Duration: 2 years
JUSTIFICATION OF THE PROGRAMME
Review the programme arose out of the need to make the training of Architects at a higher level more in tune with the specialised requirements at the work place. It was observed that students at masters level needed more skills in professional management as part of their work in the field. In addition, it was noted that there is an increased demand for quality services and use of new technology within the architectural profession which have led to increased requirements in training. Such requirements can only be well addressed through advanced level training at a Master of Architecture degree level.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
- To equip architects with advanced skills to address practical problems in the field.
- To strengthen capacity at various levels of the professional institutions in government, local authorities and the private sector.
- To impart advanced skills necessary to meet the challenges of competition at the regional and international level.
The programme offers qualified graduates the opportunity to gain further education and experience in design and research in the selected areas of specialisation in Architecture.
Specialisation is offered in the following areas: Architectural Design and Low-cost Housing Design.
KEY CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMME
The following options that were in the initial Master of Architecture programme have been deferred: Earth Architecture, Landscape Design, and Building Technology. A new course, Project Management has been introduced in Semester I of the first year, while Research Methods course has been enhanced. The programme has also introduced options to the Masters of Architecture: Plan A and Plan B.
4.1 Changes to the courses
|Changes to the course|
|Old course||New course|
|Enhanced course||ARC 7103 Research Methodology||ARC 7107 Research Methodology and and Scientific Writing|
|Introduced course||–||ARC 7106 Project Management and Professional Practice|
|Deferred block of specialisation courses|
Students under Plan A are required to take two semesters of course work and two semesters of dissertation. To qualify for plan A, a student shall have completed all their course work and has a research proposal by the second week of semester three (Year 2 Semester 1).
Students under Plan B are required to take three semesters of coursework and one semester of a design project. To qualify for plan B a student shall have completed all their coursework and also have a project proposal by the second week of the forth semester (Year 2 Semester 2).
The target group of the programme are the many architects in the field who wish to improve on their professional qualifications in a field which has become highly competitive and demanding.
You may download a detailed copy of the course outline below
|Attachment Name||Attachment Type|
|Master of Architecture||DOC|
The Programme Structure shall be as follows:
|Course Code||Course Name||LH PH CH CU|
Five Core Courses
|ARC 7101||Advanced Applied Design studio||0 150 75 5|
|ARC 7102||Theory of Design||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7107||Research Methodology and Scientific Writing||45 0 45 3|
|ARC 7104||Human Settlements||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7105||Applications CAD||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7106||Project Management||45 0 45 3|
|Total Credit Units = 17|
|Elective Specialisation Course
(Select 1 block of the three Design specialisations given below
|Specialisation 1: Architectural Design|
|ARC 7201||Advanced Studio in Architectural design||0 150 75 5|
|ARC 7202||Building Types||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7203||Community Design||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7204||Design for Conservation||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7205||History of Architecture & Regional Design||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7206||Real Estate Studies||30 0 30 2|
|Specialisation 2: Housing Design|
|ARC 7207||Advanced Studio in Low-cost Housing Design||0 150 75 5|
|ARC 7208||Building Types and Needs||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7209||Development projects||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7210||Appropriate technology and Materials||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7211||Construction Costs and Affordability||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7212||History and Theory of Human Settlements||30 0 30 2|
|Specialisation 3: Urban Design|
|ARC 7224||Advanced Studio in Urban Design||0 150 0 5|
|ARC 7225||Urban Planning||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7226||Theory of Urban Design||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7227||History of Urban Design||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7228||Urban Sociology and Community Development||30 0 30 2|
|ARC 7229||Urban Economics||30 0 30 2|
|Total Credit Units = 15|
|SEMESTER III & IV
– 300 150 10
|ARC 8101||Research Seminar||30 – 30 2|
|Total Credit Units = 12|