Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Introduction

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Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Degree Programs

Architecture

MArch

Architecture, Landscape, and Design

PhD

Landscape Architecture

MLA

Urban Design

MUD

Visual Stud​ies

MVS

  • Fields:
    • Curatorial Studies;
    • Studio

Collaborative Specializations

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

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, forestry, 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, forestry, urban design, and visual studies sharing facilities, the Faculty benefits from rich collaborations and crossover between related disciplines.

The growth has led to the recent construction of a new building which doubles the Faculty’s size and creates a new and unprecedented centre at the University of Toronto for education, research, and public outreach on architecture, urbanism, visual arts, landscape, and conservation.

Contact and Address

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

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

Anderson, Christy - BA, MA, PhD
Chaouni, Aziza - BScCE, MArch
Farhat, Georges - MArch, PhD
Harwood, John - PhD
Jakubiec, Alstan - BArch, MArch, DPhil
Kesik, Ted - BASc, MASc, DPhil
LeCavalier, Jesse - BA, MArch, DSc
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 - BFA, MLA (Associate Dean, Research)
McCarney, Patricia - BA, MCP, PhD
North, Alissa - BLA, MLA
Shim, Brigitte - BES, BArch
Sommer, Richard - BFA, BArch, MArch
Stankievech, Charles - BA, MFA
Verderber, Stephen - BSc, AA, MArch, PhD
White, Mason - BArch, MArch
Williamson, Shane - BSc, MArch
Wolff, Jane - AB, MLA
Wright, Robert - BSc, MLA (Interim Dean)

Members Emeriti

Baird, George - BArch

Associate Members

Akiyama, Mitchell - BFA, MFA, PhD
Boigon, Brian - BArch
Carpenter, Tei - BA, MArch
Fischer, Barbara - BFA, MA
Fong, Steven - BArch, MArch
Hlady, Marla - BFA, MFA
Holzman, Justine - BA, MLA
Kim, Jeannie - AB, MArch, MA
Kwan, Will - BA, MFA
Masoud, Fadi - BES, MLA
Miller, Laura J. - BA, MArch
Mostafa, Heba - AM, PhD
Moukheiber, Carol Leila - BArch, BA
Peters, Brady - BS, BES, MArch, PhD
Petricone, Pina - MArch
Shnier, John - BArch, BES
Sterling, Mark - BES, BArch

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-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.

  • A bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, BASc, BES, BFA, BCom) with a final-year grade point average of at least mid-B.

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

  • Some preparation or experience in architectural design or the creative arts is encouraged, but not required; e.g., hand or digital drawing, film or animation, graphic design or sculpture. This program is suitable for those without formal training in design or the arts; graduates of any discipline are encouraged to apply.

  • 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. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two 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, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • Students who complete their Master of Architecture program and are eligible to convocate will have their relevant information automatically forwarded by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design to the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), unless the student opts out in writing. The certification confirms the individual’s academic qualifications in compliance with the Canadian Education Standard (CES) in Architecture for entry to the profession. CACB grants and issues certification to applicants who meet the Education Standard and maintains a National Register of those certified and confidential records of all pertinent documentation for all applicants.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 16.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 13.5 FCEs in core courses:

      • ​​​​​​​​4.0 FCEs: Design Studio

      • 2.0 FCEs: Design Studio Research

      • 0.5 FCE: Research Methods

      • 0.5 FCE: Visual Communication

      • 1.0 FCE: History

      • 1.0 FCE: Design Technology

      • 3.5 FCEs: Technics and Planning

      • 1.0 FCE: Professional Practice

    • 2.5 elective FCEs, of which 0.5 FCE must be in the History category.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

4 years full-time​

 

MArch 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 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. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two 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, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • Students who complete their Master of Architecture program and are eligible to convocate will have their relevant information automatically forwarded by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design to the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), unless the student opts out in writing. The certification confirms the individual’s academic qualifications in compliance with the Canadian Education Standard (CES) in Architecture for entry to the profession. CACB grants and issues certification to applicants who meet the Education Standard and maintains a National Register of those certified and confidential records of all pertinent documentation for all applicants.

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

    • 8.0 FCEs in core courses:

      • 2.0 FCEs: Design Studio

      • 2.0 FCEs: Design Studio Research

      • 0.5 FCE: Research Methods

      • 0.5 FCE: Design Technology

      • 2.0 FCEs: Technics and Planning

      • 1.0 FCE: Professional Practice

    • 2.5 elective FCEs, of which 0.5 FCE must be in the History category.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

4 years full-time

 

MArch 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 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. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two 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, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • 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. Faculty members have research expertise in the following areas of interest, which students may pursue: Computation and Fabrication; Health and Society; and Sustainability and Environment.

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

    • ​​​​4.0 FCEs in core courses:

      • 0.5 FCE: ALA 4010H Field Course

      • 0.5 FCE: ALA 4020H Thesis Preparation

      • 1.0 FCE: ALA 4021Y Thesis I

      • 1.5 FCE: ALA 4022Y Thesis II

      • 0.5 FCE: ALA 4030H Colloquium

    • ​2.0 elective FCEs, of which 1.0 FCE must be in the student's area of interest.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Architecture MArch Courses

Not all electives are offered every year. Please check the timetable for current listings available.

