Having studied architecture at university after leaving Dalziel High School in Motherwell, the 21-year-old quickly realised that she was more interested in the Computer Aided Design approach.
Sophie made the decision to apply to study HNC Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Campus.
“When I was doing architecture at uni before, I ended up not liking it that much. I was always better at maths and physics when I was at school – I like that more than the art and design side of architecture.
I saw the course on the College’s website, and I thought it would be good because I was good with the programmes, like CAD, and I thought it would be good to learn about Autodesk Revit, which is another type of software that is taught on the course.”
As part of her HNC graded unit, she must design a house for her client either on a steep hill in Edinburgh or within BRE Innovation Park in Ravenscraig, Motherwell. She must create 2D and 3D drawings for planning permission before exhibiting her project at an awards evening.
She intends to study for the HND at New College Lanarkshire, which would then make her eligible for third-year entry to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands or Edinburgh Napier University.
“The HND is another year after I finish this year, then I might go back to uni for two years and get my honours degree, or I might just try and get a job after the HND. It would be a job as an architectural technician, doing details on CAD, but you can work your way up to quite a good level from there.
Our course is really focused on getting you a job – I’ll do a week’s work placement next year, and at the start of the HND, our lecturers bring in people from industry to do mock interviews, so that’s really helpful as well.
I’m one of three females on my course, so it would be good to see more girls in this area, because it’s not very common and there are really good job prospects.”
“I’m one of three females on my course, so it would be good to see more girls in this area, because it’s not very common and there are really good job prospects.”