Master of Architecture (D7C)

Overview  2019

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

‘What I like most about architecture is the process, the nuances … every project has a different challenge and therefore a different solution and it’s really fun finding that solution … I really like the hands-on aspect of design.’

James Emmerson-Armstrong, Master of Architecture student
Study the Master of Architecture at the University of Tasmania and join an elite group of graduates making their mark in architecture and design.

‘Tasmania appears to have such disproportionate design clout that each year since 2013 a Tasmanian-trained designer has been at the top of the lists in Australia’s peak residential awards. Is there something in the water?  Something unique about the education? Is there a creative culture so stimulating and concentrated, that we might be witnessing the emergence of a Tasmanian maker’s mark with a craftsmanship brand value similar to a country like Denmark?’

Jenny Brown, Domain, 18 April 2017

The Master of Architecture at the University of Tasmania places a strong emphasis on architectural design and the development of personal design approaches that respond to contemporary ecological challenges and social responsibilities.

It is a professional qualification aimed specifically at equipping students with the knowledge, professional skills, and applied understanding necessary to become a registered architect and practise internationally.

Our students enjoy learning in small classes, led by inspirational and catalytic teachers.  Defining features of our course include our commitment to:

  • addressing issues of environmental and social sustainability;
  • responding to particularities of place and space; and
  • learning by making that explores relationships between design and making, between material and structural performance, and between scales and modes of production.

The course will introduce you to different modes and methods of design. In your final year you will collaborate with academic staff to develop your own design research project in diverse areas such as digital fabrication, heritage and conservation, learning by making, regional urbanism, and health and place.  Upon graduation, your design portfolio should include the evidence you need to get the job you are after.  In addition to design proposals it may include built works, peer-reviewed conference papers and journal articles, and curated exhibitions, depending on where your studies take you.

Professional Recognition

The Master of Architecture is recognised and accredited by the Board of Architects of Tasmania, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Students who complete the Master of Architecture are eligible, following a period of relevant professional experience, to apply for registration as an architect in Australia.

Our programs are also accredited in New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

This course is designed to prepare you for your career as a registered architect with the skills to practise internationally. Throughout your studies you will participate in real ‘live’ design projects for community clients and will engage with professionals in the industry.

Our staff are practicing architects and designers engaged in cutting-edge practice and diverse areas of research. In addition, we employ registered architects with professional expertise as tutors to share their practical experience with you in hands-on work integrated learning experiences that are supported by our state-of-the art computer labs and workshops that include a Kuka 6-axis industrial robotic arm, Computer Numerically Controlled router technology, laser cutters and 3D printers.

Learning-by-Making

Learning-by-Making is integral to everything we do in the School and we have earned an international reputation for producing outstanding designers who have an openness to alternative solutions encouraged through making and breaking. Community projects give our students authentic experiences working in multidisciplinary teams and collaborating with clients, consultants, and local authorities in the design and fabrication of small public buildings and structures.

Recent projects include the Hothouse, a temporary bamboo pavilion designed and constructed for Dark Mofo events, and the Castle series of micro-dwellings. For these and more, visit our school website.

The curriculum is supplemented by an embedded work-experience and industry-placement program that is offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and Master Builders’ Association.

Inveresk Design Forum

Our Inveresk Design Forum is a public lecture program that brings our students into contact with a broad range of architects and designers working across scales, from the urban to the object. Invited guests share their insights into past, present and future projects. In addition to complementing the core curriculum, these sessions provide an opportunity for our students to build networks between peers, practice and the community.

‘I participated in two research internships which opened my eyes to broader issues affecting the built environment in Tasmania and enabled me to work with and present to a variety of stakeholders and clients.’

Rachel Englund – Master of Architecture graduate.

‘I’ve learnt a lot at the University of Tasmania, not only about my own abilities creatively, but also about how the professional world works and how I might fit into that in the future. What I’ve enjoyed most is definitely the people that I’ve met, not only my peers, but the professionals that I’ve had the chance to meet … such as tutors or architects and other professionals in the industry who come in and give us a huge insight into what they do and what kinds of fields we could break in to – that’s been a huge plus I think about coming to this School. It’s a clich√© but the world is my oyster … the unknown beyond university is really exciting.’

Abby Hibberd - Master of Architecture student.

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Career outcomes

Careers in architectural services are a leading driver of new employment and our graduates’ skills in design thinking equip them to become future business leaders.

University of Tasmania graduates are among the young architects and designers now living and working across all continents and in more than 100 countries:

‘[The University of Tasmania] has a humanistic approach to architecture, that sort of holistic thinking about how you can make places for people … that is something I think Tasmanian architects and Tasmanian training has really developed.’

Ben Duckworth, University of Tasmania alumnus, now HASSELL Head of Design in Melbourne, having previously worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland managing diverse international projects such as the extension and expansion of the Tate Modern and a master plan for Lords Cricket Ground in the UK, as well as Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA) in India, among many others.

