Architecture, building and planning courses help students to imagine, design and construct the streets and buildings of the future.
For architecture courses, structural engineering, architectural history, principles of environmental design and building material studies are all key early parts of the program. Some institutions concentrate a large part of their programme on giving students a detailed understanding of the history of architecture whilst others immediately concentrate on the physics and engineering behind buildings and how to piece together their workings. Opportunities to work in practices, to meet architects and visit sites mean that abstract knowledge soon turns to applied skill. At the end of the three years of study there will be four more to go for those wanting to be fully trained where even further study will provide the depth of knowledge and versatility required of qualified architect. In some courses students on the construction project management programme can learn management and building skills that will prepare them for running building sites and turning the ideas of architects into real, tangible buildings.