Master of Architecture

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Master of Architecture
Course Map

2018 course map

If you started your course before 2018, please refer to the plan your study page.

CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code059382E
Deakin course codeS700
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Get a specialist education that builds upon an established background in architecture and built environment studies. 

The Master of Architecture develops your skills and knowledge in architectural design research and resolution, urban ecologies and contexts, integrated project evaluation and performance-measured sustainable design. All of these are expected in modern 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 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 to achieve your professional registration, taking your career one step further.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Indicative student workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, site visits 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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited (within Australia) by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

This course has been validated and recognised by the Board of Architects Malaysia to be included on their 'List of Recognised Architectural Programmes'.

Career opportunities

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.


Income support

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

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.  Use initiative to integrate well-developed knowledge of architectural history, theory, technology and practice to design, develop and manage architecture projects from project brief to architectural resolution and thereby demonstrate professionalism as an architectural graduate.

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 architectural projects to mediate and collaboratively resolve issues and negotiate design complexity.

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 architecture practice.

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 architectural 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 perspectives.  Engage with global traditions and current trends in architectural practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.

Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

Course rules

To complete the Master of Architecture, students must attain 16 credit points, which must include the following.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

  • Completion of SRA710 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

The 16 credit points include 9 core units, totalling 12 credit points (these are compulsory) and 4 course grouped elective units (you can choose which ones to study from a prescribed list).

Course structure

Core

SRA710Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SRD763Architectural Design Master Studio A (2 credit points)

SRD742Architectural Design Master Studio B (2 credit points)

SRD765Architectural Design and Resolution

SRD741Architectural Design Research Studio

SRD766Architecture Masterclass Studio (2 credit points)

SRA743Critical Futures

SRT750Sustainable Futures

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRR782Research Methodology

Course-Grouped Elective units:

Students must select 4 credit points of course-grouped elective units from the list below:

SRT757Building Systems and Environment

SRV799Built Environment Integrated Project

SRM772Built Environment Practical Assessment

SRR767Built Environment Study Tour

SRQ762Cost Planning

SRP761Ecological Cities and Futures

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRR711Thesis (2 credit points)^

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRD760Geo-Planning and Design

SRA742Urban Perspectives

 ^ Students intending to apply for entry into Higher Degree by Research may be required to complete SRR711 Thesis.

 


Course duration - additional information

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