‘My experience at the University of Tasmania provided me with an excellent foundation in understanding and developing my design thinking and construction methodology. The program was incredibly engaging, with emphasis placed on critical design thinking in a socially responsive and environmentally sustainable manner. I very much appreciated the close-knit school environment offered at the School of Archtecture & Design.’

Gabrielle Phillips, University of Tasmania alumnus, now in a global office with Grimshaw Architects in London, having previously worked with Circa Morris-Nunn in Hobart on projects including the award-winning Brooke Street Pier, Mountain Retreat Medical Centre, and the MACq01 Hotel.

‘The University of Tasmania provided a great foundation for how we understand architecture; quite often in the office we find ourselves reminding each other of  important aspects of design we learnt in certain classes with specific tutors and lecturers. Several members of our team are UTAS graduates and we’re very proud of this fact.’

Todd Henderson, University of Tasmania alumnus, now principal of Launceston-based Cumulus Studio that recently won an international Architizier A+ Award for their commercial mixed-use design at Devil’s Corner Cellar Door.

Professional Recognition

The MArch is recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) as fulfilling the academic requirements for corporate membership. Graduates are also expected to be eligible for registration by Australian Boards of Architects following an approved practical experience program and a pass in the Architectural Practice examination. Recognition by the AIA offers opportunities for international recognition of the professional qualification.

Course structure

Year 1

Design Research: Methods and Design Research: Communication are a suite of two units where you will explore the relationship between research and contemporary design practice and develop key skills in undertaking and communicating design research. The units provide the foundation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studios in the Master of Architecture emphasise professionalism, critical and rigorous design thinking, knowledge of contemporary and emergent theories, technologies and practices, and the development of skills for a diversity of future careers in architecture.The Urban Futures Studio positions architecture…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Professional Studies introduces you to key principles of professional practice in architecture. A curated program of guest speakers by eminent practitioners locally, nationally and internationally, exposes you to a diversity of organisations and practices within architecture and the building industry.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Design Research: Methods and Design Research: Communication are a suite of two units where you will explore the relationship between research and contemporary design practice and develop key skills in undertaking and communicating design research. The units provide the foundation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studios in the Master of Architecture emphasise professionalism, critical and rigorous design thinking, knowledge of contemporary and emergent theories, technologies and practices, and the development of skills for a diversity of future careers in architecture.Global Studio explores practices of architecture…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Advanced Technologies focusses on a range of structural, construction and service systems for complex and large-scale buildings emphasising developments in technologies and regulatory frameworks for environmentally sustainable design. Through lectures and investigation of precedents you will gain understanding of contemporary…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Elective

Design WIL (Work Integrated Learning) units provide you with the opportunity to undertake an immersive study experience related to your own interests and professional development goals. You can undertake a broad range of study opportunities including: internships in design-related businesses…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 2

Advanced Design Research provides you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in design with a focus on areas of research strength in Architecture & Design including environment and sustainability, regional urbanism, advanced materials design (including timber), design for health,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studios in the Master of Architecture emphasise professionalism, critical and rigorous design thinking, knowledge of contemporary and emergent theories, technologies and practices, and the development of skills for a diversity of future careers in architecture. Integrated Studio focuses on the…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studios in the Master of Architecture emphasise professionalism, critical and rigorous design thinking, knowledge of contemporary and emergent theories, technologies and practices, and the development of skills for a diversity of future careers in architecture.Professional Project is the final capstone…

Credit Points: 37.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Elective

Design WIL (Work Integrated Learning) units provide you with the opportunity to undertake an immersive study experience related to your own interests and professional development goals. You can undertake a broad range of study opportunities including: internships in design-related businesses…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Architecture you require a Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (previously called the Bachelor of Environmental Design) with a major in Architecture, or an equivalent three-year undergraduate degree in Architecture.

Eligibility is subject to achieving a minimum credit average (60%) across all core subjects in the final year of the undergraduate degree. Students may also be asked to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio of their work from their previous studies.

International applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, will also need to provide evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test. The Master of Architecture requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 with no individual band less than 6.0.  For more information, visit the International future students’ website.

If you have any questions, please contact us for further information.

To enter the Master of Architecture applicants will have a Bachelor of Environmental Design with an Architecture major (see K3M or 73E) or an equivalent three-year undergraduate degree (see D3A).

Applicants' first degree program will have been in environmental design, architectural studies, or an equivalent recognised and accredited degree, and the main emphasis or major will have been in architecture. Students may also be asked to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of work containing items both from their previous studies and other relevant activities.

Candidates should note that, because there are limited places available, the minimum requirements for admission will not automatically guarantee entry to the course.

Students completing the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (previously called the Bachelor of Environmental Design) with a major in Architecture and a minimum credit average (60%) across all core subjects in the final year are eligible for entry into the Master of Architecture.

Students completing the Master of Architecture are eligible to apply for entry into a higher degree research program.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $62,983 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $30,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all background, including those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

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1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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