Postgraduate coursework

Master of Architecture (Design Management)

Study Deakin's postgraduate course, the Master of Architecture (Design Management) to advance your knowledge in design, technology and leadership.

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Key facts

Duration

*1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Course information

This course is designed for students who have completed a combined degree in architecture (accredited) and construction management.

You’ll get a specialist education that builds upon an established background in architecture and built environment studies.

You’ll develop your skills and knowledge in architectural design research, urban ecologies and other aspects expected in modern architectural professional practice.

You’ll also undertake advanced studies in cultural, technological, design, environmental and theoretical knowledge. Plus, you’ll study the ethical, evaluative and research frameworks which underpin the architecture field.

Deakin’s Master of Architecture (Design Management) is professionally accredited within Australia by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. This lets you achieve your professional registration, taking your career one step further.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Architecture (Design Management), students must attain 12 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester, and would have the opportunity to undertake three trimesters in one single year.

The 12 credit points include 7 core units totalling 9 credit points (these are compulsory) and 3 course grouped elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Core

  • Safety Induction Program SRA710 (0 credit points)
  • Architectural Design and Resolution SRD765
  • Architectural Design Research Studio SRD741
  • Architecture Masterclass Studio SRD766 (2 credit points)
  • Built Environment Professional Practice SRM750
  • Research Methodology SRR782
  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • One unit from:

  • Architectural Design Master Studio A SRD763 (2 credit points)
  • Architectural Design Master Studio B SRD742 (2 credit points)
  • One unit from:

  • Critical Futures SRA743
  • Sustainable Futures SRT750
  • Course-Grouped Elective units:

    Students must select 3 credit points of course-grouped elective units from the list below:

  • Building Systems and Environment SRT757
  • Built Environment Integrated Project SRV799
  • Built Environment Practical Assessment SRM772
  • Built Environment Study Tour SRR767
  • Cost Planning SRQ762
  • Ecological Cities and Futures SRP761
  • Indigenous Narratives and Processes SRL733
  • Interdisciplinary Planning and Design SRD762
  • Managing Change and Innovation SRM781
  • Thesis SRR711 (2 credit points)^
  • Urban Design Studio SRD764
  • Geo-Planning and Design SRD760
  • Urban Perspectives SRA742
  •  ^ Students intending to apply for entry into Higher Degree by Research may be required to complete SRR711 Thesis.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Architecture (Design Management)
    Year

    2018 course information

    Deakin code
    S711
    CRICOS code
    095265M
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    The Master of Architecture (Design Management) is available to students who have completed Deakin's combined course in architecture and construction management.

    *Students have the opportunity of completing the course in one year full-time (3 trimesters) by undertaking units in trimester 3.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $25,000 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Graduates from the architecture course may be sought after by private architectural practice firms, government organisations and private companies in property development, building and design.

    Graduates will be required to complete an additional two years of work experience under the supervision of a registered architect in order to present for registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Australian Institute of Architects.

    Alternatively, students who are already practising qualified architects will be able to widen their breadth of study in the field.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Create an architectural design through the exercise of knowledge, imagination and judgement in the context of economic, social, cultural and environmental responsibility.  Plan and execute a substantial research project to show capacity for specialised knowledge in architectural contexts and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and/or scholarship.

    Communication

    Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly in a variety of interpersonal contexts using oral, written and visual communication modes to inform, motivate and persuade specialist and non specialist audiences about architectural ideas, decisions and predicted built outcomes.  Imagine, conceive and represent ideas using the language of architecture, its codes and conventions to reflect on possibilities, and progress and resolve solutions within a design process.  Demonstrate the capacity to listen, learn and engage with a variety of participants and contributing influences in order to create, maintain and monitor design outcomes that achieve timely, efficient and cost effective delivery of the architectural project.

    Digital literacy

    Apply well-developed research, ideation and technical information literacy skills to independently locate, interpret and evaluate information content in a digital world.  Disseminate creative and logical proposals using appropriate digital technologies relevant to architectural design management.

    Critical thinking

    Selectively use linear, critical, logical and/or lateral mechanisms to analyse different forms of information; manipulate and transform information to propose possible solutions and thereby demonstrate the capacity for reflection in action for professional practice in architecture.  Use reflection and judgement supported by a body of knowledge in order to efficiently formulate a strategy or argument appropriate to a theoretical, contextual, creative and/or technical design management situation.  Apply independent thought and capacity for analysis and synthesis of a particular area of discipline knowledge through coherent and focussed research practice.

    Problem solving

    Effectively research and Identify theoretical, cultural, social, technical and environmental architectural problems to establish a sound basis for project inception in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.  Use a well-developed body of knowledge to justify, argue and persuade the significance, causes and consequences of architectural problems, and use a methodical approach to formulate potential solutions. 

    Self-management

    Accumulate and document specialist knowledge of architecture theories, processes and practice using the frameworks of methodical research, creative activity and capacity for reflection on action to demonstrate responsibility for professional learning.

    Teamwork

    Apply interpersonal skills to interact, contribute and collaborate in team learning activities and to enhance project potential through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.

    Global citizenship

    Formulate architectural responses through concern for economic, cultural, social and ethical values inherent in human landscape while consciously integrating quantitative and qualitative architectural design management perspectives.

     Approved by Faculty Board 9 March 2017

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    Students who have completed the Master of Architecture (Design) may continue on to undertake Higher Degree by Research study.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Credit for prior learning applicants must comply with the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment rule for admission and selection for postgraduate award (coursework) courses.

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