Well it is a hard degree and it does take time but if you have a passion for design and problem solving Architecture might be a great career path.
In architecture there are 3 main degrees.
1. Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies (this is considered a non-professional degree and you'll need to get a masters degree on top of this to become a licensed architect) - 3 - 4 years typically
2. Bachelors of Architecture: BArch (this IS a professional degree and it is ALL YOU NEED to become a licensed architect someday) - 5 years standard
2. Masters of Architecture: MArch (totally a professional degree and you can add this on top of a bunch of other bachelors to...like art history or engineering or even business) - 2 to 3 years typically depending on program and undergrad degree.
What can you do with a BArch? I recommend getting this degree as it's a professional degree and you'll only need 1 additional year of college to get it. If you don't mind going for 6-7 years then maybe a MArch is the right degree for you.
You can become an architect! That's the basic thing...you'll still need to intern (working and being paid) for about 2-3 years before you'll be ready for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). The ARE is the National Test every architect needs to pass to become licensed. Being licensed means two big things. First it shows your ability as an architect to design safe and effective buildings and two it means that you can sign you own drawings and documents....so if you ever wanted to go into business for yourself you usually need to have license.
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