Master of Architecture - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 14 units to complete

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This course progresses the learning of our Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) providing a further two years of advanced studies in design project work, architectural history, theory and research, management, law and professional practice.

Students are involved in advanced design projects, analysing urban contexts and considering urban design and place making. Students will also develop research knowledge and skills before completing their own individual dissertation in architectural design

Software Requirements — Students will require access to the following software: Photoshop, AutoCAD and ArchiCAD. Details on accessing AutoCAD and ArchiCAD will be provided in due course at the commencement of relevant units (please note this software is free for student use). The student will be responsible for organising access to Photoshop.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the profession of architecture, its theoretical underpinnings and ways of thinking; apply specific discipline knowledge contained within the streams of Architectural Design, Professional Practice and Architectural Culture
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to analyse and understand the specific needs of various parties involved in architecture in order to generate and create innovative solutions
  3. conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to access and analyse the diverse information needed to make informed, strategic design decisions
  4. communicate information and ideas to diverse audience through visual, verbal and written communication techniques
  5. recognise and understand the principles of a range of appropriate technologies and their suitable application within the profession of architecture
  6. sustain intellectual curiosity that constantly strives, through self-directed learning, for innovation within the profession of architecture
  7. synthesise a range of local, national and international issues and perspectives which influence the creation and practice of architecture
  8. understand and value cultural and physical diversity and appreciate its significance in the creation of architecture
  9. demonstrate a professional and ethical approach in the creation of architecture; work independently and in teams; create knowledge in a scholarly, creative and/or professional context through critical inquiry, research and project development.

Curtin has commenced the process of assessment for accreditation of the online Master of Architecture course with the relevant professional associations. This is an ongoing process which may take some time to finalise, Curtin will continue to work with the accrediting body throughout this process.

Entry to the Master of Architecture is via OUA applications to Curtin University. Applicants must have successfully completed a relevant undergraduate degree in Architecture at any Australian University (or equivalent). Please also note that the undergraduate degree must have been taught in English.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education qualifications were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

A Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 60% or better in the final two semesters of study, or an equivalent qualification.

Students are required to submit an academic transcript showing full results including grade and mark for their undergraduate third year.

Generally the course is fully planned in sequential progression. Many units have previous units listed as prerequisites. The Master of Architecture builds on the educational components studied in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science).

To qualify for the Master of Architecture students must complete the following:

  • 14 core units (including 13 single units and 1 triple unit)
  • Students who fail a core unit twice are terminated from the course
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Architectural Culture Research Topics 1
MAA401 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Advanced Applied Architectural Systems
MAA402 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architectural Systems Research Topics
MAA404 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architectural Culture Research Topics 2
MAA405 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Urban Design Research Studio (previously MAA403)
MAA4071 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Urban Design Research Methods
MAA4081 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Complex Buildings Research Studio (previously MAA406)
MAA4092 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Complex Buildings Research Methods
MAA4112 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.
2 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.

Students who have completed MAA407 (previously MAA403) and MAA409 (previously MAA406) prior to 2015 are not required to enrol into their co-requisites as these were previously counted as double units.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Architectural Professional Practice 1
MAA501 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architectural Thesis Methods and Preparation
MAA502 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architectural Professional Practice 2
MAA504 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architectural Thesis Project
MAA5052 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Integrated Buildings Research Studio (previously MAA503)
MAA5061 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Buildings Research Methods
MAA5071 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.
2 This is a triple unit.

Students who have completed MAA506 (previously MAA503) prior to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite as this was previously counted as double unit.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

2015 Course Changes

The changes to this course were initiated by academics in consultation with industry. The changes have gone through the rigorous course change process at Curtin and been found to meet all objectives and guidelines of the University.

The change involves splitting the double units into two single units for a sharper focus in the two areas: 1) Design and 2) Design Methods and Ideation.

Students should not notice the difference in the course change rather than having to enrol in two co-requisite units rather than a single unit. The learning students undertake will not change with the separation of each studio unit into two single units.

Students who have completed MAA403 , MAA406 and MAA503 prior to 2015 are not required to enrol into their co-requisites as these were previously counted as double units.

In addition to this, the following units have been recoded in 2015.


2014 unit

New 2015 unit







2014 Course Changes

This course underwent a Comprehensive Course review at the end of 2013. The proposed changes align the OUA program and the Bentley program. Existing students were given individual study plans to progress from the existing program to the new program with minimal disruption, details can be found below. If you started this course after 2013, you do not need to worry about any transitional arrangements.

Curtin_Master_of_Architecture_Transition_2014 (PDF, 137 KB)