Minor in Architectural Studies (ARST)

Turn your minor into a major advantage

The Minor in Architectural Studies is an opportunity for University of Calgary undergraduates to get a one-year jump start on the Master of Architecture program. The Minor consists of the courses taken in the Foundation Year of the Master of Architecture program. Undergraduates study alongside our graduate students in a blended learning environment that includes architectural design studios, workshops in 2D and 3D graphics and digital fabrication as well as lecture courses in history, building science, and sustainability theory. If you complete the minor, you’re also completing the first year of the MArch degree.

The Minor in Architectural Studies can be added to almost all UCalgary undergraduate degrees. Admissions are based on your university transcript — how you’ve done on your bachelor degree and/or major so far.

If you’re planning to apply for the MArch, students are recommended to use their undergraduate studies to develop a broad knowledge base that supplements the discipline-specific training in architecture. Examples include taking courses in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, biological and physical sciences, computer science, commerce and management. Creative courses that develop skills in 2D graphics and 3D modeling or fabrication are particularly beneficial, as are whenever possible, collaborative experiential learning experiences. Especially recommended are the following courses:


Jennifer Taillefer
Academic Programs Coordinator 
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Meet fellow students at FDAP, an undergraduate-focused architecture/planning/landscape architecture club at the University of Calgary

Program Structure

Minor in architectural studies program structure

Students can complete their ARST Minor courses over one or two years, depending on the need to accommodate the requirements of a major, or other scheduling conflicts. Upon completion of the ARST Minor requirements, students can then apply for admission into the first year of the two-year Master of Architecture program. You can take the ARST in your third and/or fourth year of undergraduate studies. Admission is based on GPA and a design portfolio. 


Note: The Faculty of Graduate Studies no longer accepts a three-year Bachelor of Communication and Culture with a one-year minor in ARST for entry into graduate programs. For information about undergraduate programs and courses, view the University of Calgary Undergraduate Calendar.