Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Degree Programs

Architecture

MAr​ch​

Landscape Architecture

MLA

Urban Design

MUD​​

Visual Stud​ies

​MVS​
Fields:
Studio
Curatorial Studies​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Knowledge Media Design
    • Architecture, MArch
    • Landscape Architecture, MLA
    • Urban Design, MUD
  2. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • Visual Studies, MVS​

Overview

The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design offers professional graduate programs in areas characterized by exceptional change. Globalization and the convergence of new media, new materials, and new building technologies have led to significant economic, technological, and aesthetic shifts. As a leading school of architecture, landscape, and design in North America, the Faculty is responding to these changing realities.

The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for critical studies and the exploration of design alternatives of international significance. Students also have access to Toronto’s large professional design community. Students and faculty are incredibly cosmopolitan in sensibility, hailing from every part of the world, with their work crossing geographic and cultural boundaries. The city’s multicultural networks and international connections make the Faculty a powerful place to start a career.

The Faculty has grown exceptionally in recent years with the hiring of new faculty and the revamping of its master's programs. With architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies under the same roof, the Faculty benefits from rich collaborations and crossover between like-minded disciplines.

The growth has led to the building of a new facility which will double the Faculty’s size and create a new and unprecedented centre at the University of Toronto for education, research, and public outreach on architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts.

Contact and Address

Web: www.daniels.utoronto.ca
Email: graduate@daniels.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-3897
Fax: (416) 971-2094

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto
1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J5
Canada

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Celik, Zeynep - MArch, PhD (Acting Associate Dean)
Harwood, John - PhD
Kesik, Ted - BASc, MASc, DPhil
Levit, Robert - BA, MArch (Associate Dean, Academic)
Liu, An Te - BA, MArch
Lloyd, Sue - BA, MFA
Lobsinger, Mary Louise - BArch, BES, BA, MES, PhD
Margolis, Liat - MLA
Masoud, Fadi - BES, MLA
North, Alissa - BLA, MLA
Sommer, Richard - BFA, BArch, MArch (Dean)
Steele, Lisa - BA
Verderber, Stephen - BSc, MArch
Wiitasalo, Shirley
Williamson, Robert Shane - BSc, MArch
Wolff, Jane - AB, MLA
Wright, Robert - BSc, MLA

Members Emeriti

Baird, George - BArch

Associate Members

Beites, Kristin - BES, MArch
Boigon, Brian - BArch
Briker, Daniel - BA, MArch
Byrne, Ultan - BArch
Chaouni, Aziza - BScCE, MArch
Fischer, Barbara - BFA, MA
Fong, Steven - BArch, MArch
Hilchie, Shannon - BEng
Hlady, Marla - BFA, MFA
Hlynsky, David - BFA
Holzman, Justine - BA, MLA
Ibelings, Johannes - MA
Kim, Erica - PhD
Kim, Jeannie - BA, MArch, MA
Koff, Nicolas - MLA, MArch, BA
Kwan, Will - BA, MFA
Laird, Mark - BA, MA, PHM
Lieberman, David - DipIngArch, BFA
Lukachko, Alex - BES, MArch
Macgillivray, James - AB, MArch
Martire, Francesco - MArch
Massey, John - AA
Matthew, Allen - BA, BSC, MArch
Miller, Laura J. - BA, MArch
Moukheiber, Carol Leila - BArch, BA
North, Peter - BLA, MLA
Peters, Brady - BS, BES, MArch
Petricone, Pina - MArch
Phiffer, Adrian - BArch, MArch, UD
Piper, Michael - BArch, BS
Pooley, Jason - MArch, BES
Quiros Pacheco, Mauricio - MArch UD
Ramos, Shadi - MLA
Saleff, Ivan - MArch, BTech
Sampson, Barry - BArch
Sealy, Peter - BSc, BArch, MArch
Shelley, Elise - BSc, MArch, MLA
Shim, Brigitte - BES, BAR
Shnier, John - BArch, BES
Stankievech, Charles - BA, MFA
Sterling, Mark - BES, BArch
Tod, Joanne - AA
Tomczak, Kim - AA
Town, Chloe - MArch, BA
White, Mason - BArch, MArch

