Master of Architecture (Design Management)

Postgraduate coursework

This course is not available in 2020, please refer to Master of Architecture (S700).

Key facts

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses


Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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

You’ll get an advanced professional education that prepares you for the future and builds upon a foundation of architecture and built environment studies.

You’ll develop your skills and knowledge in architecture, design and innovative strategies, through creativity. You will develop skills through advanced study of critical architectural futures and its integration of current cultural studies, environmental resiliency, sustainable design, technological advancement and, social and theoretical issues. This prepares you for contemporary professional practice.

You’ll also undertake studies of ethical, evaluative and research frameworks which underpin the architecture field.

Want to gain advanced practical skills through real-world projects?

Your learning space will include Deakin’s impressive a+b studio, open 24/7, providing an open plan space to work collaboratively, share ideas and develop your projects.

You will also have access to our architecture workshop that offers you a place to fabricate models and experiment with technology, materials and processes. The workshop is fully equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers and traditional tools and machinery.

You will also have the opportunity to work closely with construction management students, creating a multidisciplinary learning experience that stands out to potential employers. Graduates from the Master of Architecture (Design Management) may be sought after by private architectural practice firms, government organisations and private companies in property development, building and design.

The Master of Architecture (Design Management) is an important step in progressing you towards becoming a registered architect. Upon graduation and the completion of two years of work experience under the supervision of a registered architect, you will then be eligible to present for registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Australian Institute of Architects.

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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 course comprises a total of 12 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 7 core units (including two core units of 2 credit points each)
  • 3 course elective units (3 credit points)
  • Completion of SRA710 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

  • Safety Induction Program
  • Architectural Design and Resolution
  • Architectural Design Research Studio
  • Architecture Masterclass Studio
  • Built Environment Professional Practice
  • Research Methodology
  • Academic Integrity
  • One unit from:

  • Architectural Design Master Studio A
  • Architectural Design Master Studio B
  • One unit from:

  • Critical Futures
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Electives

    Course Elective units:

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

  • Building Systems and Environment
  • Integrated Project Management
  • Built Environment Practical Assessment
  • Built Environment Study Tour
  • Cost Planning and Economics
  • Ecological Cities and Futures
  • Indigenous Narratives and Processes
  • Interdisciplinary Planning and Design
  • Managing Change and Innovation
  • Thesis
  • Urban Design Studio
  • Geo-Planning and Design
  • Urban Perspectives
  •  ^ 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

    2021 course information

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

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

    Australian Qualifications 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)

    Not available in 2021.

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

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

    Additional course information

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

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

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Students are required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of 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 eight 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. 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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Further study options

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

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    Professional recognition

    This course is on the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) list of accredited architecture qualifications recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV).

    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 27 June 2019