Master of Architecture
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The School of Architecture and Built Environment has developed an innovative approach to architectural education. From the beginning of the program, students work on projects that reflect real design problems met by architects in practice and use them to develop the knowledge and competence required of a graduate entering the profession. Working usually in small groups with tutors, as in a design office, students learn to creatively integrate the contributions of various disciplines to the effective practice of architecture. The basic building needs of work, home and public life from the themes of design problems covered in the program. The Architecture design studio provides students with personal-work-stations and computer network connections to allow participation in the synergy of a shared learning experience.
The Master of Architecture degree is a two year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program. The Master of Architecture can only be undertaken following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program or equivalent, if registration as an Architect and the practice of Architecture is desired.
The Master of Architecture is fully accredited. Please refer to the Professional Accreditation section for further detail. The program has regularly received high commendation from professional accreditation bodies.
The program welcomes and benefits from the presence of a high percentage of International Students. The University of Newcastle is ideally located in Australia's largest regional city, enjoying a beautiful environment and relaxed lifestyle. A very comprehensive range of cultural, sporting, educational and recreational activities are enhanced by easy access to Sydney.
Students wishing to study part-time in the Master of Architecture program are strongly advised to consult the Program Convenor.
There is a diverse range of career opportunities for architecture graduates. As well as a career in private architectural practice, opportunities that may require further study include careers in town planning, construction, project management, property development, overseas aid, infrastructure planning, research, journalism, criticism, restoration and conservation.
The program has an excellent record of preparing students for employment, with graduates continually sought by architecture practices within Australia and internationally.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program, or approved equivalent in order to apply for entry.
Please Note: The closing date for 2010 applications is the 5th February 2010.
Completion of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or approved equivalent.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.
Awarded with Honours on the basis of superior performance throughout the program with emphasis on the Research Project.
There are two classes of Honours awarded: Class I and Class II.
Students are encouraged to take a break of at least one year between the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and the Master of Architecture in order to travel and/or gain experience in architect practices in Australia and overseas.
The Master of Architecture is recognised for registration by the State Boards of Architects, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. This degree along with a minimum of two years professional experience and subject to passing a professional practice exam conducted by the State Board of Architects, leads to registration as an architect.
These qualifications are internationally recognised and reciprocal arrangements exit with many countries.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
Delivery of this program is offered in alternating patterns, with lectures, studios and laboratories.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
The program requires the completion of 160 units.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.
Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.
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