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I'm currently a fresh graduate from an arts school in Singapore in interior design and I wish to further my studies at either one of the mentioned courses. But my question is wouldn't studying a major in Civil engineering make more sense as i'm actually lacking the knowledge of constructing such structures. I have a strong sense of space and i have strong background in visualizing and conceptualizing architectural forms
Yes, do civil engineering. There are far too may architects and want-to-be architects on this planet for the jobs available.... enough to last through the apocalypse.
Civil Engineering is very, very, very different from architecture.
In school architecture is very art-centric. You're judged hard on the ideas in your design, your ability to execute drawings and models, etc. When you graduate, depending on where you go, might be doing design work for buildings, you might be picking carpets and material finishes, you might be doing a lot of things related to architecture. If you work at the right firm you might find yourself being the guy who combines the work from the design portion and all the various consultants to make sure it all meshes together (the ducts don't hit the beams and you still have room for the pot lights, etc).
When you study civil engineering you will spend most of your time calculating. You will learn how to determine loads on a building, select structural members in steel, metal, wood, etc. You will spend a lot of time studying the behaviour of soils in foundation design, the behaviour of water, the design of water management systems, highway design, structural analysis of complicated frames/trusses, etc. You will be doing a lot of math (calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, etc). There is very little creativity and many times there is a right answer, even if its complicated to arrive at.
While both work on structures, the work of the two is very different and that is why its not one person doing both jobs.
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I’m not sure if this applies to you given your art school background & being in Singapore. For an undergraduate degree, I’d generally recommend civil engineering. Three reasons come to mind:
Hope that helps a little.
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