Is the Master of Achitecture for you?
The problem based learning and inclusive approach to studio teaching is one of the strengths of the program at Newcastle. The projects in the first year of the program focus on large-scale urban design, mixed-use and the detailed design of high-rise buildings. These design projects emphasise creative, social, cultural and ecological issues relating to urbanism and the built environment. The final year of the program provides you with the opportunity to develop their own elective project over the course of the year, applying in-depth research and resolution to a singular design problem. Within a creative and innovative learning environment the final exhibited project explores the complexities of making buildings for the future of the built environment. The comprehensive way that each stage of the architectural design process is articulated, critiqued and developed provides you with a portfolio of work that reflects the making of buildings in the real world. Projects undertaken by students often have real world clients and reflect the challenging environment that architects find themselves. The program is supported by a number of visiting adjunct professors and leading architects including Ric LePlastrier, Peter Stutchbury and Peter Davidson.
The program is flexible allowing you to plan and manage your studies on a full-time or part-time basis.
What you will study
The Master of Architecture is delivered using a mixture of problem based learning, design studio tutoring and lectures. Design Studio courses use an innovative problem based approach to learning wherein a range of concerns (technical, ecological, historical, theoretical and managerial) are integrated into the process of architectural design. In parallel with the Design Studio a range of courses support the development of essential skills and focused knowledge. These courses are in the areas of construction technology, construction ecology, architectural management, architectural practice and research in the built environment.
Why study with us
The University of Newcastle's Masters of Architecture program has repeatedly been described as one of the country's best amongst peers and from graduate surveys. Our graduates are sought after by architectural practices and find themselves in positions of leadership throughout the world that includes architecture, project management and academia. Architecture at the University of Newcastle is committed to providing inclusive and practice oriented programs that are well-grounded, rigorous and celebrate the lateral response to a changing environment, it specifically provides opportunities for:
- personal development into a creative professional capable of operating in a global context
- studying a consistent and comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for professional practice
- studying in a multi-disciplinary, studio-centred collegial environment
- broad based scholarship and focused research
- engagement with professional, industry and regional communities.
There is a diverse range of career opportunities for architecture graduates. As well as a career in private architectural practice, opportunities include careers in construction, project management, property development, overseas aid, research, journalism, criticism and conservation. The program has an excellent record of receiving high rates of graduate satisfaction in preparing students for employment by architecture practices within Australia and throughout the world.
The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the State Boards of Architects, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects as the professional prerequisite degree for registration. Completion of the Master of Architecture program together with a minimum of two years professional experience and the professional practice exam (conducted by the state boards of architects) leads to registration as an architect in Australia and many other countries through reciprocal agreements.