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What career paths can I explore that are in the design field like architecture but don't require a college degree?

Hello everyone! I'm passionate about design and architecture, but I’m a bit concerned about the cost and time commitment of a full-fledged architecture degree in college. Are there alternative career paths that are close to architecture where I can use my skills in design and creativity without needing a college degree? Would love to hear about your suggestions or any experiences you might have!

8 months ago

Hello there! It's great to hear about your passion for design and architecture. Drafting or CAD (Computer-Aided Design) technician roles often require a certification or associate's degree, which is more affordable and shorter in duration than a bachelor's program. In these roles, you'd be working on technical drawings that are essential to the construction industry.

Another option to explore is becoming an interior decorator, which relies more on industry knowledge and practical experience rather than formal education. Additionally, working in a design firm in an assistant or administrative capacity could immerse you in the architecture field while allowing you to learn and perhaps work your way up, or even eventually get financial help funding a bachelor's degree.

These are just a few alternatives, and I'd also suggest looking into vocational training or design workshops that can provide you with a solid skillset to start with. Good luck!

8 months ago

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