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Careers and Opportunities

Careers

An architecture degree from Belmont can open the door to many exciting and fulfilling careers in a number of industries. Here’s a glimpse at some of the places a Belmont architecture degree could take you.

Architecture

The most traditional path for students leads to a career as a licensed architect. Within the industry, there are multiple jobs a licensed architect could have, including design architect, which is probably what most people picture when they think about a career in architecture. Licensed architects also can choose between a variety of professional settings, such as government agencies and mission work, large firms that allow professionals to specialize or smaller practices that offer variety both in tasks and types of projects.

Entrepreneurship

About 25 percent of all licensed architects are sole practitioners and more than 60 percent are at firms with fewer than five employees on their payrolls. The variety of skills learned in architecture school, such as creative problem solving, design thinking, marketing your work and project management, are also vital skills for running a business.

The World of Design

As members of a collaborative field, architects often find themselves working alongside design professionals in such related fields as urban planning, interior design, and industrial design. Belmont’s program will prepare you to work successfully with these fields, and also to transition into them with further experience or graduate education. Moreover, a Belmont education prepares graduates with the so-called “soft skills” that are transferrable across disciplines and for a future that will be yours to shape.


Opportunities

There’s a lot to learn by looking at pictures on a screen or in a book. But it never replaces the three-dimensional reality of a building. As a student in the architecture program at Belmont, you will have multiple opportunities to experience architecture for yourself through a variety of programming, offered both locally and abroad. Moreover, your well-rounded liberal arts education and intensive architecture courses will prepare you to succeed in your chosen career.

Partnering with the local community

Nashville’s thriving and established architecture industry, which boasts more than 60 firms and the nationally recognized Nashville Civic Design Center, will provide countless opportunities for you to explore career interests and apply classroom learning to real-world projects right in your backyard, gaining practical experience while doing so.

Exploring the world beyond Belmont

As part of its academic mission to engage and transform the world, Belmont University encourages students from all majors to connect with international study and service opportunities. Studying abroad can be particularly meaningful for architecture students. Experiencing other cultures, visiting the world’s most iconic structures, and witnessing how they’ve aged in place can teach you an important lesson about architecture and community.

Working toward professional practice

To become a licensed architect, graduates of the B.Arch. program at Belmont need to satisfy the requirements of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), which includes 96 tasks across six experience areas: practice management, project management, programming and analysis, project planning and design, project development and documentation, and construction and evaluation. The program’s dedicated AXP coordinator will help you find opportunities to engage in this process as soon as possible.

Enhancing your degree with complementary minors

Belmont’s focus on an integrative, liberal arts and sciences education aids you in discerning your future course while preparing you to be a creative problem-solver and to evolve in an ever-changing world. With possible minors in business, graphic design, entrepreneurship, environmental science, religion and the arts and more, your degree will be further enhanced to prepare you for a successful, fulfilling career.