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BS in Architecture in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a five year college degree intended for people who wish to pursue a career in Architecture. Architectural education provides students with knowledge and skills in planning, designing and constructing buildings taking into account the principles of utility, strength and aesthetics.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Architecture are encouraged to take the Accountancy, Business and Management strand. This strand provides the basic concepts of business and financial management, and corporate operations that will be helpful for college. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Interior
  • Theory of Architecture
  • Building Technology
  • Building Utilities
  • History of Architecture
  • Professional Practice
  • Planning
  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting for Architecture
  • Research Methods for Architecture
  • Housing
  • Business Management and Application for Architecture

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Architecture are expected to be able to:

  • Keep up with the developments in the architectural field
  • Create architectural solutions through the use of history, theory, structural concepts, and professional practice
  • Successfully prepare contract documents, technical reports, and other necessary legal documents needed in architectural procedures
  • Use different information and communication technology media to create architectural solutions and presentation
  • Apply research methods in handling architectural problems
  • Involve oneself in managing construction works and building administration

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in any architectural firm.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Licensed Architect in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Architecture needs to pass the Architectural Licensure Examination (ALE). The examination is conducted by the Board of Architecture  under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The ALE takes place every January of the year. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of Architecture may pursue a career path in any architectural firms and apply as a Junior Architect, Junior Design Architect, Computer-Aided Design Architect (CAD), Computer-Aided Design and Draft (Architect), Building Surveyors, Architectural Project Manager, Architectural Technologists, or Building Conservation Officer.

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Reviews of BS in Architecture graduates:

V. R.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Science in Architecture
◈ At University of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: It was a half-hearted decision. My parents wanted me to take it, since it is one of UST's academic expertise, but I was hesitant because I also wanted to take up Advertising.

So entering this course, I never really try to grasp all the learning, just passing the subjects would be enough. But as I go deeper into the course, the excellence of different architecture, the beauty in numbers, and the freedom of conceptualization, I found myself falling in love with the course.

In terms of skills, you really have to take the effort to learn how to draw and render architecturally, (abstract drawing doesn't work here), don't underestimate math you'll use it at work (seriously), and read a lot of architectural books, critic and learn from each work and masterpiece.

list bulletMy current job: By God's grace I am now a practicing licensed architect.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, almost all of it. From design conceptualizing, to 3d rendering, to mathematics, to simple formal dressing, everything I've learned is being exhausted now.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months. I took a summer vacation right after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Architecture: Yes, especially for those who love arts, and looking for an avenue to learn and appreciate art better.

This course can lead you to many employment and career opportunities, it doesn't end with being an architect. You can be a professor, a contractor, a project manager, and so on.

If you want to pursue being an architect, you have to be reminded that profession will need hard work and time for you to establish yourself. Like how my former professor told our class, "This profession is for the rich". I think when he told us that, he meant that you need to have the right network of people, those people who are willing to spend for a beautiful and excellent architecture.

If you're still starting you have to sacrifice the salary level, for the opportunity to learn. A lot of great architectural firms can only offer as much a minimum salary level, so that's a sacrifice you have to weigh.
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