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Architecture or Graphic Design? Some select Universities in Europe

Studying design from a good foreign University is a dream come true. A good design qualification may be a big boost for your career. And yes if you have the design and visualization skills and also have a mathematical brain you can also study architecture. In this article we examine both.  

Architecture:Architecture is bit of everything, creative and technical. Architects not only plan how buildings will function, but they also meet frequently with clients to make sure their designs are matching the vision of the project.An architect acquires knowledge of theory of design, creativity, aesthetics, structure designing, construction, rules and regulations, history, interior, and so on.

Graphic Design Graphic Design is purely a creative field. It deals with all visual communication, offline as well as online. More than that you need to have creativity visualisation, a sense of design. Good designer have a style and polish their craft until they achieve perfection.Media and communication are fields under the umbrella of graphic design. THis includes advertising, print and web designing. A designer develops the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.They create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand.

Architecture vs Graphic Design

Architects work with clients or employers to design layouts for different projects. Architects focus mainly on drawings and plans of buildings and structures.Graphic designers use computer software to create artwork like logos or illustrations, often for publications, packaging, posters websites, social media, or even for television and cinema. Choice between both depends where the interest of a person lies.

Why study Graphic Designing or Architecture from Europe ? Some of the world’s best design and architecture universities are located in Europe. What makes European universities so strong is the emphasis on creativity, innovation and support – helping you to reach your true potential.

Tuition Fee

Compared to the US, Canada or Australia, the tuition fees at most public universities in Europe are very low o approx 12000 to 20000 Euros per annum.It therefore stands to reason that an international education experience could help you prepare better than a standard university degree from an Indian university.

Top  universities to study Bachelors in Architecture and Graphic Design from Europe

1)Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. They have a world ranking of 126. It was known as the Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven

Bachelor of Architecture ,

  • Urbanism and Building Sciences- Duration: 3 years,Language of instruction: English.

2) IE School of Architecture and Design,Spain.

The IE School of Architecture and Design seeks to bridge the traditional gaps between academia and the professional world and to connect architecture and design with the broader society. IE believes that learning can and should occur in many places and in many ways , It has three campuses

Bachelor of Architectural Studies-

  • Duration: 5 years,Language of instruction: English,
  • Bachelor in Design-
  • Duration: 4 years,Language of instruction: English

3) Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland.

USI is a young and agile university that offers to its students a quality education and an enhancing study experience. International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach, leaving room to practical application.

Bachelor in Architecture-

  • Duration: 4 years,Language of instruction: English.

4) Glasgow School of Art, , Scotland

The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines.GSA is Scotland’s only public self-governing art school offering university-level programmes and research in architecture and fine art

Bachelor in Architecture-

  • Duration: 4 +1 year training,Language of instruction: English.

5)  University of Edinburgh, Scotland

The University of Edinburgh founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh. They have world rank of 27.

Bachelor in Graphic Design- 

  • Duration: 4 years,Language of instruction: English.

6) Macromedia University, Germany

A large part of  their courses are based on practical projects which take the form of individual coaching. Their campuses are based in some of Germany’s most vibrant cities.The university employs some 80 professors and renowned scientists and experts.

Bachelor in Media and Communication Design-

  • Duration: 7 semesters,Language of instruction: English ,Tuition fee :

Career prospects : Potential professional roles for you could be Social Media Designer , Service Designer , Creative Director , Web and Interaction Designer etc


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