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This information is current as of January, 2015. Please refer to individual sites for up-to-date information.


Architecture Courses


From the Ontario Association of Architects: The vast majority of Canadian architects have completed a degree in architecture from a university program accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). An alternative way to become an architect is through the "apprenticeship" Syllabus Program offered by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

University professional degree programs in architecture may last from five to seven years and provide training which includes critical analysis and integration of knowledge. Canadian programs are currently offered at both the bachelor level (B.Arch.) and the master's level (M.Arch.); however, the professional degree is granted only at the master's level.

The universities listed below offer accreditation. (York U does not offer a degree program).


Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University, Ottawa


Bachelor of Architectural Studies (B.A.S.) program – 4-year program

Focus on one of four areas: Conservation & Sustainability, Design, Philosophy & Criticism, Urbanism

The number of applications to the Architecture program far exceeds the available First-Year places. The School looks for students with:

  • high academic potential
  • keen powers of observation
  • creative imagination
  • critical attitudes
  • an ability to form ideas and give them artistic expression
  • the desire to use tools
  • an ability to make things thoughtfully, and
  • to communicate with clarity and completeness

Sensitivity to environmental and social issues and interesting all-around experience is valued in considering candidates. Applicants are evaluated both on academic credentials and creative promise as demonstrated through a portfolio package submission.


Minimum Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to first year is the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including six Grade 12 U or U/M courses, including: 4U English

  • 4U Physics
  • 4U Advanced Functions
  • plus three (3) additional credits  (4U Calculus & Vectors is strongly recommended).


Department of Architectural Science,  Ryerson University

Bachelor of Architectural Science – 4 years (or 5 with Co-op)



General Ryerson Requirements: OSS Diploma with minimum average of 70% in six Grade 12 U/M courses. Subject to competition, program may require higher pre-requisite grades or overall averages in:

  • English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • Physics (SPH4U)
  • Mathematics [one of: Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Advanced Functions (MHF4U)]
  • The minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Non-Academic Requirements (Grades-Plus)

Portfolio of creative work – collection that highlights and demonstrateds the range and variety of your creative interests, abilities and talents. (See .pdf sheet)

Time-limited reading and writing exercise

Time-limited sketch exercise

Statement of Authorship & Guarantor’s Statement of Authenticity

One-page summary of academic, extracurricular activities and interests




John H. Daniels, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies



Application deadline in mid-January, through OUAC.

Requirements: OSS diploma, 6 senior high-school credits (Grade 12 U or M courses), including ENG4U.  Note that the Master of Architecture program recommends secondary school calculus and physics.

One Idea Supplementary Application Form (due end of January) includes a written and visual component answering the following prompt: Think of one idea that you have executed that challenged you to be creative, for example, a problem that you solved, a thing that you made, or your response to a situation that you encountered. Tell us about your idea and its execution.  

There does not seem to be any portfolio requirement.


Waterloo Architecture, University of Waterloo, Cambridge

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)



Includes 2 years of paid co-op work experience.

Courses are arranged in four thematic groups: Design, Culture, Technology, Environment.



A minimum final average of 80% on your best 6 Grade 12 U/M courses, however for Architecture, they indicate mid-80s might be required.


Required courses:

  • Advanced Functions 4U -- A minimum grade of 70 is required
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U -- A minimum grade of 70 is required
  • Physics 4U -- A minimum grade of 70 is required
  • ENG 4U -- A minimum grade of 70 is required

Recommended courses:

  • Grade 11 or 12 M Art courses
  • independent art studies
  • creative and cultural studies such as visual arts and history

Interview, 25 minutes in length, to assess creative and critical thinking skills.


Portfolio – They only give generalized recommendations for any course requiring a portfolio. They suggest including anything that you feel best represents your creativity:  a sketchbook, original drawings or paintings showing an understanding of use of colour, samples of 2 and 3-dimenstional work, other creative work eg. photography, craftwork, ceramics, jewellery, metal work, etc. You should be prepared to speak to and answer questions about your creative work and other interests. They rarely seek technical drawings.


Examination in English proficiency, organized as a précis of a selected passage.


Alternative to University:

George Brown School of Architectural Studies

Architectural Technician Program

As an architectural technician, you can participate in the design and development of the buildings that define our living and working environments using sustainable building practices. This two-year program will prepare you to work alongside architects, designers, contractors and builders.


Architectural Technology Program

As an Architectural Technology graduate, you can contribute to the changing skylines of the built environment with a sensibility for design, technology and function. Architectural technologists are key members of the project team and play a vital role in turning the design ideas of architects and engineers into practical, successful buildings. This three-year program prepares you to work with architects, engineers, designers and project managers to design our living and working environments, using sustainable building practices.


Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)




Further Research

Ontario Association of Architects – www.oaa.on.ca

Become an Architect (Under Public Resources)


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