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Architecture portfolio

constantdoerconstantdoer 34 replies19 postsRegistered User Junior Member
Can anyone with some experience on how to build a portfolio in order to admit to architectural undergraduate schools give me some advice?
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  • momrathmomrath 5942 replies39 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @constantdoer The best source for portfolio advice would be found on the websites of the schools themselves. Those that require portfolios usually provide detailed information on what they're looking for. Some even give examples. Schools of Architecture are generous with information about admissions and the content of their programs. If you can, attend one of their information sessions or email them with your questions. Fallout rates for architecture degrees are high and the schools want to make sure that the students they admit understand what the study of architecture entails.

    I note from your other threads that you will be applying as an international student. You should be aware of two important points when applying for architecture undergraduate programs in the USA.

    First, there are two types of undergraduate degrees: The Bachelor OF Architecture (BArch) is a 5.0 year professional degree. If you intend to practice architecture in the USA, this degree is all you need to begin the licensing process.

    The other undergraduate degree offered by many universities, is the 4.0 year Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts IN Architecture, Architectural Studies or ANYTHING ELSE. You do not need to major in architecture to get admitted to a top ranked MArch program. With a BS or BA you will (in most States) need to get a Master of Architecture (MArch) in order to become licensed. The MArch takes from 2.0 to 3.5 years depending on the combination of BA/BS + MArch program you choose.

    Second, not all architecture schools require a portfolio as part of the admissions process. Many BArch programs, including some of the most highly rated, do not require portfolios. Most BS/BA programs do not require portfolios.
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  • aliceyg017aliceyg017 8 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    @momrath
    if you dont mind, can you share some links on some portfolio examples? I feel like i cant find any good ones.
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  • momrathmomrath 5942 replies39 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    aliceyg017 When it comes to using other peoples' portfolios as examples, I would have to agree that there aren't "any good ones." You're better off looking at your own work and deciding how you want to present yourself, your talent, your creativity, your potential. As I said, the schools provide a lot of information on what they're looking for. Generally, it comes down to facility with different media (especially drawing), ability to make a strong presentation, creativity and design sense. Here are a couple examples of detailed advice:
    https://soa.syr.edu/resources/career-services/faqs-students/portfolio/
    https://www.art.ucla.edu/undergraduate/PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES and TIPS FOR DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS UG 17.pdf
    The first step, however, is to understand the different degrees and the personalities of the different types of programs.
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  • constantdoerconstantdoer 34 replies19 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    @momrath thank you for your help!
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  • Vox6666Vox6666 10 replies7 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey I'm an architecture student at Cornell rn dm me if you want some advice
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  • aliceyg017aliceyg017 8 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    edited August 20
    Vox6666 wrote: »
    Hey I'm an architecture student at Cornell rn dm me if you want some advice

    @Vox6666 how do i do that? sorry i am new
    edited August 20
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  • aliceyg017aliceyg017 8 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    @momrath thx so much
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