Learning and Teaching

learning and teaching at Built Environment

One of the Built Environment’s greatest strengths is its diversity, not only regarding its particular mix of disciplines but also in its teaching staff, many of whom have distinguished professional as well as academic credentials. Equally important is the Built Environment’s diverse, highly qualified and highly motivated student body whose engagement is so central to the success of our degree programs.

Degree programs in the Built Environment are designed to be challenging as well as build upon and stretch the skills students bring to UNSW. We want our graduates to be creative and innovative in the larger society, and to do so with an appreciation of the social, economic, environmental and cultural settings in which they will be working.

Types of Teaching

Depending on the particular degree program, the teaching and learning experience at the School of Built Environment is likely to include lectures, seminars, tutorials, studio projects, exhibitions, online activities, computer labs, field trips, research projects and opportunities for directed individual study. The School’s programs are designed to be challenging and encourage students to set and achieve high standards of performance as they progress through their studies.

Workshop presentation at Built Environment UNSW Australia

eLearning and Blended Learning

The Built Environment is committed to using technology to support and enhance learning and teaching through all our programs.

The Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT) platform combines a number of tools and services to cater to different types of learning and teaching at UNSW. Within the Built Environment, courses engage with online tools and activities such as:

  • blogs
  • interactive online lessons
  • interactive video
  • discussion forums
  • online quizzes

Design Studio

Design Studio is central to many of our programs, offering a practical experience and industry connections that are invaluable when entering your future Built Environment profession. If you study architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, or industrial design you'll have the opportunities to take part and apply your developing knowledge base.   The studio has a direct relationship to the professional working environment and simulates the creative work environment that many of the students aspire towards.

“The UNSW Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree’s learning strategy prepares graduates with specific skills, attributes and capabilities for a career in Interior Architecture and Design. Our design studios utilise scenario based learning, teaching students professional designing processes and techniques. Our content also fosters curiosity and instils a passion for life long design learning.” – Bruce Watson, Acting Deputy Dean & Head of School, Built Environment

"At the School of Built Environment, the impressive combination of academics and professional leaders ensures you receive relevant, timely and inspiring education to establish a platform from which to build a great career."

Alec Tzannes AM
Emeritus Professor