What will I learn?

Master the art of architecture in the national capital

This course has a unique status as the only postgraduate architecture program in Canberra – one of the world’s most internationally recognised and fascinating model design cities. This professionally accredited two-year course focuses on the contemporary issues informing urban architecture and promotes the processes of urbanisation in architectural research.

Accredited under a process administered by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, the course will arm you with the professional and intellectual knowledge and skills needed to practice architecture nationally and internationally. You will even fine-tune your expertise in related careers, such as urban design and heritage, and can choose to pursue additional studies leading to a PhD in a range of topics, including architectural history, urban planning or digital architecture.

Study a Master of Architecture at UC and you will:

  • understand analytical and theoretical approaches to site, context, program and technologies
  • propose formal, spatial and programmatic resolutions for major urban scale projects
  • demonstrate an understanding of the complex and challenging social, ethical, environmental, political and regulatory contexts within which architectural practice is carried out
  • display an advanced ability to respond to and develop a client brief, scope of work and detailed design proposals up to the start of construction
  • debate the importance of the interconnections of architecture with its cultural, theoretical, technical and historical contexts.

Work Integrated Learning

A large proportion of the Master of Architecture course is delivered in collaboration with the local architecture industry – particularly through the degree’s advanced studio units which are taught in collaboration with local practitioners. You will study ‘live’ projects and will have opportunities to network with industry leaders and emerging architects from national and local architecture firms and government agencies who will be invited to assess interim and final studio reviews of your architectural work.

Career opportunities

  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Architectural heritage specialist
  • Building designer
  • Building scientist
  • Urban designer
  • Policymaker
  • Architectural journalist, researcher or educator
  • BIM modeller
  • 3D renderer
  • Project manager

Course specific information

To undertake the Master of Architecture, students are required to have an Australian Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture) or equivalent and a credit-or-above grade average in Architecture Design Studios in the second and third year of the undergraduate degree. Other students with an Architecture degree or equivalent may be admitted with permission from the course convener, as Recognition of Prior Learning applies to this course. Alternatively, because of the design-based nature of the degree, a portfolio that indicates the design ability of the candidate may be used to determine admission eligibility.

Successful completion of both the Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture) and the Master of Architecture will enable you to pursue steps leading to professional registration as an architect in Australia.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Design

CRICOS

059960J

Study options

Full Time (Standard four semester full-time or equivalent. Maximum ten semesters)

Tuition fees
A$33,200.00 (US$ 22,775) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 February 2020, 3 August 2020

Venue

University of Canberra

Building 1, 11 Kirinari Street,

BRUCE,

Australian Capital Territory,

2617, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University. Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Overall score of 79 with no skill score below: R: 16, L: 16, S: 18, W: 22; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with no skill score below 50; Cambridge English Scale (CES): 176 with no individual sub-score below 169; Occupational English Test (OET): No grade lower than 'C' in any of the sub-tests; UC English Language Proficiency Test: Minimum overall grade of 'C'.

For international students

Entry into this course requires a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, or equivalent, and a credit or above grade average in the architecture design studios in the second and third year of the undergraduate degree. Other students with an Architecture degree or equivalent may be admitted on permission of the course convener. Alternatively, because of the design-based nature of the degree, a portfolio that indicates the design ability of the candidate may be used to determine admission eligibility.

Assumed Knowledge

Architectural Knowledge in accord with the learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, or equivalent.

To be eligible students must have an Overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5, including at least 6.5 for writing, with no band score less than 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Overall score of 79 with no skill score below: R: 16, L: 16, S: 18, W: 22; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with no skill score below 50; Cambridge English Scale (CES): 176 with no individual sub-score below 169; Occupational English Test (OET): No grade lower than 'C' in any of the sub-tests; UC English Language Proficiency Test: Minimum overall grade of 'C'.

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About this uni

The University of Canberra has some of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia, at 89% and higher than average starting salaries.

  • Ranked among the top 100 young universities in the world
  • UC has been awarded a ‘5-star’ rating for staff qualifications
  • Industry-based practice incorporated into degrees
  • Generous scholarships for international students