Originally posted by acf
i am in my second year of interior design, after i finish i would like to study architecture i have an A2 in art and B2 in higher construction studies but i only have 260 points can i still get into D.I.T
rag wrote:I sat the test last week. Went ok, no idea what the result will be, so fingures crossed. The section of eight square boxes had lines or curves in various positions instead of typed symbols. Short questionaire about what subjects people were studying too. Seven sittings of the test throughout the week. Luckily, first choice applications are down 10% or so to 900.
CM00, I applied to Queen's, ECA, University of Liverpool, Liverpool JM, Cardiff, and University of Westminster. Only ECA was unsucessful so far. Do people think that its worth going to the UK over DIT or UCD? Any opinions on the courses in the universities above? So far Cardiff and the two in Liverpool appear to have the edge for me.
rag wrote:Mad! Padraic, your comments are somewhat timely. I am actaully just looking at studying at JM. I was unsuccessful with DIT. I originally had Cardiff has my firm choice, but didn't make the grade in Physics and JM was my insurance.
Do you know what the course is like? Is it any good? Any info on it is much appreciated,
I have to say that the UK system of college entry is much easier and much less stressful.
There really should be a University review in this forum, im sure it would be very help full to anyone wishing to do architecture or switch university, maybe the admin would consider setting one up!
Caesar wrote:Hey there
Iâ€™m new to this forum and I have to say I like it. I have noticed this post and I couldnâ€™t ignore it. Before starting my story I will have to tell you few words about me. I am an architect (dooh) and I hold a senior position in a respectable architectural office in Ireland. Few years ago I tried to join the RIAI but because of my nationality ( non EU) I have been declined. I have been advised to obtain a degree recognised by EU and to do that I have approached DIT. I have to specify that I have 9years of architectural studies and more then 10 of experience as a project leader. I have mentioned all these information on a telephone conversation with a very nice lady from DIT, which has been very kind and sent me an application form. But surprise...the application form was for the first year. I rang back and enquire about this. I have been told that because of my nationality, which is a non EU, my qualifications cannot be recognized. I have asked what would it happen if over night my country will join the EU. Would that make me â€œsmarterâ€ overnight?? Obvious there has been no answer. After few rounds of telephone conversation I have been advised to fill in the forms for the advanced entries and to undertake the aptitude test. I have done that and at few months after I undertook the test I got a short letter saying that â€œunfortunately we cannot offer you a place this yearâ€ (or something similar to that). I have been shockedâ€¦the result of this test was that â€œI am not suitable to become an architectâ€. But I am already an architectâ€¦ Obviously I was very surprised and I tried to see what happened. I rang RIBA and enquire about my qualifications. They told me that my qualifications are absolutely perfect and are recognised by them and there should be no problems. I have told my â€œbossâ€ all this story and he told me that few other â€œnon EUâ€ architects that have been working for our office during the time, have been declined by DIT. That makes me wonder: Is that a DIT policy?? Is architecture and the architect different on the base of is nationality? After I spoke with RIBA and they told me that my degrees are recognised by them I realised that â€œSomething is rotten in the state of DITâ€. I donâ€™t know what nor why but it just makes me sick. I have stopped all my enquires since, and I will keep working as an architect without any RIAI or DIT recognition. I do not need to be recognised by a institution who place above art and architecture few EU treaties. Thank you for taking your time to read this.
Arkytekt wrote:In DIT you only come out with a B.arch actually. Its annoying, cos you dont even get any qualification after the first 3 years, like you would in every other school. Its a disadvantage cos it means if you decide architecture is not for you, you come out with nothing at all after 3 years, and you basically have to slog away for 6 long years to get recognition for something you dont even like. Im not saying this happened to me, but i know of lots of people who stuck it out for 2 or 3 years in DIT only to come out with nothing for their efforts, and i think this is a crime. Then in fourth and fifth year there are a lot of disillusioned people who are sticking it out just to get their piece of paper.
In the end, DIT graduates officially only have one degree when everyone else has 2, even though they have undertaken the same work.
Seems a bit unfair.