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Honours Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

These studies may lead to professional graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design, as well as careers in related design disciplines, the arts, history, business, journalism, and public policy.

Honours Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies:

Two Honours Bachelor of Arts majors in architectural studies are offered by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Science. The architectural studies programs provide degree options for students wishing to study architecture as part of a liberal arts education. The programs serve as an introduction to the discipline of architecture, focusing on the state of the art, current issues and emerging practices, all considered from critical, theoretical and historical perspectives. Studio courses in design and visual communications provide opportunities to learn practical, formal and analytical skills, and are augmented by advanced courses in allied design arts, such as landscape, furniture, graphic, and stage design.

The Architectural Studies Major Program

allows a choice between concentrations in architectural design or in history, theory, and criticism. The architectural design concentration is intended for students wishing exposure to architectural design within a broad liberal arts education while the history, theory, and criticism concentration is intended for students wishing a broad interdisciplinary education in architectural studies but not wishing to pursue design. Introductory courses begin at the first-year level and lead into a sequence of courses in architectural design and representation, history, theory and technology. Emphasis is placed on advanced theory and interdisciplinary, since contemporary architecture is inexorably tied to knowledge and practice in urbanism, environmental studies, literature, media, cultural theory, art, science and technology, as well as philosophy, economics and political science. This program could be combined with a major in another discipline, for example fine art, urban studies or book and media studies. Graduates who have completed this program and have a BA degree may apply to graduate professional programs in architecture. (Adapted from the U of T Website)

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