Students interested in studying architecture can explore a few of the available continuing education programs here, as well as learn about the different coursework and specialization options.
If you are interested in architecture but don't know too much about it, there are many architecture appreciation courses offered through colleges, adult education programs, or even through museums or professional organizations, such as the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Such classes will teach the amateur enthusiast the finer points of different architectural styles or perhaps explore in-depth the work of a particular architect. Some schools offer courses at different levels, such as beginner, intermediate and advanced, and each one has its own price.
If you are already employed in the field of architecture, perhaps as an architect or landscape architect, or in a related field such as interior design or facilities management, you may earn continuing education credits by attending continuing education architecture courses. These programs are more hands-on and tend to include training in design, drawing and more. Some courses may focus on a particular topic related to the field, which can help professionals become aware of latest innovations or changes to the industry. There are also special courses to help prepare architecture students for the architecture registration exam (ARE).
Programs at a Glance
- This certificate program consists of three courses.
- The certificate program is only offered on-campus.
Interior Design and Architecture Studies
- This certificate program's courses vary depending on the choices of the student.
- The certificate's core courses are available on-campus, but some electives may be available online.
Certificate programs in architecture training are offered students at various continuing education departments. Coursework includes color theory, drafting, and advanced Autodesk. Some programs may include elective courses to individualize the program, while others do not. Depending on the program, courses may be offered on weekends or various days and evenings.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
You may, of course, decide to pursue architecture as a career, in which case you will need to enroll in a degree program. You may earn an undergraduate degree in architecture, in interior design, in landscape architecture, or in design studies. Students may be able to enroll in programs part- or full-time.Course topics include intro to CAD, building codes, design communications, site design, and technical reporting. They will also likely work with various modeling software. One of the final courses in the curriculum will include portfolio preparation, which helps students get ready for the job hunting process following graduation.
Of course, if you are really serious about architecture as a career and wish to advance to the top of the profession, you may wish to pursue graduate studies in the area. You can earn a master's in architecture or in interior design. Topics in coursework include commercial design, research and programming methodologies, business strategies, and ecology of design. Students typically need a bachelor's degree to apply and may need to complete other prerequisite coursework. Students may also be required to participate in an internship or final project.
Certificate programs and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various fields of architecture are available for interested students. Most programs are available on-campus, but some may offer online components.