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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Uni UG PG Total
Table 1: Architecture and Building Student Numbers in Australian Universities
RMIT University (rmit) 2651 913 3564
Queensland University of Technology (qut) 2716 294 3010
University of New South Wales (unsw) 2190 625 2815
Curtin University of Technology (curtin) 1848 293 2141
University of South Australia (unisa) 1403 323 1726
University of Technology Sydney (uts) 1118 577 1695
Deakin University (deakin) 1101 457 1558
University of Newcastle (newcastle) 1241 309 1550
University of Sydney (usyd) 720 702 1422
University of Melbourne (unimelb) 0 1403 1403
University of Western Sydney (uws) 1071 73 1144
University of Western Australia (uwa) 731 350 1081
University of Queensland (uq) 670 226 896
Griffith University (griffith) 642 68 710
University of Canberra (canberra) 543 122 665
University of Adelaide (adelaide) 414 239 653
University of Tasmania (utas) 382 143 525
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne) 447 2 449
CQ University (cqu) 437 0 437
University of New England (une) 283 86 369
Monash University (monash) 233 114 347
Bond University (bond) 201 91 292
University of Southern Queensland (usq) 141 0 141
La Trobe University (latrobe) 84 55 139
Victoria University (vicuni) 35 87 122
Macquarie University (mq) 88 26 114
James Cook University (jcu) 85 14 99
Edith Cowan University (ecu) 84 7 91
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc) 83 4 87
Charles Darwin University (cdu) 55 0 55
Murdoch University (murdoch) 2 2 4
Charles Sturt University (csu) 0 0 0
Australian National University (anu) 0 0 0
University of Wollongong (wollongng) 0 0 0
Flinders University (flinders) 0 0 0
Australian Catholic University (acu) 0 0 0
Federation University Australia (feduni) 0 0 0
Southern Cross University (scu) 0 0 0
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd) 0 0 0

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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Uni ug% pg% Total%
Table 2: Percentage Breakdown of Architecture and Building Student Numbers
Queensland University of Technology (qut) 8 2.8 6.6
RMIT University (rmit) 5.8 8 6.2
University of New South Wales (unsw) 6.8 3.3 5.4
University of South Australia (unisa) 5.7 4.3 5.2
Bond University (bond) 6.4 4.5 4.8
University of Technology Sydney (uts) 4.7 4.6 4.5
Curtin University of Technology (curtin) 5 2.9 4.4
University of Newcastle (newcastle) 5.2 3.4 4.3
University of Western Australia (uwa) 3.6 6.1 4.2
University of Canberra (canberra) 4.5 3.5 4.1
Deakin University (deakin) 3.4 3.5 3.4
University of Melbourne (unimelb) 0 5.2 2.7
University of Western Sydney (uws) 3.1 1.1 2.7
University of Sydney (usyd) 2.2 3.5 2.6
University of Adelaide (adelaide) 2.2 3.3 2.5
Totals Average (mean) (%) 2.4 2.2 2.3
CQ University (cqu) 3.6 0 2.3
University of Tasmania (utas) 1.9 2.6 2
University of Queensland (uq) 1.9 1.8 1.8
University of New England (une) 2.1 1.3 1.8
Griffith University (griffith) 2 0.8 1.6
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne) 1.8 0 1.4
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc) 1 0.3 0.8
Monash University (monash) 0.5 0.6 0.5
James Cook University (jcu) 0.5 0.3 0.5
University of Southern Queensland (usq) 0.8 0 0.5
Charles Darwin University (cdu) 0.8 0 0.5
Victoria University (vicuni) 0.2 1.9 0.4
La Trobe University (latrobe) 0.3 0.7 0.4
Macquarie University (mq) 0.3 0.2 0.3
Edith Cowan University (ecu) 0.4 0.1 0.3
Murdoch University (murdoch) 0 0.1 0
University of Wollongong (wollongng) 0 0 0
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd) 0 0 0
Southern Cross University (scu) 0 0 0
Flinders University (flinders) 0 0 0
Federation University Australia (feduni) 0 0 0
Charles Sturt University (csu) 0 0 0
Australian National University (anu) 0 0 0
Australian Catholic University (acu) 0 0 0

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