Raise your profile with a Master of Architecture at Australia's Bond University
The May semester for this program will be delivered remotely. In these extraordinary times, students will be able to access Bond's exceptional, personalised learning experience from all around the world. Learn more about remote learning at Bond
Research initiatives and studio workshops led by eminent visiting professors and internationally recognised professionals offer students an opportunity to develop their architectural skills on a global scale. In addition to the permanent Faculty of award-winning practicing architects and published scholars, the Abedian School of Architecture has developed partnerships with leading educators and professionals around the world who actively contribute to the architectural program.
Architecture at Bond
Incredible access to state of the art resources
Master of Architecture students have complete access to the Architecture equipment and studios. The Abedian School of Architecture is characterized by small class sizes in a dedicated studio environment. Students have 24/7 access to the award-winning architecture building, designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of CRAB Studio, London. A strong studio culture is driven by student collaboration, social engagement, and consistent one-on-one interaction with academic staff. The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture. Studio, workshop and digital based learning are core components of Architectural studies at Bond, with practical hands-on projects contributing to a large part of the program.
Combined degree options
Non-cognate pathway option
- An annual all-school design “charrette”
- Off-campus study tours (additional costs may apply)
- Monthly international guest-lecture series
- Study with distinguished guest faculty and Architects-In-Residence
- Bi-annual student exhibition and publication
- Internationally and nationally recognized academic staff of scholars and practitioner-teachers
About the program
The Master of Architecture is the accredited professional degree for a career in architecture, complying with the competency requirements of the Board of Architects Queensland and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. The Master of Architecture provides a tailored architectural education in a creative studio-based environment focusing heavily upon design through hands-on and digital making with state-of-the-art tools. Show more
The Master of Architecture is the accredited professional degree for a career in architecture, complying with the competency requirements of the Board of Architects Queensland and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. The Master of Architecture provides a tailored architectural education in a creative studio-based environment focusing heavily upon design through hands-on and digital making with state-of-the-art tools. Project-based design studios focus upon real-world scenarios with specific attention to urbanism, the future of global cities, and the role of architecture and the architect in addressing urban, environmental, social, and technological change. Graduates will display mastery of architectural design abilities that are creative, critical, analytical, and spatial and based in advanced historical, theoretical, technical and disciplinary knowledge. All graduates will complete a design thesis as the cumulative result of the Masters course that demonstrates independent, self-directed critical thinking and sophisticated design capability. Through the program offerings at the Abedian School of Architecture, issues of pressing international and national concern form the core content of the studio curriculum. Among the most prominent of these are the challenges posed by our contemporary condition globally, one characterised by rapid urbanisation, environmental change, technological emergence, and increasing socioeconomic inequity. The Master of Architecture will prepare students for globally-relevant employment through development of a sophisticated set of disciplinary competencies and acquired knowledge, providing the ability to synthesise diverse information in the resolution of complex creative-design challenges using a globally-applicable skillset that is deployed locally. Established as a highly-flexible and student-focused degree program, students in the Master of Architecture will study for 4 semesters full time, domestic students may also chose to study part-time. Studies include content from the disciplines of architecture, digital media, construction, city planning, urban design, and university electives. Key highlights of the program include an annual all-school “charrette”, several off-campus study tours (including a paid international studio trip for eligble* students), a monthly international guest-lecture series, study with distinguished guest faculty and Architects-In-Residence, a bi-annual student exhibition and publication, and an internationally and nationally recognised academic staff of scholars and practitioner-teachers. Students undertake the Master of Architecture in a unique setting: the national and international award-winning Abedian School of Architecture. This facility and its associated Fabrication and Robotics Lab are dedicated for student use, creating an environment to support creative activity that is accessible 24/7 throughout the year. Students enjoy their own studio-based desk in the School provided for the duration of their studies, which becomes the point of personalised contact with program staff for an individualised, highly supported education. The limited student cohort size of the School is maintained to ensure all students have unique access to workshop facilities and program staff that is unparalleled almost anywhere globally. The Master of Architecture is the terminal award allowing graduates to gain registration as an Architect in Australia and other jurisdictions that recognise the award. Upon completion and to earn registered status, graduates must complete a period of supervised employment experience (minimum 2 years) and pass a registration exam for recognition in Australia. The Master of Architecture provides knowledge, skill, and application (where required) of core competencies including design and documentation, practice management, project management, and understanding of contract law and project procurement. *Student participation in the International study tour is subject to VISA approval, alternative teaching activities will be organised for students not able to travel. Show less
The May 2020 semester will be delivered remotely.
|Duration||4 semesters (1 year 4 months)|
|Program type||Masters Coursework|
|Study area||Architecture and Built Environment|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
This master's program academically prepares the graduate to acquire the requisite work experience to gain eligibility towards the professional status of architect in Australia or overseas. Professional status is governed at the State level in Australia. Professional registration overseas is governed by the relevant professional authority.
