How to get into architecture in India|Ar. Mohsin Sheikh

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Welcome back to the blog. We are here with yet another blog on again an interesting topic. This blog will be useful for students who are planning for get into architecture. If you are someone who has just completed 12th standard and wants to get into architecture this blog is for you and if you are not a student then you can send this someone who needs this piece of information. Now without wasting any time lets get straight into the blog.

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Before we get into this blog if you haven’t read THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE JOINING ARCHITECTURE this blog, please do. Because this is going to give you clarity and help you make a decision. The decision is always important as many aspects revolve around this. Even if you lack in some skills this decision of yours will fuel your motivation and help you get through the difficult process of the exam.

Here we’ll be covering topics such as who’s the competent authority, what is NATA, basic requirements for getting into architecture, eligibility, who should take NATA, where to appear for NATA, and Registration for NATA.

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As per Council of Architecture regulations, a candidate applying to any school/ colleges of architecture in INDIA should have 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with minimum 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 40% score in NATA, i.e. at least 80/200, for consideration of admission into first year of 5-year B.Arch. degree course.

Architecture is 5-year degree course, which has an entrance exam along with 10+2 exams. This entrance exam checks whether you have the aptitude, skill and potential to become an Architect. These are some basic skills which can be developed if you are starting at the right time.

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Now after hearing NATA for so many times you might be thinking what is this?? Let me first solve that. The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is conducted by Council of Architecture (COA). It measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

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The candidates who have passed 10+2 level examination with at least 50% aggregate marks in physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (PCM) and also at least 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination or passed 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate, shall be eligible to appear for NATA.

The candidate appearing for 10+2 examination with PCM or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics in the current year may also provisionally appear for NATA, subject to fulfilling the above criteria.

The candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC – NCL category or PwD (Person with disability) shall be provided a relaxation of 5% marks in total aggregate in 10+2level/ 10+3 Diploma as well as PCM.

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Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First Year of undergraduate course in Architecture (B.Arch.) in India take NATA. NATA is offered over major part of admission season at designated Test Centres located at colleges/ schools of architecture in India. Updated list of test centres is available at the NATA website.

After having registered for and given the NATA exam, there will be Centralised Admission Process in which you will be given a state rank and based on the ranking admissions will be carried out and you will get into First year Architecture course. This is just the first step to become an Architect in India. These 5 years are going to be long and hectic after successfully clearing of these you will be known as an Architect.

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Now that you know what is NATA next thing will be the registration process. This is a complete online process and details for the application is given in the NATA brochure. Earlier this exam could have been given at the student’s convenience but this is not the case now. There’s a proper timetable for everything and the similar is followed. This score is valid for one year only i.e. if you are giving for academic year 2020 – 2021 it will be valid for this year only and cannot be carried forward.  

This process normally starts in February, but there are two exams one in April and May consecutively. So according to your preference you can choose between the two. I’ll be writing a detailed blog on NATA in the next segment of our Education series of our Blog. We will also cover topics of exam in NATA, and will be having a series of blogs. We are focussing on free NATA education for students.

These are some recommendation of books for preparation of NATA. I have provided the Amazon link below you can buy from these to get ready for NATA.



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Best Websites for Design and Architecture Lessons Online. (Free & Paid)

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Welcome back to the blog. Today we are going to discuss some websites where you can learn about Architecture. Learning is a process which shouldn’t stop when the college stops. I call it a process, as it is an intrinsic aspect of our daily lives, that fuels holistic growth. Here’s my list of 10 websites catering to different aspects of architecture.

The video lessons on design and architecture cover all learning levels, from beginner to advanced levels. This makes it easy for students to start from scratch and become experts after completing the course. Many of the lessons feature theory and practical exercises that help students to apply the knowledge they have gained about architecture and design. It helps in gaining inspiration, creating ideas and being able to work with clients.

1. Design and Architecture Masterclass with Frank Gehry.

You are living under a den if you don’t know Frank Gehry, even if you are a first-year architecture student you should know him, read about him and his philosophies. You might have heard about this course as this already quite famous and I’ll recommend it to. This online course features 17 video lessons.

During this course the students learn about creativity, design philosophies, and the approaches to architecture that have worked for Frank Gehry. The course also covers essential areas as working with a team and the client, growing a business to deliver excellent design and architecture services.

Frank Gehry describes his design style and uses a case study from his past project – the Iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, which remains an architectural wonder. At the end of this course, all participants will have best ideas on how to confidently explore talent and resources to create outstanding architectural designs. 

2. Udemy – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This website offers different types of lessons on a diverse range of topics to choose from. I recommend reading the description beforehand, as the IT based architecture courses are merged with the regular ones. Also while you enter the course you can see the rating, tutor detail, what you’ll learn, requirements (if any) and you also have a detailed description about the course which you can read and take a decision to take the course or not.

