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Architectural design programs prepare students to become architectural assistants or drafters. In this role, graduates work under the supervision of a lead architect or engineer, helping to create design concepts—and ensuring they are implemented correctly by builders.
They participate in the design process from start to finish, and after a few years of experience, may consult directly with clients to develop concepts for both interior and exterior spaces.
Students who want to enter the field quickly as draftspersons typically select career college architectural design training, rather than a lengthy Bachelor's program in architecture or interior design.
But what should students look for in a trustworthy architectural design/drafting program at the college level—and what will coursework entail?