What is Studio First?

STUDIO FIRST is an intensive five-week immersive studio in architectural design for students from a wide range of backgrounds who are considering graduate studies in architecture.

The program provides a post-baccalaureate “bridge” from an undergraduate degree in any field toward entrance into a three-year accredited professional degree in architecture. The main goal of the program is for participants to generate portfolio material appropriate for application to a three-year Master of Architecture accredited degree program.

Architecture is well-suited to people from diverse disciplines, from visual arts and engineering to geography and the humanities. The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism’s STUDIO FIRST program will allow students to immerse themselves in studio culture and determine whether architecture is the right path to follow.

Participants will work on three separate studio projects, attend lectures on architectural theory and practice, learn how to use key digital media tools central to the profession, participate in workshops on portfolio preparation and grad school applications, and take field trips to visit architectural landmarks and firms in the National Capital Region and Montreal.

When does Studio First take place?

  • May 22 – June 26, 2019
  • Five (5) Week Program — 40 hours per week

Where does Studio First take place?

All instruction will take place in the Architecture studios and labs at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. There will also be field trips to external locations.

Who is the Program Director?

Zachary Colbert, AIA NCARB

When is the application deadline?

There is no application deadline for Studio First. We will continue to accept and process applications until all spots in the program are filled. If the registration link is still available, it means we are still accepting application. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to secure your spot.

Who Can Apply?

The program is open to all graduates of a Bachelor’s degree program from a University or equivalent, in any major, or those currently enroled in an undergraduate degree program. Mature students are also eligible to apply. Please feel free to contact us (studiofirst@carleton.ca) if you have any questions about your eligibility for Studio First.

I am an international Student, am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Studio First does not have any status restrictions for applicants. Our application process only looks at your eligibility for the program itself (i.e. holding a Bachelor’s degree or currently enrolled in one, and your resume, essay, image, etc.). It is however your responsibility as an international student to get the required documentation to enter and stay in Canada for the duration of the program.

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.
    • Accepted file format: .pdf
  • One Image
    • Please include one recent visual representation of your work that showcases your aptitude for a studio based design program. This can be of any medium, as long as it’s an original piece, no larger than 11×17. E.g. a drawing, a painting, an etching, photography, an image produced through a digital program, a photograph of a 3D object that you’ve built, etc.
    • Accepted file format: .jpg, .pdf, .png, .tiff
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots in the program are filled.

 How Much Does it Cost?

$2960 + 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 on April 10, 2019 and after this date, the non-refundable deposit is due two weeks after being accepted into the program. The balance of the amount owing will be due by May 10, 2019 to keep your spot.

What is the cancellation policy?

Should you find that you are unable to attend and have already paid the tuition, you have two options: request a refund or apply for a deferral.

If you request a refund, the policy is as follows:

  • Cancellation by May 16, inclusive: a refund of 50% of the cost of the full tuition will be issued.
  • Cancellation after May 16: No refund will be issued.

If you request a deferral:

  • You have the option to defer your participation and fees for one year. If your deferral is approved, your tuition paid will be carried forward and applied to your account for the following year. Only one deferral will be granted per application, i.e. you will forfeit your application and tuition fees should you choose not to participate in the program in the year following your deferral.

What does the Registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers some studio supplies and access to computer software while enrolled in the program.

It does not cover:

Housing and Transportation costs: Participants will cover their own 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 living off-campus will need to arrange for their own transportation.

Access to summer school services: STUDIO FIRST is a non-academic program therefore participants are not considered to be registered students at the university. Participants who are current Carleton students will get access to services just like any other non summer students of the university.

Is there Housing Available?

Participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations. Carleton University’s Conference services offers summer accommodations to the public during the summer months. Click the links below for more information:

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. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

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 StudioFirst@carleton.ca or complete the Inquiry Form on our website.