Master of Architecture

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Architecture provides a dynamic studio-based learning environment that produces graduates who are forward thinking, collaborative and at the forefront of the changing architectural profession. You will be challenged to expand your conceptual and creative skills while being grounded in the requirements essential for professional registration and practice after graduation.

This degree operates around a series of studios that require students to engage at a graduate level with projects that emphasize research, design and vision. Student work is defined by the rigours of industry practice and surveys the social, environmental, practical and aesthetic needs of the brief while working within the wider context of architectural theory and philosophy. You will develop expertise across design, technology and theory that will form the basis of your approach and response to architectural projects and practice. There is one studio per semester as follows:

Urban Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Digital Architecture
Graduation Studio

The first three studios lead to the Graduation Studio in the final semester of study that is based around a largely self-driven project. Students also undertake subjects that explore the historical, technological and theoretical aspects of architecture and investigate the critical issues facing contemporary architectural design.

The Master of Architecture is a 2-year full-time program (part-time option available on request), consisting of 96 credit points. It is taught by some of the world leaders in architecture education and on graduation, you will join distinguished alumni who have gone on to become major figures in the architecture world both in Australia and internationally. You will have a dedicated Master of Architecture studio space that you may access 24 hours a day. Students also have access to 24-hour computer labs, the latest digital fabrication equipment, wood and metal workshops as well as a number of design studios. There are also opportunities for international exchange in the first three semesters of the program with a number of prestigious institutions worldwide.

More detail on the Program including course planner and timetable links can be found at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning homepage

Further course information

Progression rules

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements, students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide you with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with your prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, intellectual and/or professional growth. Students complete a graduation studio in Master of Architecture for the capstone experience. It provides students the opportunity to develop a complex architectural project that builds upon knowledge gained from the preceding digital, sustainable or urban architecture studios. The project is supported by a comprehensive research report that demonstrates independent exploration of relevant theories and issues raised during the design.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Becoming a registered architect will open the world to graduates as the work of architects is no longer confined by geography. Opportunities for graduates lie both within Australia and overseas with a number of our past students having great successes internationally. By engaging with the environment, community and needs of clients and stakeholders, work as an architect can have a profound effect on people’s lives around the world.

Course accreditation

Graduates may apply to register as an architect with the NSW Architects Registration Board and pursue a range of fields including architecture, design and the wider built environment. The combined program of Bachelor of Design in Architecture/Master of Architecture is recognised by both the Australian Institute of Architects and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

Further study

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning places a high emphasis on its research activity. We have a vibrantly diverse community of scholars and practitioners, many of whom have taken national and international leadership roles in their fields. The faculty offers the opportunity to pursue research degrees, both MPhil and PhD in four disciplines: architecture and allied arts; architectural and design science; design lab; and urban and regional planning and policy.

You may elect to study in any of these fields, or to pursue interdisciplinary studies in a combination of fields with the faculty or between the faculty and elsewhere in the University. The University and the faculty have formal links, including exchange agreements and memoranda of understanding, with institutions throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and North America. These translate into research opportunities for students as well as staff.
These degrees are supported through a wide range of resources, including extensively equipped laboratories and comprehensive workshop facilities.

Other study options

The Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning runs continuing professional development short courses which provide a valuable opportunity for professionals to update their knowledge to enhance career pathways or for personal interest. All of our courses qualify for CPD points with AIA, SBSE/EA and AIRAH members.

If you are considering further study it is also an opportunity to try a subject from a course to gauge its suitability. You have the choice to either complete the assessment work or not. If you do successfully complete the assessment work you will be eligible to receive 6 credit points per subject towards a future degree. For more information please see the faculty website.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Architecture will have completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Sydney must have completed the Master of Architecture prerequisite unit of study BDES3025 and have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65.

Students who have completed an equivalent undergraduate architecture degree at another university will require a credit average (65% or equivalent) over the final two years of their degree, and must submit a portfolio of work to the Faculty.

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR MASTERS PORTFOLIO
Applicants who have not achieved 65% in their University of Sydney undergraduate degree, or applicants who studied outside of the University of Sydney, should submit a portfolio showcasing their academic work and/or work experience.

Entry to the University of Sydney is competitive, and your portfolio will be carefully considered to ensure graduates of our program are of the highest standard and continue to be highly regarded by the Architectural industry across the globe.

The portfolio should include examples of coursework submitted for assessment in previous undergraduate courses. The objective of the portfolio is to demonstrate the level of knowledge and skills attained across all four key streams of architectural study:
o architectural design;
o architectural history and theory;
o architectural technology, including structures, construction, materials and environmental systems;
o design and architectural communication, including manual and digital/software applications for architectural drawing, diagramming, rendering and physical modeling.

Ideally, an example from each stream for each semester of previous study should be included. Where projects were completed as part of a group, applicants should clearly state the role they played in the group and the individual material they contributed to the overall project.

Where professional practice projects are included, the portfolio should clearly and precisely identify what components of the design schemes shown, and what roles the applicant undertook in the project. Reference letters should support this aspect of the portfolio.

FORMAT
Portfolios should be no longer than 15 digital A3 or A4 pages, saved in PDF format under 10Mb in file size, and clearly labelled ‘Portfolio’ with your University of Sydney application number and full name. This can then be directly uploaded to your online application.

Application should also include a A4 cover letter outlining the applicant's full contact details, a personal statement explaining reasons for wishing to study the Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney, any relevant academic and professional experience in support of the application and at least two referees. Applicants with professional experience may also wish to submit a CV as part of their application.

ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIENCE RECOMMENDATION
It is a recommendation that students complete at least 18 weeks of documented work experience prior to undertaking the final year of the Master of Architecture (although not compulsory).

Registration as an architect in Australia requires at least two years of documented professional experience. At least one of these years must be completed after completing the Master of Architecture.

To find out more on becoming a registered architect in Australia, whether you studied within Australia or gained your current qualification overseas, please visit Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. http://www.aaca.org.au/

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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