Undergraduate admissions: Bachelor of Environmental Design

You will enter the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Environmental Design program in your third year of university study, following the completion of two prior years of full-time, post-secondary education.

Each year, we admit 30 students who best demonstrate the ability to succeed through a review of academic performance and creative potential.

We receive many outstanding applications, and admission is competitive. Meeting the minimum university admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program, and we cannot offer admission to all qualified applicants.

Admission requirements

Previous post-secondary study

We accept applications with either of the following academic credentials:

54 transferable credits

We welcome transfer applications from any academic background or program. You must have completed, or be in the process of completing, a minimum of 54 transferable credits in order to be eligible for admission.

The undergraduate admissions office determines transferable credit after you apply to the program. If you have completed coursework in British Columbia, you can consult the BC Transfer Guide to determine how your courses will transfer to UBC.

Completion of a prior degree

You can apply to this undergraduate program if you already have completed a recognized bachelor’s degree. Please note, however, that you should not apply if you qualify for a master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning.

Academic achievement

We require a minimum average of 65% on the 30 most recently completed transferable credits. We calculate the admission averages based on the grades received by the document submission deadline.

Specific course prerequisites

We require the completion of six credits of English literature and composition and six credits of geography (physical geography is highly recommended) to enter the program. This also applies to transfer applicants.

You do not need to meet the English and geography requirements if you have already completed a degree.

If you are a UBC student, we recommend that you complete the following courses to satisfy the prerequisites:

UBC Vancouver

  • ENGL 110 and one of ENGL 100, ENGL 112, or WRDS 150
  • GEOB 102 and GEOB 103

UBC Okanagan

  • ENGL 112 and one of ENGL 150, ENGL 151, or ENGL 153
  • GEOG 108 and GEOG 109
English language proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. You must meet the English language admission standard to be considered for admission.



Online application form

You must submit an online application by the application deadline of January 15.

You will receive an email confirming your submission with additional details regarding your UBC student number, list of required documents, and accessing the Student Service Centre.

If you are a current UBC student, or have previously attended UBC, you must complete the “Application for Readmission/Change of Faculty” form via the Student Service Centre.


A 1–2 page summary of your experiences in education, work, travel, volunteering, and other relevant areas. Resumes should be handed in to the ENDS program office or emailed to ends@sala.ubc.ca.

Statement of intent

A 1–2 page statement that outlines your interest in studying environmental design and your reasons for choosing UBC. Statements should be handed in to the ENDS program office or emailed to ends@sala.ubc.ca.

Interview questionnaire

A video response to the following: 

"Please cite three places, buildings, or landscapes, which are, or have been, of compelling interest to you. For each choice, describe in 50 words how they represent your current understanding of environmental design."

Applicants will be contacted with a link to complete the interview once they apply. 

Creative test

Applicants will be required to complete three short design projects that they will be assigned through our online system. These projects will be assigned randomly from a bank of questions. You will be given from January 15 to March 15 to complete the projects and upload them back to the online system. Each file should not exceed 5MB in size.


Your portfolio is submitted digitally in your online application. The PDF can be a maximum of 10 letter-sized (8.5" x 11") pages and must be under 10MB in size.
Tip: Use 150 pixels-per-inch or even 72 ppi images, or try saving the file as a Reduced Size PDF (“Save as Other”) in Adobe Acrobat, to bring down the file size.

The portfolio is an essential component of your application and should reflect in visual terms interests and accomplishments that have resulted in your decision to apply to the program. It should be a visual illustration of interests, ideas, creativity, and understanding of basic design elements such as line, form, color, composition, and space. The work you submit should demonstrate the conceptual development of a particular thought or concept. The portfolio should comprise your most recent and creative works and may include drawings, photographs, sketches, sculptural works, installation works, digital and mixed media, paintings, and prints.


You must submit two copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have previously attended: one to the UBC undergraduate admissions office and one copy to us. The registrar’s office(s) must send transcripts directly in a sealed school envelope. UBC will not grant final confirmation of acceptance until the final transcripts for the current academic year (if applicable) have been received.


You must provide two official letters of reference. At least one reference must be academic. Referees should seal the letters and send them directly to the program office.

Application fee

While completing the online application, you must pay the application processing fees.

We must receive all supplemental application materials no later than March 15 in the program office:

Environmental Design Program
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The University of British Columbia
379 – 2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4