Building Design

Commence a career as a building designer, architectural technician or draftsperson with this course.

Our industry-expert teachers will ensure you develop the theoretical and practical skills to produce high quality work that complies with occupational health and safety and building code requirements, as you develop skills in:

  • Construction methods and materials
  • Creating computer-aided design and 3D modelling ,
  • Interpreting and applying building codes and regulations to small-scaled residential industrial and commercial building design projects, up to three storeys.
  • Sustainable design solutions; and
  • Contract documentation - working drawings and specifications

On completion of the Diploma of Building Design, you will be able to choose to specialise in residential projects, including new buildings, heritage restorations, additions or renovations; or undertake commercial and industrial projects such as factories, motels, offices, restaurants, retail or service outlets and warehouses.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Diploma of Building Design

    CRICOS: 081266C National ID: CPP50911

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 1.5 years

    Diploma: 1.5 years

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

    Semester 1 (February) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    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.

  • *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.

  • 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) | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Building Design
    CRICOS: 081266C | National ID: CPP50911
    Complete 17 subjects (7 Core and 10 Electives)


    Core - Complete all 7

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CPCCOHS2001A
      Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
      CIT Code: OHSS249
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out OHS requirements through safe work practices at any on or off-site construction workplace. It requires the performance of work in a safe manner through awareness of risks and work requirements, and the planning and performance of safe work practices with concern for personal safety and the safety of others.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5001A
      Research construction materials and methods for small-scale residential building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG186
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research and evaluate existing, new and emerging construction materials and methods for all residential building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers the development of an understanding of the range of construction materials and methods available and their application, performance and interaction.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5003A
      Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG190
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research compliance requirements in different locations that apply to all residential building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It covers research into local, state and federal government legislation and policies relating to planning and the environment, including zoning, and analysis of requirements in relation to client preferences and prospective design proposals.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5005A
      Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
      CIT Code: SUST117
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research current and incoming legislative requirements for environmental sustainability of buildings covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings; and to clarify client preferences and budget. It also covers reviewing site conditions, evaluating sustainability options, and recommending cost-effective options for sustainability to clients in order to meet compliance requirements and client preferences.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5008A
      Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients
      CIT Code: BLDG180
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to integrate design briefs and site analyses, apply knowledge of construction materials and methods, and use creativity and innovation skills to produce concept sketches for small-scale building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers presenting concepts to clients, negotiating changes, and preparing client-approved concept sketches and models as a basis for the ongoing design process.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5011A
      Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings
      CIT Code: BLDG195
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce detailed working drawings of designs for residential buildings covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. The drawings are required for submission to the relevant authority for building approval and for use by construction personnel in the building process. It also covers liaising with the client and relevant authority to finalise the building approval process.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • Studio small-scale building design
      CIT Code: BLDG196
      Description: The purpose of this subject is to prepare, consult on and refine designs for building design projects, covered by National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings, to produce client-approved drawings that comply with planning approval requirements. It also covers the application of creative design skills, knowledge of human lifestyles and cycles, knowledge of safe and sustainable construction materials and methods, and includes consultation and collaboration with technical experts such as structural engineers. This subject achieves the following national unit of competency—CPPBDN5009A Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Electives - Complete 10 of 14
    Not all electives will be available each semester - please see timetable for availability.

