Ep 9 Arch, Building, Creative Arts and Humanities

In this Episode today, Episode 9, we’ll discuss Study Discipline information and Career options across Architecture, Building Design & Construction, Creative Arts and Humanities programs.

In this Episode we’ll give you an overview of programs in these areas, what Professional Associations are relevant to those programs upon graduation and what Career pathways and Job options are available in Australia if you stay on after your studies and access the Post Study Work Visa if you’re an international student.

Remember the program information we’ll cover is general in nature, so can vary between Universities.

But it will give you a good overview of the areas you can study in Australia and what Career or job it may lead to.

Ok, so now let’s start with Architecture, Building Design & Construction...

Architecture programs in Australia are devised in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects and Building programs developed with the Australian Institute of Building or AIB.

Specialisations available in this discipline area include:
Building Design
Building Surveying
Construction Management
Environmental Planning
Landscape Design
Interior Design
Project Management
Town Planning
and Urban and Regional Planning

Architecture combines the creative design and technical knowledge to create sustainable built environments.

Architectural design is about understanding landscapes and the way humans create places within this environment which includes landscape architecture, urban design and structural works in our societies.

To work as an Architect, students must complete 5 years of Architectural study which in most Universities is split between a 3 year Undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies and then a 2 year Master of Architecture.

There is also a practical work requirement before registration is granted by the Australian Institute of Architects.

A similar pathway applies for Landscape Architects, with the completion of the 3 year Bachelor of Architectural Studies followed by the Master of Landscape Architecture.

Interior Architecture is an allied field but specifically focuses on the design, documentation, management and the implementation of interior spaces.

Interior Designers find work in Architectural practices, Interior design practices and Building companies.

Project Management of building works is very important for the successful design and building of a project, both from a time and money perspective.

Project managers are expected to take charge of complex tasks and keep the building progress on track.

All of these skill areas culminate with the actual building of the project, known as Construction Management.
Building construction is a complex, highly organised commercial industry and graduates can work professionally in quantity or Building surveying, Construction management, Building technology, Building structures, Building surveying and Housing.
Overarching all of these is the Urban and Regional Planning aspect of Town Planning.
Planners shape cities, towns and regions through the management of development, infrastructure and services for improved quality of life and sustainable environments.
This also incorporates transport planning and management and environmental planning.

There are many aligned programs in the Architecture, Building and Planning fields across VET, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

The VET sector offers programs in specific trades associated with the building construction industry.

These are offered as traditional programs as well as through traineeships where students learn on the job.

Examples of programs offered at this level include:
Certificate IV in Building & Construction
Diploma of Building Design
Diploma of Interior Design
Diploma of Landscape Design
and Advanced Diploma of Building Design

Examples of Undergraduate level programs in Architecture, Design and Building include:
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Bachelor of Building
Bachelor of Construction Management
Bachelor of Design in Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Project Management
Bachelor of Technology in Construction
Bachelor of Technology and Innovation
Bachelor of Town Planning
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

Examples of Postgraduate programs in Architecture, Design and Building include:
Master of Architecture
Master of Construction Management
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Property Development & Planning
Master of Project Management
Master of Regional Development
and Master of Urban Design.

Graduates in Architecture, Design and Building may be eligible for membership of one of the following professional bodies.

Australian Institute of Architects
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects or AILA
Commonwealth Association of Architects or CAA
Design Institute of Australia or DIA
New Zealand Institute of Architects or NZIA
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada or RAIC
American Institute of Architects or AIA
The Indian Institute of Architects or IIA
Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia or PAM
Singapore Institute of Architects or SIA

Australian Institute of Building or AIB
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors or AIBS
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors or AIQS
Master Builders of Australia or MBA
National Association of Women in Construction or NAWIC
Chartered Institute of Building or CIOB UK
American Institute of Building Design or AIBD
In a later Episode we’ll cover Professional Associations in more depth, so you can understand more about the professional requirements for students upon graduation from various programs.

