Planning Your Degree
The Bachelor of Design in City Innovation (BDCI) requires a completion of 120 units and normally takes four years of full-time study. To complete the BDCI program, students need to successfully complete a combination of mandatory and elective requirements. These requirements can be found on the Academic Calendar.
You will find below the various resources to help with your BDCI degree planning. Please take note that this program guide serves only as a recommendation and may not reflect new curriculum or scheduling changes. The BDCI program’s first intake is in Fall 2023 with second to fourth year courses currently in the development phase. As such, the recommended sequence reflects the projected progression of the degree and may be subject to further review in the future.
Certain courses are only offered in specific semesters and may serve as prerequisites for higher-level courses in a later semester. Corequisite courses are ones that must be taken in the same semester. For more information on how certain course requirements are connected, please visit the BDCI Course Information page. As a reminder, during the regular course registration period, students should register for both fall and winter courses at the same time.
Each student’s circumstances may differ and as such, you may not be able to follow the entire recommended sequence below. Students can follow different course sequences, which can extend the amount of time it takes to complete the BDCI program. Please note that course scheduling and requirements may change after the creation of this guide, so if there are any discrepancies, please refer to the Academic Calendar for the most updated information. We recommend that you connect with an advisor from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) if you have any degree progression questions.
References for Degree Planning
In this section, you will find a recommended sequence of courses to take in four years of full-time study in the BDCI program. Each year of the program is separated into bulleted lists of courses recommended for the fall and winter semesters. Each specific course name is hyperlinked to its respective course description on the Academic Calendar.
The diagrams in this section are based on the program guides listed in the previous section. These diagrams depict a recommended sequence of courses to take in four years of full-time study in the BDCI programs.
The first column shows the various components that make up the degree and the next four columns depict each year of full-time study at the University of Calgary. The recommended courses in each column are meant to be taken in the relevant fall/winter semesters. To learn more about each course noted in these diagrams, please refer to the Course Descriptions page on the Academic Calendar.
Prerequisites are courses that must be completed first before progressing onto higher-level courses. This diagram can be used to see what SAPL prerequisites should be completed first in the BDCI program. The diagram starts at the top with recommended first-year courses. The student must first earn at least a C- grade before they can advance to the next course down the diagram. Some course pathways branch off into the Architecture Concentration, Landscape Architecture Concentration, and general BDCI routes so students only need to follow the route that’s relevant to their program.
Please note that corequisite courses are ones that must be taken in the same semester. For example, a student cannot take DSGN 201 in one semester and DSGN 211 in another semester – the two courses must be taken together.
To learn more about each course noted in this guide, please refer to the Course Descriptions page on the Academic Calendar.
Program Guides (written format)
Program Guides (program sequencing diagrams)
BDCI Prerequisite Guide for SAPL Courses (diagram)
BDCI program guide walkthrough:
BDCI Prerequisite Guide walkthrough:
Registration tutorial videos:
- Course Registration - What, When, and How? [video]
- Registration Terminology
- Registration Tips [video]
- Registration Resources [video]
- BDCI Registration Q&A (webinar recording) - March 20, 2023 [video]
- BDCI Registration - Final Tips (webinar recording) - July 24, 2023 [video]