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 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 title
Master of Architecture
Award abbreviation
MArch
Course code
25520
Course type
professional practice master's degree
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
084738G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
168
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 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 duration
3.5 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 accreditation
Master of Architecture is accredited by: AACA / Architects Board of Western Australia.
Time limit
7 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Hislop
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

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

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ARCT4430Architectural Technology, Structures and Services
Prerequisites:
ARCT3000 Architecture Studio 3, ARCT3001 Architecture Studio 4 and ARCT3030 or equivalent
lectures face-face and online; site visits: 2 hours per week every alternate week; seminars: 2 hours per week
S2ARCT4440Project Implementation and Documentation
Prerequisites:
ARCT3030 Construction, ARCT3000 Architecture Studio 3 and ARCT3001 Architecture Studio 4 or equivalent
3 hours seminar per week x 11 weeks; lectures: 1.5 hour per week x 11 weeks)
S1ARCT4461Architectural Practice
face-to-face seminars: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks (in preparation for these seminars students are required each week to do 1-2 hours prior study of resources which is available on the Learning Management System)
S1, S2ARCT5101Architecture Studio (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT3030 Construction and ARCT3010 History and Theories of the Built Environment and ARCT3000 Architecture Studio 3 or ARCT3001 Architecture Studio 4
studio: up to 9 hours per week
S1, S2ARCT5201Detailed Design Studio (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT5101 Architecture Studio
studio: up to 9 hours per week
S2ARCT5555Graduating Portfolio
Prerequisites:
Within the last 48 points in the Master of Architecture. ARCT4430, ARCT4440, ARCT4461 Architectural Practice, ARCT5101, ARCT5201
up to 3 hours per week—students access online lectures and attend seminar presentation sessions each week

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 12 points to a maximum of 36 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 48 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ARCT5102Architecture Studio 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT5101 Architecture Studio 1
studio: up to 9 hours per week
S1, S2ARCT5202Detailed Design Studio 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT5201 Detailed Design Studio 1
studio: up to 9 hours per week
NSARCT5301Intensive Architecture Studio (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT3030 Construction, and ARCT3000 or ARCT3001
studio: up to 9 hours per week
S1, S2ARCT5502Independent Design Research (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT5101 and ARCT5201 and the submission of a design proposal to the satisfaction of the unit coordinator; the completion of at least 48 points of study; and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Architecture of at least 70 per cent.
Generally one hour per week during the semester, through individual supervision.
S1, S2URBD5802Urban Design Studio 2 (12 points)
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 6 points to a maximum of 30 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 48 points:

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ARCT5012Independent Research by Dissertation (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar; the submission of a research proposal to the satisfaction of unit coordinator; the completion of at least 48 points of study; and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Architecture of at least 70 per cent
Incompatibility:
ARCT5010 Independent Research Part 1, ARCT5011 Independent Research Part 2
meetings with supervisor: approximately 1 hour per week; presentations: through semester
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
Incompatibility:
ARCT5582 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts (GC)
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/seminars: 3 hours per week)
S1ARCT5511Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
lectures and seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 11 weeks
S2ARCT5513Operating Systems for a New Architectural Era
36 (lectures: 2 hours x 12 weeks; tutorials: 1 hour x 12 weeks)
N/AARCT5517Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject
seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ARCT5528Delivering Good Design
up to 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
S2ARCT5529Forensic Architecture
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
N/AARCT5530The Single Family House as a Bourgeois Manifesto
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
N/AARCT5531Suburban Cultures
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
N/AARCT5578Building Pictures
seminars: up to 3 hours a week for 12 weeks
S1ARCT5583Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Incompatibility:
ARCT5591 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (GC)
35 (lectures: 24 hours; tutorials/site visits: 11 hours)
N/AARCT5586Australian Architecture in a Global Setting
seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S1ARCT5595Digital Design Journal
1 hour per week and 1 hour online per week
S2ARLA4506Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
Incompatibility:
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar; LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture; URBD5820 Urban Design Research Methods
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
36 hours
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
Incompatibility:
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)

