Posted by Daniel on October 20, 2003 at 10:53:35:
In Reply to: Re: Any other opinions on the 'better architecture schools in Canada'? posted by Gabs on August 06, 2003 at 19:02:59:
Practical Considerations to Bear in Mind Before Enrolling in a School of Architecture:
Have a close look at the class times offered for each course. If there is only one class time offered per course, this probably means the university is strapped for money. Usually, students foot the bill in terms of not being able to juggle school with work or other commitments.
Make sure there are no traps in the curriculum, like compulsory courses that are only available every other semester, or every other year. You may end up spending an extra year in school, or worse, instead of earning valuable work experience - and debt relief, in the form of a pay checque!
Find out if the school you are interested in offers summer courses in architecture. You need ways to speed your progression, or make up for a failled course if necessary.
Ideally, one should study architecture in a region where there is a great demand for architects. In the best case scenario, you might be empoyed before you even get out of school. That added security helps you achieve your goal.
To sum-up, if:
1- class times are inflexible
2- no summer courses are offered
3- there are irregularities in the program
4- the region does not support the employment of architects
One should look elsewhere for an education in architecture.
Incidentally, that Waterloo is number one on many people's list of better architecure schools in Canada, is not surprising. It offers a co-operative program.
Best of Luck.
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