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Master of Architecture (Professional) (MArch[Prof])

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
2 years
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Start date: 28-February-2022
Campus:
Te Aro Campus
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Course details

Summary

Get prepared to work as a professional architect. Hone your skills as a designer, develop your ability to think visually and in three dimensions and learn how to best meet your clients' needs through practical, real-life experiences.

Learn through a combination of taught courses and a written thesis or research portfolio that involves self-directed, design-led research. You'll graduate with a range of design projects that demonstrate mastery in your area of interest.

Professional accreditation

Your MArch(Prof) from Victoria will be recognised by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) as fulfilling the academic requirements for registration to practise as an architect. You'll need to spend two to three years gaining practical experience before you can apply to register. The Board will then assess your professional competence.

You'll also meet the academic requirements for professional registration as a practising architect with the industry organisation, the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Our MArch(Prof) not only leads to registration as an architect in New Zealand—as a Registered Architect you are entitled to be registered or licensed in Australia and some jurisdictions of the United States of America. You will also be able to become a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the professional organisation for architects.

Careers

You'll graduate ready for a career in mainstream architecture in a private practice or a government organisation.

However, your broad range of skills will be adaptable to many related careers so you will also find opportunities outside the mainstream profession. These might include urban planner or urban designer, interior designer, stage or movie set designer, property developer, project manager, teacher or researcher or work in construction law.

What you'll study

In your first year, or Part 1, you'll do seven taught courses. Study advanced architectural design and advanced construction theory and practice including the integration of technology. You'll explore contemporary architectural theories and learn about professional practice. You'll also study advanced research techniques, including historical and theoretical approaches.

Research

During the second year, or Part 2, you'll complete a research portfolio or thesis under supervision from academic staff in the School.

The School of Architecture has three main research areas:

creative and critical, which focuses on design research, representation, and history and theory

sustainability and wellbeing, which includes research about resilient and sustainable cities, designing for wellbeing and positive social impact, and design for indigenous people and minorities

performance and technology, which includes building performance, construction technologies and materials, and simulation methods and virtual spaces.

You'll be part of a strong culture of research and work with experienced staff who have published a variety of scholarly articles, books and conference papers.

Entry criteria

Bachelor's degree in Architecture, or an approved alternative, with a B average.

IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing; A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP) test; Pearson Test of English: score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50).

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