* This program was previously called Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture (PBDA).
Applicants to the GDA program must have met the following requirements:
Exception: RAIC Syllabus students may be admitted to the GDA who have:
Some students may also request advance standing in the GDA in the form of transfer credits. Transfer credits will only be allowed from equivalent courses at the Masters level. A maximum of six transfer credits will be permitted. The final studio and the professional practice courses are all mandatory.
Students who wish to take a few courses to begin a career in architecture, or to be considered for promotion, or are simply interested in the topic and do not wish to register in the GDA, may register as non-program students. Students wishing to enrol in the GDA program as a non-program student must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary education institution. All persons applying for non-program status will be required to submit confirmation of successful completion of an undergraduate degree. Applicants may be asked to submit a resumé in support of their non-program application. Students are accepted into the GDA program at the discretion of Athabasca University. Some courses may have limited enrolment. Application information can be found on the RAIC Centre for Architecture website.
Non-program students who are interested in the Design Studio courses will be required to complete the course prerequisites prior to registering within these Studios.
All materials for non-program student registration (including the application form and fees) must be completed in full and received one month prior to the course start date.
Non-program students may take up to two GDA courses in total.
Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
Updated June 30 2020 by laurab