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4.2.2.1    Master of Architecture

Programme Objectives

The strategic objective of the M (Arch) programme is to prepare students for a professional career in architecture in a rapidly changing global context, with experiences developed from Singapore and international perspectives. It hopes to achieve this with a team of international academics and practitioners:

  1. To develop intellectual and critical thinking skills in and around the field of architecture.
  2. To develop rigour in the discipline of architectural design and the ability to integrate the many aspects – theoretical and practical – in the design process.
  3. To develop ability in scholarly research.
  4. To further the concept of tropical environment architecture.

Design is the central core discipline. It is complemented by other courses that focus on the technological, ethical, and professional and management aspects of architecture. Design constitutes approximately two thirds of the M (Arch) course content. The design programmes offered in the M (Arch) programme are generally more complex in nature. Students are expected to demonstrate rigour in their approach towards designs. The final schemes should not merely demonstrate competence but also draw in other ethical and cultural issues with which the schemes are engaged.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are required to possess:
a) a BA (Arch) Hons accredited degree    OR
b) BA (Arch) accredited degree

Applicants must provide proof of accreditation by a National Accreditation Board or the Board of Architects of the country of origin; or Board of Architects (Singapore), subjected to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.
External candidates admitted to the M (Arch) programme need to fulfil min C grade for AR5801 Options Design Research Studio 1 and AR5802 Options Design Research Studio 2 in order to proceed to M (Arch) final year.

The criteria for BA (Arch) concurrent degree programme (CDP) students are as follows:

BA (Arch) -AY2017/18 Cohort & earlier BA (Arch) -AY2018/19 Cohort onwards
Admission Requirement •   Min B- average for AR3101/AR3101a (Design 5/ Landscape Architecture  emphasis) & AR3102/AR3102a (Design 6/ Landscape  Architecture emphasis)

•   Min B- for AR3102/AR3102a

•   Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission

•   Min B average for AR3101/AR3101a (Design 5/ Landscape Architecture  emphasis) & AR3102/AR3102a (Design 6/ Landscape  Architecture emphasis)

•   Min B for AR3102/AR3102a

Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission

Continuation requirement for M.Arch final year leading to M (Arch) (Architectural Design Track): •  Min B- average for AR5801 Options Design Research Studio 1 and AR5802 Options Design Research Studio 2

•   Min CAP of 2.50

Portfolio Review and Interview for Discretionary Admission

•  Min C for AR5801 Options Design Research Studio 1 and AR5802 Options Design Research Studio 2

•  Min CAP of 2.50

Graduation requirement •   Minimum CAP of 3.00  and

•   Minimum grade B- for AR5807  Architectural Design Thesis

•   Minimum CAP of 3.00  and

•   Minimum grade B- for AR5807  Architectural Design Thesis

Candidates who meet the relevant requisites would also be considered for specialisation in Urban Design in the M (Arch) final year (see 4.2.2.2).

Graduates of this programme will have a prerequisite degree for professional registration in Singapore.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the M (Arch) programme requires a candidate to complete 80 MCs of four electives and nine essential modules. To graduate, students have to fulfil the degree requirement of:

  • Minimum CAP of 3.00 and
  • Minimum grade B- for AR5807

Period of Candidature

The programme is conducted on a full-time basis lasting two years consisting of four semesters. The maximum period of candidature is limited to six semesters.

Syllabus

M (Arch) Prep Year MCs
Semester 1
AR5801     Options Design Research Studio 1 8
AR5321     Advanced Architectural Integration 4
AR5601     Urban Design Theory and Praxis 4
Elective 1 4
Semester 2
AR5802     Options Design Research Studio 2 8
AR5423     Architectural Practice 4
Elective 2 4
Elective 3 4
Total MCs 40
M (Arch) Final Year MCs
Semester 1
AR5805     Advanced Architecture Studio 8
AR5806     Architectural Design Research Report 4
AR5221     Contemporary Theories 4
Elective 4 (Semester 1 or 2) 4
Semester 2
AR5807     Architectural Design Thesis 20
Total MCs 40