architecture studentsArchitecture is an art, and the science of designing and building structures has far-reaching effects; architecture actually determines the way we experience and move through life.

The 21st Century, especially, moves with technological advancements and provides a constant need for new and remodeled residential and commercial building and attractions. Architecture students looking for a program that fosters their passion for creating can find it at NCC, where the coursework combines a mixture of academic, design and advanced computer technology.

The Architecture course curriculum readies students for transfer to professional architecture schools and provides each student with strong design skills and technical experiences. The design studio sequence is the focus at NCC, as this is where the design fundamentals are acquired and where theoretical concepts are applied.

The Interior Design curriculum includes a broad range of courses that will provide students with communication skills as well as architectural history background, graphics presentation, lighting design, and professional practices.

Each of the four semesters of the program focuses on a specific set of skills that students will take with them to a four-year institution or into the workforce. Presentation and structure are covered in the middle of the program, with design studio experience rounding out the final semester.

Career Options

Graduates of the program at Northampton will be prepared for transfer into an accredited five year Bachelor of Architecture Professional Program leading to a three-year internship and NCARB Examination to practice architecture.

Architects usually work for architecture firms where they consult with clients, develop reports and drawings, and work with other architects and engineers. However, architects often visit construction sites to review the progress of projects. Many work more than 50 hours per week. A licensed architect, after gaining experience, may take on increasingly responsible duties and eventual managing entire projects. Architects may advance to supervisory or managerial positions in large firms. Some become partners in established firms while others set up their own practices.

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