University of Technology Sydney

C07147v1 Graduate Diploma in Architecture

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Architecture (GradDipArch)
CRICOS code: 107468H
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Notes

This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. check with the UTS Student Centre.


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

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Architecture is a focused, one-year exit degree designed for students who begin the Master of Architecture degree, then decide that they do not wish to become licensed architects but still would like qualifications that allow them to work in the profession. The Graduate Diploma is more comprehensive than the Graduate Certificate degree and delivers some of the material that is required to become a practising architect.

Students engage in complex, real-world design problems that demand they analyse critically, reflect on, synthesise and propose solutions to difficult issues; research and application of established core knowledge in architectural history and theory is tested in the design studio problems as well as in elective subjects; students demonstrate their ability to interpret and transmit knowledge in presentations to expert professionals. These presentations include oral, written, drawn, and built work and simulate the way that graduates will present their work when they are in the field. Throughout the design process, students must demonstrate that they can respond to criticism and exercise their judgment, work autonomously, exercise expert judgment about appropriate design solutions, and offer solutions that are ethical and professional. The Graduate Diploma offers a more comprehensive option than the Graduate Certificate as it is two semesters, opposed to one, so students have more opportunity to hone skills. The Graduate Diploma is embedded in C04235 Master of Architecture, and there is no hierarchy in the AQF level of subjects common to the two courses.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

  • Creatively use architectural media, technologies and materials

  • Understand and challenge disciplinary conventions through an engagement with emergent forms of architectural practice, technologies and modes of production

  • Thoughtfully apply disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development

  • Position work within an extended and critically reasoned context through the identification, evaluation and application of relevant academic references and architectural case studies

  • Define, develop and apply an appropriate design method in the execution of an architectural project

  • Independently analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives

Career options

Career options include sustainability officer, draftsperson, office manager, public relations officer, marketing manager, office support and policy roles in governmental architecture and urban design agencies.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Establish and develop an informed and ethical position towards social, technical and environmental issues and practices
A.2 Recognise and appreciate local and global cultural diversities and values
C.1 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 Communicate ideas professionally and effectively through a variety of mediums: oral, written, visual, physical and digital
I.1 Produce inspirational responses that demonstrate the successful integration of sub-disciplinary areas of knowledge: history, theory, tectonics and/or practice
I.2 Creatively use architectural media, technologies and materials
P.1 Understand and challenge disciplinary conventions through an engagement with emergent forms of architectural practice, technologies and modes of production
P.2 Thoughtfully apply disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development
R.1 Position work within an extended and critically reasoned context through the identification, evaluation and application of relevant academic references and architectural case studies
R.2 Define, develop and apply an appropriate design method in the execution of an architectural project
R.3 Independently analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points made up of 36 credit points of core subjects and 12 credit points elective subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91636 Core Subjects (Grad Dip Arch) 36cp
CBK92053 Electives (PG Architecture) 12cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical program.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
11504 Practice: Research Cultures   6cp
11551 Masters Architectural Design Studio 1   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92053 Electives (PG Architecture) 12cp  
Spring session
11503 Practice: The Profession   6cp
11552 Masters Architectural Design Studio 2   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92053 Electives (PG Architecture) 12cp  

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