Warning! This degree has changed. Read the transition arrangements.

Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree 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.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised by the Architects' boards in all states and territories of Australia as the academic component of requirements for establishing eligibility to be registered as an architect in the respective state or territory. In addition to the degree, completion of approved postgraduate practical experience and the passing of Architects Accreditation Council of Australia architectural practice examinations are required for registration. This degree is also recognised by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for membership, and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

Higher education

Entry to the Master of Architecture is via OUA applications to Curtin University. Specifically, applicants require a Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), or equivalent qualification. Entry to the degree is competitive and a high semester weighted average is required. Students with a Bachelor's degree from a non-AACA accredited architecture program are required to submit a folio at the time of application.

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

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees 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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

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

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

This degree 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 Rhino. Details on accessing AutoCAD and  Rhino will be provided in due degree at the commencement of relevant subjects (please note this software is free for student use). The student will be responsible for organising access to Photoshop, although Curtin can offer student discount rates.

Recommended Study Pattern

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

See the suggested study plans for full time and part time study below.

Master of Architecture full time suggested study plan

Master of Architecture part time suggested study plan

Award Requirements

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

  • 14 core subjects (including 13 single subjects and 1 triple subject)
  • Students who fail a core subject twice may be terminated from the degree

This degree has undergone a major change in 2019.

MAA404 Advanced Architectural Systems Research Applications and MAA405 Architecture and Culture Research Applications are no longer core subjects. Students must still study one of these two subjects, and can study 1 option subject from the list in place of the other. However, both can still be taken if another suitable option subject isn’t found.

Option Subjects list:

  • SCP541 Urban Design for Sustainability
  • SCP543 Sustainable Cities
  • URP590 Planning for Sustainability
  • SBE500 International Study Tour

Current students are not adversely affected by the degree structure change.

If you have questions regarding this or request the updated study plan, please contact the Digital Learning Team in the School of Design and the Built Environment: dbeoua@curtin.edu.au.