Positives: It is a very well-rounded course, we have to complete studio design courses, technologies (construction knowledge), history as well as contract documentation, in order to graduate. It also provides us with art electives, such as screen printing, ceramics etc. As USYD is a highly reputable university, we are given wide range and high quality of resources, 24/7 access to the building for us to complete our projects.
Negatives: We aren't given many opportunities in terms of networking with professionals or architecture firms, which makes it quite difficult of fresh grads to land their first job as everywhere requires experience. It would be better if they have more networking events or internship programs liaised between the uni and the firms to help out graduates.
My advice to future students is: I would advice them to be 500% sure that architecture is exactly the path they would like to take as it is not an easy course and it requires a lot of time and effort to achieve good results.
Positives: Helpful course
Negatives: Need a lot of work and concentration
My advice to future students is: I advise student to join sydney uni
Positives: The practice of the learned stuff especially that the assignments of this course deal with real project so we analyze real spaces and buildings and we try to improve them.
Negatives: It might cover more information about the future of sustainable and try to invent more strategies not just rely on the existing one.
My advice to future students is: Be ready to go to site and experience the place in order to improve it. It is exciting and helpful.
Positives: It is fairly small so easy to make friends and build a support network. Great facilities in the building including desktops, printing, laser cutters and 3D printers. Opportunities to do real life projects for electives and go on exchange.
Negatives: Quite conceptual and a lot of art based subjects. Hard and incredibly time consuming. Can be expensive to buy model making materials and computer programs.
My advice to future students is: Worth a try if you think architecture might be something you’re interested in but don’t stick with it if not passionate or enjoying it. It’s incredibly hard work though and you will most likely need to prepared for long hours and all nighters.
Positives: Great faculty and a lot of ability to network, wide range of subjects and a good amount available outside of 9-5 to allow for people to work while studying, great lectures and talks outside of course times.
My advice to future students is: Utilise the after hour talks and lectures Sydney uni puts on. They are almost more informative than lectures and great for networking.
1) Variety of choices available. I was able to choose from a variety of units of study. That helped me pursue my studies as per my need and interests.
2) state of the art facilities and laboratories!
3) professors were very friendly and we had regular input from guess lecturers working in industry.
Negatives: As positive as it was, I had to choose some units even if I didn't want to. These units are very irrelevant to my background and future.
My advice to future students is: Be open, do research about the units they're studying. And also, focus on post study employment when choosing units. That is particularly important because we all want to get employed asap after studying.
Positives: - Dual degree providing extensive knowledge in both high performance buildings in terms of mechanical services provided and achieving sustainability in architecture
- Perfect combination for both architects and engineers to gain knowledge of both worlds and find a common ground
- Based on theoretical and practical approches providing evidence based design measures
- Taught by professors as well as specialists from the industry to provide maximum learning opportunities
Negatives: - Job prospects in the actual world is not wide, can either work as sustainable consultants or apply the learning in their own practice
- Apart from civil/ mechanical engineers and architects, the course is studied by all relating to the field of lighting, sound and relating to a building. Hence, the teaching mechanism is of intermediate level
- One subject has 5 teaching days with 9 to 5 lectures with almost 100 students. Tutorials are very less, so less interactive sessions.
My advice to future students is: If you come from an architectural background, this course might not be very beneficial. But if you come from engineering or design background, you can learn far more than you did in your bachelors. This masters degree covers most of the syllabus of Bachelors in Architecture.
Positives: I am generally interested in architecture and it is great that i am now able to study this aspect in depth. The course is really detailed and seems to cover a wide aspect of architecture and how it relates to every day life and a proper career afterwards. A great positive is the hands on work and application of architecture through drawings, sketches and animation on the computer.
Negatives: There is no one on one time with the teachers. it is very hard to get personal feedback on your work or check in with anyone to see if you are on the right track with your assignments
My advice to future students is: I would say make sure you really want to do this course otherwise you might struggle. it is very challenging and complicated so be prepared to put in lots of effort to get the results you want
Positive: I am very passionate about architecture and have found this degree to be engaging, interesting and specific. I love learning about how building affect both the environment and the people who live in them. Doing this degree has led to discover what I would like to study in the future - Urban Planning - which I didn't know I wanted to do previously so it has definitely made a huge positive impact on my life.
Negative: A lot of people in my course I have found are just doing the degree for the sake of it and don't really care which makes group projects hard and dims the atmosphere in my small classes (the class size is a positive though). But that is not a negative of the institution because they can not control that, it's just my experience,
My advice to future students is: I would definitely recommend this degree if you are creative and love design. You do have to be prepared to do a lot of hands-on work and further study after the degree if you want to be a independent architect.
Positives include: Very interactive and practical classes. Studio courses were very useful with industry professionals.
My advice to future students is: Make the most of studio classes and get used to working as part of a group (very diverse group of people)
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