Entrance requirements for architectural graduate programs vary, but most programs prefer students who have completed an interdisciplinary liberal arts bachelor’s degree, including courses from art, graphic design, physics, mathematics, engineering, and others.
Good writing and communication skills are essential for admission. Architects not only create designs but must communicate their designs to a team of engineers and construction managers. Architects’ responsibilities go beyond conceptual drawings; they take part in ongoing management of construction projects, monitor work progress, evaluate proposed changes during construction, and take professional responsibility for a project.
A broad-based education provides good preparation, because architects must consider more than the aesthetic appeal of a structural design. They need to be know how to create structures that are environmentally and culturally appropriate, as well as safe and ergonomic for those who will occupy the space.
“Dordt has equipped me in both the structural and the creative aspects of architecture,” says Brett Van Andel, a 2007 graduate from Lynden, Washington.
He believes that the art courses he’s taken greatly enhanced his creative sense of design. “Well-established programs in art, engineering, history, and philosophy make Dordt College an excellent place to prepare for a career in architecture,” he said.