Architecture is the design and mechanics behind the construction of buildings. When becoming a professional architect, the lead designer must focus in not only making the structure look impressive, but also incorporate practicality, functionality, safety and sustainability.
Many UK universities who focus on the study of Architecture, focus not only on the technological and design side of the subject, but also the cultural and historical. Lectures on history and theory will take place alongside art and 3D design to give students the best approach to learning about every element of the profession.
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To become an Architect, students must complete a combination of five years study and two years practical work experience before completing final exams. Students will become members of the RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, after their initial three-year undergraduate degree, before enrolling on a BArch, Diploma or March degree. Another two years of professional training prior to your final exams.
After a minimum of five years study, Architect graduates will be ready to move into a range of roles including Architect, Architect Technologist and Interior Design. Factoring in issues such as budget, safety, building regulations and planning law, jobs including building surveying, historical building conservation officer, structural engineer, town planning, landscape architect and much more will be available.
Source: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
English language, art and design and mathematics are all preferable subjects to have studied before applying to an Architecture programme, and you should also enjoy drawing freehand and have an interest in design and producing 3D work. At many UK universities, a portfolio of work is crucial in being offered a place.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
To learn more about the best Architecture courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Architecture universities in the Guardian University Guide 2020 below:
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