Architecture and Media

Subject ABPL90368 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


Entry into the Melbourne School of Design or approval from the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Annmarie Brennan



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

The subject critically examines the contemporary and historical modes in which architecture engages with media. Some forms of media tools at the architect’s disposal to be studied include: the magazine, the journal article, the exhibition, the manifesto, the website, the competition, and the employment of social media. The subject is for students interested in acquiring insight into the use of media for professional practice as well as for students who want to participate in the cultural industries and institutions related to architectural discourse. Special emphasis will be on the preparation of the MSD student journal Inflection.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the subject, students should be able to:

Explain and value the relationship between architecture and media.
Analyze important contemporary and historical examples of media in architecture, with a special emphasis on architectural journals.
Engage critical thinking in analyzing histories and theories of architectural design.
Learn and improve upon writing and editing skills.

  • Proposal for a themed journal issue (500 words), due week 3, 10%
  • Class Presentation, due week 5, 20%
  • Editorial and annotated table of contents of themed journal issue (draft) (approx. 3000 words), due week 6, hurdle
  • Editorial and annotated table of contents of themed journal issue (final) (3000 words), due end of semester, 60%
  • Class Participation based on Weekly Assigned Readings and attendance, weekly 1-12, 10%
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Comprehend and discuss concepts related to architecture and media

Develop critical thinking and analytical ability

Develop leadership skills and teamwork capabilities

Improve writing skills

Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

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