Typical career opportunities in the Architecture, Design and Building fields in Australia are:
Building & Construction Manager
Building Surveyor
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Project Manager
Town Planner
and Urban and Regional Planner

Now let’s talk about the Creative Industry disciplines...

The Creative Industries is quite broad and involves the arts and cultural professions.

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including performance, exhibitions, presentations and written assessments.

Specialisations include:
Contemporary Craft
Desktop Publishing
Digital Media Design
Fashion Design
Film and Video Production
Fine Arts
Graphic Design
Lighting and Sound
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
and Music

VET programs in the Creative Industry disciplines are offered either directly through TAFE and private colleges or through traineeships and internships.

Examples of courses include:
Certificate IV in Live Production
Diploma of Arts in Ceramics
Diploma of Dance
Diploma of Fashion Design
Diploma of Music Industry in Performance
Diploma of Visual Arts
and Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media

Many Universities and Art and Design Colleges offer a variety of specialisations in their Creative Arts programs.

Examples of Undergraduate programs in the Creative Industries include:
Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art
Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Photography
Bachelor of Arts in Screen & Media
Bachelor of Arts in Social Media
Bachelor of Design
Bachelor of Design in Product Design
Bachelor of Graphic Design
Bachelor of Multimedia Design
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Performing Arts
and Bachelor of Visual Arts

Examples of Postgraduate programs in the Creative Industries include:
Graduate Certificate of Music Studies
Graduate Diploma of Music Performance
Master of Design in Contemporary Art
Master of Design in Media & Communications
Master of Design in Industrial Design
Master of Screen & Media Production
and Master of Visual Arts

Graduates in the Creative Industries may be eligible for membership of one of the following professional bodies.

• Australian Graphic Design Association or AGDA
• American Institute of Graphic Art or AIGA
• Chartered Society of Designers or CSD UK
• Designers Institute of New Zealand or DINZ
• International Council of Graphic Design Associations or ICOGRADA
• Graphic Designers of Canada or GDC

Performing Arts:
• Arts Hub Australia
• Theatre Australia
• Allied Artists of America or AAA
• Arts Council England
• Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres or AAPPAC
• European Council of Artists or ECA
• International Directory of Performing Arts Collectors and Institutions
• International Society of Performing Arts or ISPA
• Performing Arts Network of New Zealand or PANNZ

Visual Arts:
• National Association for the Visual Arts or NAVA Australia
• Artists Alliance Australia

Typical career opportunities in the Creative Industry fields in Australia are quite varied and include:
Art Curator
Exhibition Designer
Fashion Designer
Film Director
Film Producer
Graphic Designer
Screenplay Writer
and Sound Engineer

The last program area we’ll talk about today is the Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines...

The Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines cover a range of specialisations involving the study of people, cultures and institutions.

Specialisations include:
Community Services
Social Work

Undertaking a course in Education and Training prepares students for the world of Education, where they will train to become confident facilitators of teaching and learning.

Students develop strong skills in communication and organisation and expertise in a range of topics to teach learners at various stages of life.

13 Australian Universities are ranked in the World’s top 100 for Education which indicates the quality of programs at Australian Universities.

Education and Training is also one of Australia’s fastest growing industries so many opportunities are available after graduation.

In recent years the Australian Government has invested billions into schools to help build Innovative Learning Environments.

In the Education field, students can choose to be an educator in various age groups and settings:
Early childhood learning
Primary Education
Secondary Education
Vocational training
Higher Education

Becoming a teacher is one of society’s most important roles.

Given the role is concentrated on communicating with students, it’s important that international students have a high level of English.

Most Bachelor of Education programs require an IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all band scores.

For students that are interested in Education programs it’s likely they will need to do some ELICOS or English Language study prior to commencement.

Another area that focuses on language are the Journalism, Communications and Professional Writing programs.

Journalists and writers work in mainstream media and communication fields.