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Architecture MArch

Master of Architecture

Program Description

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a professional degree program and provides a thorough base of knowledge in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice, while developing skills in design through an intensive sequence of design studio courses. These are supported by courses in visual communication and architectural representation including computer modelling and other new media. The program aims to develop critical, creative, and independent thinking and research that responds to current design issues and societal changes. The greater Toronto region is used as an urban laboratory for the development of new knowledge and forms of practice.

 

MArch Program (3.5-Year Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, BASc, BES, BFA, BCom) with a final-year grade point average of at least mid-B, and showing leadership potential in the field.

  • Recommended: courses in secondary calculus, secondary physics, and university architectural history (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]).

  • Recommended: preparation in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics, photography, film, or new media, as well as computing and advanced writing skills.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The course of study is a rigorous full-time, comprehensive program and prepares graduates for the full range of professional activities in architecture. The core program is extensive, and students are required to use their electives to develop an area of special skill and knowledge through an independent study program that culminates in a design thesis.

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. A B- grade or lower in two design studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 17.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 15.0 FCEs in core courses

      • ​​​​​​​​4.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 2.0 FCEs Option Design Studios

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation and Research course

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE Visual Communications courses

      • 1.0 FCE History courses

      • 0.5 FCE Computer Modelling course

      • 3.5 FCEs Technics and Planning courses

      • 1.0 FCE Professional Practice course

    • 2.5 FCEs in electives, of which 1.0 FCE must be in the History category.

Progra​m Length

7 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W/F/W/F)

Time Limit

4 years full-time​

 

MArch Program (2.5-Year: Second-Year Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate non-professional bachelor's degree in architectural studies or environmental design, or a comparable degree focusing on the built environment.

  • Admission to the advanced-standing option is based on the merits of the student's overall academic background and strength of design portfolio as evaluated by the MArch admissions committee.

  • Required: minimum previous completion of three design studio courses, two courses in visual communications or representation, two courses in architecture history and theory (one in 20th-century), and two courses in architectural technology and ecology.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The course of study is a rigorous full-time, comprehensive program and prepares graduates for the full range of professional activities in architecture. The core program is extensive, and students are required to use their electives to develop an area of special skill and knowledge through an independent study program that culminates in a design thesis.

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. A B- grade or lower in two design studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 12.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 10.0 FCEs in core courses:

      • 2.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 2.0 FCEs Option Design Studios

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation and Research course

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Thesis

      • 0.5 FCE Computer Modelling course

      • 2.5 FCEs Technics and Planning courses

      • 1.0 FCE Professional Practice course

    • 2.5 FCEs in elective courses, of which 1.0 FCE must be in the History category.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W/F)

Time Limit

4 years full-time

 

MArch Program (1.5-Year: Post-Professional Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A post-professional advanced-standing option is available for students who are interested in pursuing advanced studies in architecture beyond their professional degree.

  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for an accredited architectural professional degree from a recognized university.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • The post-professional advanced-standing option does not grant a professionally accredited degree.

Program Requirements

  • The course of study is a rigorous full-time, comprehensive program and prepares graduates for the full range of professional activities in architecture. The core program is extensive, and students are required to use their electives to develop an area of special skill and knowledge through an independent study program that culminates in a design thesis.

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. A B- grade or lower in two design studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Each student’s program of study must receive the approval of the Program Director and, in general, shall consist of a research or design project on which a thesis must be submitted.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​4.5 FCEs in core courses:

      • 2.0 FCEs Option Design Studios

      • 0.5 FCE Proseminar course

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation and Research course

      • 1.5 FCEs Design or Research Thesis

    • ​3.0 FCEs in elective courses.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F)

Time Limit

4 years full-time

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Architecture MArch Courses

Consult the department regarding course availability.

