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Master of Architecture/Master of Digital Design

Course Code: 175JA
Course Version: 1
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): Discipline of Built Environment and Design
Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice
UAC Code: 880937
CRICOS Code: 072531K
English Language Requirements: Not applicable.

Introduction

This course combines the Master of Architecture with the Master of Digital Design, providing a blend of specialist, professionally focused study in architecture, with the opportunity to explore the dynamic interdisciplinary field of digital design. Graduates will apply digital design approaches, such as generative and data-driven techniques and digital fabrication, in an architectural context.

The Master of Architecture degree 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 Master of Architecture has unique status as the only postgraduate architecture program in Australia's National Capital Canberra, an internationally recognised model design city. The course has a strong design studio ethos complemented by and integrated with studies in technology, history and theory. Students engage in a range of discrete design electives that provide special opportunity for self-determined development including collaborative interdisciplinary studios, professional placements associated with design or research projects, overseas study programs, history, theory and curatorial studies and architecture master classes.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of research opportunities including those that might align with the Canberra story.There is significant professional and community engagement in the form of sponsored projects and opportunity to engage in study with other design postgraduate students in interior architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design.

The Master of Digital Design will ground students in the practices and principles of digital design. Digital design is defined here as a practice that engages with and critically applies digital processes, digital materials, and digital contexts. Students will gain technical, cultural and creative literacies and skills that can be applied directly to their architectural practice, while also offering scope for innovation and experimentation.

Areas of focus will include computational design and generative techniques; data visualisation and design; and rich interactions between physical and digital systems. The program further focuses on three linked themes with local significance, but global relevance the changing nature of the public sphere; the question of urban space; and the urgent challenge of sustainability.

Enquiries

Prospective Students - Domestic
E study@canberra.edu.au P 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226) W www.canberra.edu.au/future-students
Prospective Students - International
E international@canberra.edu.au P +61 2 6201 5342 F +61 2 6201 5040 W www.canberra.edu.au/future-students
Current and Commencing Students
E artsanddesign.enquiries@canberra.edu.au P 6201 2570 or 6206 3887

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, or equivalent and a credit or above grade average in the architecture design studios in the second and third year of the undergraduate degree.

For students without a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree or equivalent, a portfolio that indicates the design ability of the candidate may be used to determine admission eligibility.

Additional Admission Requirements

Submission of a portfolio of design and/or creative practice.

Assumed Knowledge

Refer to individual courses, and Architectural Knowledge in accord with the learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, or equivalent.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Architecture M Arch
Master of Digital Design M DigitalDes

Alternate Exit Awards

Master of Architecture Master of Digital Design

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

This course is closed to new admissions from Semester 2, 2013. Please contact the Faculty via the enquiry details below for further information.

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation by the Australian Institute of Architects, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Graduate Employment

On completion of the Master of Architecture award a student will have enhanced and developed their architectural skills and expertise to a professionally accredited standard, as determined by the Board of Architects of the ACT and the Australian Institute of Architects, who accredit and recognise the degree.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Develop skills in architectural practice to a professionally accredited standard. 1. Communication:
a. express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity;
e. create and present new ideas.

4. Problem Solving:
a. identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field;
c. implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems;
d. anticipate and define new problems; and
e. identify and resolve new problems in new fields.

6. Effective Workplace Skills:
a. demonstrate entrepreneurial skills including creativity, initiative, adaptability, leadership, resourcefulness;

7. Professional Ethics:
a. act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of their profession and their obligations to society
Effectively apply digital materials, techniques and processes in design 2. Information Literacy and Numeracy:
Graduates are expected to be able to locate, identify, collate, analyse, manipulate, evaluate, interpret and present information and numerical data.

3. Information and Communication Technology:
Graduates are expected to be able to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information.

9. Lifelong Learning:
d. have an understanding of how to apply their knowledge and abilities to many different contexts and fields.

10. Personal Attributes:
a. be independent thinkers and agents for change.
Adapt and innovate, creating new designs, systems and processes that demonstrate an analytic understanding of specific problems and contexts. 4. Problem Solving:
Graduates are expected to be able to:
a. identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field;
c. implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems;
d. anticipate and define new problems; and
e. identify and resolve new problems in new fields.

6. Effective Workplace Skills:
Graduates are expected to:
a. demonstrate entrepreneurial skills including creativity, initiative, adaptability, leadership, resourcefulness; and
b. have the ability to initiate new ideas, implement decisions and cope with uncertainty.
Independently navigate, select and apply technologies of architecture and digital design in order to solve complex problems. 3. Information and Communication Technology:
Graduates are expected to be able to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information.

4. Problem Solving:
Graduates are expected to be able to:
b. apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking;
c. implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems
Demonstrate and communicate a critical understanding of contemporary theory and practice in architecture and digital design. 1. Communication:
Graduates are expected to be able to:
a. express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity;
b. present arguments and ideas effectively.

4. Problem Solving:
b. apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking.

7. Professional Ethics:
b. appreciate the social and cultural context of their profession.
Successfully collaborate with other designers in multi-disciplinary teams 1. Communication:
Graduates are expected to be able to:
b. present arguments and ideas effectively;
c. actively listen and respond to the ideas of other people;
d. negotiate effectively.

Working With Others:
Graduates are expected to be able to:
a. work with others as part of a group;
b. take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks;
c. be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of group members;
d. evaluate group performance;
e. take initiative and demonstrate leadership; and
f. respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender.
Reflect on their own practice and approach in relation to the wider contexts of digital design 9. Lifelong Learning:
Graduates are expected to:
a. be independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for lifelong learning;
b. be aware of how they best learn;
c. possess self-knowledge and the ability to assess their own performance critically and accurately
Articulate an ethical approach to digital design that considers social, cultural and environmental factors 7. Professional Ethics:
Graduates are expected to:
a. act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of their profession and their obligations to society; and
b. appreciate the social and cultural context of their profession.

8. Social Responsibility
Graduates are expected to be able to:
a. work toward improvement in society;
b. understand economic, political, social, and environmental systems with an international perspective;
c. act in environmentally sustainable ways; and
d. accept service to the community as the primary purpose for professional life.

Course Duration

Standard five semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum sixteen semesters.

Honours

None.

Offerings

  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View course numbers for previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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