Co-op is an optional component of the MArch, MLA, and BDes programs. It is an excellent way to integrate academic studies with work experience, and offers practical experience and networking opportunities in your chosen field. The procedures and requirements differ slightly between the programs.
After completing your second-year courses, you can choose to pursue an eight-month work term in an architectural firm or a professional office in related fields of design or construction. The co-op must be eight consecutive months and will count toward your program as six elective credits. Please see the MArch co-op guidelines for more details.
You can choose to complete a four-month co-op at a landscape architecture firm or professional office. It counts toward your program as three elective credits. You may take a maximum of six credits of co-op. Please see the landscape architecture co-op guidelines for more details.
BDes students have the option of participating in the Co-operative Education program which is facilitated by the Applied Science Co-operative Education Office. BDes students apply in September of Year 3. Admission to the Co-operative Education Program is competitive and admittance cannot be guaranteed.
Each co-op term is 4-months in length and the first term will begin in the summer after completion of Year 3. Students who complete three work terms or more (18 or more credits) including two terms in the Winter Session and one term in the Summer Session, will have successfully completed the requirements for the full Co-operative Education Program and will receive recognition on their degree. The minimum eighteen credits are completed in addition to the academic requirements for the Bachelor of Design. Further information is available at the Applied Science Co-op website.