Do you yearn to become an architect? Can you imagine designing amazing buildings and then watching as they turn into reality? If this sounds like you, the one thing you need to make this dream into reality is an architect degree. You must be prepared to devote seven years to the process, because this is how long it will take to complete it. But if you do so successfully you will be able to work as a qualified architect.
In order to get the required qualifications you must first qualify to get onto an undergraduate course. To do this you will need five good GCSE grades plus two A levels. If you are a mature student thinking of going back to university and you do not have these qualifications, you may be able to look for a foundation course to get you onto the first stage. Once the undergraduate degree is completed – over three years – you will also need to complete a two year advanced degree course.
The architect degree takes seven years and you must get two years worth of professional experience to go along with the five years of degree study. These will provide you with all the skills you will need to pass the final exam. This is a multi-part exam that, if passed successfully, will allow you to call yourself a qualified architect.
As you can imagine, the position of an architect is a highly responsible one. You will be designing buildings that will be safe to build and work and live in. You can learn all kinds of things during these seven years, including computer skills so you can use CAD planning. You will also learn about structure and form, and the various laws and rules that are in place that have to be adhered to whenever an architect plans a new building.
This is a good question. After all, even though you are now fully trained to take on this position, there will still be progression and advancement within the industry. As such you can expect to continue taking shorter courses to brush up your skills and learn new ones as you progress through your career.
The Royal Institute of British Architecture is a good point of reference for such courses. You can become a member of RIBA from the moment you start your degree course, albeit at a student level. In a sense you never stop learning new skills and developing existing ones as an architect. Once you have your architect degree and you embark on your career, you can look forward to learning even more in the future.