Master of Architecture
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
This professionally accredited degree provides advanced learning in architecture design and how it relates to the environment, culture and technology.
During your studies you will refine your technical and communication skills, and solve increasingly complex design problems. A focus on student-directed learning will also see you specialise in a specific area of interest through your choice of electives and research. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take part in the award-winning Student Design and Construct program, where you will engage in real-life projects.
Our alumni work across the globe, from small boutique practices to leading international firms.
Specialise in areas of interest that interest you, such as remote construction, sustainability, urban design, conservation, and digital environments, and gain practical experience with this focused and accredited master degree.
This degree has a strong practical and industry focus, with studio work, national and international field trips, workshops, internships and master classes.
You will also be given the opportunity to take part in the award-winning student Design and Construct learning experience, where you will design and then construct community buildings in remote locations in Australia and overseas. Some of the projects students have completed include the visitor accommodation at Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu; Aboriginal ranger accommodation and research facilities in Fish River, Northern Territory; and accommodation and research facilities at Witchelina Station, South Australia. You will be involved in projects such as these from conception through to completion.
The award-winning Design and Construct learning experience will help you to build pivotal industry relationships and networks. Additional networks can be formed during national and international field trips where you will learn first-hand what it’s like to work as an architect. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.
Architects are creative, accurate and problem solvers by nature. They immerse themselves in new technologies and materials, and push the boundaries. A career in architecture is rewarding – you get the opportunity to shape, and even transform, the environment. Jobs are on the increase, with employment expected to grow very strongly in the next few years1. Careers to consider:
1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
This program is professionally accredited by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia, endorsing the architecture qualifications of graduates required for registration as an architect. Accreditation demonstrates the achievement of relevant competencies from the AACA National Competency Standards in Architecture.
The Australian Institute of Architects recognises the program, endorsing architecture qualifications required for membership of the AIA, including student and graduate membership. Recognition of the program demonstrates compliance with the Institute's Education Policy Performance Criteria.
This master degree will provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of construction systems; digital design and communication; sustainable strategies; architectural practice; and the historical and theoretical contexts that shape our built environment. There is also a strong practical focus - in studio classes you will design complex projects, as well as undertake research and hands-on learning through industry placements.
To successfully graduate from this degree you must complete a total of 12 courses, including advanced design studios, and courses focusing on research, theory and practice management. Three elective courses offer the opportunity for specialisation and include options in sustainable design, urban design, digital media, international study tours and industry placements.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Architectural Design Studio 7 (Environment)||ARCH 4033||9|
|AAD Research Methods||VSAR 4003||4.5|
|Theories and History of Architecture||ARCH 4018||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Architectural Design Studio 8 (Construction)||ARCH 4008||9|
|AAD Research Practices||ARCH 5052||4.5|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Architectural Design Studio 9||ARCH 4002||9|
|Architectural Practice Professional||ARCH 5035||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Architectural Design Studio 10||ARCH 4003||9|
|Architectural Practice Management||ARCH 5034||4.5|
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UniSA Architecture students constructing visitor accommodation for a remote Vanuatu community so that tourism will help local villagers afford education for their children.
Leading academics talk about the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia.
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As an architecture student, you will have access to:
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
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How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.