Pre-Architecture

Pre-architecture curriculum at Northwest is the first year of the 5-year architecture program as defined by Mississippi State University.

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Education
The requirements for admission are as follows: 4 units of English, 3 units of social studies, 2 units of science (chemistry, and either biology or physics), 3 units of mathematics (algebra and geometry), and 3 units of elective subjects. All Pre-Architecture students should be in communication with the School of Architecture at the university to which they plan to transfer.

Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, which is intended for students with no previous architectural training. Others earn a master’s degree after completing a bachelor’s degree in another field or after completing a preprofessional architecture program. A master’s degree in architecture can take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on the extent of previous training in architecture.

The choice of degree depends on preference and educational background. Prospective architecture students should consider the options before committing to a program. For example, although the 5-year bachelor of architecture offers the most direct route to the professional degree, courses are specialized, and if the student does not complete the program, transferring to a program in another discipline may be difficult. A typical program includes courses in architectural history and theory, building design with an emphasis on CADD, structures, technology, construction methods, professional practice, math, physical sciences, and liberal arts. Central to most architectural programs is the design studio, where students apply the skills and concepts learned in the classroom and create drawings and three-dimensional models of their designs.

What can I expect from a career in architecture?
Architects are licensed professionals trained in the art and science of building design who develop the concepts for structures and turn those concepts into images and plans.Architects create the overall look of buildings and other structures, but the design of a building involves far more than its appearance. Buildings also must be functional, safe, and economical and must suit the needs of the people who use them. Architects consider all these factors when they design buildings and other structures.

Architects may be involved in all phases of a construction project, from the initial discussion with the client through the final delivery of the completed structure. Their duties require specific skills—designing, engineering, managing, supervising, and communicating with clients and builders. Architects spend a great deal of time explaining their ideas to clients, construction contractors, and others. Successful architects must be able to communicate their unique vision persuasively.

How much can I earn? What is the job outlook?