What do I need to know before studying to become an architect?
As an architect, you will be responsible for undertaking projects that require the assurance of safety and functionality. Your role will involve designing and overseeing the construction of homes, offices and other buildings. Before you can practice commercially you will need to first obtain a license or a validated credential.
What skills and qualifications do I need to become an architect?
If you are a self-determining individual, you may be keen on discovering alternative methods online. Having a creative imagination and drawing skills will certainly help in most cases, especially where providing a portfolio is part of the requirement for entry.
Traditionally, high grades at GCSE for maths and physics are crucial. An Art degree or equivalent will also be useful. As with graphic design, there are two divisions of architecture, ranging from the highly technical, to the more creative and artistic aspects of the practice.
Whilst there are still many architects with great drawing skills today, computer skills is an obvious skill requirement as many firms us CAD for producing highly finished drafts and presentations.
How long will it take before I can practice architecture commercially?
Typically, whilst it takes 7 years of study before becoming a licensed architect in the UK with a B.Arch or DipArch. Completing a BA or BSc can be achieved within three years. It should be noted that requirements will differ from one institution or country to another. And in the United States requirements may even differ from state to state.
Taking an online course will require real-world interaction, as at some point you will need to work under the supervision of an already qualified architect.
edX offers free online architecture courses from some of the best institutions around the world. A great starting point for anyone with a general interest in architecture and design.
edX is a leading MOOCs provider, that is both nonprofit and open source. MOOCs stands for Massive Open Online Courses. You can learn more here
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MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses
An online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the internet.
B.Arch – Bachelor of Architecture
A bachelor’s degree designed to satisfy the academic requirement of practicing architecture.
DipArch – Diploma in Architecture
A postgraduate diploma designed to satisfy the academic requirement for pursuing advanced levels of education after graduating high school or college.
BA – Bachelor of Arts
BSc – Bachelor of Science
CAD – Computer Aided Design
Mostly technical 3d or elevation styled drawings produced on a computer.
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