What will I learn?

WHY STUDY ARCHITECTURE AT DAL?

We're known nationally and around the world as a school that educates architects with a solid, integrated understanding of design and building: thinking sustainably with their community in mind, using creative and artful designs.

What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies is a two-year program entered after completing two years of university studies in another subject. You take courses in design, humanities, technology and professional practice.

You'll work individually and collaboratively on design projects in the studio, learning manual skills in drawing, modeling, and building and then the equivalent digital skills.

Sample courses:

  • Design
  • Ancient Settlements, Buildings, and Landscapes
  • Free Lab

The four-month co-op work term is a great way to begin applying new knowledge in a professional architectural practice. Co-op work terms include opportunities across the country and around the world and typically involve various aspects of building design, including design drawing, model-making, computer drafting and construction supervision.

Careers and future study:

Architecture provides an excellent framework for all sorts of careers. By studying architecture, you develop artistic skill, knowledge of history, technology, social and cultural awareness, and a critical imagination.

Most BEDS graduates continue into the Master of Architecture (MArch) or Master of Planning programs. After the MArch program, most students work in a professional architectural office, often in Canada but sometimes abroad. Careers in architectural practice include:

  • house design
  • historic restoration and adaptation
  • urban and community design.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Architecture and Planning

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$11,442.50 (US$ 9,249) per year
Fall term: CAN $6,038.12; winter term: CAN $5,404.38
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Sexton Campus

1360 Barrington Street, Building B,

PO Box 15000,

HALIFAX,

Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission High School applicants require grade 12 academic English, Math, Chemistry and one of Biology or Physics with no mark below 70% in each of these courses and an overall minimum average of 75%. Post secondary applicants require a minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.30 scale), with no grade lower than C in prerequisite courses. English language requirement: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 237 (computer-based) 90 (iBT) and no lower than 20 in each band; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5 overall and no lower than 6.0 in each band; Michigan English Test (MELAB) – 55; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 61 overall and no lower than 50 in each skill.

For international students

BEDS Admission Requirements:

The School seeks applicants with a good academic record and creative ability. The minimum requirements for admission are:

  • a printed portfolio of design work that demonstrates creativity and/or artistic skill; it may include freehand drawings, paintings, furniture, sculpture, craft objects, creative photography, construction projects, etc.
  • two years in a university degree program, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (B- average), including the following courses:
  • two courses, at 1000-level or higher, in a mathematics or science subject: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, or statistics (but not economics, environment, geography, management, planning, or psychology; and not history of mathematics)
  • two courses, at 1000-level or higher, in a humanities or social science subject: e.g., anthropology, art history, classics, literature, music history, philosophy, political science, psychology, or sociology (but not geography, planning, language instruction, or music instruction)
  • one course that emphasizes English writing skills (often designated by a university as "writing requirement" or "writing intensive")
  • for students whose first language is not English: an English-language test score (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 92 iBT, or equivalent)
  • The application deadline for September entry is 1st March.

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

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