Welcome to the Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree program

Please read this degree guide prior to registering.

Congratulations on your decision to study for a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree! Whether you are enrolled in the BAS Design, the BAS Urbanism, or the BAS Conservation and Sustainability, you are embarking on an educational program which will provide you with innovative, state-of-the-art skills required in order to succeed in your chosen career. Architectural Studies at Carleton has been designed to accommodate students entering directly from high school as well as students with previous post-secondary qualifications. The School is committed to a progressive, broadly-based foundation that culminates with professional qualification. Because the School’s mandate is education, not simply training, studies focus on the critical and rigorous investigation of ideas, for which skills are taught as a means to an end. You will be exposed to a range of ideas, approaches, and methodologies, and will be encouraged to develop the critical ability to make informed choices in your design work in all three programmes.

The nature of a professional Architecture program allows for few choices in course selection. The majority of the program is composed of core and required courses with a limited number of electives in certain years. The School’s website is where you will find information to help you with registration, along with information on suggested electives for first-year students. Academic Advisors are available by appointment.

For the first year drawing course where students learn about thinking through making and how to set up the fundamental types of architectural representations, students will be required to acquire a parallel straight edge drafting board (24” x 36”) along with a list of materials for hand drawing that is handed out during the first week of school. On the digital side, the School does not make a formal recommendation about which computer to buy. That said, the software, such as Adobe Creative Suite, McNeel Rhinocerous, and Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit, requires a strong graphics card, and significant RAM and memory. A laptop is required for the winter term in second year. If you have any questions, once in our program, our upper level students and IT facilities are always happy to answer them.

The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism’s Main Office, your home base, is located in room 202 of the Architecture Building. In the main office, you will find administrative staff ready to answer your questions about the program, other concerns, or to direct you to the office of an academic advisor.

The listing of faculty advisors for Architectural Studies, along with the advising schedule, is available in the main office.

Your Degree Program

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) program is a four-year pre-professional undergraduate degree program that may, after successful completion, be followed by the Professional Master of Architecture program. The first year of the program lays a broad foundation on which architectural studies are built. You will take courses in introduction to architecture, design, drawing, multimedia applications and specified general studies in architectural technology, engineering, art history and social sciences.

As stated above, your program is largely pre-determined in terms of course choices, however, a limited number of elective courses called “free electives” provide opportunities for you to pursue your own research interests. Also in the free elective category, “workshop” courses are available in the upper years of the program and provide hands-on experience with problems and issues too specialized for architectural studio projects. Directed Studies Abroad (DSA) is a popular option for students in the Third year of the BAS program. Students may also apply to participate in an international exchange study experience for the winter term of their Third Year (applications are due in December one year prior to travel).

Your Degree, Your Future

Explore Your Degree, Your Future to identify the skills you can develop through your program, to see future possibilities and career paths of recent graduates, and to find out how to improve your employability by getting involved and gaining experience.

Required Courses for First Year Students

The year-to-year course sequence for the Design, Conservation and Sustainability, and Urbanism programmes, may all be found on the School’s Website. Suggested First Year schedules are provided below. For more information on registration options please visit the Azrieli School of Architecture website.

BAS Design

Fall Term (2.5 Credits)

ARTH 1200 History and Theory of Architecture 1: Prehistory to 1600 (0.5 credit)

ARCH 1000 Introduction to Architecture (0.5 credit)

ARCN 2106 Introduction to Multimedia (0.5 credit)

ARCS 1005 Drawing (0.5 credit)

Free Elective (0.5 credit)

Winter Term (2.5 Credits)

ARTH 1201 History and Theory of Architecture 2: 1600 to Present  (0.5 credit)

ARCC 1202 History of Structures (0.5 credit)

ARCS 1105 Studio 1 (1.0 credit)

Free Elective (0.5 credit)

BAS Conservatism and Sustainability

Fall Term (2.5 Credits)

ARTH 1200 History and Theory of Architecture 1: Prehistory to 1600 (0.5 credit)

ARCH 1000 Introduction to Architecture (0.5 credit)

ARCN 2106 Introduction to Multimedia (0.5 credit)

ARCS 1005 Drawing (0.5 credit)

Free Elective (0.5 credit)

Winter Term (2.5 Credits)

ARTH 1201 History and Theory of Architecture 2: 1600 to Present  (0.5 credit)

ARCC 1202 History of Structures (0.5 credit)

ARCC 3501 Fundamentals of Conservation and Sustainability (0.5 credit)

ARCS 1105 Studio 1 (1.0 credit)

BAS Urbanism

Fall Term (2.5 Credits)

ARTH 1200 History and Theory of Architecture 1: Prehistory to 1600 (0.5 credit)

ARCH 1000 Introduction to Architecture (0.5 credit)

ARCN 2106 Introduction to Multimedia (0.5 credit)

ARCS 1005 Drawing (0.5 credit)

GEOG 1020 People, Places and Environments (0.5 credit)

Winter Term (2.5 Credits)

ARTH 1201 History and Theory of Architecture 2: 1600 to Present  (0.5 credit)

ARCS 1105 Studio 1 (1.0 credit)

GEOG 2300 Space, Place and Culture (0.5 credit)

Free Elective (0.5 credit)