The Minor in Architectural Studies (ARST) is an opportunity for University of Calgary undergraduates to get a one-year jump start on the Master of Architecture (MArch) program. The Minor program is equivalent to the Foundation Year of the three-year MArch. When you complete the ARST minor, you can apply directly into the two-year MArch program.
Undergraduates study with graduate students in a blended learning environment. The program includes architectural design studios, workshops in 2D and 3D graphics, and digital fabrication. Students also take courses in history, building science, and sustainability theory.
Applying for the Minor
The Minor can be added to all undergraduate degrees. For those in programs with prescriptive requirements like Engineering, it can be challenging to complete both programs in the typical four years, and additional study time might be needed.
Admission is competitive. When you apply, you'll need a minimum GPA of 3.2 on the most recent 10 courses or 30 units from your UCalgary transcript and a design portfolio.
Planning for the MArch
Students planning to apply for the MArch should use their undergraduate studies to develop a broad knowledge base that supplements the discipline-specific training in architecture. This means you'll want to consider 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 collaborative experiential learning experiences. The following are highly recommended: