Master of Architecture (Design)

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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University
The University of Hong Kong
School
Faculty of Architecture
Location
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Address
The University of Hong Kong, Knowles Building, Pok Fu Lam Rd, Lung Fu Shan, Hong Kong
BAM 2020
#25 / 29
Language
English
Length
36 months
Fee
600.350 HK$
Overview

The Master of Architecture (Design) (MArch (Design) is a three-year full-time programme offered by the Department of Architecture. Built on the existing 2-year UGC-funded MArch curriculum, the 3-year MArch(Design) offers a path for qualified students from undergraduate programmes outside of architecture to pursue an architectural education. The 3-year MArch(Design) operates on a self-funding model.

 

Through a multidisciplinary curriculum emphasising current design and production technologies alongside an understanding of the historical and theoretical culture of architecture, the programme enables students to acquire broad expertise, skills and knowledge to confront the complexities of contemporary architectural discourse, design and practice.

 

Course Curriculum & Aims

 

Core Courses:

 

Advanced Structural Systems
Architecture and Its Discourses
Core Design Courses (i.e. Design 9-14)
Design and Construction Communication
Design and Technology of Sustainable Buildings
Digital Media and Methods
History of Modern Architecture
Introduction to Building Structures
Pre-thesis Seminar
Principles of Building
Professional Practice I & II

 

Elective Courses:

 

Master programme students may choose elective courses from the below categories. These courses can also be taken in an optional summer semester after the first and the second year:

 

Categories:

 

History and Theory
Urbanisation and Habitation
Technology and Sustainability
Digital Media and Fabrication
Practice and Management

 

The pedagogy of the MArch (Design) programme is focused on design studios, supported by required core courses and elective seminars in the categories, namely History and Theory, Urbanisation and Habitation, Technology and Sustainability, Digital Media and Fabrication and Practice and Management. This structure aims to enable students to explore the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge with methodological rigour while engaging critically with the constraints of contemporary practice. In the first five semesters of the programme, students select from Design Studio courses offered by staff with a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise.

 

These design studios serve as the testing ground for skills and knowledge acquired in seminars and lecture courses.

 

In the final semester of the Design Studio course, students focus on a self-directed design thesis, formulated individually and supervised by staff in the Department, as a conclusion of the MArch (Design) curriculum. In addition to demonstrating satisfactory ability in the technical aspects of architectural practice, the thesis should produce innovative work that extends and enriches knowledge in the broader field of architecture.

 

Through an expanding network of international institutional links, the MArch (Design) programme offers a wide variety of joint studios, sponsored studios, and other forms of collaborative teaching and learning, in which there are opportunities for travel and academic exchanges abroad, knowledge exchange within the community and in China, direct contact to fabricators in industry, and experiential learning on real-world projects.

 

*The MArch (Design) programme is not accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). In accordance with the accreditation procedures, HKIA and ARB will consider the University’s application for accreditation of the degree upon completion of studies of the first graduating class.

 

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Admission Requirements

The Master of Architecture (Design) [MArch (Design)] is a three-year full-time self-financed programme* offered by the Department of Architecture. Built on the existing 2-year MArch, the three-year MArch (Design) offers a path for qualified students from undergraduate programmes outside of architecture to pursue an architectural education.

 

To be eligible for admission to the degree of MArch (Design), a candidate shall:

 

– shall comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula;

 

– shall possess a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies degree of this University; or another equivalent qualification from another university or comparable institution accepted for this purpose;

 

– for a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the University English language requirement applicable to high degrees as prescribed under General Regulation G2(b);

 

– shall satisfy the examiners in qualifying examination if required.

 

Preference will be given to applicants with professional experience that has shaped their practical and intellectual capacity in a positive manner.

 

*The MArch (Design) programme is not accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). In accordance with the accreditation procedures, HKIA and ARB will consider the University’s application for accreditation of the degree upon completion of studies of the first graduating class.

 

Application Submission Requirements

 

1.- After submitting the online application via the University’s online application system (https://aal.hku.hk/tpg/programme-list-2021), within one day, applicants will receive an email from the Faculty with login ID and password to access the Faculty’s MArch(Design) Application Documents Submission System (https://extranet.ad.arch.hku.hk/Admission/mdesign). Please upload the below list of supporting documents to the MArch(Design) Application Documents Submission System. Please do not encrypt the supporting documents.

 

– Curriculum vitae (inclusive of publications and academic awards, if any)

 

– Official transcripts

 

– Graduation certificate (if any)

 

– Test Report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (if you have not been studying in the university in which the courses are taught in English).

 

– A portfolio with no more than 20 pages of creative work related to landscape orientation in PDF format. Proper credit and context must be given for all work related to author, collaborators, and professional office in which the work was completed or academic course and instructor for which the work was completed, where appropriate. The maximum file size is 30MB.

 

– A written statement of interest (500 words maximum). you should describe why you want to attend the Master of Architecture Programme at HKU and identify specific aspects of the programme or the context of Hong Kong that have influenced your decision to apply; describe an academic project or professional experience that has shaped the way you approach architecture or urbanism; and identify a topic or architecture or urbanism that you would like to explore in greater depth in your graduate studies at HKU.

 

Applicants will only be requested to submit hard copies of supporting documents when they receive our admission offer. Therefore, please do not submit hard copies to the Faculty Office before you receive an admission offers.

 

2.- Applicants have to appoint 2 referees, preferably one previous teacher and one professional employer, via the University’s online application system (https://aal.hku.hk/tpg/programme-list-2021). At least one academic reference is required. Both of your referees will be requested to complete an online referee report and upload a reference letter via a separate email sent by the Faculty.

 

– Online Applications open on October 21, 2019.

 

– Postgraduate Prospectus 2020-21 (redirect to )

 

– FAQ (MArch Design): https://foa-media.arch.hku.hk/media/upload/2019/01/MArchDesign-FAQ-v31.pdf

 

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