What students say about architecture
The course is split into history, technology, theory, professional studies, and design. All areas are interesting but the most challenging is design. Technology can also be challenging if you struggle more with maths and physics. We produce design work which includes portfolios, models, sketchbook, technical drawings and atmospheric drawings. Professional studies involves technical drawing by hand, and eventually digitally. It also includes some digital 3D modelling and Photoshop work.1st year, Newcastle University
I found architecture to be a very challenging course. At Bath, it is very technical and you are expected to know how the building will stand up. Detail design plays a huge role in the assessment process. We are required to complete three solo projects in the first year and one group project in conjunction with civil engineers. For a project, you will be given a brief. You will then have to come up with a design proposal, draw it up using autoCAD and SketchUp, make a model and take photos. All your work will then need to be presented in a brochure and presented at a crit where you have to present your idea to practicing architects and they criticise it.1st year, University of Bath
Teaching is quite varied - lots of one-to-one tutoring/ studio tutoring in small groups. Very independent, generally only one day of lectures a week and eight to 10 contact hours a week. But lots of independent work. Projects set by tutors are very varied and allow a lot of creativity. Most work is through design portfolios that you work on throughout the year - however alongside these are some essays and group work, but the focus is on the design portfolio.2nd year, University of Westminster
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Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
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- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Architects Registration Board (ARB)
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
- Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
- Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
- Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Association of Building Engineers (ABE)
- Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
- Architects, town planners and surveyors
- Design occupations
- Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Interior or landscape designer
- Chartered architectural technologist
Other real-life job examples
- Historic buildings inspector
- Social sciences researcher
- Youth project leader
What employers like about this subject
Architecture degrees will provide you with subject-specific skills such as the skills to work with and communicate architectural proposals; a knowledge of materials and their use in building and the use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Transferable skills you can get from architecture include team-working, excellent IT, problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to interpret data. Architecture graduates are employed in architectural practices, in construction, in consultancy, in design agencies, in government and regulatory bodies and in universities.