Architecture vs Innen Arkitektur in Hesse? I'd love your advice.

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Hi there!

 

I'm moving to Germany in a few months.

 

In Australia I work as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse and I do not wish to pursue re-qualification following the move. I therefore intend to head to university to gain a new qualification.

I'd love your input on the difference between Architecture and Interior Design in Germany based on a few specific points:

 

- How hard is it find work in these fields?

- Are either of these professions well paid?

- What kind of hours should I expect to work per day/week?

- What does a "great day" at work look like? What does a "bad day" look like?

- How difficult is admission to a bachelors degree in these fields?

 

If you work or study either of these professions or you know someone who does I would really appreciate any feedback you can give me. It's really difficult to find unbiased information  in English!

 

Thanks a bunch,

Chelsea.

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1 hour ago, heychels said:

- How hard is it find work in these fields?

 

Hard. There is a massive overflow of architects and Innenarchitekten.

 

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- Are either of these professions well paid?

 

Not really.

 

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- What kind of hours should I expect to work per day/week?

 

Many hours, expect (unpaid) overtime as an employee and 60-80 hours as a self-employed.

 

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- What does a "great day" at work look like? What does a "bad day" look like?

- How difficult is admission to a bachelors degree in these fields?

 

It's not that easy – but depends on the FH/University, most have numerus clausus, some do tests, you need a Praktikum (internship) very often, at least 6 weeks on building sites, for Innenarchitektur you often have to apply with a 'Mappe' (book) and do additional tests. 

 

Architektur in Darmstadt (University, Hessen):

 

- NC

- 6 weeks internship

 

Innenarchitektur in Darmstadt (University of Applied Sciences, Hessen):

 

- NC

- 8 weeks internship within the first two semesters

 

And: How good is your german?

 

 

 

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Hi Someonesdaughter, Thanks for the reply!

 

This paints quite a discouraging picture - it's certainly a lot to think about! I wonder why the profession is so saturated if the study and work weeks are long and the pay is not good. My German is not good enough to study immediately so I would certainly say I'm just trying to get an overview of some of my options at this stage.

 

I'm interested to know more about the NC. As I understand, NC is usually the 'score' from pretertiary schooling, correct? As I already have a bachelors degree, do you think they would take my university 'score' or would they require proof of my pretertiary score?

 

Chels.

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