Core Courses

Computer Modelling

ARC 2023H
​Intermediate Computer Applications in Architecture​

Design

​ARC 1011Y
​Design Studio 1​
​ARC 1012Y
​Design Studio 2
​ARC 2013Y
​Design Studio 3
​ARC 2014Y
​Design Studio 4
​​LAN 3016Y or
URD 2013Y or
ARC 3015Y
Design Studio Options or
Urban Design Studio Options or
Architectural Design Studio 5: Option Studios
​ARC 3016Y
​Architectural Design Studio 6: Research Studios
​ARC 3017H
Thesis Research and Preparation​
​ARC 4018Y
​​Architectural Design Studio 7: Thesis​

History

​ARC 1031H
​​​Historical Perspectives on Topics in Architecture 1
​ARC 1032H
​Historical Perspectives on Topics in Architecture 2

Professional Practice

​ARC 3052Y
​Professional Practice

Proseminar

​ALA 3031H​
​Proseminar​

​Technics and Planning

​ARC 1041H
A​rchitecture in its Technological-Ecological Context​
​ARC 1042H
​Site Engineering and Ecology
​ARC 2043H
​Building Science, Materials, and Construction 1
​ARC 2044H
​Structures 1
​ARC 2045H
​Building Science, Materials, and Construction 2
​ARC 2046H
​Structures 2
​ARC 2047H
​Environmental Systems

Visual Communication

​ARC 1021H​
​Visual Communication 1
​ARC 1022H
Visual Communication 2​

Elective Courses

Not all elective courses are offered every year. Please check the timetable for current listings made ​available online​ from the summer.

Architecture and Health

​ARC 3600H
​Selected Topics in the History and Theory of Architecture and Health​

Computer Modelling

​ARC 3200H
​ Selected Topics in Advanced Computer Applications

Design

​ARC 1013H
​Graphic Design​
​ARC 1014H
Furniture Design​
​ARC 1100H
​Selected Topics in Design
​ARC 2015H
​Global Architecture: Urban Analysis and Documentation

History and Theory

​ARC 1035H
​Toronto Architecture and Urban Form
​​ARC 3031H
​Analysis of Architectural Form
​ARC 3038H
Global Architecture: History and Theory​
​ARC 3100H
​Selected Topics in Urban Design
​ARC 3300H
​Selected Topics in Architectural History and Theory

Independent Study

​ARC 3039H
​​Independent Study and Research in Architec​ture​​

Other

​ARC 3700H​
​Selected Topics in Architecture​

Professional Practice

​ARC 4500H
Selected Topics in Professional Practice​

Technics and Planning

​ARC 3400H
​​Selected Topics in Architecture and Technology
​ARC 3500H
​Selected Topics in Sustainable Design

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Landscape Architecture MLA

​Master of Landscape Architecture​

Program Description

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a professional program that focuses on urban and regional landscape architecture within a studio-based curriculum. Integrated courses in design, visual communication, history, theory, technology, the environment, and professional seminars, as well as options for electives, provide a comprehensive professional education in landscape architecture. The program prepares students with a strong base in the fundamentals of the profession, while fostering innovative thinkers able to work collaboratively with allied disciplines, in preparation for becoming the next generation of leaders in landscape architecture.

 

MLA Program (3-Year Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (such as BA, BSc, BASc, BES, BFA, BCom) with a minimum average of mid-B and demonstrated leadership potential in the field. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a balanced undergraduate education that includes study in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

  • Recommended:

    • undergraduate courses in biology, ecology, English (advanced writing skills), geography, history, humanities, and social sciences

    • preparation in the visual arts, such as hand and digital drawing, film, graphics, photography, sculpture, or other media.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. A B- grade or lower in two design studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 15.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 14.5 FCEs in core courses:​​​

      • 4.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 1.0 FCE Design Studio ​Options

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Studio Thesis

      • 2.0 FCEs Visual Communication courses

      • 2.0 FCEs History and Theory courses

      • 1.5 FCEs Technology courses

      • 1.5 FCEs Environment courses

      • 1.0 FCE Proseminar course

    • ​1.0 FCE in elective courses​.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

MLA Program (2-Year: Second-Year Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in architecture, architectural studies, or environmental design, or a comparable degree focusing on the design of the built environment.

