Master of Architecture by coursework
Shaping the world that surrounds us
Architects reflect on and respond to cultural, historical, political, social, environmental, and technological contexts. They shape the spaces and experiences that make up our built environment.
Our Master of Architecture provides advanced design education for entry into today’s architectural profession.
What will you do?
- Take a sequence of core design studios, each with a distinct focus.
- Explore material cultures, urban landscapes and complex buildings.
- Build skills in professional practice and construction technologies.
- Cultivate critical judgement via studies of architectural history theory.
- Expand your horizons with travelling studios in Australia and overseas.
- Form interdisciplinary teams to address complex design problems.
- Propose and complete a research-led final design project in a small studio group.
Where could it take you?
You’ll graduate as an accredited graduate architect, equipped for a range of creative and managerial careers in the field. You might restore beautiful old buildings, pioneer new responses to the housing crisis or specialise in high-performance architectural technology. You could design schools that inspire learning or hospitals that help heal the sick. Perhaps you’ll distil a culture or an era into the next iconic opera house or skyscraper.
Note: This program is offered in semester mode with intakes in February and July.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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SATAC Code 3CM015 Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Additional Entry RequirementsApplicants without a GPA = 4.2 (out of 7.0) from a Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide OR with a degree from another institution MUST submit a portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.
For mid-year entry students, you may not be able to have the choice of all your electives and will be allocated to the remaining electives.
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide with at least a GPA of 4.2 (out of 7.0).SATAC Code: 3CM015
CRICOS 059319A Intake February and July
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Architectural Design or equivalent with a 60% or higher average + portfolio of work and CV.
Additional Entry RequirementsA Curriculum Vitae, academic transcript and submission of a portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design Studies program of the University of Adelaide.
The portfolio shall be printed on A3 in hardcopy and submitted in electronic form. All CAD drawing files are to be supplied as PDF's in a single document not exceeding 100MB. Consider the legibility and the hierarchy of your images and text. The portfolio is used to assess design skills and knowledge and should demonstrate familiarity with a range of design processes and media. Representation media should ideally include, but are not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit and other 3D packages, as well as hand drawing, sketching, painting, collage, model-making and photography of models. In addition to final rendered images, include information on the process of design and development and construction documentation if any. The folio may include material developed with others in an office/practice situation where this is clearly referenced and the applicant's contribution explained.
**Mid-year entry students may have a limited choice of electives.**/The study plans for mid-year entry are different as compared to Semester 1 intake. Note that mid-year entry students will be completing their final project in the 3rd semester instead of the 4th (final semester).
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $9,525
Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Graduates are well equipped to pursue careers as an architect, project administrator or project manager.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Professional AccreditationThe Master of Architecture (coursework) is accredited by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia.
Degree StructureThe majority of the teaching activities are based around the design studios, which are now aligned with the school's research streams 'History, Theory and Culture', 'Design' and 'Urbanism', along with courses in advanced construction, structures and environmental studies.
A new internship elective has been introduced for students to experience a working environment in an architecture firm in which to observe and apply their knowledge and skills for the degree. Elective options also include the offshore studio and other courses that have a community or professional experiential learning or engagement aspect.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
Example Study Plan
Indicative Study Plan
S1 ARCH 7032: Studio Cultures: Architecture (M)
ARCH 7020: Professional Practice (M)
ARCH 7033: Advanced Construction (M)
S2 ARCH 7034: Studio: Urbanism (M)
ARCH 7035: Critical Historical Practices (M)
* Elective x 1
Year 2 S1 ARCH 7040: Studio: Architecture (M)
ARCH 7041: Advanced Architecture Technologies (M)
ARCH 7042: Designing Research (M)
S2 ARCH 7043: Final Architecture Project (M) Electives
Courses to the value of 3.0 units from the following list:ARCH 7037: Experiential Studio: Onshore (M)
ARCH 7038: Experiential Studio: Offshore (M)
ARCH 7036: Architecture Internship (M)
ARCH 7039: Independent Study (M)
*Electives offered outside the school must be at Postgraduate level NOTE: Current students should refer to the following link for study plans and enrolment details:
Assessment takes a number of forms including written reports and essays, short in-class exercises and oral presentations. Formal examinations are not used for student assessment. A capstone architecture design project allows students to demonstrate their mastery of architecture through a significant supervised study.
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2019