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speciality: Architecture

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What is an Architecture Degree?

Architecture is a specialisation preferred by many young people who love solving problems, have a passion for creativity, or an innovative imagination ready to be shown off.

Over the years, it has become a very popular speciality. Young people are aware of the importance and diversity of Architecture, but also of the need for a permanent practice, as most Architecture courses aim at the practical part, to implement feasible structures not only on paper, through sketches, but also in real life.

Architects can choose to grow in all markets or follow a single specialisation, such as Landscape Architect, Resident Architect, Urban Designer, Green Design Architect or Interior Designer, according to their preferences.

Benefits of an Architecture Degree

Usually, a major reason that motivates students to study Architecture is the possibility of having an impact on their community. How do they do this? By exploring the world, analysing people’s work on constructions and looking for answers to identified problems, they become more creative, more open to new things, bringing a new vision to the world.

Critical thinking skills are constantly being developed by graduates who study Architecture because they get the opportunity to visualise the structures before they are made.

Upon completion of studies, there are many possibilities for employment, and salaries can be generous. A particular increase in the employment rate is expected to be in the Green Design field. This requires creating environmentally-friendly constructs that do not harm nature and generate sustainability. 

 

Architecture Degree Structure

Young people must have a university degree in Architecture to pursue a career in that field, that is an Architecture Bachelor or Master of Architecture. Often, undergraduate programmes last 5 years, and Master programmes last between 2 and 3 years, depending on the chosen university and the form of education followed. One notable thing is that Master programmes are often for those who have not completed a Bachelor’s specialisation, and that is why the course component can be similar to the Bachelor’s. As far as Doctoral programmes are concerned, the duration is 3 years, and the architects work on research projects.

At the same time, it should be mentioned that the United States and other territories have introduced a professional license Architect Registration Examination. This is a mandatory exam which tests the candidate’s skills, abilities and knowledge. In the UK, for example, the final registration to become an architect is regulated by the Architects Registration Board.

Although the list of courses may differ from one country to another, some of the most important modules for a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture are Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD), Physics, Visualisation, Science, and Technology. 

Throughout their studies, students can take part in various internship programmes or choose a tutor architect to work with. In this way, they get a better idea of what this profession is about in practice and gain the necessary experience needed for their professional development.

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  • Transportation Sciences
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    Best Academic University

    I think the best parts of the university is obviously the academic nature of the university. Leading in research and standards or work I feel that I understand my work to a leave that will make me competitive when I apply for jobs in the future. The worst part may be the varying level of good and bad communication with may because overwhelming when there is too much information or too little information. The open campus is a boiler edged sword as it allows for a better spacing of academic building but loses the sense of being a singular university. Some of the buildings aren’t that modern or aesthetically pleasing, functional yes but not a great sight

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    Programme: Transportation Sciences
    Degree: Short Course
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Online
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  • Urban Design
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    Perfect

    The best aspects is that living on campus is extremely easy to go to lectures and all scheduled events, it is easy to go round and there are many things you can do such as walk around the farm etc, The worst aspect is that there is not that much to do when things are not taking place such as there are not many communal areas for students to meet and chat, as well as this in catered accommodations there is no access to an oven or hob which is kind of annoying when we have to make our own foods on weekends. Apart from that this university is great and I am loving it.

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    Programme: Urban Design
    Degree: Short Course
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Online
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  • Urban Planning
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    Amazing

    I had an amzing experience in the university. The university provided with the very much better and amazing experience. I have made some but good and quality friends there from the different parts of the world having different cultures and practices

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    Programme: Urban Planning
    Degree: Short Course
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Online
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  • Urbanism and ...
    Strategic Planning
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    best university

    I would say that it is the best university. I might not be true for some but it’s my particular opinion as it has alot of things which makes it perfect to be the leading the university and make it standing in the leaderboard

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    Programme: Urbanism and Strategic Planning
    Degree: Short Course
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Online
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  • Architecture
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    Review of Cardiff university

    I was quite fortunate because my lecturers and tutors were great. Since the majority of them hold PhDs, their enthusiasm for what they were teaching truly made a difference. Regarding the city itself, I loved it there. Since everything is so close together, we could pretty much walk everywhere in this place. However, Cardiff might not be for you if you’re a large city kind of guy. I absolutely enjoyed my time there and I would certainly recommend.

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    Programme: Architecture
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2018
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Cardiff
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  • Architecture
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    A vibrant community and an excellent place to study

    I completed my Master’s at Cardiff University, in the Welsh School of Architecture. My course, the MA in Architectural Design was extremely hands-on and practice-based, which is what I was searching for in an Arts degree. The staff is highly skilled and accommodating to international students, which is something I was initially worried about. Overall, I’m incredibly satisfied with the quality of education I received. The one downside is that I completed my Master’s during the Covid-19 pandemic, and therefore experienced more than I wanted to remotely. There were also occasional technical difficulties that arose from this.

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    Programme: Architecture
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2021
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Cardiff
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  • Architecture
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    Student friendly environment

    Located in the lovely capital city of Wales, Cardiff University is one of the best universities I studied in. It provides a high-quality research-based university education. Student Union and the facilities are easily accessible and helpful creating a supportive student-friendly environment.

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    Programme: Architecture
    Degree: PhD
    Graduation: 2021
    Campus: Cardiff
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