Architecture is a term with various meanings. Generally, it refers to buildings and other structures, but it is ideally the science and art of designing structures or buildings as well as the design and method of construction.
Taking a course of architecture lends you a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the buildings and structures that exist in our world. It ideally involves thinking about the future of design and coming up with ideas that can be implemented into physical structures.
Reasons To Study Architecture
Becoming an architect is similar to being an inventor. It’s a very satisfying field as you get to watch your dreams and designs come to life. The design phase is enjoyable in itself.
Atkins Global says that studying architecture ideally gives you a chance to utilize the creative part of your brain and showcase your ingenuity and creativity while designing buildings and structures.
This is also a handsomely paying field. Once you are done with the relatively long study process, pass with an ideal degree mark, you will get opportunities from big firms on the search for fresh talent as well as new ideas.
You ideally get to do practical work as the course is not all about reading and writing. You need to have a hands-on approach as you will tackle numerous assignments on building scale models, talking to people and making surveys. This means that if you’re an extrovert with a passion for design, this course will be perfect.
Most of the architectural work is not taught in the classroom, but by actually going out there and getting inspirations.
Coursework, Assessment & Exams
When it comes to BA in Architecture, the project design work and related exercises are what carries most of the weight. Most of the practical tasks are assessed by the course work done alone. Other subjects that are taught in the classroom, or are theory based are assessed through a combination of coursework, written exams, and essays. There’s a sliding scale of marks as well, and as with many courses, the later years count for more.
What Degree Can You Get?
- BA Architecture
- BA Interior Architecture & Venue Design
- BSc Architectural Design & Technology
- BEng Civil Engineering with Architecture
It’s always important to assess the entry requirements for the university and course you intend to do as they tend to vary between each institution.
The Postgraduate Opportunities
Well, there’s an array of taught MAs as well as research degrees when you get to the postgraduate level. A few examples are straight MA Architecture and more specialist courses like MA Interior Design, MA Urban Design and MSc Architecture and Environmental Design.
Job Prospects After Graduation Include:
- Professional Employment which is an occupation or job that often calls for a degree
- Non-professional Employment which is an occupation or job that usually doesn’t call for a degree.
The Job Opportunities:
This is a pretty competitive field and has a bad reputation for low graduate employment as well as prospects. However, if you have the talent and skills, it can be a very lucrative industry.
The common job opportunities including becoming an architect, conservation officer, building surveyor, structural engineer, town planner, landscape architect, lecturer or teacher, a production designer in the film industry and much more.
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