UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (coursework) is the professional degree in Architecture accredited in Australia by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the Architects Registration Board of Western Australia. The degree is validated internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and through the Canberra Accords, by other international registration agencies. It comprises a core program in design, technology and professional practice. Students have the opportunity to choose a pathway of units from the critical studies, technical studies and design streams to increase their knowledge in specialised areas of architecture.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Architecture
Award abbreviationMArch
Course code25520
Course typeprofessional practice master's degree
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
CRICOS code060407B
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required168
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years (for students with an architectural background) full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 96 points of taught units and 72 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration3.5 years (for graduates of other disciplines) full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 168 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditationMaster of Architecture is accredited by: Architects Board of Western Australia.
Time limit7 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Design with majors in Architecture and Integrated Design, or equivalent as recognised by the faculty, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 72 points.

Take all units (18 points):

S1ARCT4430Architectural Technology, Structures and Services
S2ARCT4440Project Implementation and Documentation
S1ARCT4461Architectural Practice

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 36 points to a maximum of 60 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 78 points:

Group A

S1, S2, SSARCT5001Architectural Design 5a (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5002Architectural Design 5b (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5003Architectural Design 5c (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5004Architectural Design 5d (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5005Architectural Studio 5e (12 points)
N/AARCT5010Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2ARCT5011Independent Research Part 2
S1, S2ARCT5502Independent Design Research (12 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 12 points to a maximum of 30 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 78 points:

Group B

S1, S2ARCT4470Architectural Research Seminar
N/AARCT5010Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2ARCT5011Independent Research Part 2
S1, S2ARCT5012Independent Research by Dissertation (12 points)
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
S2ARCT5511Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
N/AARCT5513Operating Systems for a New Architectural Era
N/AARCT5514Practical and Theoretical Problems in Global Design Practice (B): History/Theory Stream
N/AARCT5516Daguerre to Digital
S2ARCT5517Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject
S2ARCT5528Delivering Good Design
N/AARCT5529Forensic Architecture
N/AARCT5530The Single Family House as a Bourgeois Manifesto
N/AARCT5531Suburban Cultures
S1ARCT5583Introduction to Architectural Conservation
N/AARCT5585City as Site
S2ARCT5586Australian Architecture in a global setting
N/AARCT5587Urban Design
S1, S2ARCT5595Digital Design Journal
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism (Twentieth and Twenty-first Century)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
S1URBD5808Case Studies in Urban Design

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 6 points to a maximum of 24 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 78 points:

Group C

N/AARCT5010Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2ARCT5011Independent Research Part 2
S1, S2ARCT5012Independent Research by Dissertation (12 points)
N/AARCT5503Built Work: Architecture in Construction
S1ARCT5508Practical Building Conservation
N/AARCT5510Housing
N/AARCT5512Architectural Technical Resolution
N/AARCT5515High Density: the Urban Model
S1ARCT5518BIM Workflows
S2ARCT5519Independent Design Development
S2ARCT5520Drawing Resilience
N/AARCT5532Practical and Theoretical Problems in Global Design Practice (A): Professional and Technical Stream
N/AARCT5533Studies in Complex Structures
N/AARCT5534Innovations in Thermal Performance and Natural Ventilation Systems in Complex Buildings
S1ARCT5535Generative Fabrication
S2ARCT5536Photo Real Rendering
S1ARCT5580Key Texts—Virtual
S2ARCT5581Key Texts
N/AARCT5584Publications
S2ARCT5589Architecture of Furniture
N/AARCT5590Architectural Studies
N/AARCT5592Timber in Architecture
S1ARCT5593The Architecture of Furniture in Production
S1, S2ARCT5595Digital Design Journal

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 168 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor of Design with majors in Architecture and Integrated Design, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 72 points.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must maintain an overall weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the Board of Examiners determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and will be allocated a mentor for the following academic year;

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the second time is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended'; and

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the third time is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Professional work experience

13.(1) Before qualifying for the degree, a student must have completed not less than 16 weeks of full-time, or the equivalent part-time, professional work experience considered appropriate by the Faculty.

(2) Of the period of professional work experience required, students must complete at least four weeks full-time, or the part-time equivalent, prior to commencing the final 48 points of study for the course of Master of Architecture (by coursework).

(3) Of the period of professional work experience required, students must complete at least 12 weeks full-time, or the part-time equivalent, under the supervision of a registered architect.

(4) Students may undertake a maximum of four weeks of the professional work experience in an allied field which is considered appropriate by the Faculty.

(5) If students undertake professional work experience overseas they must provide evidence that the person who supervised their work experience is a registered architect in the country in which the work experience was undertaken.

(6) Any professional work experience gained must be for a minimum period of four consecutive weeks with one employer.

(7) Students must make their own arrangements for professional work experience with advice from the Faculty.

(8) Students must provide evidence of their professional work experience in accordance with the guidelines available from the Faculty.

(9) The Faculty may waive or vary the requirement for professional work experience if it is satisfied that the requirements of (1) to (8) cannot be met.

Time limit

14.(1) Unless the Faculty approves an extension, the time limit is seven years from the beginning of the semester in which the first unit is credited towards the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]