  • Admission is based on the merits of the applicant's overall academic background and strength of design portfolio as evaluated by the admissions committee.

  • Minimum previous completion of three design studio courses, two courses in visual communications or representation, two courses in architectural history and theory (one in 20th-century), and two courses in architectural technology and/or ecology.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. A B- grade or lower in two design studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 10.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

    • 9.5 FCEs in core courses as follows:

      • 2.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 1.0 FCE Design Studio Options

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Studio Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE Visual Communication courses

      • 0.5 FCE History and Theory courses

      • 1.0 FCE Technology courses

      • 1.5 FCEs Environment courses

      • 1.0 FCE Proseminar courses.

    • 1.0 FCE in elective courses.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

MLA Program (1-Year: Post-Professional Advanced Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A post-professional advanced-standing option is available for students who are interested in pursuing advanced study beyond their professional degree.

  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for an accredited professional degree from a recognized university.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • The post-professional advanced-standing option does not grant a professionally accredited degree.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. A B- grade or lower in two design studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Each student’s program of study must receive the approval of the Program Director and, in general, shall consist of a research or design project on which a thesis must be submitted.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

    • 4.5 FCEs in core courses:

      • ​​​1.0 FCE Design Studio Options

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Studio Thesis

      • 0.5 FCE Visual Communication course

      • 0.5 FCE Technology course

      • 1.0 FCE Proseminar courses.

    • ​0.5 FCE in elective courses.​

Program Length

2 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Landscape Architecture MLA Courses

Consult the department regarding course availability.

Core Courses

​Design

​LAN 1011​Y
​Design Studio 1​
​LAN 1012Y
Design Studio 2​
​LAN 2013Y
Design Studio 3​
​LAN 2014Y
Design Studio 4​
LAN 3016Y​ or
URD 2013Y or
ARC 3015Y
​Design Studio Options or
Urban Design Studio Options or
Architectural Design Studio 5: Option Studios
​LAN 3017​Y
Design Studio Thesis​

Environment

​LAN 1041H
​​Field Studies 1​
​LAN 1043H
Field Studies 2​
​LAN 2043H
​Landscape Ecology
​LAN 2044H
​Landscape Hydrology​

History and Theory

​LAN 1031H
​​History Theory Criticism 1
​LAN 1032H
​History Theory Criticism 2
​LAN 1036H
Plants and Design​
​LAN 2037H
​Contemporary Landscape Theory

​Proseminar

ALA 3031H
​Proseminar​
​LAN 3051H
​Thesis Research and Preparation
​LAN 3052​H
​Professional Practice

Technology

​LAN 1045H​
Site Technologies 1​
​LAN 2042H
​Site Technologies 2
​LAN 3045H
Advanced Site Technologies​​

Visual Communication​

​LAN 1021H
​​Visual Communication 1
​LAN 1022H
Visual Communication 2​
​​LAN 2023H
Intermediate Visual Communication​
LAN 3025H
​Advanced Visual Communication

Elective Courses

Not all elective courses are offered every year. Please check the timetable for current listings made available online from the summer.

