Architecture

  • 8143
  • Full-time only
  • 1st semester (March) preferred
  • 2 years

Program Details

Course name: Master of Architecture

Course Code: 8143

Course length: Full time 2 years

Units of credit: 96 

Entry requirements:

Admission is available to students with a first degree from a nationally accredited undergraduate program (or equivalent) in Architecture, together with evidence of a capacity to consistently achieve grades at credit level or higher. It is assumed applicants will also have had six months’ work experience in an architectural practice.
 
Additionally, applicants from international universities are required to provide:
 
A portfolio of their design work. A portfolio in digital format is preferred but hard copy portfolios will be accepted. The portfolio should include sample works from various stages of their first degree; text should accompany all drawings/images to explain the projects. Professional work can be included, but the degree of responsibility of the work must be stated.
 
The different categories of eligible applicants and their specific admission requirements are outlined below:
 
1. 65 credit average (or equivalent) in applicant’s undergraduate architecture degree OR
 
2. A UNSW 70 high credit WAM across the following courses:
  • Architectural Design Studio 5
  • Architectural Science and Building Environment 2
  • Architectural Fabrication
  • Architectural Design Studio 6
  • Architectural History and Theory 3
     
Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree at another institution will be assessed on the basis of the final year compulsory courses in their undergraduate architecture degree OR
 
3. Applicants who have a completed the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (or equivalent) but do not meet the entry requirements specified under either 1 of 2 above may be considered after they have obtained work experience in an architectural office. Work experience will be individually assessed based on the following submission:
 
  • A logbook record of a minimum 12 months full-time work or the
  • equivalent.
  • A referee report from the employer
  • A portfolio of the work undertaken during this period
     

Year 1: Semester 1

Subject: Architectural Design Studio 1, 2, 3 & 4

Credits: 6

Students select from a range of design elective studio options each offering a specific architectural exploration. These are aligned with the four major themes offered in the MArch degree: Architecture and High Performance Technology, Architecture and Urban Conditions, Architecture and Housing and Architecture and Social Agency. 

Subject: Professional Practice

Credits: 6

This course introduces students to expectations and requirements that address professional practice and registration as an Architect. 

Elective* Credits: 12

Year 1: Semester 2

Subject: Architectural Design Studio 1, 2, 3 & 4

Credits: 6

Students select from a range of design elective studio options each offering a specific architectural exploration. These are aligned with the four major themes offered in the MArch degree: Architecture and High Performance Technology Architecture and Urban Conditions, Architecture and Housing and Architecture and Social Agency.

Subject: Architectural Environment and Building Services

Credits: 6

This course is concerned primarily with the systems comprising building services: sources and distribution of water and elimination of waste, energy supplies, application of electrical power, hydraulics, vertical transport, fire protection in buildings, security, telecommunications, as well as air conditioning, heating and ventilating of buildings.

Subject Advanced Construction and Structures

Credits: 6

This course explores advanced structural theories – it focuses on the structural systems of buildings.

Stream supporting course

Credits: 6

Refer to Stream requirements below.

Year 2: Semester 1

Graduation Research Studio – Stream Specific Studio

Credits: 12

Students select from a range of design elective options each offering a specific architectural proposition allied with the majors set out in ARCH7111/7112.

Choose either:

  • Stream Supporting Courses Credits: 12, or
  • Stream Supporting Course Credits: 6 and a Free Elective Credits: 6 

Refer to Stream requirement below.

 

Year 2: Semester 2

Graduation Major Design Studio – Stream Specific Studio

Credits: 12

Students continue in the electives selected in Graduation Research Studio. Each elective program explicitly supports the detailed design development of individual architectural proposals as realised through appropriate modes of architectural representation.

Choose either:

Stream Supporting Courses Credits: 12, or

Stream Supporting Course Credits: 6 and a Free Elective Credits: 6

Refer to Stream requirements below.

Stream Requirements

Credits: 48

In addition to 24 units of credit (UOC) of Stream Specific Studios in Year 2 Semester 2, students are required to complete 24 UOC of a suite of stream specific supporting courses. 

High Performance Technology (24 UOC)

  • High Performance Building Systems (6 UOC)
  • Resources, Materials and Sustainability (6 UOC), or Energy and the Built Environment (6 UOC)
  • Any 2 Core Electives listed below:
    • Architecture and the City (6 UOC)
    • Architecture and Urbanism in Asia (6 UOC)
    • A History of Housing (6 UOC)
    • Advanced Themes in Australian Architecture (6 UOC)
    • Architecture and Politics (6 UOC)
    • Theories in History (6 UOC)                                                  

Housing (24 UOC)

  • A History of Housing (6 UOC)
  • Architecture and the City (6 UOC)
  • Housing Policy and Finance (6 UOC)
  • Resources, Materials and Sustainability (6 UOC), or Energy and the Built Environment (6 UOC)

Urban Conditions (24 UOC)

  • Architecture and the City (6 UOC)
  • Architecture and Urbanism in Asia (6 UOC)
  • High Performance Building Systems (6 UOC)
  • Urban Landscape & Heritage (6 UOC), or History and Theory of Urban Development and Design (6 UOC)

Social Agency (24 UOC)

  • A History of Housing (6 UOC)
  • Architecture and Politics (6 UOC)
  • Urban Renewal (6 UOC)
  • Resources, Materials and Sustainability (6 UOC), or SUSD0003 Energy and the Built Environment (6 UOC)

Architecture (24 UOC)

  • Any two core electives listed above 12 UOC
  • Any two stream supporting courses listed above 12 UOC

Electives

Credits: up to 18

Students are required to complete up to 18 UOC of a Free Electives (choices including non-classified courses from four study plans, core elective courses and elective list offered by Architecture and the Faculty)

For information on the structure of the degree and courses taught, please refer to the UNSW Postgraduate Handbook.

 

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