This master's program enables graduates to enter the architecture profession in a variety of careers including architectural firms, government, construction, development, infrastructure and planning industries both in Australia and around the world.
The strategic thinking, visual creativity, public engagement, design and technology skills, strategic management and entrepreneurial outlook developed in this degree also provides graduates with a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries . Many architectural graduates establish careers in design studios, virtual design, web and graphic design, fashion, advertising, industrial design, arts management and the visual arts.
The Master of Architecture also prepares graduates for a pathway into higher education. The research dissertation offers a level of academic work in a student portfolio that is typically acceptable in applications for doctoral studies.
We practice what we teach
Architecture students will expand their skills within the landmark Abedian School of Architecture building. The building was designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of internationally renowned firm Cook Robotham Architecture Bureau (London).
The unique design of the School provides an exceptional student learning experience. The concept of the building aims to foster collaboration at all levels from undergraduates to postgraduates where architectural students and academics can learn, create and exhibit in an open plan studio environment. The striking design of the building also acts as a teaching tool where theory comes to life, and will inspire innovation and creativity in students. The floating mezzanine, spiral stair cases, and internal ‘street’ are just some of the design features that will excite and stimulate a contemporary education space in which students, industry and the community can learn, gather, and exhibit.
Students will benefit from exclusive access to seven new design studios, computing and fabrication laboratories, a digital robotics laboratory, traditional workshops, reading and resource rooms, an atelier as well as impressive exhibition and event space. The School is one of a select number of architectural schools worldwide that incorporate architectural design through digital robotics, providing opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture.
The Abedian School of Architecture features one of the lowest student to staff ratio of any architectural program offered in Australia, ensuring unrivalled access to state of the art equipment, as well as personalised attention and mentoring.
The Australian Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects of Queensland currently recognise and accredit the Master of Architecture program. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is recognised as the normal pathway to the Master of Architecture.
The Master of Architecture program is delivered within a comprehensive design studio environment. Each studio contains a combination of practical and professional applications, theoretical studies, technical proficiency and conceptual rigour. Each studio forms a discrete stage in the Masters sequence, culminating in a Master’s Thesis studio in the final semester of study, bringing integrated skills and knowledge together.
Structure & subjects (12)
You must complete the following subjects:
- Contemporary Architectural and Urban Theory
- Architectural Practice: Management and Procurement
- Architecture and Urbanism Studio: Designing the City-Region
- Architecture and Urbanism Studio: Global Cities
- Architecture and Urbanism Studio: High Performance Building
- Design Practice Futures and Frameworks
- Design Systems for Environmental Sustainability
- Design Thesis Research and Development
- Digital Design and Intelligent Construction
- Architecture and Urbanism Thesis Studio
- Creating AR and VR for Design
- Building Services
City Planning Option (2)
You may choose one of the following two subjects dependant on program sequence:
You may choose 2 electives from the University’s list of available postgraduate subjects.
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2020 fees: $21,549 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2021 fees: $22,629 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.
To support students during the economic crisis created by the current pandemic, financial aid will be provided to students in Semester 2 in 2020. This is in the form of a one-off tuition fee relief, which will be a 20% reduction in Semester 2 tuition fees. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Completion of a Bond University Bachelor of Architectural studies at a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0) AND/OR high quality portfolio of design work. Completion of an undergraduate degree program approved by the Australia New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) with a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0 or 5.0/7.0) AND/OR high quality portfolio of design work. Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.0/4.0 are required to include a portfolio for further consideration for entry.
A combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree program approved by the Australia New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) with a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0 or 5.0/7.0) PLUS high quality portfolio of design work. English language IELTS 7.0 (no sub score less than 6.5) or equivalent Bond University approved language test.
Applicants without a Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Equivalent
For applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in architecture, please refer to our Graduate Diploma in Architecture.
Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
The portfolio should be a single A4 pdf file, no larger than 10MB (no page limit provided the file size is met), containing graphic and three dimensional architecture, design, and/or other creative work, including evidence of relevant professional experience (if applicable). Images should be accompanied with text to explain what is shown and when it was made, and clarify if any of the work is not your own (for example, produced by you as a member of a group). A cover page should be included. Portfolios will be evaluated on the basis of work which shows high-quality architectural and design ability, demonstration of conceptual depth, demonstration of technical skill and communication abilities, and the overall graphic layout and clarity of the portfolio document.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information