UNSW Built Environment offers a comprehensive range of specialised degree programs that few universities can match. Nine undergraduate programs and eight postgraduate programs are available and, as part of the internationally acclaimed faculty, each degree program is regarded as one of Australia's leading university qualifications.

Alternative Admission

Alternative Admission 

Important dates:

  • Applications open 9am, Friday 1st September and close 4pm, Wednesday 15th November 2017.
  • You will be advised if you have been selected for interview by Tuesday 28th November 2017.
  • Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 4th December.

* Any offers made will be through the usual UAC offer process.

What is the Alternative Admission Scheme?

UNSW Built Environment recognises that your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent may not reflect your potential in creative thinking and making.  We are pleased to offer you the alternative admission scheme to give you the opportunity to submit a portfolio of your work to support your ATAR.

Your portfolio submission should be a selection of your best own creations and should describe where your creative imagination and skills lie.

The alternative admission scheme is optional. Applicants who do not submit an application under this scheme will be assessed on their ATAR (or equivalent).  Following your submission, assessors will review your portfolio and cover letter and may invite you for an interview.


How do I submit my portfolio?

You must have your chosen UNSW BE degree as a UAC preference to be eligible.

Once you have lodged a UAC application for your preferred Built Environment degree, and wish to apply under the alternative admission scheme, simply click here to submit your portfolio or view the specific requirements for your degree below.

Please click on your degree of interest to view the portfolio submission requirements:

To find out more information on how to put a good portfolio together - view the information talk given by Bruce Watson, Director of Interior Architecture.


General advice:

Regardless of which degree you wish to submit a portfolio for, we strongly encourage you to:

The interview will be a short conversation with you and UNSW staff. You should demonstrate your research, understanding and interest in this field of study. The interview is your chance to convey your strengths for study in your chosen discipline.


Page Last Updated: 19 May 2017