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April Rapley

Graduated 2017

Rendering of a building

Tell us a bit about the course

It allows you to look at the buildability and functionality of a building you’re designing and how your choices impact these aspects. The course also has a strong focus on live briefs, to give you an understanding of how the process works in the real world.

How did Solent prepare you for your career?

This course is more than just the building design; it covers specification writing, project management, procurement methods as well as the technology of construction. It allowed me to show key skills in many areas required throughout the building process.

This course is for you if you have a passion for all aspects of building design - from initial ideas through to construction.

Favourite Solent memory?

The end of year show in my third year. This is an event to showcase our work from the final year to friends, family and industry professionals. Having my work looked at and praised by a complete stranger really made the work I had put in over the three years feel important.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in this area?

Take advantage of any learning opportunity; meet people in the industry and connect with them - this will open so many doors for your career.