Architecture Career Video for Architecture Students

Architecture Career Video for Architecture Students Transcript

Architectural degrees are specialized degrees that allow graduates to go into occupations such as licensed architect, land surveyor, civil engineer or real estate developer. This video provides an overview of architecture degree programs for those interested in an architecture career.


Architecture degrees often provide a great liberal arts education, along with a very specialized selection of architecture courses. Bachelor's of Architecture and Master's of Architecture degrees are available at many colleges and universities.


Architects in all 50 states are required to be licensed by the state they intend to work in prior to being able to make contracts. The vast majority of states typically require the architecture candidate to do three things prior to becoming licensed: have internship experience, pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and graduate from an NAAB accredited school. The NAAB is the only United States agency allowed to accredit professional architecture degree programs[1], however states still set their own standards so graduating from a non-NAAB school doesn't necessarily mean you can't find work.

Typical Coursework

Typical Bachelor's of Architecture degree programs involve courses such as:

  • Visual Communication
  • Design and Planning Theories
  • Architectural Building Materials
  • Design Studio
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Design Implementation
  • Architectural Professional Practice
  • Basic Design and Research

Job Prospects

As can be expected from the specialization of this major, many graduates plan on eventually becoming licensed architects. Even though architecture degrees are very focused, other related careers exist for graduates holding architecture degrees. Civil engineering, construction management, urban planning, land surveying, real estate development and industrial design are all options for architecture graduates[2].

Higher Learning/Graduate Studies

If you are considering a graduate degree in architecture expect a very focused regimen of theoretical and practical aspects of designing and building. Graduate degrees can typcically be earned in two years for full time students who have an undergraduate in Architecture.


In summary, Architecture degrees are specialized degrees preparing students for work as a practicing architect or related field. When looking for programs at colleges and universities, accreditation by the NAAB is highly sought after. Thoroughly research the school program of your choice prior to making any decisions.

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