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Whether you've completed undergraduate studies in architecture or in another field, the Master of Architecture is the key to meeting the academic requirements leading to registration as Architect.

In this course, you'll be trained as an integrated urban professional, with vision to design progressive architecture that responds to the dynamic needs of contemporary society and speculates about the future of our built environment.

As a student you will undertake high-level study in specialised areas of architecture, from housing and urban design to digital practices. Through project based design studios you will gain exposure to leading design practices.

An integrated program of study will allow you to select from a range of design studios in conjunction with advanced architectural studies - complementary depth units that introduce students to the methods and tactics of architectural design research and engage with the multidisciplinary socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, theoretical and technical dimensions relevant to contemporary architecture and urbanism. You will also develop knowledge of architectural practice within the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations and evolving construction methods and practices. Your studies will culminate in the final year with a self-directed project.In order to register as an Architect, graduates must also complete two years of professional practice and pass the AACA Architectural Practice Examination. For more details please visit the Architectural Registration Board of Victoria website at http://www.arbv.vic.gov.au.

Course structure

The course is structured in four parts.

Part A. Architecture Foundations

These predominantly project based studies, required by students undertaking the three year program, provide advanced preparatory knowledge and skills of architectural design, technologies and environments, history and theory, and communication strategies.

Part B. Advanced architecture and design studios

These studies will focus on core concepts and skills relevant to architecture design at a Master’s level. Through project-based studio classes you will gain exposure to leading design practices. In conjunction with studios, you will select from a range of advanced architecture studies units, which are complementary depth units. These will introduce you to the methods and tactics of architectural design research and engage with the multidisciplinary socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, theoretical and technical dimensions relevant to architecture and urbanism. Studies culminate in the final year in a self-directed project.

Part C. Applied professional practices

These studies focus on the core business and regulatory aspects of practice as an architect within the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations and evolving construction methods and practices.

Part D. Electives

These studies provide complementary depth units and enable you to tailor your studies to individual interests. You may select units from either architecture-specific advanced architecture studies depth units or other units offered by the University.


Visit the Master of Architecture page on the Monash University website for more details!

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