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Now that you have cleared your 12th-grade board exams, you have successfully completed your high school and are now all set to enter your college life. In India, architecture courses after 12th grade majorly focus on the development of the skills required to construct commercial buildings, libraries, airport terminals, motorways, and other types of civil construction. Students who take this course will have a greater understanding of numerous design ideas, processes, and methodologies.

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Furthermore, the field of architecture provides you with a variety of programmes and courses that focus on different aspects of design and architecture and that are available in different durations to cater to your requirement.

Course Duration Eligibility
B. Arch 5 years A minimum score of 50% in 12th grade with PCM as a subject combination
B. Planning 3 years A minimum score of 50% in 12th grade with PCM as a subject combination
Diploma in Architectural Assistantship 3 years A minimum score of 50% in any stream


Arch is a 5-year UG programme that focuses on teaching students about the structures of buildings, monuments, bridges, and other structures. Students who want to pursue B. Arch must have completed at least 10+2 years of education with a recognised board or their diploma from a recognised university with a minimum cumulative grade average of 50%. After completing the necessary steps, applicants must pass an entrance exam, such as the NATA or JEE Mains, in order to be admitted and chosen for the B. Arch programme. JEE and NATA preparations can be very challenging which is why it is advised to join JEE or NATA coaching classes and gather the relevant JEE or NATA study material.

Some colleges also offer this degree through remote learning, wherein, candidates are chosen based on their performance on the most recent entrance test. Additionally, B. Arch provides students with excellent career options in the fields of architecture design, architecture engineering, staff consultancy, managerial roles, art direction, and building contractors, among others. L&T, IMAXE, DLF, VSA Space Design, and many other companies are among the top employers of B. Arch degree graduates.


Planning, sometimes known as a Bachelor of Planning, is a four-year undergraduate programme in planning designs for housing or other human settlements. Students learn designing, math, sketching, and computer-aided design abilities throughout the course.

To qualify, you must complete 10 + 2 years of education with a minimum passing grade of 50%. The main component of the admissions procedure is an entrance exam, which is followed by a personal interview. 

The School of Planning and Architecture, CEPT University, Ansal University, Amity University, and other major universities provide B.Planning programmes. The average cost of a B. Planning programme is around INR 1.5 lakhs, and the initial pay ranges lie between 3-6LPA for any planning degree.

Graduates with a degree in planning can find employment as urban planners, regional planners, project planners, design architects, interior designers, etc. JLL, E&Y, TCP, and NITI Aayog are just to name a few. There are many more potential top hiring firms for this programme.


Diploma in Architectural Assistantship

The curriculum of the Diploma in Architectural Assistantship mainly focuses on the principles of civil engineering, architecture, and interior design. The aim of these principles is to prepare students to work with and for architects and civil engineers.

The Diploma in Architectural Assistantship course covers plan-making, drawing, CAD (Computer-Aided Design), fundamentals of civil engineering, interior design, furniture design, construction technology, project management, planning and cost estimation, contract work rules, etc.

Architectural assistant is a position apt for an architectural practitioner who is a fresher in this field. The major responsibilities are to provide basic support to the main architect and other architects on the project. An architectural assistant carries out basic work such as so that the architects can concentrate on the more challenging ones.

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Lovely Professional University, Integral University and OPJS University are a few of the top-ranked universities for this course. The average fee for these courses lies approximately between 42k to 50k per semester. And the average salary range lies anywhere between 4 to 5 Lakh per annum. 

Apart from the aforementioned courses, you can also opt for short-term courses. Even though the syllabus of these courses is not entirely architectural, it gives you an idea of the world of design. 

You can additionally do these certificate courses, to have an all-round knowledge of architecture as well as Interior Design.


Diploma in Interior Design

A diploma is specially designed to quickly prepare you to enter the work environment. In contrast to degree programmes like the Bachelor of Design (B.Des), diplomas place a greater emphasis on practical skills than on theoretical knowledge.

Apeejay Institute of Design, GICED University, and Vogue Institute of Arts and Design are some of the well-known institutes for a diploma in interior design. You can take up a design aptitude test to explore more about your areas of interest.

The duration of a diploma is around a year or sometimes lesser. The average fee range is between 30k to 60k for the year. And the pay scale might vary from anywhere between 4 to 5 lakh and might go up to 20 lakh a year as well. 


Certificate in Interior Design

Certificate courses in Interior Design usually lasts for around 6 months to a year. Below are the top 4 certificate courses that you can opt for if you are planning on studying design for a short span.

Course Duration Fee
Certificate in Computer-Aided Interior Design 6 months Rs 35,000
Certificate in Interior Design 6 months Rs 55,000
One Year Foundation Program in Interior Design 1 year Rs 90,000
Online Program in Interior Design 3 months Subject to Institutes


Some of the top institutes that provide certificate courses include International Institute of Fashion Design, The University of Technology, Sage University, Peal Academy etc. 

Although this article contains detailed information regarding the architecture courses that you can do after completing the 12th, coming to a decision and knowing what is absolutely right for you can be challenging. But, rest assured, as SILICA has got you covered.SILICA provides you with scientifically-curated aptitude tests and career guidance programmes that can help you make the right choice. Along with that, we also provide online and offline coaching to students and help them not only prepare but also crack the entrance exams. Right from providing study material and sample papers to curating mock tests, we make sure you are prepared thoroughly. So if your web history is full of words like NATA Preparations, NATA coaching classes, NATA study material, JEE coaching classes etc., then do check our page for all the information.

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