Design

​LAN 2200H
​Landscape Archit​ecture Topics: Design

Environment

​LAN 2300H
​Landscape Architecture Topics: Environment​​​
​​LAN 2500H
​Landscape Architecture Topics: Plants​

History and Theory

​LAN 2039H
​Independent Study in Landscape Architecture
LAN 2700H
​Landscape Archit​ecture Topics: Society
​LAN 2900H
​​Landscape Archit​ecture Topics: Theory

​Proseminar

​LAN 2600H
​Landscape Architecture Topics: Practice​

Technology

​LAN 2400H
​Landscape Architecture Topics: Techniques​​​
​LAN 2800H
​​Landscape Architecture Topics: Technology​

Visual Communication​

​LAN 2100H
​Landscape Archit​ecture Topics: Communication

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Urban Design MUD

Master of Urban Design​

Program Description

The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is a post-professional program that prepares architects and landscape architects for design-based research and professional practice at the urban and regional scales. The MUD program is committed to design as a primary medium of operation and research in a broad intellectual framework that includes geography, environmental studies, social sciences, media studies, economics, and engineering. It aims for responsible and creative design in the context of the post-metropolis, with attention to new paradigms of urbanization, global economic restructuring, and information technology. The program emphasizes a coherent intellectual approach that is committed to analysis and critique and seeks to become the central Canadian forum for advanced research, design innovation, scholarship, criticism, and debate in urban design.

 

MUD Program (2-Year)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A professional degree in architecture (BArch or MArch) or landscape architecture (BLA, MLA). Applicants with a degree in urban planning (MCP, MUP, or MScPl) may be considered for admission if their studies included a design specialization or if they have professional design experience.

  • All applicants must submit a portfolio of design work for review. Applicants with a planning background may also satisfy the design requirement by taking a preliminary makeup year in design in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. A B- grade or lower in two design studio courses or in any three courses will normally result in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's candidacy for the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​​7.5 FCEs in core courses

      • 1.0 FCE Design Studio

      • 2.0 FCEs Option Design Studio

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation and Research course

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE History, Theory, Criticism course

      • 1.5 FCEs other courses

    • 2.5 FCEs in elective courses, of which 1.5 FCEs must be selected from offerings in the History, Theory, Criticism category.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registrat​ion sequence: F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Urban Design MUD Courses

Consult the department regarding course availability.

Core Courses

Design

​URD ​1011Y
Urban Design Studio​​
​URD 1012Y
Urban Design Studio Options​
​URD 2012Y
Independent Studio in Urban Design (may be undertaken in lieu of an option studio)​
​URD 2013Y or
LAN 3016Y or
ARC 3015Y
​Urban Design Studio Options ​or
Design Studio Options or
Architectural Design Studio 5: Option Studios
​URD 2015Y​
Urban Design Studio Thesis​

History, Theory, Criticism

​URD 1031H
​​The History of Toronto Urban Form
URD 1041H Introduction to Urban Design Theory

Other

​URD 1021H
​​​Urban Design Computation
​URD 1044H
​Urban Design and Development
​URD 2014H
Thesis Research and Preparation​
​URD 2041H
Business and Land Use Planning in Real Estate Development​

Elective Courses

Not all elective courses are offered every year. Please check the timetable on the website for current listings available from the summer.

History, Theory, Criticism

​URD 1033H
Urban Design Culture and Media​
URD 1200H Selected Topics in History and Theory of Urban Design
​URD 1500H
​Selected Topics in Urban Design

​Other

​URD 1022H
​Topics in Computer-Aided Urban Design
​​URD 1042H
​Urban Design and Environmental Systems
​URD 1043H
Independent Study in Urban Design​

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Visual Studies MVS

​Master of Visual Studies​

Program Description

The Master of Visual Studies (MVS) is a two-year, full-time professional program with two fields:

  • Curatorial Studies: prepares students for contemporary curatorial practice in the visual arts

  • Studio: prepares students to further their visual art practice.

The program normally begins in September.

 

Field: Curatorial Studies

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with significant coursework in humanities and cultural theory from a recognized university, or an appropriate BFA degree from a recognized university.

  • Overall average of at least a B+.

