Swinburne University of Technology has announced it will offer a joint Master of Architecture and Urban Design from August 2019 as part of its newly developed architecture program.
It will be the first master’s degree combing architecture and urban design to be offered in Australia.
The Melbourne university says the two-year course has been created in response to the emerging need for “future-ready urbanists” who are comfortable transcending the traditional boundaries of the two disciplines.
Swinburne’s School of Design dean Jane Burry said, “This program has been designed in collaboration with industry and local government to meet the growing need for design professionals who are skilled in working at multiple scales and in many formats and media, ranging from the building scale to whole cities and regions.”
Among those on the course advisory committee were industry executives and experts from Grimshaw, Hayball, McBride Charles Ryan, MGS Architects, Arup, Aurecon, AECOM and the City of Melbourne.
The program will have a focus on emerging technologies and digital work practices, including geographic information system (GIS), building information modelling (BIM), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
“We focus on developing designers who are self-aware, know who they are and the type of work and contribution they want to make,” said Burry. “We are looking for those capable of thinking outside established paradigms, who will make an exceptional contribution in a challenging environment.”
Swinburne introduced an architecture course to its design program for the first time in 2018.
The university will offer scholarships providing up to 100 percent fee reduction for the new master’s course. A postgraduate information evening will be held on Wednesday 5 June at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.
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