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.
This program is accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia [AACA].
Note: This program is offered in semester mode with intakes in February and July.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Additional Entry Requirements||
Applicants 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).|
|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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||Bachelor of Architectural Design or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 + portfolio of design work and CV.|
Additional Entry Requirements
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
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $40,500|
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 and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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.
Example Study Plan
Students must complete all of the following:
Note: Students must complete a final design project accompanied by a written exegesis; or a research dissertation of not longer than 10,000 words.
|Electives, choice of
Students must complete one of the following:
Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
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.
The Masters of Architecture provided me with opportunities to challenge the conventional and develop innovative design solutions that consider place, people and environment. I developed a broad, evolving skill set which is proving invaluable in my work in architectural practice.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021