What is Architecture?
Architecture is the study of the process and product of planning, designing and constructing buildings or other structures. The subject is broad; you can learn about construction, structural and environmental design but also study such things as the history and philosophy of architecture and contemporary culture and urbanism. Architects also consider issues of sustainability and matters of professional responsibility.
What can I do with an Architecture degree?
Many graduates continue into professional training, and career destinations include architect, urban designer and research officer. However, some enter other creative fields or research. The subject provides a grounding in areas such as history and philosophy of architecture, environmentally responsible design, transport planning, and disaster relief and thus offers pathways into a range of careers.
To become an architect, you must complete an undergraduate degree in Architecture (BA or BSc), certified by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This will take three to four years depending on the programme, and is known as RIBA Part 1. You then need to spend 12 months gaining practical experience (Stage 1) working under the supervision of a licenced architect or in the construction industry. Following this, you must enrol on a postgraduate architecture course (either a diploma, M.Arch or B.Arch). These courses offer more in-depth study and typically last two years and is known as RIBA Part 2. To be fully qualified, you must then spend a minimum of 12 months gaining further practical experience (Stage 2). Finally, you must complete Part 3 before you are able to register as an architect.
What might I need to study Architecture?
Entry requirements to an architecture course differ by institution. However, most want applicants to evidence a good balance of A-Levels which incorporates art/design subjects as well as science/maths subjects.