Master of Architecture (D7C)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
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

Entry Requirements

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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
The Master of Architecture degree is an accredited professional degree that provides advanced education in architecture and is the principal pathway to registration as a practising architect.

The program extends the development of skills and knowledge in architecture built on the undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments degree and draws on a rich treasury of teaching traditions, community partnerships, technical capabilities, design excellence, and questing research. The program aims to foster a profound and enduring engagement with architecture as profession, discipline, and culture.

Project-based design studios form the core of the program. These 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. Students gain experience tackling a range of challenging design problems, including those relating to urban futures, social and environmental responsibility, and complex buildings.

Studios are complemented by units in Professional Practice, Advanced Technologies, and Design Research, with a choice of options to enable tailored pathways through the field. The program culminates with a research-led final project nurtured by professional and discipline leaders in small studio groups.

Delivery of professional competencies

Ideas-led design exploration facilitated by core units linking research agendas to design propositions. Students are empowered to develop original projects working with ideas and inspirations drawn from cutting-edge areas of enquiry, including digital fabrication, heritage and preservation, regional urbanism, Asian modernity, art-architecture intersections, and therapeutic environments.
An established national research profile in timber products and construction applications also offers specialised expertise in an area of cutting-edge innovation in sustainable resources and industry.

Range of scale and topic in design studios

Within the imperatives of sustainable design, the program injects critical inquiries into the relations between the domains of the human and the non-human, such as buildings for animals, bio-fabrication with organic materials, and intersections between architecture and agriculture.
The location of the Master of Architecture program within the School of Technology, Environments and Design presents exciting interdisciplinary opportunities with the disciplines of geography and information technology.

Local sensitivity; international perspective

A long-standing emphasis on exploring the distinctive Tasmanian ‘sense of place’, enriched through an emerging set of global linkages and projects centred on the Asia-Pacific hemisphere. Current and emerging educational experiences include with partners in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan.

Architecture begets architects! The program is housed within the robust and redolent spaces of the Architecture and Design building, an award-winning adaptive reuse conversion of a 1951 diesel locomotive workshop, located in the Inveresk cultural precinct at the heart of the Northern Transformation project, Launceston’s ambitious plan for knowledge-led regional regeneration

The Master of Architecture course is underpinned by the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

CLO1: Attitudes and Ethics

Justify decisions in architectural practice with professional accountability and social-ecological responsibility.

CLO2: Communication and Collaboration

Engage and collaborate with diverse participants and audiences in the generation, communication and procurement of architectural projects.

CLO3: Practices and Principles

Apply professional knowledge, skills and techniques with mastery and judgement in situating work within historical, contemporary and future disciplinary contexts.

CLO4: Creativity and Realisation

Conceptualise and realise design propositions for complex architectural projects by synthesising and critically evaluating multiple and divergent design priorities.

CLO5: Research and Critical Thinking

Plan and execute a substantial self- directed architectural design research project employing appropriate methods of inquiry and evidence-based argument.

Learning-by-Making

The program’s celebrated Learning-by-Making tradition embeds material experimentation into the curriculum. This is supported by a fully-equipped and staffed digital fabrication workshop, including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, a six-axis robot, and a suite of Hologram headsets for mixed-reality design and fabrication, which complements a full workshop suite of equipment suitable for fine timber fabrication.

An evolving constellation of community and industry partnerships bring fledgling designers into contact with real projects. Recent collaborations have included art and music festivals, health and education providers, social enterprises and charities, environmental organisations, and scientific research projects.

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.

Work-Integrated Learning electives provide opportunities for direct experience with leading enterprises in architectural design and construction, building product manufacturers, and cultural organisations. Students can also devise their own work opportunities within this framework and count their experience towards their degree.

Career outcomes

"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 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 studying here."

Abby Hibberd, Master of Architecture

The accredited professional education provided by the Master of Architecture degree equips graduates with the required competencies to become core members of the architectural profession, working in firms and organisations involved in the definition, design, realisation, and stewardship of buildings, urban spaces, interiors, and the broader built environment.

More broadly, the lateral problem-solving skills and creative powers developed through the degree – including design thinking, spatial intelligence, visual literacy, digital fluency, and effective communication skills – are highly transferable and resistant to automation, empowering graduates to navigate a future economic landscape disrupted by technology. Ultimately, it is the values of critical thinking, civic responsibility, ecological consciousness, and aesthetic imagination instilled through our architectural education that furnish the fundamental capacity for reshaping the world for the better.

Graduates of the Master of Architecture degree are globally mobile, equipped to embark on stimulating careers across industries and fields both established and emerging, often located at the intersection of design and the environment. These include:

  • Architectural design and construction
  • Interiors and environmental branding
  • Lighting and acoustic design
  • Scenography and production design
  • Heritage preservation and adaptive reuse
  • Urban design and planning
  • Placemaking and community advocacy
  • Humanitarian architecture and post-disaster reconstruction
  • Forensic architecture and urban activism
  • Property and urban development
  • Management consultancy and strategic planning
  • Building products and construction systems
  • Healthcare architecture and therapeutic environments
  • Sustainability design and assessment
  • Project and facility management
  • Architectural photography and criticism
  • Design curation and writing
  • Architectural education and research

Professional Recognition

The Master of Architecture degree 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 satisfy the academic requirements for registration as an architect in Australia. After a period of relevant professional experience and satisfactory completion of the national Architectural Practice Examination, graduates are eligible to apply for registration under the applicable Australian State and Territory Architect Registration Boards.

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

The Master of Architecture degree is recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the professional body representing architects in Australia, as fulfilling the academic requirements for full membership. 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, 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.

How to apply for a credit transfer

You can apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing as part of the standard online application process for this degree.

For more information on credit transfers, contact us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online.

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.

If you successfully complete this course, you may be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the Course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

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 they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

International students

2020 Total Course Fee (international students): $67,053 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $32,950 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

Scholarships for domestic students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, 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.

Scholarships for international students

There is 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.

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