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Architectural Science (BArchSc (Hons))

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Be part of TMU's innovative Architectural Science program

Department of Architectural Science (DAS) professor Vincent Hui's Navigable Virtual Reality For Architectural Interactive Learning (NVR-FAIL) tool allows students to not only design and view their architectural projects in a three-dimensional environment but also navigate and exist within this space. Given freedom of movement, this tool creates a realistic virtual space for students to experiment with their schoolwork and personal design projects. In addition, it is easily accessible through standard VR technology using students’ smartphones.

Read the full article: Navigable virtual reality tool enhances DAS students’ learning experiences

Is It for You?

This program is the only undergraduate program in Canada to integrate architecture, building science, and project management. When combined with our master's program, it forms a program of study that is accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). You’ll access well-equipped fabrication facilities with skilled technicians, an advanced computer modeling and simulation lab and individual studio workstations, and top students can apply for a paid competitive co-op program after successfully completing third year. The design studios and immersive, hands-on projects ensure you’ll graduate with the perspective and skills needed to collaboratively guide design and construction projects from start to finish. Study Architectural Science and learn to transform our world into a more functional, beautiful, and sustainable place.

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Five-Year Co-op Program

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Architectural Science

 Minimum Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Experiential Learning
Co-op available

 This program, when combined with our master's program, forms a program of study that is accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board.

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What You Need to Know

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2023 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2022/2023

Domestic Ontario Students Fees Range: $10,343 - $11,156
Domestic Out-of-Province Students Fees Range: $11,104 - $11,986
International Students Fees Range: $36,487 - $38,472

For detailed fees information visit Tuition and Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

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

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Non-Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. 

 Your non-academic requirements are due by February 1, 2023 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

What to Include in Your Portfolio:
1) Creative Pieces

Between 12 and 14 examples of your own creative work that highlights and demonstrates the range and variety of your creative interests and abilities through a range of media. Please carefully select and format your work to show it in the best way possible. For three-dimensional work, include several photographs to show the work from different angles. The assessment committee is NOT keen to see architectural scaled plans and detail drawing, etc. These should at most form only a small part of the portfolio. You should  focus on showing us your creativity in other ways. For each piece, please include the title if you have one, the medium/media, the date executed, and the size of the original piece.

2) Home Exercise

Take one (1) tabloid size (11" x 17") piece of paper or thin cardstock (the thickness of an index card) and transform it to make a three-dimensional sculpture.

Please follow these four rules in the making of your object:

  1. You are to use only one sheet of paper – excluding a base that you may attach it to if you wish.
  2. You are restricted to making two cuts in that piece of paper.
  3. You are restricted to making three folds in that piece of paper.
  4. You are restricted to taping or gluing or stapling the paper in only four locations.

Things to consider:

  • The composition of the sculpture should be interesting from different angles.
  • Demonstrate that you took care in the creation of this construction (be neat).
  • We are looking for a demonstration of aptitude and creativity.
3) Writing Sample

Write a short statement (up to 150 words) that describes the following:

  1.      The ideas you had when creating this three-dimensional piece.
  2.      What you wanted to achieve. 
  3.      Why you made this transformation.

Please type your statement and include it on a separate sheet. We will be looking for well-crafted objects that have interesting forms and spatial ideas which are clearly explained.

Compiling Your Portfolio:

The entirety of your portfolio should be submitted as one .pdf file. Please ensure you upload your portfolio contents correctly and completely, as multiple submissions will not be considered.

Please take photos of your three-dimensional object (from at least 3 different angles) and include this additional project in your portfolio, clearly labeled HOME EXERCISE. The short statement should be an additional page at the end of these images. You may use several pages to show your images. The home exercise/photos and written statement do not count as part of the 12 to 14 projects in your portfolio.

 Please do NOT include your name within your portfolio, on the cover or on any individual component. Do not submit a resume/CV. Please submit only the required portfolio pieces. You must include your TMU Student Number in the portfolio.

Applicants are reminded that non-academic work may be assessed by the Selection Committee prior to Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) receiving your interim or final grades. Regardless of how your non-academic work is evaluated by the Selection Committee, TMU’s academic admission standards will be maintained and will ultimately determine your admission into our program. The Selection Committee’s evaluation of non-academic work is final. Due to the volume of applications, re-evaluation/re-assessment of the non-academic work is not possible.

The non-academic requirements assessment fee is $50 CDN and must be paid in order for your submission to be reviewed. Here’s how to pay:

  1. Access your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal account (instructions to access the portal can be found below under Submission Instructions).

  2. Click on the button to link to the eForms Centre.

    eForms Centre button highlighted in the applicant portal account
  3. Next, click on the eForms Centre tile.

    eForms Center tile indicated at bottom-left corner of Student Homepage
  4. Then click on the Non-Academic Fee Form link.

    Non-Academic Fee Form indicated on left navigation of eForms Center page

Applicants are required to submit all components of their non-academic requirements via the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal. Due to the volume of applications received and our system performance, we strongly encourage you to submit your documents well in advance of the noted deadlines.

Here’s how to access your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal account:

  1. Get your TMU Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
  2. Activate your TMU Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form on the Accounts website. When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit TMU Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
  3. 24 hours after activating your TMU Online Identity, visit the ChooseTMU Applicant Portal

Instructions on how to upload documents can be found on our Ready to Submit Your Documents? web page.

If you are applying for readmission or reinstatement, you are not required to submit non-academic requirements.

 You must inform the program department of your intentions by February 1, 2023, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).

After Graduation

You’ll be prepared to contribute to creating an innovative, sustainable built environment using design, creativity, research, analysis, technical knowledge, management knowledge and practical experience. Options for your future include building design, government policy-making, real estate development, building assembly analysis or product development, building testing or marketing. You may work as a restoration architect, research architect or in the field of architectural engineering. You could pursue a master of architecture (MArch) to become a licensed architect, a master of building science (MBSc/MASc), or a degree in project management, real estate development, urban design or urban planning.

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