Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation)

  • Effective from: 2021
  • Approved Abbreviation: MArchitecture
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3761
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 099363K

This program applies to students who commenced in 2021 or later

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2020 - please refer to:3761.1 Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation)

This program will prepare graduates for professional activities in the field of architecture. Particular emphasis is placed upon developing mastery of architectural design through studio-based teaching in the context of urban transformation and urban reconstruction opportunities of greater metropolitan Sydney and comparable global conditions. Students are required to complete an urban transformation project which is relating to the Greater Western Sydney region to demonstrate their ability to think independently, critically and to resolve complex design issues. Additional studies in urban and contemporary architectural theory, building and design technology, electives, and professional practice constitute the overall degree.

Students enrolled in the Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) should anticipate expenses of approximately $200 per semester for model-making materials and large format plotting costs. All students must have their own laptop when commencing the course (minimum 8GB RAM, 512GB Hard Drive, multi-core processor, and high performance graphics card).

Completion of the Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) will prepare students seeking to undertake doctoral level study with the necessary qualification to seek admission as a higher degree by research candidate.

Parts of this course may be taught at the Parramatta City - Hassall St campus or at the Parramatta South campus.

Study Mode

Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Mohammad Reza Razavi
 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta City - Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta City - Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

Accreditation of the Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) will be sought in late 2021 to coincide with the completion of the degree by the first cohort of graduates. This process is administered by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the program is designed to meet the guidelines of the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA). Graduates of this program will be eligible to seek registration as a qualified architect in Australia upon completing a period of internship and registration exam after successfully completing the course.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program. Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

There are three key approaches undertaken for Work Integrated Learning experiences including:

  1. Design Studios for Work-based training: Design problems in an Architectural Design Studio whereby the project is a real life problem in industry. Students may work individually or in teams to integrate multiple aspects of (project/problem-based) learning with the practice of work in addressing the industry’s needs. Students will be located in the WSU Design Studio for weekly sessions. Full time academic staff member who will be the Studio Leader will supervise sessional tutors who are practising architects.
  2. Professional Practice/Industry Placements: During the final year of the Masters degree, students will undertake a research and design thesis that will be supervised by academic staff. Additionally, students will be paired with an industry mentor to help provide guidance and relevance to industry needs, opportunities, and futures.
  3. Guest lectures, site visits, and office visits will provide additional exposure to current industry practice and developments in the field.

Admission

Applicants must

  • have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or, higher, in architecture with a minimum GPA of 5 or above.
  • submit a high quality, maximum 10 page A4 PDF portfolio showing their past creative work, and any relevant work experience (1 page maximum) which will be assessed by the architectural team at WSU.
  • submit a sample of writing, no more than 1000 words, to demonstrate writing and critical reasoning ability. This can be a product of the applicant’s previous study such as undergraduate history.

Applicants with a GPA of 4 and above will be considered subject to additional criteria being met with a portfolio submission.

Portfolio (PDF only) formatting and content requirements

  • Maximum 5MB file size
  • Colour or black and white
  • A4 portrait or landscape
  • No embedded hyperlinks. Static files only. No security or password protection on the file
  • Cover sheet with your name, email address, and phone number and 100 word maximum description of the creative content, explanation of any exceptional circumstances, and articulation of why the field of architecture is of interest
  • Save the PDF file using the following name format: M_Arch_SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_portfolio.pdf

For example, M_Arch_SMITH_JOHN_portfolio.pdf

You must upload your portfolio to your UAC application or via direct application through the Western Sydney portal. Refer to the Western Closing Dates page for application deadlines:

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/dates/closing_dates

Do not email or send portfolios to WSU.

Where any work is authored by more than just the applicant, this needs to be clearly identified and credited (such as collaborative projects).

Additional information

International applicants must also provide a full transcript of their undergraduate studies.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

A construction safety site induction card (e.g. “white card”) is required to enable students to participate in site visits and field study.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Parts of these units may be taught at the Parramatta City - Hassall St campus or at the Parramatta South campus.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
1H sessionCredit Points
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
ARCH 7015 Practice Research Studio Civic 20
ARCH 7007 Advanced Design Communication 10
 Credit Points30
2H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
ARCH 7016 Practice Research Studio Housing 20
ARCH 7008 Integrated Building Technology 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
Autumn session
ARCH 7017 Urban Transformation Studio Local 20
ARCH 7003 Managing Cities: History and Theory 10
BLDG 7007 Interpreting Building Regulations (Residential Buildings) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ARCH 7019 Urban Transformation Studio Global 20
ARCH 7018 Architectural Professional Practice 10
Select one Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Part-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
1H sessionCredit Points
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
ARCH 7007 Advanced Design Communication 10
 Credit Points10
2H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
ARCH 7008 Integrated Building Technology 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
ARCH 7015 Practice Research Studio Civic 20
 Credit Points20
Spring session
ARCH 7016 Practice Research Studio Housing 20
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
ARCH 7003 Managing Cities: History and Theory 10
BLDG 7007 Interpreting Building Regulations (Residential Buildings) 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
ARCH 7018 Architectural Professional Practice 10
Select one Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points20
Year 4
Autumn session
ARCH 7017 Urban Transformation Studio Local 20
 Credit Points20
Spring session
ARCH 7019 Urban Transformation Studio Global 20
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points160

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
2H sessionCredit Points
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
ARCH 7016 Practice Research Studio Housing 20
ARCH 7008 Integrated Building Technology 10
 Credit Points30
1H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
ARCH 7015 Practice Research Studio Civic 20
ARCH 7007 Advanced Design Communication 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
Spring session
ARCH 7019 Urban Transformation Studio Global 20
ARCH 7018 Architectural Professional Practice 10
Select one Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
ARCH 7017 Urban Transformation Studio Local 20
ARCH 7003 Managing Cities: History and Theory 10
BLDG 7007 Interpreting Building Regulations (Residential Buildings) 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Part-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
2H sessionCredit Points
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
ARCH 7008 Integrated Building Technology 10
 Credit Points10
1H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
ARCH 7007 Advanced Design Communication 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Spring session
ARCH 7016 Practice Research Studio Housing 20
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
ARCH 7015 Practice Research Studio Civic 20
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Spring session
ARCH 7018 Architectural Professional Practice 10
Select one Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
ARCH 7003 Managing Cities: History and Theory 10
BLDG 7007 Interpreting Building Regulations (Residential Buildings) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 4
Spring session
ARCH 7019 Urban Transformation Studio Global 20
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
ARCH 7017 Urban Transformation Studio Local 20
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points160

Alternate Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
ARCH 7020Cool Green Cities10
ARCH 7001Developing Sustainable Places10
BLDG 7006Financing Cities in the Global Economy10
ARCH 7014Health, Wellbeing and Place10
PUBH 7023Safe and Sustainable Construction10
INFS 7005Smart Construction10
ARCH 7005Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City10
BLDG 7008Professional Practice and Building Law10
Note: 301104 Professional Practice and Building Law is offered during the Summer A session only. This is a fully online unit with scheduled weekly Zoom meetings.
Select any other Level 7 elective subject with permission of Director Academic Program10

 Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this Program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier. 

ARCH 7013 - Green Urbanscapes: Bio-Physical Functions and Services