Graduate Programme

Professional Master of Architectural (MArch)

The accredited Master of Architecture degree programme prepares graduates to enter the profession of architecture regionally and internationally, and to become registered architects. CSA alumni are holding key positions in practice globally as architects, preservationists, landscape architects, lecturers, researchers, property assessors, city engineers, project managers, contractors, architectural critics, writers, among others.

The graduate programme takes a minimum of two academic years and requires the completion of at least 67 credits. There are four pillars underpinning the Master of Architecture programme,

  • Design Studio
  • Theory and Dissertation
  • Practice and Management
  • Technology


DESIGN STUDIO

DESIGN STUDIO 1M

Module Code ARC5003 (9 credits)

In the first semester the module is exploratory and seeks to uncover the extent and level of previous learning and experience, by reviewing some core issues that underlie architectural design and discourse. Student should be able to design a major space within the context of a larger architectural work and complete the basic design of a significant urban building.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 2M

Module Code ARC5008 (9 credits)

In this second semester the module seeks to fortify existing strengths through the design of a sophisticated building to a high level of development technically without adversely compromising architectural design intentions. The year ends with an urban study tour to a major city overseas learning to evaluate the conditions and context for use in the following year.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 3M

Module Code ARC6002 (10 credits)

Against a backdrop of rigorous urban studies students design a building of a medium level of sophistication to a high level of refinement descriptively, artistically and technically working with studio architects, engineers and other specialists as needed.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 4M

Module Code ARC6005 (10 credits)

The second semester seeks to aid students in uncovering and developing an individual architectural identity and interest. The semester’s focus is on developing a brief and designing a building of personal choice to fit into the part of the city being studied from semester 1.

 

THEORY AND DISSERTATION

CRITICAL THEORIES IN ARCHITECTURE 1

Module Code ARC5001 (10 credits)

Critical Theories in Architecture is a course predicated on the assumption that architectural production relates to theory in terms of its creation and interpretation. It exposes students to in-depth analysis of selected theoretical positions such as phenomenology, semiotics and post structuralism, modernity or feminism as applied to architectural discourse and practice.

 

CRITICAL THEORIES IN ARCHITECTURE 2

Module Code ARC5005 (3 credits)

Critical Theories in Architecture is a course predicated on the assumption that architectural production relates to theory in terms of its creation and interpretation. It exposes students to in-depth analysis of selected theoretical positions such as phenomenology, semiotics and post structuralism, modernity or feminism as applied to architectural discourse and practice.

 

RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION 1

Module Code ARC6001 (4 credits)

The Dissertation requires students to choose a subject of interest, which is related to the theory and/or practice of Architecture, and to pursue in-depth research based on primary (previously under researched) and secondary (already published or presented) sources.

 

RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION 2

Module Code ARC6004 (4 credits)

The Dissertation requires students to choose a subject of interest, which is related to the theory and/or practice of Architecture, and to pursue in-depth research based on primary (previously under researched) and secondary (already published or presented) sources.  The second Semester seminar sessions provide support for the processes of interpreting data and writing the first and final drafts of the dissertation, through student group discussions and interaction with specialists.

 

PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT

ARCHITECTURAL MANAGEMENT 1

Module Code ARC5004 (3 credits)

This module introduces students to topics related to the context of Architectural practice, management of the Architectural design process, management of the Architectural design practice, and the legal issues that are relevant to both. Students will gain knowledge of forms of Architectural practice, management strategies, professionalism and ethical conduct, principles of project management, and the legal and regulatory framework for the practice of Architecture.

 

ARCHITECTURAL MANAGEMENT 2

Module Code ARC6003 (3 credits)

This module enhances the repertoire of managerial skills required by architects to efficiently manage the business of Architecture, through understanding and applying the management processes used in controlling projects, the legal requirements of establishing a practice along with the entrepreneurial skills needed to sustain a practice.  Participants are exposed to the context for starting and operating an architectural practice, the rudiments of construction contract administration, and alternative dispute resolution practices.

 

TECHNOLOGY

CONSTRUCTION, STRUCTURE AND SERVICES INTEGRATION 1

Module Code ARC5002 (3 credits)

The module consists of an in-depth analysis of major buildings with a particular focus on the integration of the main technical disciplines: construction technology, structural design and services design. The latter includes the provision of natural and mechanical ventilation and cooling/heating services, water supply and sewage, lighting and shading and communication circuitry, horizontal and vertical circulation and other services.

 

CONSTRUCTION, STRUCTURE AND SERVICES INTEGRATION 2

Module Code ARC5006 (3 credits)

The module consists of an in-depth analysis of major buildings with a particular focus on the integration of the main technical disciplines:  construction technology, structural design and services design.  The latter includes the provision of natural and mechanical ventilation and cooling/heating services, water supply and sewage, lighting and shading and communication circuitry, horizontal and vertical circulation and other services.