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Studying Architecture and Construction abroad

What does Architecture and Construction cover exactly? Find out now as well as what particular courses you can study and the career paths you can pursue...

Studying architecture and construction abroad

What is Architecture and Construction?

The Architecture and Construction field deals with the planning, design and erection of large, complex man-made structures, systems, landscapes and environments. The field also includes the repair and restoration of these as well.



Why study Architecture and Construction?

The field of Architecture and Construction lies at the heart of the development of the environments we live in. Just look around you, we’re always building things! Whether it’s housing, shopping centres, office spaces, transport systems, communal areas, statues or other, you’ll see construction in progress, especially in large towns and cities with high populations. Usually these are for function to accommodate growing populations or changing landscapes as areas become more developed; or to renovate what already exists as they undergo natural wear and tear. However we also build things for other reasons, such as to celebrate or commemorate individuals or events (e.g. memorial statues or bridges).



Who would be good at studying Architecture and Construction?

Imagination and the ability to picture a huge idea out of absolutely nothing lies at the heart of Architecture and Construction. However, you can’t just be a dreamer; you need to be able to be practical too, grounding your designs in the real world to ensure they meet the requirements and needs for the populations who will be using these. Attention to detail and stellar organisation & planning skills are also vital as you work on large scale projects to deadline – after all, people are waiting to use these constructions – with hundreds or thousands of manpower and which involve huge budgets.



What is the criteria for studying an Architecture and Construction qualification?

Students applying to study an Architecture and Construction course will likely need qualifications in a cross-section of subjects including Mathematics, Art, Science and Geography. You may also be required to put together a portfolio of your own art or design work (such as photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, graphics) – the university you’re applying to will give you more details about what this should consist of. Any relevant experience you’ve accumulated or demonstrations of your interest in the field will also be useful when applying; this might include any voluntary experience on a building site, or an adoration for a particular architect.

You should always check the entry requirements for a course with the university themselves.



What specific courses can you study?



What can you do with an Architecture and Construction qualification?

Graduates with a qualification in Architecture and Construction can go on to a number of career paths – as we mentioned above, there’s always something being built which makes for numerous job opportunities. Graduates can become architects, city planners, surveyors, restoration experts to name just a few options. As cities around the world rapidly develop to meet the needs of their growing economies and populations – particularly in the east as they continue to compete with the west – graduates can find themselves playing an integral role in creating entire worlds!


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Studying architecture and construction abroad

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.