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What else can I do with architecture?

What else can I do with architecture?Studying architecture builds skills that can be valuable in many different jobs. Take a look at these examples.

Surveying

Surveyors measure, value, protect and improve land and buildings using a variety of techniques. The technical side of architecture has some useful overlap with surveying. However, chartered surveyors need to complete RICS-accredited training, which does not include an architecture degree. A postgraduate conversion course can help you to bridge the gap. Alternatively, you may be able to find a job that includes accredited training.

Town planning

Town planning shares many concerns with architecture, such as ensuring that built spaces are functional and safe, and town planners require a sound understanding of architectural principles to do their jobs properly.

Town planners need to study an RTPI-accredited university course. If you study architecture at university, you could convert to town planning with a postgraduate course. Alternatively, you may be able to transfer from architecture to town planning during your course: this may be easier than changing courses in other situations, as architecture and town planning are often taught by the same department.

Some universities offer courses which combine architecture and town planning. These are not normally accredited courses, but you may be able to move into an architecture or town planning degree once you have completed the first part of the course. This can be a good option if you're not sure which area you are interested in.

Conservation

Most people associate conservation with the natural world, but there are also lots of opportunities in building conservation. Building conservationists need to be able to assess the condition of buildings, repair and renew them, and understand the properties of the materials used - all skills that studying architecture will develop.

Following an architecture degree, a master's course in building conservation can help you to get into the area, but this isn't required for all jobs. Gaining relevant work experience is more important. As well as holiday or sandwich year placements, you may be able to gain experience by volunteering with conservation and heritage organizations.

Set design

Not every job that uses architecture skills is about buildings. Many of the people who design sets for theatre, film and TV have architecture degrees, as studying architecture provides many relevant skills. However, there are no fixed entry requirements for the industry.

If you're currently studying architecture and want to give set design a try, student theatre societies are a good place to start. Outside university, try amateur theatre groups or small theatre companies. If you're interested in television, the BBC runs a training scheme for designers of all kinds.

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