Master of Architecture (Design Management)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Architecture (Design Management)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Tel 03 5227 8300

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code085273E
Deakin course code S701

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This course is designed for students who have completed Deakin's Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management combined course.

You’ll get a specialist education that builds upon an established background in architecture and built environment studies. Unlike our Master of Architecture, the Master of Architecture (Design Management) requires only 1 year of full-time study instead of 2 years.

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.

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.

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

Career opportunities

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 Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • 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.



  • Imagine, represent and test design concepts, and realise effective architectural designs that are sensitive to social, cultural, economic and environmental values influencing the health, safety, welfare and beneficial use of the built environment.
  • Consistently and effectively research the design problem both independently and collaboratively using a framework of accountability and responsibility to establish an architectural strategy that demonstrates the exercise of critical choice, aesthetic judgement and creative imagination and generates a design concept that can be realised as a building.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • 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.


  • Use expert communication skills and a range of communication tools to engage with clients and specialists and consult in a professional manner to establish and evaluate identified requirements, perceptions and priorities.
  • Develop and describe design concepts and schematic designs that demonstrate refined cognitive and technical skills and advanced utilisation of architectural communication techniques including freehand drawings, diagrams, computer simulation, modelling and graphic technologies to propose logical actions with formulation and cohesion appropriate to the situation.
  • Value the roles and contributions of all participants from the project procurement process to the realisation of a built environment by communicating in a way that is appropriate, considerate of audience needs and reconciles expectations and limitations in a professional manner.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • 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.
  • Determine the extent of information needed and use commonly available technologies appropriately, effectively and efficiently to access information, methodically differentiate between assertion, personal opinion and information.
  • Present clear and coherent explanation of knowledge, ideas, problems and solutions in the context of complex and sometimes unpredictable situations in architectural practice with robust evidence to support decisions made.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • 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.
  • State and describe ideas, information and issues clearly and comprehensively; identify and rectify logical flaws; interpret, analyse and synthesise expert viewpoints; and propose possible solutions delivering all relevant information from the process of evaluation, thinking and reflection.
  • Apply critical processes and evaluation to devise a strategy for design management in a manner that clarifies multiple perspectives insightfully in discussing the nature, complexity and enormity of tasks, value propositions, implications and limitations and thereby demonstrate refined contextual judgement.
  • Construct a considered thesis that effectively demonstrates research capacity through research formulation, well-supported propositions and balanced conclusions.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • 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.


  • Explore and appraise a range of ideas to formulate project propositions that demonstrate respect for natural and cultural environments and awareness of social and technical issues, based on the assessment of specialist information, conceptual speculation, detailed design, choice of structure and material, project costs and management strategies, impact on the users of the built environment and the community.
  • Formulate architectural decisions that lead progressively to the realisation of a coherent design proposal in response to a project brief, taking into account the significance, causes and consequences, and use methodical approaches to propose realistic solutions to architectural problems, with an understanding of relevant codes and industry standards.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • 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.
  • Take initiative to selectively evaluate ideas, formulate propositions and engage effectively in discipline practice using creative and critical mechanisms of reflection and evaluation for planning, managing and implementing architectural projects in a manner that documents scholarship and awareness of social and professional responsibility.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • 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.
  • Regularly use well-developed interpersonal skills to interact, negotiate, mediate, collaborate and thereby contribute to learning activities as an individual and as a member of a team to realise the outcomes of a project through the establishment of a shared process for resolving complex architectural problems.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • 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.



  • Establish and evaluate identified concerns, requirements, perceptions and priorities through the assessment of qualitative and quantitative interactions between management of the design, the environment and the community, the implications of the law, relevant codes, regulations and standards.




Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Master of Architecture (Design Management), students must attain 8 credit points.

The course comprises 6 core units (including two core units of 2 credit points each) and completion of a compulsory Safety Induction Program.

Course structure


Students complete the following core units:

SRA710Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRD763Architectural Design in Urban Contexts

SRD766Architecture Design Masterclass (2 credit points)

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRR711Thesis (Architecture) (2 credit points)

SRR782Research Methodology

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.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Combined Bachelor degree in design (architecture) and construction management at Deakin University.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

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.

How to apply

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Further study

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


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.