ARCT5555 Graduating Portfolio

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This core unit requires students in their final 48 points of the Master of Architecture to prepare a comprehensive package that demonstrates their reflective and integrative expertise across a range of design, theoretical, technical and professional subject areas.

Students are required to produce a substantial portfolio comprising (i) a design project from a previously completed Master of Architecture studio, which may be further refined and resolved to a developed level in this unit; (ii) a detailed component of this design project, exploring, defining and annotating an aspect of its construction, material and/or environmental technology, etc; (iii) a written exegesis of approximately 1000 words describing the design project (and possibly its detailed development) in terms of concept, methodology, theoretical influences, contextual and other formative factors; and (iv) a professional report addressing the ways that the portfolio project (as well as other experiences in the Master of Architecture program, where applicable) demonstrates relevant aspects of architectural competency, such as relating to client/user requirements, financial considerations, ethical questions, and so on.

The emphasis in this unit is on the development and demonstration of students' capacities to engage with a number of learning areas and experiences and synthesise them in a holistic way. Portfolios afford students an opportunity to both reflect critically on their learning and demonstrate professional aptitude.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate design development, resolution and communication skills; (2) investigate and incorporate into a developed scheme detailed understanding and communication of construction, material and environmental technologies; (3) evaluate and engage critically with a range of subject areas, especially as they inform the project within the portfolio; (4) demonstrate reflection and application of the areas of professional knowledge, skill and competencies that apply at the masters level; and (5) demonstrate a high level of integrative ability in the organisation and presentation of the portfolio.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) interim presentation (for formative feedback only) and (2) graduating folio package. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Sophie Giles
Unit rules
Within the last 48 points in the Master of Architecture.
ARCT4430, ARCT4440, ARCT4461 Architectural Practice, ARCT5101, ARCT5201
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week—students access online lectures and attend seminar presentation sessions each week
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