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Design Thesis (ABPL90169)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90169
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is the culmination of each student's studies in Master of Architecture. It will consist of a number of autonomous studio groups offering a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate an original approach to design synthesis in the relevant discipline, which is based on research and critical thinking. These studios may offer an interdisciplinary experience with students working alongside others in a parallel design discipline.

Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of design resolution, conceptual engagement and aesthetic expression.

With course coordinator approval, high-achieving students may undertake the Design Thesis as an individually supervised design investigation. Similarly, under exceptional circumstances and with course coordinator approval, the Design Thesis may be undertaken as a written thesis.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a capacity to make a contribution to the existing body of knowledge in architectural theory and practice;
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of how their chosen specialisation contributes to this body of knowledge;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design as a form of research enquiry.

Generic skills

  • Written, verbal and graphic presentation of ideas
  • Correct use of design terminology
  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Creative response to complex problems
  • Ability to select the appropriate design approach

Last updated: 11 January 2018