You now know all the facts and stats about WSU Architecture. If you don’t, have a quick look here.
But, are you still curious about how people feel about this degree? Wonder no more!
We chatted with Hermez, a Bachelor of Architectural Design student at WSU, about what this degree is really like to study.
Have a look!
Why should you study an Architecture degree at WSU?
The Bachelor of Architectural Design is great for forward thinkers who want to push themselves creatively and analytically. Students who decide to pursue this degree will find themselves constantly evolving and growing mentally!
“This course is amazing! This degree is modern and collaborative — I feel I am gaining skills to help me into the workforce when I graduate,” Hermez says.
This degree helps students to become flexible thinkers, giving them the tools they need to be able to embark on projects in the real world — be it solo or in a group, this degree will prepare you! Students will learn the ins and outs of Architectural Design from budget proposals to creative briefs, you will be covered.
Top 3 Pros of an Architectural Design Degree
#1: The teaching staff
The teaching staff within the Architectural Design faculty are driven, determined and are constantly learning and evolving within their craft.
“The lecturers and tutors are so knowledgeable — within the studio environment they can encourage us so much!” Hermez tells us.
#2: The learning environment
Architectural Design students will be taught in a number of ways including lectures and tutorials. Students will also have the opportunity to work within the design studio and workshop!
Within design studios and workshops, students will learn how to create proposals, collaborate on designs and work out a budget.
“The studio is very inspiring — everyone is trying to develop new ideas and concepts. We collaborate and learn together, this environment is very similar to how it would be in the workforce,” Hermez says.
#3: The industry connections
WSU Architecture students gain a wealth of knowledge from their tutors, but they will also learn plenty from guest lecturers!
“We also get many guest lecturers from the Architectural industry. WSU has many links and connections with lots of industry partners,” Hermez reveals.
Having many opportunities to hear from well-known guest lecturers gives students the chance to see things from a different perspective and become more acquainted with what the industry is really like.
Top 3 Cons of an Architecture degree
#1: There’s lots of group work
Don’t think that you’ll be able to get by this degree just doing solo assignments. Hermez says, “For every unit pretty much, there will be a group work task or multiple!”
If you aren’t a fan of group work, you’ll have to let go of that mindset and learn to collaborate! Plus, a career in Architecture will involve working with others, so uni is good practice for that.
#2: You’ll be on campus quite a bit
Even when not attending lectures and classes, students will need to be on campus a lot — this is due to the fact of lots of group work!
You might find yourself on campus for 20 hours some weeks, but it’s not all bad. The cohort is super fun and inviting as Hermez says, “We will even just go and study and work together when group work is not happening!”
Even when working on their own individual studies, Architectural design students love to hang out together.
#3: Finding an internship is up to you
While students are highly encouraged to commence an internship throughout their studies, you’ll need to source an internship yourself.
“Lecturers and tutors will help you find places, but at the end of the day, it will be you finding and securing your internship,” Hermez tells us.
So if you really want to get some valuable industry experience, you’ll need to put in the hard yards to find an internship that suits you. It’ll definitely be worth it though!
Hermez hasn’t expressed any regrets about studying WSU Architecture, but he does have some advice for future Architecture students.
“When you don’t know, ask a question! If you feel like you do not understand something, make sure you ask — you will feel much better in the long run,” Hermez says.
It may feel difficult at first, but each time you ask for help it will get easier!
What do you wish you had known before starting WSU Architecture?
Prior to commencing study at WSU, Hermez did not get to experience much of his course or see any promotion about it. He felt as though he was walking into this degree with no knowledge of what the students, faculty or even degree would be like!
What makes this degree different from the ones offered at other universities?
“This degree is different as it combines two different disciplines, Architecture and Design, and puts them into one learning outcome! This helps to grow and learn in many different ways which is very innovative,” Hermez says.
What inspired you to choose WSU Architecture?
Hermez’ decision to study a Bachelor of Architectural Design at WSU was different from most people’s reasoning — he followed his passion and interest rather than university reputation and prestige.
“The reason I decided to study Architectural Design is because of my own interest. As I said earlier, I did not know what the teaching faculty, students or even classes would be like! I am very pleased I picked this degree,” Hermez tells us.
What are the possible career paths?
A degree in WSU Architecture doesn’t just limit you to a career path in architecture. There are other industries or careers you might want to consider after graduating from this degree:
- Industrial design
- Urban planning
- Interior Architecture
Matilda Elliott is a Content Writer at Art of Smart and a Communication graduate with a major in Journalism at Western Sydney University. You can find some of her published work in a range of platforms including SBS World News, The Music Network and within her own creative exploits with her twin sister. Matilda is a lover of listening, helping people to tell their stories, making genuine connections, clowning around in her circus troupe and dancing like no one is watching at live music shows!