Curious about the skills and abilities you'll need to succeed in your degree at UTS's Schools of Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building?
On this page you'll find a full list of all our inherent requirements. It's worth getting familiar with these before you start at UTS. They apply to the following courses:
- C10004 Bachelor of Design in Architecture
- C10265 Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media
- C10271 Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design
- C10273 Bachelor of Design in Animation
- C10304 Bachelor of Design in Integrated Product Design
- C10306 Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles
- C10308 Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication
- C10341 Bachelor of Design in Landscape
- C09079 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Landscape Architecture
- C09048 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture
- C09052 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Photography and Situated Media
- C09055 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Interior and Spatial Design
- C09056 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Animation
- C09059 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Integrated Product Design
- C09060 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles
- C09061 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Visual Communication
- C09064 Bachelor of Design (Honours)
- C10266 Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- C10272 Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- C10274 Bachelor of Design in Animation Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- C10305 Bachelor of Design in Integrated Product Design Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- C10307 Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- C10309 Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- C10321 Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
- C10322 Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
- C10323 Bachelor of Design in Integrated Product Design Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
- C10324 Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
- C10325 Bachelor of Design in Architecture Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
- C04235 Master of Architecture
- C04243 Master of Design
- C04266 Master of Animation
- C11225 Graduate Certificate in Design
- C07119 Graduate Diploma in Design
- C11234 Graduate Certificate in Animation
Commitment to supporting students with disabilities
- The Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney, strongly supports the rights of all people who wish to pursue courses in design and architecture to achieve their potential and career objectives.
- The Faculty is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, and other activities to address the impact of students’ disabilities so that they are able to participate in their course. A reasonable adjustment does not limit the student’s ability to meet the inherent requirements of the course, and does not impose unjustifiable hardship on the University.
- The inherent requirements of courses in the Schools of Design and Architecture are fundamental skills and abilities that students must be able to achieve in order to demonstrate the essential skills and learning outcomes of those degrees.
- This statement provides information about these requirements so students can make informed judgements about their ability and whether they will be able to successfully complete the course.
Skills and abilities you need as inherent requirements of courses
The courses offered by the Schools of Design and Architecture have inherent requirements in the following categories:
- Active listening, processing and responding to topic brief and studio critique.
- Visual acuity in processing visual information.
- Capacities to use language orally and graphically communicate in public presentations.
- Capacity to work within teams and team based contexts
- Capacity to manage time and work in time critical environments at a professional level.
- Ability to attend and actively participate in studio subjects. Being present at 80% of studios per session is essential in order to grasp the concepts and skills obtained from the interactive learning style of the courses.
- Ability to utilise software and manipulate technology, equipment and materials to achieve specified outcomes
Students with disabilities may be provided with accommodations to enable them to meet the inherent requirements of the degrees in the Schools of Design and Architecture if the adjustment is:
- reasonable in relation to relevant legislation and providing it does not create unjustifiable hardship (Section 11 Disability Discrimination Act 1992); and
- likely to result in the student being able to perform the tasks adequately and in a timely manner.
Support is available
Contact the UTS Special Needs Service to make a confidential appointment with a Disability Services Officer.
Phone 9514 1177 (City Campus Mon-Fri)
Students with disabilities or ongoing illnesses
Inherent requirements explained
1. Active listening, processing and responding to studio critique.
- The ability to independently attend to critique and respond coherently both orally and graphically and in a “crit”* environment where your creative design outcomes are being examined by professionals, academics and/or peers;
- The ability to deal with the uncertainties of this environment in a constructive and professional manner;
- The ability to undertake self-directed learning when required;
2. Visual acuity in processing visual information
- The ability to see visual information, to comprehend and integrate this information into designs and three-dimensional form;
- The ability to use visual and written communication to interact with others;
3. Capacity to communicate in public “crit” presentations
- The ability to clearly, effectively and independently communicate both orally and graphically in real time the core attributes of design or other scholarly work you have completed;
- The design “crit” requires presentation of ideas to a group of examiners. It is a necessary requirement of all students that they can communicate both orally (or with assistive technology that produces linguistic output) and graphically in this environment, at a specified time and date.
4. Capacity to work in a team or team based contexts
- The ability to communicate with clarity in aural and visual modalities within team based projects
- The ability to accept instructions and give instructions to progress work in a collegial and constructive manner towards a project goal
- The ability to negotiate in a courteous professional manner with team members to set priorities and goals for timely and successful completion of project based work
- The ability to lead and organise others in a team when required
5. Capacity to work in a time critical environment
- Because of the public nature of the “crit” system of assessment they are held during specific times of the year. Students must be able to complete their work in a timely manner to take part in this forum.
- Capacity to plan and manage time to meet deadlines or negotiate timelines in a simulated professional context or in work-based learning
- Ability to set priorities and manage time in open ended design tasks
- Design is a complex and time consuming task. Time management is an essential requirement of learning in these disciplines.
* A “crit” is a form of examination undertaken in design and architecture courses, where designs completed by students are evaluated in a forum by professionals, academics and their peers, against criteria generated from a set of pre-agreed subject learning outcomes. This requires personal oral presentation by students. This form of assessment mimics the professional environment for an architect or designer working in practice.
Full Inherent Requirements Statement (PDF, 64kB)