The Master of Architecture provides a professionally accredited, postgraduate level qualification for candidates whose first degree is the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Canberra or equivalent.
The two year post-graduate degree promotes the processes of urbanization as a laboratory for architectural research, focused on contemporary issues informing urban architecture. History/theory and design studios comprise a two track educational structure through which urban issues are analysed; site and program are activated; the socio-cultural, the environmental, professional practice, and the technological are investigated towards the creation of sustainable architectural-urban forms.
Students engage in a range of design electives that provide special opportunity for self-determined development including collaborative interdisciplinary studios, research projects, overseas study programs, and advanced history and theory and architecture master classes. Students are encouraged to take advantage of research opportunities that contribute to advancing architectural knowledge.
Over the two year program, students undertake advanced research-based design projects, examining specialised architectural topics such as public architecture, landscape urbanism, sustainability, parametric design, and complex, large scale project investigating issues central to the formation of urban architecture. These investigations culminate in the final graduation studio, which explores and examines the architectonic implications of contemporary architectural theories and emerging architectural tendencies.
There is significant professional and community engagement in the form of sponsored projects. These may be based in Canberra, or may be held in locations as varied as Beijing, the Solomon Islands or Central Australia.
Master of Architecture students have the opportunity to study overseas for a semester through the University of Canberra Student Exchange Program and receive full credit towards their degree.
With completion of the Master of Architecture degree, a student will have developed their architectural skills and expertise to a professionally accredited standard, as determined by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects, who accredit the degree. On meeting the requirements for work experience and passing the registration exam, graduates may become Registered Architects in Australia.
Graduates also use the broad experience gained through the Master of Architecture degree to engage in a wide range of careers, as government, urban or regional policy advisors, urban designers (with additional study), exhibition designers, educators (with additional study), and property and building developers. University of Canberra Architecture graduates find work in Canberra, elsewhere in Australia and in international architectural offices including the UK, Italy, China and other countries. Our graduates have won numerous awards in Australia and overseas.