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