Master of Architecture

RMIT University

Program Description

Master of Architecture

RMIT University

Master of Architecture

Discipline-specific and design focused, the Master of Architecture focuses on developing the core skills of architectural design through to an advanced level. You'll enhance your understanding of architecture and design-based research, acquire diverse skills, undertake a variety of learning experiences and gain critical awareness of your own work.

RMIT Architecture graduates are design innovators who continue to achieve at the highest levels and are acknowledged by the national and international architectural profession. In 2012 RMIT student Ton Vu was shortlisted for The Architectural Review’s “Global Architecture Graduate Awards”, a shortlist of only 10 students worldwide and containing no other candidates from Australian or New Zealand universities.

Our students have also been extremely successful in recent years in the Architecture Australia (AA) “Unbuilt Architecture Awards”, open not only to students but to registered architects. The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) “National Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards” recognise and honour the accomplishments of individuals who contribute to society through architecture and the built environment, and RMIT-affiliated recipients featured prominently in the 2013 awards.

Learning and teaching

Design studios typically make up the majority of this program and are taught in small groups. You will select which design studio you wish to follow from approximately 20 on offer, completing 1 per semester during the course of your studies. Each design studio focuses on a particular theme and project per semester.

In your final year you will complete a design thesis of your choice, which is referred to as your ‘major project’. This project will develop on the research outcomes reached at the conclusion of your architecture studies.

All programs are delivered in English.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Program structure

Design studios in this program are specialised. They engage with challenging design questions and large-scale projects. In the later stages of the program, you will complete professional practice courses and, along with other students, ballot for specialised and advanced elective seminars.

You can undertake studios and seminars in other programs such as landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design, as well as in the urban design and digital design research areas. These will foster pathways into our postgraduate Urban Architecture Laboratory and the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL).

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Architectural Design from RMIT with a GPA of 2.5 or above. A degree from another institution will need to be architecture-specific and acceptance into the master program is merit based.

Selection tasks

Folio: If you have completed an architecture degree from somewhere other than RMIT, you must submit a folio. RMIT graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture who achieve a GPA below 2.5 are also required to submit a folio. Your folio must include a package of images, drawings, sketches, paintings, models (only photographs of models accepted), photographs, computer work, etc. of personal creative/design projects. (Printed material only (NO CDs); no larger than A3).

Statement: One page statement outlining your reasons for applying

Curriculum vitae: Including your personal details, academic achievements and professional experience (any work experience you are currently undertaking)

Academic Transcript: a transcript of your academic results from previous or current studies.

English language requirements:

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 6, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Jan. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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