Skills in professional writing can be applied to allied professions such as Editor, Presenter, Copy writer, Script writer and Marketing and communications.

In the Human Services fields like Social Work, Counselling and Psychology for instance students focus on connections between human behaviour, social structures and social policy and how these relationships impact individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Social Workers work with people in society that have problems and issues around homelessness, juvenile justice, child protection, domestic violence, aged care and mental health issues.

Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to people with problems and helping to find ways to deal with emotional issues.

Psychologists seek to understand and explain thoughts, emotions, feelings and behaviours and recommend remedies to help support patients with psychological conditions.

To become a registered Clinical Psychologist, students are required to complete a Masters in Clinical Psychology after graduating from a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences with Honours.

VET programs in the Humanities, Social Science and Education fields
Certificate III in Community Services in Aged Care
Diploma of Children’s Services
Diploma of Counselling
Diploma of Early Childhood Education
Diploma of Languages
Diploma of Library & Information Services

Universities offer a wide range of Undergraduate programs in the Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines.

Examples of Undergraduate degrees in the Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines include:
Bachelor of Arts in Digital & Social Media
Bachelor of Arts in Community Development
Bachelor of Communications
Bachelor of Creative Writing
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood
Bachelor of Education in Primary School years
Bachelor of Education in Middle years
Bachelor of Education in Secondary School
Bachelor of Languages
Bachelor of Journalism
Bachelor of Professional Writing
Bachelor of Psychology
Bachelor of Social Work

Examples of Postgraduate degrees in the Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines include:
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics
Master of Communications
Master of Creative Writing
Master of International Development
Master of International Studies
Master of Journalism
Master of Political Science
Master of Public and Social Policy
Master of Clinical Psychology
And Master of Social Work

Many specialised programs offered through Universities involve a practical component, particularly those programs like Education, Social Work or Psychology.

Teacher training in the Bachelor of Education require a number of placements in schools throughout the program so that students can experience and learn from real life settings.
In a similar way, placements for the Bachelor of Social Work expose students to real life situations where they can learn how to deal with a range of issues from qualified Social Workers.

Graduates in the Humanities, Social Science and Education disciplines may be eligible for membership in the following professional bodies.

Language and Literature:
• Association for the Study of Australian Literature or ASAL
• Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture,
Australia and New Zealand or ASLE-ANZ
• Alliance of Literary Societies or ALS UK
• American Literature Association or ALA
• Australian Political Studies Association
• International Association for Political Science Students or IAPSS
• International Political Science Association or IPSA
• Political Studies Association or PSA UK

• Australian Psychological Society or APS
• American Psychological Association or APA
• European Federation of Psychologists Associations or EFPA
• International Association of Applied Psychology or IAAP

• The Australian Sociological Association or TASA
• American Sociological Association or ASA
• European Sociological Association or ESA
• International Sociological Association or ISA

Welfare Services:
• Australian Association of Social Workers or AASW
• Australian Council of Social Service or ACOSS
• International Council of Social Welfare or ICSW
• International Federation of Social Workers or IFSW

• European Educational Research Association or EERA
• Australian Teacher Education Association or ATEA
• Association for Tertiary Education Managers or ATEM
• National Education Association or NEA US

Typical career opportunities in the Humanities, Social Science and Education fields in Australia are:
Aged and Disability Carer
Childcare Worker
Community Welfare Officer
English as a Second Language Teacher
Refuge Worker
Social Worker
Special Education Teacher
and Youth and Disability Worker

So that’s the end of Study in Australia TV Episode 9 on Australian Study Disciplines, Career options and Professional Associations in Architecture, Building Design & Construction, Creative Arts and Humanities & Social Science programs.

I hope you learnt a lot about the different areas you can study and the options for working in Australia if you stay on and apply for the Post Study Work Visa.

Please let us know if you have any questions on this information or need any guidance.

We’d love to hear from you and can always help you to find the right program to study in Australia.

Bye for now!

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