  • Applications must include:

    • ​​​artist's statement that includes a description of the proposed body of work in curatorial to be undertaken during the two-year program;

    • full curriculum vitae (CV) with details of exhibition, professional activity, and education;

    • documentation of recent curatorial work;

    • three letters of recommendation;

    • a critical writing sample;

    • transcripts;

    • a portfolio of previous work dependant on the field of future study.

  • Applicants must present a portfolio with documentation of exhibitions including exhibition brochures, curatorial essays, announcement cards, and/or catalogues from curatorial work.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.5 FCEs from the approved course list for curatorial studies

    • 1.5 FCEs in electives. Elective courses are selected in consultation with the student's advisor and are subject to the approval of the Program Director.

  • The internship requirement is normally completed during the Summer session between Year 1 and Year 2.

  • MVS Curatorial Studies students are supervised by an Advisory Panel made up of the Director of the Visual Studies program (or their designate), a graduate faculty member who will be considered to be the student's Principal Advisor, one of the University of Toronto's gallery directors, and an external reader chosen upon approval of the Principle Advisor.

  • The graduating thesis project is composed of an ​exhibition and a qualifying paper.

  • MVS Proseminar, a non-credit course.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Field: Studio

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with significant coursework in humanities and cultural theory from a recognized university, or an appropriate BFA degree from a recognized university.

  • Overall average of at least a B+.

  • Applications must include:

    • ​​​artist's statement that includes a description of the proposed body of work in studio to be undertaken during the two-year program;

    • full curriculum vitae (CV) with details of exhibition, professional activity, and education;

    • documentation of recent studio work;

    • three letters of recommendation;

    • a critical writing sample;

    • transcripts;

    • a portfolio of previous work dependant on the field of future study.

  • Applicants must present a portfolio with documentation of their artworks. Applicants will also include a fully annotated listing for all portfolio materials that provides detailed information about media, year of production, dimensions, part of a series, full running length (in the case of media artworks), and circumstances of display (in the case of installation works and performance works).

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.5 FCEs from the approved course list for curatorial studies

    • 1.5 FCEs in electives. Elective courses are selected in consultation with the student's advisor and are subject to the approval of the Program Director.

  • The internship requirement is normally completed during the Summer session between Year 1 and Year 2.

  • MVS Studio students are supervised by an Advisory Panel made up of the Director of the Visual Studies program (or designate), a studio faculty member of the MVS program who is considered the student's Principal Advisor, a second MVS studio faculty member, and another faculty member (not necessarily a member of the MVS program). The Final Studio Thesis defence requires an external reader chosen upon approval of the Principal Advisor.

  • The graduating thesis project is composed of an ​exhibition and a qualifying paper.

  • MVS Proseminar, a non-credit course.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Visual Studies MVS Courses

MVS Studio Courses

​VIS 1001H
​Interdisciplinary Studio Practicum/Critiques I
​VIS 1003H
​Interdisciplinary Studio Practicum/Critiques II
​VIS 1004H
Internship​
​VIS 1010H
​Contemporary Art Since 1960
​VIS 1020H
Contemporary Art: Theory and Criticism​
​VIS 2001H
Studio Practicum/Critiques III​
​VIS 2002H
​MVS Research and Writing
​VIS 2003Y
MVS Project​​

MVS Curatorial Studies Courses

​VIS 1101H
​Paradigmatic Exhibitions: History, Theory, Criticism​
​VIS 1010H
​Contemporary Art Since 1960
​VIS 1020H
Contemporary Art: Theory and Criticism​
​VIS 1102H
MVS Curatorial Research​
​VIS 1004H
​Internship
​VIS 2002H
​MVS Research and Writing
​VIS 2101Y
MVS Curatorial Studies Exhibition Project​
​VIS 2102H
MVS Curatorial Studies Collaboration​

MVS Elective Courses

​VIS 3001H
Advanced Readings in Visual Studies​
​VIS 3002H
​Advance​d Readings in Curatorial Studies​
VIS 3003H​
Special Topics in Art and Culture