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Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture Program Requirements

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture will allow students to build on the principles and skills attained in the BSc Arch degree. Accordingly, students will explore advances in environmental design and urban theory, as well as management theory and practice. As this is a graduate program, students are required to complete an independent project and submission of a diploma comprehensive project report.

Note: Syllabus students may only take face to face studios (these have the designation "RAIC"). Depending on the availability of seats in the face to face studios, non-Syllabus students may take either kind of studio.

Total credits in program 27 credits
Design Studio Workshop 12 credits
Note: The studios below with the RAIC course codes are offered to Syllabus students through RAIC. The studios and courses below with the "ADST" and "ARCH" course codes are offered through Athabasca University.
ADST 655 Comprehensive Design of Complex Buildings  
RAIC 655 Comprehensive Design of Complex Buildings 3 credits
ADST 675 Urban and Environmental Design  
RAIC 675 Urban and Environmental Design 3 credits
ADST 690 Diploma Project  
RAIC 690 Syllabus Diploma Project 6 credits
Technical Courses 9 credits
This suite of courses will examine the physics, chemistry, biology and engineering concepts of design quality. Development of structures that appeal to sensory input is essential for architectural design and building. These courses will explore aspects of how psychology impacts building effective learning spaces.
ARCH 525 Architectural Design: Lighting 3 credits
ARCH 526 Architectural Design: Acoustics 3 credits
ARCH 527 Architectural Design: Building Systems 3 credits
Professional Practice Courses 6 credits
ARCH 645 Architectural Practice in Canada 3 credits
ARCH 655 Architectural Practice in Management 3 credits

Note: In order to proceed towards licensure, Syllabus students must complete logged work experience (monitored by Architecture Canada|RAIC).

ADST/RAIC Course Descriptions

ADST/RAIC 655 Institutional Design and Technology (3 credits)

This studio workshop will explore alternative approaches to design, building types and the fit with institutions. Focus of study will be on complex buildings, symbolism and cultural implications. The historical significance of design will be examined. The use of computer-assisted technologies and other forms of building design will be employed.

ADST/RAIC 675 Urban and Environmental Design (3 credits)

This design studio workshop will pursue issues of design of urban communities, involving the principals of urban theory, environmental concerns, and design of complex housing. The content of urban structure will be considered and placed within the context of theoretical design criteria.

ADST/RAIC 690 Diploma Project (6 credits)

This supervised and directed project will be agreed upon between the student and supervisor. Concepts and learning achieved up to the taking of the project course will be implemented and integrated.












Information effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Updated November 23 2016 by laurab

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