Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne – Australia
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Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne – Australia

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is the second oldest university in Australia. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015).

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is a vibrant community of staff and students whose interest and expertise focuses on the built environment, with disciplines in Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban & Cultural Heritage, Urban Design and Urban Planning.

The Melbourne School of Design (MSD) is the graduate school of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and offers programs that aim to ensure students have professionally relevant and industry-focused degrees in the built environment.

The new MSD building was designed by John Wardle Architects & NADAAA. This landmark new building is an exemplar of sustainable architectural design & delivery, and has already set a new standard for built environment education in the Asia-Pacific region. The building features three theatre spaces, a state of the art fabrication workshop featuring advanced fabrication & 3D printing technologies, a library, exhibition spaces, suspended studios, workspaces & offices, a unique Japanese room and rooftop garden.

Accredited & Industry Approved Programs

MSD programs are taught by leading industry practitioners and academics respected in their field of expertise. The professional-entry Masters programs are accredited by relevant industry associations, providing graduates with industry-approved knowledge and skills into clear career pathways. Interaction both within and across disciplines is encouraged to problem solve and propose design solutions to both real life and imagined scenarios.

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture equips graduates with the skills to advance built environment design in professional practice. Students undertake a range of intensive design studios culminating in a research thesis. In the studios, students will cover architectural design in the context of the creative invention of architectural futures, integrating aesthetic, technological, programmatic, environmental and social issues in the production of buildings.

The program aims to provide:

  • Grounding in architectural history, theory and technology to enable innovative architecture
  • Highly developed skills to manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams
  • A sustainable outlook with the ability to use new materials and technologies to create environmentally sustainable buildings.

Master of Urban Design

Students in the Master of Urban Design gain a strong grounding in urban design theory and complete a range of intensive design studios to develop expert urban design skills. The studios explore the importance of place, and include fieldwork with professional practice and the wider community.

Throughout the program students will:

  • Discover the role of urban design within given spatial, social, economic and political contexts
  • Explore the scope, opportunities, complexities and responsibilities of urban design
  • Uncover urban design issues and methodology for creating best practice responses
  • Develop analytical and design skills for generating and testing alternative approaches to the development of specific sites.

Master of Urban Planning

The Master of Urban Planning prepares students to be professionals who address pressing urban issues, both locally and internationally. This is achieved through a mix of lectures, debate and discussion, seminars, studios and independent research.

The Master of Urban Planning:

  • Introduces students to the operations of, and debates about, planning systems
  • Encourages students to explore different perspectives on urban problems, policies, planning and practices
  • Provides opportunities to learn the way planning decisions impact on real world situations
  • Creates research opportunities so students can follow a supervised and self-directed learning path on a planning issue

MSD also offers a range of exchange programs and travelling studios that gives students the chance to collaborate with those on other disciplines and at other universities in diverse locations, applying their knowledge & skills to a global stage.

Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Beyond the classroom, The Melbourne School of Design offers a range of opportunities and facilities to enrich students’ studies, with Melbourne being ranked ‘the world’s most liveable city’ in the Economist Intelligence Unit Liveability survey 2012.

MSD is ideally located on the Parkville campus, minutes from the vibrant Melbourne city centre. The campus offers a wide range of cafes, bars, a state-of-the-art gym, student theatre, exhibitions, comedy, sport, film and a huge number of public lectures, which all add to the rich campus experience.

The University of Melbourne has a dedicated team to assist international students from pre-departure to starting their studies, accommodation, academic skills, careers and returning home after graduation.

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