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Architecture and Spatial Grammar Methods

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

Architecture and Spatial Grammar Methods is a fully online unit provided by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University that focuses on spatial grammar methods, with particular reference to modelling, drawing and photography.

By completing this unit, you will develop valuable skills in architectural design and will learn how to manipulate and test spatial options using a variety of methods. You will be able to test and refine a design with the use of physical and digital modelling, and will learn the relationship and translations between digital and physical methods.

This unit is particularly useful as it offers many opportunities for work integrated learning, where practical teaching will take place in workshop settings and on sites, involving interaction with the architectural community and industry. Assessment consists of two major projects (35% each) and portfolio work (30%).


To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed either Architecture Habitation Studio or Architectural Habitation Methods; AND
  • Have completed or be enrolled to start the unit, Architectural and Spatial Grammar Studio, or an academic equivalent; AND
  • Be accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Architecture and Spatial Grammar Methods unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Spatial typologies
  • Testing space: modelling
  • Design through plan
  • Design through section
  • Design through diagram
  • Testing space: architectural photography
  • Site
  • Siting
  • Testing space: 3D modelling
  • Testing space: collage
  • Interior
  • Presentation
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

The unit offers you a chance to develop essential knowledge and skills that will be vital to further progression in your architectural studies. To help develop your professional expertise, the unit incorporates work integrated learning strategies, where you can develop practical skills in workshop settings, on sites, or through the simulation of real work projects.

Furthermore, the unit involves interaction with the architectural community and industry, offering you an opportunity to make contacts and lay the groundwork for future work prospects.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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