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About Architecture

The field of architecture spans a number of areas of expertise such as building design, interior design, furniture and decoration design, supervision of construction work, and restoration and remodeling of existing structures. Architects must design structures in a way that ensures they are safe, structurally sound, habitable and will stand the test of time.

Computers are playing an increasingly important role in the world of architecture. It is essential for todays architects and draftspeople to be well versed in Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Careers in Architecture

Architecture graduates may face competition for entry-level positions and are advised to gain career-related experience in an architectural firm while completing their studies. Another competitive edge is knowledge of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) technology. The following are some of the career possibilities within the architecture industry:

  • Architect
  • Architectural Journalist
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Draftsperson
  • Graphic Designer Illustrator
  • Furniture Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Marine Architect
  • Urban Planner
  • Interior Design

Architecture Courses

The role of the architect is constantly evolving, and is central to the design and implementation of public and private environments. Architects are required to plan, design and oversee projects and in order to do so effectively, they require formal training as well as practical experience. Due to the far-reaching nature of the industry, many shorter architecture courses are available that will provide the architect or draftsperson with the additional and the latest skills in their profession. Architecture courses include a wide range of subjects such as architecture design, CADD, Autodesk REVIT, graphics, structural systems and building materials.

What you need to know

After you have found an architecture course that meets your needs, ask the course provider for more information about their course teaching methods. 

Points to consider regarding your architecture courses are:

  • Where will the architecture course be held? Onsite, at one of the course providers’ locations, or online?
  • How will the course be delivered?
  • Can the architecture course accommodate your specific needs?
  • Will the expected finishing level of the course match your requirements?
  • What qualifications does your architecture course trainer have?
  • What experience does your trainer have in your professional area?

There are architecture courses for those starting out in the industry as well as for the seasoned professional looking to hone their skills or to acquire new ones.

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