Graduate Professional Master of Architecture

The Caribbean School of Architecture affectionately “CSA” welcomes an international range of students directly from undergraduate architecture programmes, or from the working world, or from architectural research environments who desire to practice architecture as a profession. The CSA offers an accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) graduate degree in a Tropical Island environment, with a rich and diverse experience including the study tour abroad. All the first-year graduate students travel overseas to analyse a large city, then integrate this into design thesis solutions.

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) at its June 2014 accreditation visit to the Caribbean School of Architecture described the CSA Programmes as

Jewels in the crown of the University of Technology, Jamaica

 

MINIMUM GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY

The University of Technology, Jamaica requires graduates to possess a minimum GPA of 2.7, or lower-second class honours degree. For the Caribbean School of Architecture Master of Architecture Professional degree programme, graduate students must hold an accredited undergraduate architecture degree.

Minimum entry requirements may also be determined by prior learning assessment.

Applicants holding a First-class honours degree in undergraduate architectural studies will be exempted from the CSA interview process.

 

APPLICATION PRIORITY DATES

There are two intake opportunities to start the Programme, either January or August.

Applications open in October of every academic year, and close July 15th.

 

UNIVERSITY APPLICATION PROCEDURES

SUBMIT AN “ON-LINE” APPLICATION, OR A “PAPER” APPLICATION, OR VISIT THE UNIVERSITY

Read the “Summary of Graduate Course of Studies” and the “Graduate Studies Handbook” to learn more about the full procedures for graduate studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

New Applicant “On-line” Application (click here)

(Allow approximately 20 minutes for this application process). 

Follow these instructions:

  1. Have a personal e-mail address ready.
  2. Log on to the University of Technology, Jamaica (Utech) website.
  3. Click Online Services on the Utech homepage.
  4. Click Apply to Utech.
  5. Click Start a new application.
  6. Complete and submit the application.
  7. Print and save the confirmation date.
  8. Click “Graduate Studies Application Fee
  9. Print and save the receipt.
  10. Send before the application closing dates proof of qualifications as certified documents (see other admission information), allowing ten (10) working days after submitting on-line application, to:

The Office of Admissions and Enrolment Management

University of Technology

236 Old Hope Road

Kingston 6

Jamaica W. I.

 

New Applicant “Paper” Application (click here for application form)

Print paper application form and complete it then send the completed form with proof of qualifications as certified documents to:

The Office of Admissions and Enrolment Management

University of Technology

236 Old Hope Road

Kingston 6

Jamaica W. I.

 

New Applicant Visit The University

Visit the Campus of the University of Technology, Jamaica and pay a non-refundable application fee (JA$1,000.00 for Jamaican residents and US$40.00 for Non-Jamaicans) at the Accounts Department then go to the Office of Admissions and Enrolment Management, collect, complete, and submit the application form with proof of payment receipt, and certified documents showing proof of qualifications.

 

Existing Student “On-line” Application (click here)

Visit the Utech Homepage , and click the link “Graduate Students Enrolment”, then follow the instructions.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

The following must be sent to the University of Technology, Jamaica Office of Admissions:

  • Certified copy of birth certificate.
  • Certified copies of degrees and certificates.
  • Official Transcript of Studies.
  • Copy of Tax Registration Number (TRN) card for Jamaican applicants, or Passport for international applicants.
  • Two certified passport sized photographs signed by a Justice of the Peace, or Notary Public.
  • Statement of Purpose of 250 words
  • Two References in separate signed and sealed envelopes.

 

CSA ESSENTIAL PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT

An aptitude for the profession of architecture should be clearly articulated in how we explore design concepts and communicate ideas. With this, the Caribbean School of Architecture requires all applicants to present a Portfolio to demonstrate possession of and the potential for these essential skills.

What surprises me most in architecture, as in other techniques, is that a project has one life in its built state but another in its written or drawn state
Aldo Rossi in “The Architecture of the City”

 

The Portfolio must demonstrate original ideas and works of your best artistic and creative expressions. High-quality digital scans or photographic images of original works to demonstrate ability may be included. Portfolio should contain approximately ten (10) pieces showing a variety of expressions. Work should be presented without necessarily requiring the aid of any electronic instrument or equipment.

For easy examination, portfolios should preferably be bound pages secured in a case, 8.5 x 11 or 11x 17 inches (21.6 x 27.9 or 28 x 44 centimetres) format, clearly identified with name, address, and a brief description of content. International applicants may send this digitally. Portfolio may include a combination of the following:

  1. A two-page essay on a topic that will be set by the CSA.
  2. Undergraduate work samples, etc.
  3. Work and interests since graduation from undergraduate architectural studies, etc.
  4. Architectural designs and projects undertaken personally, or in association with others, etc.
  5. Competition and exhibition participation, etc.
  6.  Creative writing of poetry, prose, newspaper articles, etc.
  7. Photography as an expressive medium showing a particular ability to use the camera in the creative possibilities, etc.
  8. Community and service activities, etc.

In order to retrieve your portfolio after examination if it was submitted as a hard-copy document, include a pre-paid self-addressed envelope for the return of portfolios.