Online Architectural Design Certificate

An online certificate program in architecture may provide students with an understanding of how business principles and architecture can coexist. In this type of program, students may learn how to design structures, manage projects, and deal with financial accounting. Program coursework may include just a few courses such as architectural marketing, enterprise modeling, and construction management.

Once individuals complete the certificate program, they may either seek entry-level employment or enroll in a degree program in architecture. Certificate-level graduates may find employment opportunities in engineering, financial services, construction, and architecture.

Program Overview

  • Undergraduate Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Graduate Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 24% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for graduate-level programs in architecture may include a handful of courses geared that combine business and architecture. These courses may teach students how to hone in leadership skills and develop their business, strategy, operating, and technology knowledge to benefit the architectural industry. Core architecture courses may include:

  • Construction Management
  • Management Accounting and Finance
  • Architectural Law
  • Office Management
  • Architectural Marketing
  • Enterprise Modeling
  • Architecture Foundations

Career Options

Graduates of online certificate programs in architecture may find employment opportunities in engineering, financial services, federal government, architecture, and construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are expected to increase by 24% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Project Manager
  • Architect
  • Civil Engineer
  • Interior Designer
  • Urban Planner

Continuing Education

Individuals who graduate from certificate programs in architecture may decide to further their education by enrolling in a master’s-level or bachelor’s degree program in architecture. The master’s degree program in architecture may expound upon students’ knowledge on architecture as well as teach them about innovative design and promote successful teamwork. Most employers hire applicants who complete a five-year bachelor’s degree program in architecture or those who have a master’s degree, which may take one to five years to complete, depending upon their level of training.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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