The world-class architecture and environmental design programs at the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design are at the forefront of design education. With practical, hands on experience in the real world as part of their degree, they equip students with the skills to shape our world. As a result, our graduates are winning some of the most highly esteemed architecture and design awards in Australia.

‘We have an outstanding success rate with graduates regularly winning pre-eminent awards including the Glen Murcutt Student Prize and the Design Institute of Australia’s State Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA)’, says Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Design, Dr Ceridwen Owen.

One of the two most prestigious national student awards in architecture in Australia, the BluesScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize, was awarded last year to Matthew Hyland, a University of Tasmania Master of Architecture graduate.

‘The award has only been running for six years with University of Tasmania graduates winning on three of the six occasions’, said Dr Owen. ‘That’s a score card any university would envy.’

University staff are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise across a range of areas in design, theory, history and building technology. The School also employs a unique and highly successful model of teaching called “learning by making” (LBM).

‘The aim of LBM is for students to have real life experience developing conceptual links between the design idea, fabrication and practice. Students have the opportunity to work on real live projects for communities with an emphasis on environmental and social sustainability’, Dr Owen said.

Previous projects undertaken by students have included playgrounds and learning environments in schools, city bus stops, furniture and shelters in National Parks, and mobile micro housing.

LBM at the University of Tasmania now represents one of the longest standing commitments to architecture and design education in Australasia and is recognised nationally and internationally for its scope and innovation.

Master of Architecture graduate Mr Alfonse Tran moved from Vietnam to study at the University of Tasmania Architecture and Design program.

‘I chose the Architecture and Design program at the University of Tasmania originally on the advice of my college lecturer back home. I was drawn to the unique study environment and the rich culture.

‘The close-knit, vibrant study environment really helps me communicate easily with my lecturers and colleagues’, he said.

Alfonse says he’s been able to secure employment in a leading design firm thanks to his degree being recognised throughout the world:

‘I have been working for almost two years at OUT-2 Design, a leading design firm based in Vietnam and the Asia Pacific region. The University of Tasmania equipped me with the depth of knowledge needed to contribute to the company.’

The School offers a three-year Bachelor of Environmental Design, which allows students to specialise in either interior design, furniture design, or architecture. Those students wishing to become architects go on to do the Master of Architecture.

Graduates from both our bachelors and masters degrees are highly regarded and sought after by many leading design practices in Australia and overseas because of the opportunities provided to students to obtain industry experience with real projects for real clients through the LBM and integrated workplace learning.

Graduates of the Master of Architecture are eligible for registration as an architect following an approved practical experience program over two years and successful completion of the architectural practice registration examinations of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

The Master of Architecture is also recognised by the Commonwealth Association of Architects and this offers the opportunity for international recognition.

As a University of Tasmania’s architecture and design student you’ll spend countless evenings and weekends exploring the stunning surroundings while designing an incredible future for yourself – and the world! Just ask UTAS Architecture graduate, Wai Ho (David) Au. Sound great to you? To explore your options, see our Architecture and Design course page. If you’re ready to make an application with us, get started online now!