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Architectural Science - BArchSc (Hons)

Is it for you?

Study Architectural Science and learn to transform our world to create better performing, creative, sustainable and beautifully built environments. You’ll be encouraged to use your creative ability to help better meet the future needs of a sustainable society and community. This program is the only undergraduate program in Canada to integrate architecture, building science, and project management. When combined with our Master of Architecture 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 modelling and simulation lab and individual studio workstations. Top students can enrol in the paid, CEWIL-accredited co-op program after successfully completing the 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.

 Accreditations: 

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

Program info

Faculty:
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year
5-Year Co-op

Degree: 
Bachelor of Architectural Science

Grade range: 
Mid 80s1

Requirements: 
Grades-Plus

Experiential learning: 
Co-op available


Tuition and fees range 2023-2024

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $10,666 - $11,267
Out-of-province students: $11,961 - $12,649
International students: $38,340 - $38,584

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from the following:

* ASC 101 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

* ASC 201 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.
ASC 205 is graded on a pass/fail basis. ASC 205 can be taken in either 2nd Semester or 4th Semester.

Your future

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:

  • Architectural practice
  • Building science consulting
  • Project management
  • Government policy-making
  • Real estate development
  • Building product development
  • Fabrication
  • Urban design or urban planning
  • Graduate studies include a master of architecture (MArch) to become a licensed architect master of building science (MBSc/MASc) to be a technical consultant, masters in project management (MPMBE/MASc) to manage projects, or continue to our PhD programs

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.


Requirements

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 

This is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. Your ability to follow and adhere to the requirements is part of the assessment of your application.

Fall 2024 non-academic requirement due date:
February 1, 2024 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 detailed drawings, 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") or A3 (420 x 297 mm) 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 the home exercise (your three-dimensional object) from at least three 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 Center tile.

    eForms Center button highlighted in the bottom right corner of MyServiceHub.
  4. Then click on the Non-Academic Fee Form link.

    Non-academic Fee Form highlighted in the 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

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, 2024, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).


Student spotlight

Undergraduate students present research papers at ICERI Seville

Six undergraduate students from Architectural Science visited the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) as delegates and presenters. They were interviewed about the experience of attending and speaking at their first international conference.

Read more: International research conference offers hands-on learning opportunities

Images courtesy of Jake Levy and Jake Kroft

Students Ariel Weiss, Jake Levy, Jake Kroft, Luke De Bartolo, Sadberk Agma, and Daniela Diaz on top of Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain.


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 Notes:

  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 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.

Disclaimer: 

While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.