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Degree Requirements

A student is eligible for a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism after obtaining credit for all courses listed in the program of study. This requirement will normally be met by completing four Winter Sessions with a full credit load.

A student transferring from a program of study outside the Bachelor of Design program at another Post-Secondary Institution may be granted Transfer Credit.

Year One 
DES 101, Introductory Workshop1
One of:3
DES 110, Measured Architectural Drawing 
VISA 180, Foundation Studio: Approaches to Media 
Two of:6
DES 130, Design, Culture and Ecology 
DES 200, Design Thinking 
DES 220, Architecture and Urbanism in Context: Vancouver and its Region 
DES 230, Sustainability by Design 
Reading Requirement13
Writing Requirement23
Geography Requirement33


Year Two       
DES 201, Design Studio I – Context and Site    6
DES 202, Design Studio II – Form6
DES 211, Design Media I3
DES 212, Design Media II3
DES 231, Site Analysis and Planning3
DES 232, Material Culture3
DES 320, History of the Design of the Built Environment3
Year Three 
DES 301, Design Studio III - Building Scale Synthesis9
DES 302, Design Studio IV - Vancouver9
DES 330, Structural Systems and Supports3
DES 421, Design Theory3
One of:3
DES 321, Topics in Architectural History I 
DES 323, Histories in Landscape Architecture 
Year Four 
DES 401, Design Studio V - Urban Systems Synthesis9
One of:9
DES 402, Design Studio VI: Away 
DES 403, Senior Design Project 
DES 422, Urbanism by Design3
DES 430, Environment, Urban Form and Infrastructure3
DES 445, Entrepreneurship and Ethics in Design3
Program Total133

1 The Reading Requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing one of ARTH 101, 102, ENGL 110, 111, 120, or the equivalent.
2 The Writing requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing one of ENGL 100, WRDS 150, or the equivalent.
3 Transfer students may alternately fulfill the Reading and Writing requirements with ASTU 100 or the equivalent
4 The Geography Requirement can be fulfilled by successfully completing one of GEOS 102, 103, GEOG 121, 122, or the equivalent. GEOS 102, 103 or Physical Geography equivalent is highly recommended.
5 A minimum of 12 credits of senior-level courses must be included within the elective requirements.


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