Urban & Regional Planning Get accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia. Discover how to address environmental, social and design issues concerning the community.Careers include: Architect Construction Manager Contract Administrator Facility Manager Furniture Designer Interior Architect Interior Designer Project Manager Quantity Surveyor Town Planner
Programme Structure Academic Communication Skills Academic Research and Writing Information and Media Technologies Design Skills I Design Skills II Mathematics & Statistics Project Management
Academic Entry Requirement
Academic Requirements Year 11 with 50% International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 2 points from 2 GCE A-Level OR 1 point from 1 GCE A-Level and 2 points from GCE AS-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 21 points over 6 IB units in one sitting Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College