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 48 points:

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ARCT5012Independent Research by Dissertation (12 points)
Prerequisites:
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar; the submission of a research proposal to the satisfaction of unit coordinator; the completion of at least 48 points of study; and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Architecture of at least 70 per cent
Incompatibility:
ARCT5010 Independent Research Part 1, ARCT5011 Independent Research Part 2
meetings with supervisor: approximately 1 hour per week; presentations: through semester
S1ARCT5508Practical Building Conservation
Incompatibility:
ARCT5587 Practical Building Conservation (GC)
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/tutorials: 3 hours per week)
S2ARCT5510Housing
seminars: 2 hours per week for 11 weeks; lectures: 1 hour per week for 11 weeks
N/AARCT5512Architectural Technical Resolution
lectures and workshops up to 3 hours per week
S2ARCT5518BIM Workflows
Prerequisites:
BLDG5000 BIM Authors or BLDG5001 BIM Authors Online
workshops: 2 hours
N/AARCT5519Independent Design Development
Prerequisites:
This unit is intended to allow students to further develop a project (or one aspect of a project) that has been resolved at a schematic level in a previous Master of Architecture studio unit. Prerequisite includes any one of the Master of Architecture studio units (ARCT5001 Architectural Design 5a, ARCT5002 Architectural Design 5b, ARCT5003 Architectural Design 5c, ARCT5004 Architectural Design 5d , ARCT5005 Architectural Studio 5e) or ARCT5502 Independent Design Research. Achieved at least 65 per cent in the most recently completed studio.
studio: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1ARCT5520Drawing Resilience
Lectures and tutorials 36 hours: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks from week 1
N/AARCT5535Generative Fabrication
lectures: 1 hour; workshops: 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
S2ARCT5536Photo Real Rendering
workshops: 3 hours per week
S1ARCT5580Advanced Architectural Animation
36 (workshops: 12 x 3 hours per week)
N/AARCT5581Key Texts
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S2ARCT5589Furniture Design
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
S1ARCT5590Architectural Studies
36hrs lectures/seminars
S1ARCT5593Furniture: from prototype to production
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
S1ARCT5595Digital Design Journal
1 hour per week and 1 hour online per week
S2ARCT5885Bio-Based Materials in Global Settings
lectures: 1 hour; workshop/practical classes; 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
S1BLDG5000BIM Authors
Prerequisites:
To take this unit students must be enrolled in the Master of Building Information Modelling course 25540 or 25560 Master of Building Information Modelling (Online) (coursework) or Master of Architecture
Co-requisites:
BLDG5000 BIM Authors Online or BLDG5001 BIM Authors Online or BLDG5050 BIM Dynamo or BLDG5051 BIM Dynamo Online
1 hour lecture, 2 hour seminar per week
S1BLDG5300BIM Sustainability
Prerequisites:
Students must be enrolled in 25540 Master of Building Information Modelling (coursework) or 25560 Master of Building Information Modelling (Online) (coursework) or Master of Architecture
Co-requisites:
BLDG5000 BIM Authors Online or BLDG5001 BIM Authors Online or BLDG5050 BIM Dynamo or BLDG5051 BIM Dynamo Online
1 hour lecture, 2 hour seminar per week
NSLAWS5398Construction Law
Co-requisites:
enrolment in Master of Mining and Energy Laws (20550), Master of International Commercial Law (21510), Graduate Diploma in Mining and Energy Law (20370), Graduate Diploma in Law (20320), Master of Commercial and Resources Law (20360) or Master of Laws (20500)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5208 Oil and Gas Project Development Law
Teaching dates for this unit are 30 November - 2 December. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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 Arts with co-requisite majors in Architecture, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 72 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

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 'Suspended'; and

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

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 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 which is calculated based on—

(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]