FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE IN
The Foundation Certificate in Architecture is an introductory program that provides a solid grounding in the fundamental principles and practices of architecture.
QUALIFICATION: Mean grade of D- (minus) in KCSE Or equivalent.
DURATION: 2 Semesters
Curriculum: The curriculum typically covers fundamental concepts and principles of architecture. Some of the topics that may be included are:
Architectural design principles and processes
Architectural drawing and drafting techniques
Building materials and construction methods
Architectural history and theory
Sustainable design and environmental considerations
Introduction to digital tools and software used in architecture
Site analysis and planning
After completing a Foundation Certificate in Architecture, you may have several career options available to you within the field of architecture. While the foundation certificate alone may not qualify you for all architectural roles, it can be a stepping stone towards further education or entry-level positions. Here are a few potential career paths you could consider:
Architectural Assistant: With a foundation certificate, you may be eligible for entry-level positions as an architectural assistant. You can work alongside architects and other professionals in architectural firms, assisting with design development, drafting, research, and project coordination.
Architectural Technician: As an architectural technician, you would focus on the technical aspects of architecture, such as preparing detailed drawings, specifications, and construction documentation. This role requires knowledge of building regulations and construction techniques.
CAD Technician: Your familiarity with digital tools and software gained during the foundation certificate can qualify you for a position as a computer-aided design (CAD) technician. You would work on creating and modifying architectural drawings using specialized software.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) Specialist: BIM specialists work with 3D modeling software to create virtual representations of buildings. They collaborate with architects, engineers, and contractors to integrate and manage the digital information of a construction project.
Further Education: The foundation certificate can also serve as a pathway to further education in architecture. It can help you meet the entry requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or a related field. With an undergraduate degree, you can pursue a professional career as a licensed architect.