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What you can study - architecture

  The School of Art, Architecture and Design offers architecture at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level, including research degrees. Information about Interior Architecture. All programs have a strong practical and industry focus.

UniSA's architecture programs have a strong focus on design and the integration of core skills and knowledge in design studios across all year levels. Students develop technical and communication skills in architectural construction, science, visual communication, design theory, creativity and environmental awareness. Modes of study include studio work, national and international field trips, workshops, master classes and study overseas.



Undergraduate

An undergraduate program at the University of South Australia is a package of individual courses. Once all courses in the program are completed the student holds a degree (Bachelor of Discipline Area) and can go on to do postgraduate study.

A degree by coursework means you enrol in selected courses, attend lectures and tutorials, and are assessed progressively. You will acquire industry and professionally relevant skills, knowledge and research frameworks to achieve your career goals.


Bachelor of Architectural Studies (DBAE)

3 year full-time program or part-time equivalent


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tudents gain a foundation in design theory, creativity and environmental awareness, as well as technical and communications skills such as architectural construction, science and visual communication.

Course areas include design studio, contract documentation, architectural construction, theories and history of architecture, technical drawing and computer aided design. Emphasis is given to integrating all courses into the design studio through increasingly complex projects and the third year culminates with a final design studio.

See Theory Spine for how to shape your learning with theory courses, adding strength and depth to your degree in architecture.

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is a pre-professional program recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects (students are eligible for student membership) and accredited by the The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia

Marco Frascari symposium architectural drawing exampleGraduate pathways

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies can seek employment within the design and construction industry. However, to become registered architects students must complete the 2-year full-time Master of Architecture (DMAE) postgraduate program (following the 3-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies).

A graduate of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies might also choose to do a postgraduate coursework degree in Sustainable Design

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Postgraduate

For students wanting to become registered architects recognised by the  Australian Institute of Architects, Architecture within the School of Art, Architecture and Design offers a postgraduate coursework program at Masters degree level (Master of Architecture)To do a degree by coursework you will enrol in selected courses, attend lectures and tutorials, and be assessed progressively.


Master of Architecture (DMAE)

2 year full-time program (following the 3 year Bachelor of Architectural Studies)


The Master of Architecture comprises the final two years of the five-year professionally accredited architecture program. Students must have completed a 3-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree or equivalent from a recognised higher education institution prior to enrolling in the Master of Architecture Program.

Students refine their technical and communication skills, and solve increasingly complex design problems through the application of skills developed in integrated courses. See Architecture and Design Teaching Research Consultancy for how this works in practice.

See Theory Spine for how to shape your learning with theory courses, adding strength and depth to your degree in architecture.

Students in SpainThe Architecture program in the School of Art, Architecture and Design runs regular trips interstate and overseas. The experience of architecture and culture in other countries is a vital part of the education of an architect, and all Architecture students are encouraged to participate in at least one trip during their studies.

Graduate pathways

The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia, endorsing the architecture qualifications of graduates required for registration as an architect.

Most graduates work within the traditional field of architecture, running their own practices, or employed by private architectural firms and commercial organisations, by public research and higher learning institutions, and by government agencies.

Many architects develop careers in other areas such as interior design, graphic design, construction management, urban design, heritage consultancy, project management, furniture design, multimedia design, and other related fields.

See also information about the Master of Sustainable Design

Master of Architecture (DMAE) / Master of Sustainable Design (DMSU) co-enrolment

Co-enrolment in the Master of Architecture and Master of Sustainable Design programs at UniSA enables you to achieve two distinct yet complimentary qualifications and to stand out from the crowd. The courses undertaken in the sustainable design program introduce alternative views of sustainability and design practice, creating a broader understanding of the architects role in the design of more sustainable futures.

Master of Architecture (DMAE) / Master of Sustainable Design (DMSU) co-enrolment (pdf 716 kB)

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