The website is quite user friendly and offers a video preview of how the course will be. You get a full lifetime access, and you can view this on TV and mobile. After completion of the course you also get a Completion Certificate. The beauty of these courses is that you can complete them at your own pace.

3. Coursera – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

Besides having a wide range of choices from courses to degree programs, this website is associated with leading websites. Hence, on completion you get a certificate from the University. They have courses for beginners to expert level of courses.

There are multiple details which are seen on the frontend when you open a course, like 100% online, flexible deadlines, beginner level, approx. no. of Hours of course, and language of course. You also have your instructor details and details of course offered by which University.

I personally feel that if they had a preview video of the course, it would have helped more. I liked it when they mention a start date of the course and also have a deadline, for a person like me if there’s no deadline it will be difficult to complete the course. I appreciate that they have subtitles in multiple languages which they have mentioned, so a wide range of students who don’t know English can also access the course.

4. Skillshare – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

Got 15 mins?! No problem. On skill share you can find a course, from where you can learn something important in as low as 15 minutes. A list of things I found interesting on Skillshare were ‘what you will learn’, ‘who is this class for’, and more stuff in these things many questions get answered and the user has a clarity of the course.

Along with sample video, in this class the best part is we have discussions. So, if you are someone who needs an opinion from the tutor you can ask them questions here and get your work reviewed. Also, you are given task to do, because of that you can gauge that how much you have understood.

This website user-friendly, simple and result oriented. If you have less time and looking something to learn then Skillshare is for you.

5. Fiverr – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

You get a wide range of courses covered in this website. But this is not a stereotypical format of college or school, slightly different format. On this website you have individuals who teach you a specific topic. They term every course as a “GIG” and according to the owner, price range and rating you can select the tutor. Each GIG has been rated on 5-star scale to reveal how much value other students have been getting from the course.

Now while selecting your tutor it depends on how expressive he/ she is while explaining the course to you. One down side I saw while visiting this side is how they’ll be teaching is not mentioned, if it is in video format or audio format or just notes from which you can refer and have to learn it on your own. Mostly the courses covered on this website are software oriented such as AutoCAD, google SketchUp and others.

6. – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

While using this website you’ll have the comfort of selecting from various different categories related to architecture. From skill level to subject to duration to the software you can select the course as per your convenience. These courses are mostly video lectures. There’s no certification, no timeline, and this website is associated with LinkedIn, so that when you login from your LinkedIn ID you get a ‘FREE MONTH’ in which you can access the courses.

7. Take – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This websites module is based on Teachers. You can choose particular teacher and in the area of his expertise you can select the coaching. When you enter the website, your location is asked and according to that you can view a list of tutors. You can read about their experience and according to it you can decide to choose them or not.

According to the tutor’s availability and timings in morning, afternoon and evening you can select your time.

8. Superprof – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

Quite similar to what we saw in “TAKE LESSONS” but in this the tutors teach Design and Architecture using a webcam. Based on your requirements you can take group or individual class. And pay the tutor on hourly basis. Most of the time these are individuals who have experience in the field. These courses can be taken in any part of the world.

First lesson on this website is offered for free. This will be an introductory class online to help student understand what the course or topic is all about.

9. Creative Live – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This website offers courses which are not normal. I’ll term them as secondary courses available related to architecture. You can see the instructor’s background and experiences related to the course. These are HD video lessons and apart from your main class content you get certain number of hours of free content.

The best part about Creative Live is that you get a lifetime access, anywhere and anytime. This is one unique feature which we haven’t seen. Streaming of your courses on offline devices is one more interesting feature.  

10. Future learn – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This is a specialized course related to Modern Building Design where you can explore the trends influencing modern building design. This explores the trends of Climate Change, technology and regulation are changing modern building design and the professional practices of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

Any course can be done by anyone as there is no specific rule for doing this course. However, I would recommend not to do it if you are in your Under Graduate Architecture program. The difficulty level is intermediate and will be more suitable for fresh graduates which will help them professionally as well.

Basics of what topics will be covered, when to start, what you will achieve and who the course is for is given in the website and answers most of your questions. There are also learners review from which you can get an idea of how the course is and will help you take decision. You can choose from ‘FREE’ option to ‘UNLIMITED’ option in which they give different freedoms from just access for 5 weeks to unlimited access for a year with other benefits.

The main reason for writing this blog is to educate people that even if you have 15mins time on a Sunday afternoon you can make use of it. These small courses might not be as big as a degree or a diploma but will certainly develop a skill to solve simple and technical problems.

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