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C04235v2 Master of Architecture

Award(s): Master of Architecture (MArch)
UAC code: 940110 (PDFP) (Autumn session, Spring session) , 940120 (CSP) (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 061397B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Applications
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Master of Architecture is a focused, professional degree and is required to become a practising architect. It is the second of two degrees, undertaken after the successful completion of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (C10004) or equivalent.

This course is an innovative and flexible professional degree. Through a non-sequential structure, which allows students to select from a range of core and elective subjects, it gives students choice regarding their professional specialisation that can best serve them in their future careers. Architectural design subjects enhance a critical understanding of architecture as both a discipline with an existing body of knowledge and a set of practices that continuously challenge and add to that body of knowledge. Research is undertaken as a preliminary to design decision-making, during design and in reflection on design development. Architectural practice subjects prepare students for expanded practice in emerging media and markets, contemporary business practice and global economies and within challenging social, environmental, political and regulatory contexts. Students who complete a Master of Architecture and subsequent practical experience are eligible to become registered architects.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

  • work collaboratively in local and international architectural practices of differing scale, structure and operation
  • be strategic and enterprising practice leaders
  • critically analyse, evaluate, question and engage in informed argument
  • communicate ideas effectively
  • extend knowledge and understanding through research skills and to transfer this creatively through the design process
  • put forward accurate and persuasive architectural proposals, and
  • apply ethical, environmental, cultural, aesthetic and technological considerations in architectural practice.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to take autonomous responsibility for actions and decisions
A.2 Ability to establish and develop an informed and ethical position toward social, technical and environmental practices
A.3 Ability to position work within an extended disciplinary context
A.4 Ability to recognise and appreciate cultural diversity including indigenous perspectives
C.1 Ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team, initiate partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required, and constructively contribute to peer learning
C.2 Ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways including oral, written, visual, physical and digital
C.3 Ability to constructively engage with subject learning activities
C.4 Ability to engage in, and contribute to, debate at a professional level
I.1 Ability to develop innovative approaches
I.2 Ability to understand and challenge disciplinary conventions
I.3 Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
I.4 Ability to produce inspirational responses that exemplify integration of learning experiences
I.5 Ability to innovatively use architectural technologies and materials
P.1 Ability to apply communication techniques, knowledge and understanding to practical applications in architecture
P.2 Ability to apply relevant digital and/or manual techniques and technologies to architectural practice
P.3 Ability to thoughtfully apply/deploy disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development
P.4 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of current architectural practice
R.1 Ability to source, evaluate and utilise appropriate academic and professional references
R.2 Ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies to carry out investigative study
R.3 Ability to analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives
R.4 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of architectural precedent and to place architectural practice within a contextual framework
R.5 Ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking

Career options

Career options include architect, designer or urban designer.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Architecture who have attained an overall WAM of 65 (credit average) or above are eligible for an offer.

All other applicants must provide:

  • a digital portfolio in PDF format consisting of their architectural projects from previous studies, professional or creative work
  • a two-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates their design or related experience
  • a personal statement of 300 words (maximum) in PDF format addressing their reasons for wishing to undertake the Master of Architecture.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

Students applying from other institutions, or UTS Bachelor of Design in Architecture graduates not proceeding directly to this course, must apply through UAC. Students from other institutions must also submit a portfolio of their architectural projects from previous studies.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a two-year, full-time or part-time equivalent basis.

Course structure

This course comprises 96 credit points, made up of 24 credit points of core architectural practice subjects, 48 credit points of architectural design subjects and 24 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

CBK90795 Electives 24cp
STM90794 Core subjects 72cp
Total 96cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
11502 Architectural Practice: Finance and Project Management   6cp
11551 Masters Architectural Design Studio 1   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90795 Electives 24cp  
Spring session
11501 Architectural Practice: Advocacy   6cp
11552 Masters Architectural Design Studio 2   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90795 Electives 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
11504 Architectural Practice: Research Cultures   6cp
11553 Masters Architectural Design Studio 3   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90795 Electives 24cp  
Spring session
11503 Architectural Practice: The Profession   6cp
Select one of the following: 12cp
      11554 Masters Architectural Design Studio 4 12cp  
      11555 Masters Architectural Design Thesis 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90795 Electives 24cp  

Professional recognition

The Master of Architecture is a qualification accepted for candidates seeking to take the professional examination of the NSW Architects Registration Board and Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), as a prerequisite for registration under the provision of the Architects Act administered by the NSW Architects Registration Board, and to professional membership of the institute.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building