Positives: The positive aspects of my course are the group activities and assessments because it is a real world application of architects. Working with your peers is like working in an architecture firm with your colleagues to find solutions for projects.
Negatives: Sometimes working individually, whilst it might seem easier to work with one mindset, delegating tasks to different people gives a project variety and a certain uniqueness that one person cannot create alone. This is a negative aspect.
My advice to future students is: Something I'm only doing in my final year is finally getting to know my peers and working with them productively instead of avoiding them and seeing them as competition. You are all in this together, and whether you like it or not these people will contribute more than you think to the beginning of your career. Their advice, criticism and friendship prove very valuable in the long run.
Positives: 1. The course covers all bases. As well as the main Studio courses, we learn about architectural history, basic engineering, environmental science, and sustainability. The added electives allow students to tailor the course to their specific interests as well, which is something I really value. 2. We get a lot of hands on experience. Many of our studio projects have involved real-life proposals for competitions or projects. We also participate in a lot of activities in the community, which helps inform the design process. 3. The staff are really knowledgeable, passionate and supportive. Uni can be tough, especially during first year, and they always made sure that it was a positive environment.
Negatives: 1. The workload can be very intense. We have limited mandatory contact hours, so a lot of people assume it's going to be a breeze, but to get the work done takes a lot of extra studio time and dedication. There are weeks where myself and my classmates are there working from early morning to late at night. The stereotypes about architects never seeing the light of day are pretty accurate, especially around crit time.
My advice to future students is: You are going to get a lot of feedback on your ideas, and it won't all be positive. It can be hard, but learning to view your work from someone else's perspective is really helpful and makes critiques waaay less intimidating.
Positives: Good lecturers, an excellent mix of theory and practice and great facilities/ student culture
Negatives: Tutors who have unrealistic expectations (only one in particular), simplicity of concepts (also a good thing)
My advice to future students is: Architecture is a subjective degree and sometimes you either have to play the game (sucking up to your tutor) or fight for what you need (ie changing tutors)
Positives: I personally enjoy the studio classes as they are more interactive and I can use my hands
The other subjects are interesting and some aren’t, but it depends on personal preference. Majority have to be done as they are foundation courses
Negatives: Some foundation courses which are very boring but necessary to continue and complete the course
My advice to future students is: Be motivated and attempt to attend all classes. It really does help to get the work done
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