The University of Notre Dame Australia, in Perth, will offer its first degree in architecture – a Master of Architecture – from next year.
The course is designed so that students will be able to work part time in a Notre Dame-arranged placement. The course will be based at the university’s Fremantle campus, where students will work in a dedicated design studio on “project-based learning that has social and environmental impact within the city.”
The two-year program will be open to applications from graduates of bachelors programs in architecture, interior architecture or an equivalent degree. A companion program, the Master of Arts (Extended), will take three years and be open to “high-achieving” graduates who hold at least one other degree in another field, such as the arts, planning, design, science, archaeology or history.
Sarah McGann, the dean of the university’s School of Arts and Sciences, said students in the course would “benefit from the distinctive elements of the Notre Dame experience: small class sizes; research-led teaching, high employability through engagement with industry, professional skills development; and ethical, values-driven curriculum.”
“Many of the key challenges of contemporary society – such as sustainability, housing affordability, ageing-in-place and community building – will underpin the studios within the program
The announcement follows the establishment of two new architecture programs in 2017, at Western Sydney and Swinburne universities.
There are currently 20 accredited schools of architecture in Australia.