Gain sought-after digital design skills to work under an accredited building designer or architect on varied classes of buildings. Pursue pathways in architecture, construction management, interior design and more.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Use 3D CAD software (Revit and ArchiCAD) to produce digital 3-D models of building designs
Promote sustainable building design and evaluate construction materials and methods for sustainable building projects
Producing compliant designs for different classes of buildings
Understand and review government regulations, codes and standards regarding various building projects and document preparation
Manage contracts for small scale building design projects
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience using digital modelling and 3D CAD software for building design projects
Confidence liaising with construction project stakeholders and clients due to simulated experience
Exposure to realistic construction and building design documentation
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting, the Certificate IV in Residential Drafting or the Certificate IV in Residential Building Drafting in the form of an academic transcript, or
Demonstrated relevant vocational experience, skills and knowledge commensurate with the scope of work covered in the core units of the Certificate IV in Residential Drafting, evidenced by a portfolio of work, a resume, letters of employment, and client and employer references.
Evidence of a valid whitecard (or general construction induction card).
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 4 across the five bands of literacy and 4 across one band of numeracy. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A computer that can run a 3D CAD software program, such as Revit or ArchiCAD
Technical ability to proficiently use a 3D CAD software
A solid understanding of a building drawing package, with the ability to prepare one
Strong communication skills
Attention to detail
Planning and strong organisation to coordinate construction
Good math and computer skills
Commitment to completing the training participation requirements
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Architectural Draftspersons complete Architects' concepts by preparing drawings and plans, and liaising with builders and contractors.
Other jobs include: building designer, senior building designer, draftsperson, CAD technician and building information modeller.
Building designers in Australia may require accreditation to perform a range of tasks or skills within an occupational framework in the building design industry. The formal recognition of this accreditation typically comes in the form of a license or registration, usually issued by a State or Federal Government department. Each state and territory has its own regulations and licensing requirements pertaining to building designers. For further information check your relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for any worker who needs to access a construction site. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements. Your teacher will also provide further information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Building Design does not have any post-graduate courses.
The Diploma of Building Design does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Building Design qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 12 units of competency, including 9 core and 3 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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