Architecture

Program Overview

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a professional degree program offered by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. This program provides a thorough base of knowledge in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice, while developing skills in design through an intensive sequence of design studio courses. These are supported by courses in visual communication and architectural representation including computer modelling and other new media. The program aims to develop critical, creative, and independent thinking and research that responds to current design issues and societal changes. The Greater Toronto region is used as an urban laboratory for the development of new knowledge and forms of practice.


Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline MArch:

1-Dec-2019

MArch:

1-Dec-2019

Supporting documents deadline MArch:

Portfolio submission due: 8-Jan-2020

All other documents due: 17-Jan-2020

MArch:

Portfolio submission due: 8-Jan-2020

All other documents due: 17-Jan-2020

Minimum admission average MArch:

Mid-B in in final year of bachelor’s

MArch:

Mid-B in in final year of bachelor’s

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MArch:

After

MArch:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MArch:

No

MArch:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MArch:

Graduate Unit

MArch:

Graduate Unit

Program length (full-time only) MArch:

7 sessions

Second-year advanced-standing option: 5 sessions

Post-professional advanced-standing option: 2 sessions

MArch:

7 sessions

Second-year advanced-standing option: 5 sessions

Post-professional advanced-standing option: 2 sessions


Master of Architecture

Program Description

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a professional degree program and provides a thorough base of knowledge in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice, while developing skills in design through an intensive sequence of design studio courses. These are supported by courses in visual communication and architectural representation including computer modelling and other new media. The program aims to develop critical, creative, and independent thinking and research that responds to current design issues and societal changes. The greater Toronto region is used as an urban laboratory for the development of new knowledge and forms of practice.

 

MArch Program (3.5-Year Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, BASc, BES, BFA, BCom) with a final-year grade point average of at least mid-B, and showing leadership potential in the field.

  • Recommended: courses in secondary calculus, secondary physics, and university architectural history (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]).

  • Recommended: preparation in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics, photography, film, or new media, as well as computing and advanced writing skills.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The course of study is a rigorous full-time, comprehensive program and prepares graduates for the full range of professional activities in architecture. The core program is extensive, and students are required to use their electives to develop an area of special skill and knowledge through an independent study program that culminates in a design thesis.

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • Students who complete their Master of Architecture program and are eligible to convocate will have their relevant information automatically forwarded by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design to the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), unless the student opts out in writing. The certification confirms the individual’s academic qualifications in compliance with the Canadian Education Standard (CES) in Architecture for entry to the profession. CACB grants and issues certification to applicants who meet the Education Standard and maintains a National Register of those certified and confidential records of all pertinent documentation for all applicants.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 17.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 15.0 FCEs in core courses

      • ​​​​​​​​4.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 2.0 FCEs Option Design Studios

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation and Research course

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE Visual Communications courses

      • 1.0 FCE History courses

      • 0.5 FCE Computer Modelling course

      • 3.5 FCEs Technics and Planning courses

      • 1.0 FCE Professional Practice course

    • 2.5 FCEs in electives, of which 1.0 FCE must be in the History category.

Program Length

7 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W/F/W/F)

Time Limit

4 years full-time​

 

MArch Program (2.5-Year: Second-Year Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate non-professional bachelor's degree in architectural studies or environmental design, or a comparable degree focusing on the built environment.

  • Admission to the advanced-standing option is based on the merits of the student's overall academic background and strength of design portfolio as evaluated by the MArch admissions committee.

  • Required: minimum previous completion of three design studio courses, two courses in visual communications or representation, two courses in architecture history and theory (one in 20th-century), and two courses in architectural technology and ecology.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The course of study is a rigorous full-time, comprehensive program and prepares graduates for the full range of professional activities in architecture. The core program is extensive, and students are required to use their electives to develop an area of special skill and knowledge through an independent study program that culminates in a design thesis.

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • Students who complete their Master of Architecture program and are eligible to convocate will have their relevant information automatically forwarded by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design to the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), unless the student opts out in writing. The certification confirms the individual’s academic qualifications in compliance with the Canadian Education Standard (CES) in Architecture for entry to the profession. CACB grants and issues certification to applicants who meet the Education Standard and maintains a National Register of those certified and confidential records of all pertinent documentation for all applicants.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 12.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 10.0 FCEs in core courses:

      • 2.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 2.0 FCEs Option Design Studios

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation and Research course

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Thesis

      • 0.5 FCE Computer Modelling course

      • 2.5 FCEs Technics and Planning courses

      • 1.0 FCE Professional Practice course

    • 2.5 FCEs in elective courses, of which 1.0 FCE must be in the History category.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W/F)

Time Limit

4 years full-time

 

MArch Program (1-Year: Post-Professional Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A post-professional advanced-standing option is available for students who are interested in pursuing advanced studies in architecture beyond their professional degree.

  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for an accredited architectural professional degree from a recognized university.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • The post-professional advanced-standing option does not grant a professionally accredited degree.

Program Requirements

  • The course of study is a rigorous full-time, comprehensive program and prepares graduates for the full range of professional activities in architecture. The core program is extensive, and students are required to use their electives to develop an area of special skill and knowledge through an independent study program that culminates in a design thesis.

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • Each student’s program of study must receive the approval of the Program Director and, in general, shall consist of a research or design project on which a thesis must be submitted.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​4.0 FCEs in core courses:

      • 0.5 FCE Field Course

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation

      • 1.0 FCE Thesis I

      • 1.5 FCE Thesis II

      • 0.5 FCE Colloquium

    • ​2.0 FCEs in elective courses. Of these, 1.0 FCE must be in the student's area of interest.

Program Length

2 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time



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