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Graduate Diploma in Designed Environments - GDipDE

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Study the built environment at an advanced level to expand your Bachelor's degree or develop your professional skills.

Enhance your knowledge of how the built environment is designed by completing a GDipDE in an area of architecture you haven't studied before.

This 120-point Diploma provides a way to add depth to your BAS or BBSc or similar degree, and can act as a stepping stone to Master's study. If you're already working in the industry, the Diploma will give you up-to-date professional development in your area of interest.

Choose from a variety of specialist learning options in areas within the built environment including architecture, landscape, and building science.

You'll study a combination of courses from 200 to 400 level. The Diploma gives you the flexibility to choose courses that fit your career goals, and can help you decide on a topic for your Master's research if you intend to do a Master of Architectural Studies.

Programme requirements

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 120 points, of which:

At least 75 points must be from courses at 300 level or above

Entry criteria

Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Architectural Studies, Building Science, Design, or an equivalent qualification.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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