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Is this MArch course right for me? I have left it very late to make a decision...

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    I have just enrolled onto a Masters of Architecture course, after working for a year in practice, back at the university where I studied my Bachelors.

    This is the logical next step and I think my decision was initially made because it's the expected thing to do for qualification.

    A bit of background: my final year of my bachelors degree was horrendous, I struggled with the increasingly theoretical and artistic approach to architecture. There was a lot of riddle talking and 'investigatory work' which made it feel like we weren't really being taught anything. It ended up with a few students making a formal complaint and the tutors being let go, we were all given an uncapped resubmission. I got a 2:1 and was over the moon, starting a job a couple of weeks later.

    I'm quite a practical person, most likely due to my upbringing, I like logical thinking and the application of architecture in the real world. I've loved working because of this, I feel like I'm contributing to the built environment and not just talking about it.

    Fast forward to yesterday and I had introduction presentations to the studios available for MArch and I seriously felt like it was three hours of riddles. I struggled to grasp exactly what their briefs were, and their exact relevance. The course head made a speech and I was very confused about the end goal of what he was trying to say. They were talking about print making and bronze casting more than actual buildings.

    I feel like I've landed myself in a situation where I will be putting myself through two more years of what I experienced in my third year of bachelors and now I'm considering dropping out and going back to work. There are as limited material available about the course approach before I started so I only found out yesterday.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not afraid of working hard and I want to be a fully qualified architect, but I'm just not the sort of person to be able to put up with all the artistic and over-creative approaches. I feel it's all a bit pretentious and only contributes to how inaccessible architecture is to the general public.

    Has anyone dropped out of a masters course this quickly? It's a lot of money to just give it a try. Are all MArch courses like this? If so, maybe I have to grin and bare it.

    You seem to have a lot going on and I'm sorry you feel this way. It sounds like you aren't sure if this is the right course for you. I'm curious about why you thought it was given that you didn't enjoy your undergrad course? I think you need to drop out and take some time getting some work experience to work out if this is for you and if there are other routes into it. Also think about why you're struggling and maybe do some work to catch up. See if the uni will let you defer. Have you talked to your tutors?
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