Building Design


Diploma of Building Design
CRICOS: 081266C | National ID: CPP50911

Building Design

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Diploma: 1.5 years


Semester 1 (February) 2018
Semester 1 (February 2019)


CIT Reid

Tuition Fees

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.


In this holistic and skills focused building design course you will gain the skills to work in an architectural practice or building design company. You will learn to prepare detailed drawings and specification documentation that meet building regulations, specifications and construction techniques using the latest software programs. The course will give you a sound understanding of energy efficiency, safety, ergonomics and sustainable design. Projects ranging from Residential to Commercial will give you an appreciation for the design principles of form, materials and finishes and the design process.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry | Students must also have basic computing skills and meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT - 46 | PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT - 527 | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

Extra Fees

Material Fees: $870

In addition to the above materials costs, students are also required to purchase a kit of equipment on commencement valued at $220.

Throughout their studies students will be required to submit printed versions of their work for assessment. Printing costs are estimated at $10 per week during each semester.

Course Subjects

Diploma of Building Design
CRICOS: 081266C | National ID: CPP50911

National ID Subject Name
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPPBDN5001A Research construction materials and methods for small-scale residential building design projects
CPPBDN5003A Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
CPPBDN5005A Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5008A Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients
CPPBDN5011A Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings
Studio small-scale building design (This subject achieves the following national unit of competency—CPPBDN5009A Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building projects)
Electives - complete 10 of 14 subjects (not all electives will be offered each semester)
National ID Subject Name
CPPBDN5007A Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5002A Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects
CPPBDN5017A Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software
CPPBDN5012A Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs
CPPBDN5013A Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects
CPCCSV5013A Apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings
CPPBDN5016A Produce and present rendered animations of 3-D models of small-scale building designs
MSFID5001 Design residential interiors
CPPACC5011A Prepare a concept design for accessible building work
MSFID5005 Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
Studio non-residential (This subject achieves the following national unit of competency—CPPBDN5015A Produce compliant client approved working drawings for non-residential buildings)
CPPACC5006A Apply ergonomic principles to accessible building design and fitout
CPPBDN5006A Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs
CPPBDN5004A Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects

Job Opportunities

This qualification applies to building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except Construction Type A buildings). CAD or BIM operator and technician.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Modes of study include:

  • Studios/Workshops: Opportunities are created for students to acquire a solid foundation in building design knowledge and skills through ‘hands-on’ practice
  • Project based instruction: Instruction intended to develop specific skills and knowledge within a building design context
  • Real and simulated industry briefs: to put the student’s learning into context
  • Lectures: Formal teaching sessions are used for audio/visual and oral delivery of principles and theories related to building design practice and design project management
  • Industry Exposure: Opportunities arising out of simulated work environments, industry guest lectures and local field trips are used to enrich learning
  • Cross disciplinary opportunities: to develop networks with Interior designers and builders
  • Tutorials: Individual and/or interactive small group sessions where discussion, analysis, extension and evaluation of student work takes place
  • Seminars: Presentations and group opportunities to discuss investigative work carried out by students, staff and/or guest lecturers
  • Excursions include, building projects on building sites, suppliers and manufacturers of building materials

Students also have access to supplementary online (eLearn) resources to reinforce and extend classroom based learning. Online opportunities to work collaboratively and flexibly are also provided.

Students will be assessed in the following ways:
  • Students participate in industry projects, complete assignments and projects
  • Assessment may be competency based or graded or a combination of the two

Pathways to Further Study

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Building Design and gain entry into the University of Canberra will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (912AA).

Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.

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