Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism

Applications for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism program will open in September, and must be submitted by January 15. Admissions decisions are sent out in mid to late April. 

The School takes into consideration the breadth of each application including the applicant’s academic achievement and intellectual readiness and evidence of creativity and design aptitude to select the most competitive students for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism.

Admission is competitive. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission.

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Admission requirements

Admission from secondary school

In addition to satisfying general university admission requirements (as appropriate to the secondary school curriculum being presented), applicants are encouraged to have completed either History or Geography at the BC Grade 12-level or the equivalent. Applicants are directed to UBC’s policies on admission from secondary school for detailed information.

Admission for incoming UBC students (commencing first year in September 2019)

Applicants seeking admission from UBC require an overall average of 65% or better calculated on the most recent credits with a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 30  credits used in the calculation, including any failed courses. The overall average is calculated in accordance with the general admission requirements for applicants from a college or university.

In addition, applicants require a minimum core design average of 65% on all attempts of ENDS 110, 211, 220, 221, 231, VISA 180.

To be eligible for consideration for admission to second year standing in the Bachelor of Design program, applicants must have completed the following UBC requirements:

  • Reading (3 credits) from one of ARTH 101, 102, ENGL 110, 111, 120
  • Writing (3 credits) from one of ENGL 100, ENGL 112, WRDS 150, ASTU 100
  • Geography (3 credits) from one of GEOB 102, 103, GEOG 121, 122. GEOB 102, 103 or Physical Geography equivalent highly recommended
  • 6-12 credits of electives
  • 6 credits of ENDS 211, 220, 221, 231 and 3 credits of ENDS 110 or VISA 180

Students with 24 or more transferable credits who are deficient in one of the above requirements are eligible to be considered for second year standing. Students with 24 or more transferable credits who are deficient in more than one of the above requirements will be considered for first year only.

To apply, complete the Change of degree program/campus form on the Student Service Centre (under Registration). Please see change of degree program and/or change of campus for further information.

Admission and transfer from post-secondary study at an institution other than UBC

Applicants seeking admission from post-secondary study require an overall average of 65% or better calculated on the most recent transferable credits with a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 30 transferable post-secondary credits used in the calculation, including any failed courses. The overall average is calculated in accordance with the general admission requirements for applicants from a college or university.

In addition, applicants require a minimum core design average of 65% on all attempts of DES 110, 200, 220, 230, VISA 180 or their equivalent.

Applicants are directed to UBC’s policies on admission from post-secondary study for detailed information.

To be eligible for consideration for admission to second year standing in the Bachelor of Design program, applicants must have completed the following UBC requirements or their equivalent:

  • Reading (3 credits) from one of ARTH 101, 102, ENGL 110, 111, 120, or the equivalent
  • Writing (3 credits) from one of ENGL 100, ENGL 112, WRDS 150, ASTU 100, or the equivalent
  • Geography (3 credits) from one of GEOB 102, 103, GEOG 121, 122, or the equivalent. GEOB 102, 103 or Physical Geography equivalent highly recommended
  • 6-12 credits of electives
  • 6 credits of ENDS 211, 220, 221, 231 and 3 credits of ENDS 110 or VISA 180, or the equivalent

Students with 24 or more transferable credits who are deficient in one of the above requirements are eligible to be considered for second year standing. Students with 24 or more transferable credits who are deficient in more than one of the above requirements will be considered for first year only.

Applicants from a post-secondary institution other than UBC are invited to consult the BC transfer guide for course equivalencies. Alternatively, applicants may contact the Bachelor of Design program office for a review of course equivalency.

Applicants who have greater than 6 but fewer than 24 transferable credits may be eligible for first year entry and are required to meet the requirements for both Post-Secondary Study and Secondary School as noted above. Further information is available at applicants from a college or university.

Admission for current UBC students in second year or higher who have been considering ENDS

To be eligible for consideration for admission to second year standing in the Bachelor of Design program, applicants must have completed the following UBC requirements:

  • Reading (3 credits) from one of ARTH 101, 102, ENGL 110, 111, 120
  • Writing (3 credits) from one of ENGL 100, ENGL 112, WRDS 150, ASTU 100
  • Geography (3 credits) from one of GEOB 102, 103, GEOG 121, 122. GEOB 102, 103 or Physical Geography equivalent highly recommended
  • 6-12 credits of electives
  • 6 credits of ENDS 211, 220, 221, 231 and 3 credits of ENDS 110 or VISA 180

Students with 24 or more transferable credits who are deficient in one of the above requirements are eligible to be considered for second year standing. Students with 24 or more transferable credits who are deficient in more than one of the above requirements will be considered for first year only.

To apply, complete the Change of degree program/campus form on the Student Service Centre (under Registration). Please see change of degree program and/or change of campus for further information.

If you are concerned about how this affects your trajectory towards a Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture, please contact the BDes program office for advice: des@sala.ubc.ca

If you are interested in our graduate programs after your bachelor's degree, please contact their respective program office

 

Application materials

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all supporting documents, including official transcripts, are submitted by the application deadline.

Online application form

Applications must be received by the application deadline of January 15.

New UBC students must submit an online application and pay a non-refundable application fee. 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 from another UBC degree program or campus you must complete the Change of degree program/campus form on the Student Service Centre (under Registration) and pay a non-refundable application fee. Please see change of degree program and/or change of campus for further information.

If you are a former UBC student you must apply for readmission online at the Student Service Centre (under Admissions) and pay a non-refundable application fee. Please see readmission for further information.

All applicants are directed to the undergraduate admission procedures for detailed information on UBC undergraduate admission requirements.

Video interview

You will be required to submit a video response to the following question:

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 design.

You will be given a link to access the video interview system online after you have submitted your online application, and will have from October 4 until February 15 to complete the video interview. 

Creative test

You will be required to complete three short design projects that will be assigned through our online system. These projects will be assigned randomly from a bank of questions. You will be given a link to access the creative test online once you have submitted your online application, and will have until February 15 to upload your responses. Each file should not exceed 5MB in size. 

Resume

A 1 or 2-page summary of your experiences in education, work, travel, volunteering, and other relevant areas. You will be sent a link to the online system to submit your resume after you have submitted your online application, and you will have until February 15 to upload your resume. 

Application fee

While completing the online application, you will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee.