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Bachelor of Arts in History and Theory of Architecture

Canada

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What will I learn?

Historians of art and architecture study visual communication. At Carleton, we study the great monuments of Western culture—painting, sculpture and buildings—as well as Asian and Islamic art, North American Indigenous art, photography, printmaking and popular culture. We also examine the institutions of art itself: museums, galleries and exhibitions.

Our material ranges from the prehistoric period to the present day. Our students come away from the program with direct experience of collections of art here in the National Capital Region and a historical framework for understanding imagery, as well as an awareness of the multiple possibilities for interpreting art, architecture and other visual phenomena.

Specifically, we examine how representations work. We analyze the products of the human imagination and the visual expressions of different societies. Such analyses produce a historical awareness as well as an understanding of modes of expression in different cultures. This knowledge provides students with the intellectual tools that allow them to function as informed and thoughtful individuals in and increasingly visual and globalized society.

The Carleton Advantage

The program organizes regular field trips, invites guest speakers from outside the university, and creates study abroad opportunities in locations such as Venice, Rome, and England.

In the practicum program, you will gain academic credit for working in organizations including Parks Canada, Heritage Ottawa, the Strutt Foundation, and the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.

The unique program also enables you to meet and learn with people who share your passion for architecture.

History and Theory of Architecture is an excellent first step toward careers in heritage conservation, architectural criticism or architectural practice.

The program can lead you to a variety of careers in architecture, heritage management, education and higher education, public or private sector, journalism, research and consulting.

Career paths: Academic research; architecture; governmental heritage management; heritage consulting and preservation; journalism and criticism; planning; teaching

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$30,389.07 (US$ 22,604) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

330 Paterson Hall,

1125 Colonel By Drive,

OTTAWA,

Ontario (ON),

K1S 5B6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Secondary school (high school) graduation is the typical level required for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program. Applicants must need the full IB diploma (three subsidiary [SL] and three higher level [HL] subjects), with a minimum of 28 points (please note that some programs are more competitive, so will require higher scores). Applicants may have one subject with a grade of 3, provided it is offset by a grade of 5 or better. Prerequisite subjects must have a grade of 4 or better. IB students may be awarded advanced standing (transfer) credit for HL subjects with a grade of 5 or better subject to the discretion of the appropriate faculty, to a maximum of 3.0 credits. English language requirement: Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Minimum score of 70 overall with a minimum score of 60 on each band; Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL: 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 reading and listening); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 IELTS (min 6.0 each band); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 60 (min 60 in each Communicative Skill); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85 (min. score of 80 on each section).

For international students

Secondary school (high school) graduation is the typical level required for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program.

Entry requirements vary country by country.

Students with scores shown in below may be admitted with English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR).

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall score between 40 and 69 (with a minimum score in each band of 30 and a minimum average of 40 over writing, reading, and listening)

Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL - 61-85 (min 15 each section)

IELTS (Academic) - 5.0 – 6.4 (min 4.5 each band and the average of writing plus reading plus listening divided by 3 must be a min. of 5)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - N/A

Duolingo English Test (DET) - 85-110 (with no subtest score below 65)

Application Deadline: April 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Algonquin College
  • Durham College
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About Carleton University

Students at Carleton University experience immersive learning through degree-related work experience, hands-on research, and community engagement.

  • Located in a beautiful green space close to downtown Ottawa
  • Most programs offer co-op (paid work-study experience)
  • 14 per cent of students are international
  • Second most sustainable university in Canada

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