    • CPPBDN5007A
      Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG188
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to inspect sites for commercial, industrial and residential building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. Site inspections are conducted to determine contours and measurements; existing conditions, structures, features and services; and neighbourhood characteristics. The unit also covers analysing sites; determining orientation and layout of building, access and egress points, and existing utilities and services infrastructure; and producing measured drawings.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5002A
      Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG189
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research and evaluate existing, new and emerging construction materials and methods for all commercial and industrial building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers the development of an understanding of the range of construction materials and methods available and their application, performance and interaction.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5017A
      Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software
      CIT Code: CADR151
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce two-dimensional (2-D) drawings for residential, commercial and industrial building design projects using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Work in this area must be completed according to relevant legislative, industry and organisational requirements, including work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5012A
      Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs
      CIT Code: BLDG193
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce three-dimensional (3-D) models for building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers demonstrating and discussing the representations with clients and stakeholders.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5013A
      Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG181
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to develop three-dimensional (3-D) models of small-scale building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings, into true building information models (BIM). It also covers adding and adjusting values of components of building designs, collaborating with consultants and contractors from other disciplines, working live within the model alongside other disciplines and creating project documentation using modelling software programs.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCSV5013A
      Apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings
      CIT Code: BLDG162
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply energy efficient design to buildings. It includes the evaluation of building designs to establish suitable forms of construction and the identification of appropriate energy consumption practices for incorporation into design briefs. This unit of competency supports the attainment of the understanding and skills to apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings within the context of relevant legislation, theNational Construction Code (NCC) and Australian standards.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5016A
      Produce and present rendered animations of 3-D models of small-scale building designs
      CIT Code: BLDG192
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce rendered and animated fly-bys and walk-throughs of three-dimensional (3-D) models for small-scale building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers demonstrating and discussing the rendered animations with clients and stakeholders.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID5001
      Design residential interiors
      CIT Code: DSGN191
      Description: This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of residential interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPACC5011A
      Prepare a concept design for accessible building work
      CIT Code: BLDG194
      Description: This unit specifies the competency required to prepare a concept design to ensure that the building work provides adequate access for people with disabilities. The concept design should be appropriate and relevant to the nature of the design project. It should portray a design idea that enables the designer to investigate and communicate at a very general level the overall nature of the project. The concept design must clearly illustrate any client requests such as construction methodology and space allocation while ensuring that the development will provide adequate access for people with disabilities.Access consultants need to know the access requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Premises Standard, the DDA Transport Standard, the DDA Education Standard, the National Construction Code (NCC)and relevant Australian standards in order to create concept designs for accessible buildings. They must be able to communicate with the client to elicit the purpose and function of the proposed building, and determine their needs and any limitations that impact on the design.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSFID5005
      Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space
      CIT Code: DSGN196
      Description: This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to manipulate 3-D interior space and form applying the elements and principles of design in response to a brief.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • Studio non-residential
      CIT Code: BLDG204
      Description: In this subject you will gain the skills and knowledge to produce detailed working drawings of designs for commercial and industrial buildings covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. These drawings are required for submission to the relevant authority for building approval and for use by construction personnel in the building process. The unit also covers liaising with the client and relevant authority to finalise the building approval process. This subject achieves the following national unit of competency—CPPBDN5015A Produce compliant client approved working drawings for non-residential buildings.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPACC5006A
      Apply ergonomic principles to accessible building design and fitout
      CIT Code: BLDG179
      Description: This unit specifies the competency required to use knowledge of human movement and the skills required to determine human posture and body strength and apply this information to the design of the environment in which people live and work.The unit covers the application of basic ergonomic data derived from a defined human population to the design of accessible workplaces and living spaces. The design of accessible workplaces will maximise the sequencing of tasks to ensure body movements are efficient in terms of the conservation of work. The measurement of the components of ergonomic competence of individuals and the application of this information to the design of an accessible environment required by the individual shall be demonstrated.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5006A
      Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs
      CIT Code: BLDG178
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to consult with clients to identify and clarify parameters, such as their vision for service level and requirements, preferences and budget for new building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers researching and presenting information that may affect the clients' requirements, preferences and budget; applying knowledge of construction materials and methods; offering and negotiating creative design solutions; and developing a client-approved design brief for the new building design project.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5004A
      Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG187
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research compliance requirements in different locations that apply to commercial and industrial building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It covers research into local, state and federal government legislation and policies relating to planning and the environment, including zoning and analysis of requirements in relation to client preferences and prospective design proposals.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • 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.

    Diploma of Building Design (1.5 years)
    = 1.5 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available