Master of Architecture

    • CRICOS Code: 061224A

    What will I study?


    With over thirty full-time academics and a broad range of leading architectural practitioners, the program has a depth and breadth of teaching and research performance unmatched within the Southeast-Asian and Australasian regions. Graduates will be equipped with the creative and critical thinking skills to push the envelope of architectural change in terms of the design and production of buildings as well as critique of their technical, aesthetic, social and environmental performance.

    The ethos of the program emphasises the central role of design in the studio. Students can take a research subject which may enable progression to further studies as a PhD candidate.

    Learning Outcomes

    • A knowledge of design based on architectural history, theory and contemporary practice.
    • A knowledge of current practice contexts, including environmental, technological, regulatory and project-delivery systems.
    • A knowledge of research and design-research methodologies and methods, including empirical and advanced research methods drawn from the sciences and humanities relevant to the discipline of architecture.
    • The cognitive and creative skills to develop and evaluate a design concept that demonstrates the exercise of theoretical reflection, critical choice, imagination and professional responsibility, through the exploration, testing and refinement of different technical and aesthetic alternatives.
    • The technical and creative skills to produce a design that demonstrates an appreciation of economic factors, environmental issues, social and cultural issues, building systems and materials.
    • The technical and communication skills to generate design and contractual documentation that clearly conveys information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences and that enables a design project to be realised.
    • The ability to think strategically at different environmental and urban scales.
    • The ability to establish and evaluate requirements and priorities in new project situations and contexts.
    • The ability to work individually and collaboratively to prepare and deliver a design project.
      The ability to prepare, structure, schedule, evaluate and deliver a substantial research or design-research project.

    Generic Skills

    The Master of Architecture has been specifically designed around the University of Melbourne postgraduate coursework graduate attributes and the requirements of professional associations. The Master of Architecture will incorporate research-led teaching, problem-based collaborative learning, professional engagement, and a diverse mature cohort. Graduates of the Master of Architecture will have high-level professional and intellectual capabilities enabling them to demonstrate leadership, a commitment to life-long learning, and professional integrity.

    Graduate Attributes

    The main focus of the Master of Architecture is architectural design and practice. The degree provides graduates with:

    • Design skills that will contribute to the improvement of our built environment
    • A grounding in the rich lessons of architectural history, theory and technology enabling them to develop innovative architecture, relevant to time and place, people and culture
    • The skills to manage an architectural practice and work within teams
    • The ability to use resources, materials and technologies to produce responsible and sustainable architecture.

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