Saturday, July 16, 2011

Architecture vs. Journalism

I am a high school senior trying to decide what major to pursue in college. I really enjoy organizing/planning spaces; on the other hand, I love writing. That presents two totally different majors: architecture and journalism. If I were to pursue journalism, would a university allow me to take architecture electives simultaneously? Then, after earning a bachelors in journalism with a few architecture credits, would I be able to pursue a masters in architecture?

Thanks for your help!

First, I would not suggest you necessarily pick one over the other at this point in your life.  To keep your options open, attend a university that has both majors - journalism and architecture.  Assuming that the institution has an architecture minor, you could pursue an undergraduate degree in journalism and a minor in architecture.  Afterwards, you could pursue the Master of Architecture (3-4 years) for those that have a unrelated degree (journalism).

As well, you could pursue architecture as an undergraduate degree with a possible minor in journalism.  Again, pursue the Master of Architecture (2-3 years) for the professional accredited degree necessary for licensure.

At this point, keep both option open by writing and sketching.  
Here are some resources I found be searching on the two topics in Google.

Master of Arts in Design Criticism

Dr. Architecture

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