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Dean's Honours Master of Architecture and Construction Management from the University of Melbourne,...


This subject involved a lot of physical hard work which in the end is worth very little (only worth about 5% each week or so). The subject is very hands on and there's not much theory to it. You have to be creative and passionate in order to do well in this subject, but overall I would say it is not easy to get a high mark. Quality of tutorials depends on which tutor you get, some are really good and some are not. Be prepared to spend a lot of extra time on your assignments because you'll be making a new model almost every week. From the first week to the last you do develop a good understanding of how architectural ideas vary and change. Overall I'd say only do this subject if you're willing to put in the time and effort. If you don't like being hands on/creative then don't bother wasting your time with this subject because you'll barely pass without trying.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016

Wasn't very organised in 2015, but I've heard since the lecturer and coordinator has changed that it is much more organised. Model making was the focus, get a head start as it is time consuming but can be rewarding!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

If you want a subject that will confuse and irritate you at every turn, than this is for you!! It will push you to hone your model making skills and break your self esteem into small shards in the name of 'constructive criticism'. The lectures are only worth going to if you want to sit through an hour of pretentious bearded mansplaining. Choose something else.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

It's like they are trying to make you think like a deconstructivist without teaching you anything about it. They don't 'teach' you to design, they just 'tell' you to. Neither do they teach about drawing plans and sections (other than the bare basics) or model making skills. Subject's honestly a joke and the feedback they provide to you for your assignments only makes you more confused about what is going on. Too bad it's a compulsory subject.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Horrible, horrible waste of time- assignments worth very little would take hours of painstaking time. Content is vague and completely impractical. Playing around with model making equipment was the best bit. The lecturers were kind of pretentious and utterly confusing. Hated it, wish I hadn't done it!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

My highlight for the semester in this subject was being able to slam my tutor in the SES. He was an absolute joker who had no idea what he was doing and the lectures were a massive piss-take. The assignments were worth 5% but involved a lot of labour in a very short time period (3 models in rapid succession, in a 3-week span). The subject was a lethal combination of relentless, challenging and boring

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

The best thing about this subject was that it taught me I don't want to have anything to do with design in the future!! I imagine if you're really creative you could like it, but it was a bit too left of centre for me. Took up a lot of time, and never really gave satisfactory results for your effort

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

This subject gives you a chance to explore your creativity, while not being too technical about architecture. A good introduction to design.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2013