Australian Universities Architecture Schools Ranking by Size

Australian Universities Architecture Schools Ranking by Size

Studying Architecture in Australia

Studying architecture in Australia can be a rewarding experience because of the way architecture combines elements of art and design with materials management to improve the world in which we live. Architecture is a creative profession but in other ways it is like engineering because of its close ties to principles of design and construction.

The best architecture courses in Australia combine these various elements to guide students in becoming creators while at the same time instructing them in how to use materials in the best possible way. Working as an architect can be challenging but it can also be immensely rewarding when the architect can not only see what they have created but also witness how their creation is being experienced by other people.

Architecture Courses in Australia

There are a number of different options for studying architecture programs in Australia at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. The best ranking universities for architecture in terms of student numbers attending are RMIT, QUT, and UNSW. These universities also have the highest percentage of architecture students overall which reinforces their popularity.

The RMIT undergraduate architecture program is structured so that students are taught within small groups. Each semester has a particular theme and project which must be followed, the first one being compulsory then from the second semester being selected by the student from a range of 20 available options. Students also receive a broader education to support their architecture studies including courses in history, communication, and technology.

At a postgraduate level architecture courses become more specialised as students focus on a particular area of interest. An example of this is the UNSW Built Environment Master of Architecture which is one of the highest rated architecture courses in Australia. It comes with a full range of local and international accreditations which allow graduates to work as architects within Australia and overseas.

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UniUGPGTotal
Table 1: Architecture and Building Student Numbers in Australian Universities
RMIT University (rmit)26519133564
Queensland University of Technology (qut)27162943010
University of New South Wales (unsw)21906252815
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)18482932141
University of South Australia (unisa)14033231726
University of Technology Sydney (uts)11185771695
Deakin University (deakin)11014571558
University of Newcastle (newcastle)12413091550
University of Sydney (usyd)7207021422
University of Melbourne (unimelb)014031403
University of Western Sydney (uws)1071731144
University of Western Australia (uwa)7313501081
University of Queensland (uq)670226896
Griffith University (griffith)64268710
University of Canberra (canberra)543122665
University of Adelaide (adelaide)414239653
University of Tasmania (utas)382143525
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)4472449
CQ University (cqu)4370437
University of New England (une)28386369
Monash University (monash)233114347
Bond University (bond)20191292
University of Southern Queensland (usq)1410141
La Trobe University (latrobe)8455139
Victoria University (vicuni)3587122
Macquarie University (mq)8826114
James Cook University (jcu)851499
Edith Cowan University (ecu)84791
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)83487
Charles Darwin University (cdu)55055
Murdoch University (murdoch)224
Charles Sturt University (csu)000
Australian National University (anu)000
University of Wollongong (wollongng)000
Flinders University (flinders)000
Australian Catholic University (acu)000
Federation University Australia (feduni)000
Southern Cross University (scu)000
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)000

The percentages displayed in Table 2 show the weighting of students studying in the architecture and building area of study relative to the total number of students studying at the university in each category of undergraduate, postgraduate, and overall total.

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Uniug%pg%Total%
Table 2: Percentage Breakdown of Architecture and Building Student Numbers
Queensland University of Technology (qut)82.86.6
RMIT University (rmit)5.886.2
University of New South Wales (unsw)6.83.35.4
University of South Australia (unisa)5.74.35.2
Bond University (bond)6.44.54.8
University of Technology Sydney (uts)4.74.64.5
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)52.94.4
University of Newcastle (newcastle)5.23.44.3
University of Western Australia (uwa)3.66.14.2
University of Canberra (canberra)4.53.54.1
Deakin University (deakin)3.43.53.4
University of Melbourne (unimelb)05.22.7
University of Western Sydney (uws)3.11.12.7
University of Sydney (usyd)2.23.52.6
University of Adelaide (adelaide)2.23.32.5
Totals Average (mean) (%)2.42.22.3
CQ University (cqu)3.602.3
University of Tasmania (utas)1.92.62
University of Queensland (uq)1.91.81.8
University of New England (une)2.11.31.8
Griffith University (griffith)20.81.6
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)1.801.4
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)10.30.8
Monash University (monash)0.50.60.5
James Cook University (jcu)0.50.30.5
University of Southern Queensland (usq)0.800.5
Charles Darwin University (cdu)0.800.5
Victoria University (vicuni)0.21.90.4
La Trobe University (latrobe)0.30.70.4
Macquarie University (mq)0.30.20.3
Edith Cowan University (ecu)0.40.10.3
Murdoch University (murdoch)00.10
University of Wollongong (wollongng)000
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)000
Southern Cross University (scu)000
Flinders University (flinders)000
Federation University Australia (feduni)000
Charles Sturt University (csu)000
Australian National University (anu)000
Australian Catholic University (acu)000

Key & Notes

* Percentages: - displayed percentages indicate the percentage of students studying in the architecture area of study relative to all students enrolled at the university within each of the three categories

You might also be interested in the following pages:

- Total Student Numbers

- Undergraduate & Postgraduate Percentages

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