Master the art of architecture in the national capital
This course has a unique status as the only postgraduate architecture program in Canberra – one of the world’s most internationally recognised and fascinating model design cities. This professionally accredited two-year course focuses on the contemporary issues informing urban architecture and promotes the processes of urbanisation in architectural research.
Accredited under a process administered by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, the course will arm you with the professional and intellectual knowledge and skills needed to practice architecture nationally and internationally. You will even fine-tune your expertise in related careers, such as urban design and heritage, and can choose to pursue additional studies leading to a PhD in a range of topics, including architectural history, urban planning or digital architecture.
Study a Master of Architecture at UC and you will:
- understand analytical and theoretical approaches to site, context, program and technologies
- propose formal, spatial and programmatic resolutions for major urban scale projects
- demonstrate an understanding of the complex and challenging social, ethical, environmental, political and regulatory contexts within which architectural practice is carried out
- display an advanced ability to respond to and develop a client brief, scope of work and detailed design proposals up to the start of construction
- debate the importance of the interconnections of architecture with its cultural, theoretical, technical and historical contexts.
Work Integrated Learning
A large proportion of the Master of Architecture course is delivered in collaboration with the local architecture industry – particularly through the degree’s advanced studio units which are taught in collaboration with local practitioners. You will study ‘live’ projects and will have opportunities to network with industry leaders and emerging architects from national and local architecture firms and government agencies who will be invited to assess interim and final studio reviews of your architectural work.
- Architectural technologist
- Architectural heritage specialist
- Building designer
- Building scientist
- Urban designer
- Architectural journalist, researcher or educator
- BIM modeller
- 3D renderer
- Project manager
Course specific information
To undertake the Master of Architecture, students are required to have an Australian Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture) or equivalent and a credit-or-above grade average in Architecture Design Studios in the second and third year of the undergraduate degree. Other students with an Architecture degree or equivalent may be admitted with permission from the course convener, as Recognition of Prior Learning applies to this course. Alternatively, because of the design-based nature of the degree, a portfolio that indicates the design ability of the candidate may be used to determine admission eligibility.
Successful completion of both the Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture) and the Master of Architecture will enable you to pursue steps leading to professional registration as an architect in Australia.
Accreditation by the Australian Institute of Architects, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
Entry into this course requires a Bachelor of 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. If the credit (or above) grade average is not met a portfolio*, submitted with the application, that indicates the design ability of the candidate may be used to determine admission eligibility. Other students with an Architecture degree or equivalent may be admitted on permission of the course convener.
*A supporting portfolio is highly recommended to any student with a below credit average grade. The portfolio should demonstrate the final four semesters of studio work or equivalent professional experience.
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.
English Language Requirements
Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0
Information for Fee Paying Students
The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
|Year||CSP Places Available||Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
Typical Study Pattern
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- Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
- Master of Architecture (48 credit points)
Required - 42 credit points as follows
Part 1 - Must pass 36 credit points as follows
- 7628 - Architecture Studio 1 PG - 6 cp, Level P
- 7893 - Architecture Studio 2 PG - 6 cp, Level P
- 7894 - Architecture Studio 3 PG - 6 cp, Level P
- 8410 - Architecture Practice PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 8413 - Advanced Technology 1 PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 8415 - Architecture Studio 4 PG - 6 cp, Level P
- 9780 - Advanced History & Theory 1 PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 9781 - Advanced History & Theory 2 PG - 3 cp, Level P
- Part 2 - Must pass 6 credit points as follows
- Part 1 - Must pass 36 credit points as follows
Restricted Choice - Must pass 6 credit points from the following
- or other PG Level units as approved by the Head of Discipline
- 8409 - Architecture Laboratory PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 8412 - Overseas Study in Design and Architecture PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 8414 - Advanced Technology 2 PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 8416 - Design and Architecture Professional Placement PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 8419 - Special Studies in Design and Architecture PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 9771 - Contemporary Issues in Design & Architecture PG - 3 cp, Level P
- 1. A full list of design electives is available from the Faculty of Arts and Design.
- 2. The Architecture and Design electives listed above will be offered in alternate years.
In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course.
Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum ten semesters.
Unit Delivery Modes
Each unit within your course may be offered through various delivery modes like on campus, online, flexible and intensive modes. Check how each of your units are delivered in the Course Requirements section.
|2019||UC Canberra - Bruce Campus||Semester 1
|2020||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
Architectural Knowledge in accord with the learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, or equivalent.
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