Curriculum

The four-year Bachelor of Design degree requires the completion of 133 credits. 

Typical course of study

Year one

DES 101

Introductory workshop


One of: 

DES 110

Measured architectural drawing

VISA 180

Foundation studio: Approaches to media


Two of:  

DES 130

Design, culture and ecology

DES 200

Design thinking

DES 220

Architecture and urbanism in context

DES 230

Sustainability by design


Reading requirement

One of ARTH 101, ARTH 102, ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, or equivalent


Writing requirement

One of ENGL 100, WRDS 150B, ASTU 100, or equivalent


Geography requirement

One of GEOS 102, GEOS 103, GEOG 121, GEOG 122, or equivalent


Electives

12 credits

Year two

DES 201

Design studio I: Context and site


DES 202

Design studio II: Form


DES 211

Design media I


DES 212

Design media II


DES 231

Site analysis and planning


DES 232

Material culture


DES 320

History of the Design of the Built Environment


Electives

3 credits

 

Year three

DES 301

Design studio III: Building scale synthesis


DES 302

Design studio IV: Vancouver (or design studio taken abroad)


DES 330

Structural systems and supports


DES 421

Design theory 


ONE OF:

DES 321

Topics in Architectural History (pre-1900)

DES 323

Histories in landscape architecture


Electives

9 credits

Year four

DES 401

Design studio V: Urban systems scale synthesis 


DES 402

Design studio VI: Senior project


DES 422

Urbanism by design


DES 430

Environment, urban form, and infrastructure


DES 445

Entrepreneurship and ethics in design


Electives

9 credits