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Studio First Frequently Asked Questions

What is Studio First?

Studio Intensive Program, to develop portfolio material for application to graduate (professional) programs in Architecture. There will be lectures by faculty and guests, as well as weekend workshops on portfolio preparation and creating statements of intent.

When does Studio First take place?

  • Five (5) Week Program — 30 hours per week
  • May 24 – June 28, 2017
  • June 9, 2017: 1-day trip to Montreal, Quebec

Where does Studio First take place?

All instruction will take place in the Architecture studios and labs at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism.

Who is the Program Director?

Zachary Colbert, AIA NCARB

Who Can Apply?

The program is open to graduates of an Honours Bachelor program from a University or equivalent, in any major, or those planning to graduate by spring 2018.

What is Required in the Application?

  • 500-word Essay
    • Describe your interest in the program. We would like you to use this opportunity to tell us about yourself, and why you have an interest in an architectural education.
  • Resume
    • Please include a resume or CV, which includes your professional, academic and extra-curricular achievements. Also include honours, awards, registrations, and all relevant achievements.
  • One Image
    • Please include one recent visual representation that showcases your aptitude for a studio based design program. This can be of any medium, as long as it’s an original 2-dimensional piece, no larger than 11×17.
  • Applications will be reviewed starting February 1, 2017 until all spots in the program are filled.
  • Application will open on Jan 16, 2017:

 How Much Does it Cost?

$2950 + HST (includes some studio supplies, and access to computer software).

There is a non-refundable application fee of $45. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program cost is due two weeks after being accepted into the program. The balance of the amount owing will be due by May 10 to keep your spot.

What is the cancellation policy?

Should you find that you are unable to attend and have already paid the tuition, the refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancellation by May 17, inclusive: a refund of 40% of your full payment will be issued.
  • Cancellation after May 17: No refund will be issued.

What does the Registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers some studio supplies and access to computer software.

It does not cover:

Housing and Transportation costs: Participants will cover their housing and transportation costs, including a field trip to Montreal.

U-PASS: Studio First is a non-credit course hence participants are not eligible to obtain a U-Pass. Participants leaving off-campus will need to arrange for their own transportation.

Access to summer school services: Participants who are current students at the university will get access to services just like any other non summer students of the university.

Is there Housing Available?

Housing is available through Carleton University’s Conference services:

Does this program count as a credit course at the University?

Studio First is a non-credit course at the university. Participants enrolled in Studio First are not considered to be registered in a university course.

Can I apply to Carleton’s M. Arch in the same year that I register for Studio First?

Applicants to Carleton’s M.Arch program will have to follow all requirements and deadlines posted by Graduate Studies. Please refer to the M.Arch webpage for more details.

What are the requirements for graduate school application portfolio?

Each school has its own set of requirements. Please refer to the information on the How to Apply webpage for Carleton’s requirements.

Who Can I Contact for More Information?

For more information please contact Mawuena Torkornoo at or complete the Inquiry Form on our website.