Core Courses

Design Studio

​ARC 1011Y
​Design Studio 1​
​ARC 1012Y
​Design Studio 2
​ARC 2013Y
​Design Studio 3
​ARC 2014Y
​Design Studio 4

Design Studio Research

​​ARC 3020Y or
LAN 3016Y or
URD 2013Y
Design Studio Research 1 (prerequisite: ARC 2014Y) or
Design Studio Options or
Urban Design Studio Options
​ARC 3021Y
​Design Studio Research 2 (prerequisite: ARC 3020Y)

Design Technology

ARC 1022H ​Design Technology 1​
​ARC 2023H ​Design Technology 2​

History

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

Post Professional

ALA 4010H Field Course
ALA 4020H Thesis Preparation
ALA 4021Y Thesis I (prerequisite: ALA 4020H)
ALA 4022Y Thesis II (prerequisite: ALA 4021Y)
ALA 4030H​ Colloquium (prerequisites: ALA 4010H and ALA 4020H; exclusion: ALD 4030H)

Professional Practice

​ARC 3051H
​Professional Practice 1
ARC 3052H Professional Practice 2

Research Methods

ARC 2017H
Research Methods

​Technics and Planning

​ARC 1041H
Building Science 1
​ARC 1043H
​Building Science 2
​ARC 1046H
​Structures 1
ARC 2042H Site Engineering and Ecology
​ARC 2045H
​Building Science 4
​ARC 2046H
​Structures 2
​ARC 2047H
​Building Science 3

Visual Communication

​ARC 1021H​
​Visual Communications

Elective Courses

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 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 Architecture​​

Other

​ARC 3700H​
​Selected Topics in Architecture​
ARC 3705H Selected Topics in Architecture​
ARC 3706H 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: Architecture, Landscape, and Design PhD

Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program in Architecture, Landscape, and Design engages students in advanced research from an intra-disciplinary approach to architecture, landscape, and urban design. The program addresses cultural, social, environmental, historical, and technological questions of the art and design disciplines and the built environment. The program is intended for students entering careers that demand a syncretic approach to research in design and related disciplines.

This full-time program normally begins in September.

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 master's degree with an average grade of at least A–. A professional degree in a design discipline is highly desirable, but applicants with a master’s degree in a related discipline in the humanities and social sciences may be considered. An additional specialized program of study may be proposed for successful applicants without professional training.

  • A writing sample in the form of a substantial research paper or publication.

  • Recommendation from three referees.

  • A two-page proposal that indicates a topic of research within a design discipline, possible sub-field(s) (if desired), and potential supervisors. Although letters of commitment from faculty members are not required, the proposed topic must be congruent with the interests and expertise of at least one member of the PhD standing committee. The admissions committee will obtain commitment from the potential supervisor before admitting an applicant, and the applicant will be informed of this in the letter of offer.

  • A portfolio of creative work may also be requested where it is relevant to the applicant’s proposed area of research and the degree to which it may require technical skills typically gained in a professional degree program. For example, this could pertain to an applicant whose proposal includes producing renderings. Questions about whether to include a portfolio in an application should be directed to the Program Director or the applicant’s prospective supervisor prior to the application deadline.

Program Requirements

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

    • ALD 4030H Doctoral Research Colloquium (0.5 FCE).

    • ALD 4040H Theories and Methods (0.5 FCE).

    • ALD 4050H Research Practicum (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit).

    • ALD 4060H Preparation for Thesis (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit).

    • 4.0 elective FCEs chosen from advanced (3000 and 4000 series) graduate-level courses offered by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Depending on their field of study, students may also take advanced graduate courses in cognate disciplines across the University, pending the approval of the Faculty and in consultation with their supervisors.

    • In order to complete the chosen thesis topic, students may be required to take additional courses or acquire other skills. This will be determined by the supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies and may include competence in another language.

  • Comprehensive examinations. All PhD students must complete a two-part comprehensive examination normally before their second Summer session. Successful completion of the examinations is required in order to achieve PhD candidacy. The exam's specific nature and scope are to be determined in consultation with the student's supervisor.

    • The first part, normally to be completed in the Summer session of Year 1, is to achieve breadth in the primary area of study so that the student can teach and conduct research within a larger chosen area within the design disciplines. This will usually involve preparing an annotated bibliography in consultation with the supervisor in the early Summer and writing the exam at the end of the Summer. The first part of the exam will consist of a written response to three questions, to be answered during a three-hour writing session that takes place on-site at the J. H. Daniels Faculty.

    • The second part, normally to be completed during the second session of Year 2, is to achieve depth in a secondary area of study, within the Faculty or beyond, so that the student can master the context for the advanced research they plan to undertake for their thesis. For the secondary area of study, most students are expected to specialize in one area of study of the design disciplines (for example, architectural history). Alternatively, for this requirement students may focus on a secondary area of study. (For example, computational technologies.) This exam may be administered by a faculty member other than the supervisor, to be determined by the student in consultation with their supervisor. This second part can take one of two formats:

      • a second annotated bibliography to achieve depth in a sub-section of the primary area of study;

      • a course syllabus with readings and outlines of lectures, themes for tutorial discussions, as well as a minimum of three lectures drawn from across the syllabus.

    • Both parts of the examination are marked on a pass/fail basis. An oral examination will follow the completion of the second part of the exam. The oral examination will last no more than 90 minutes.

    • A second attempt of the comprehensive examinations will be allowed within six months, only on the recommendation of the student’s supervisor. If the student fails again, their registration will be terminated. The student must pass both parts of the comprehensive examinations before permission to submit a thesis proposal will be granted.

  • Thesis. Following completion of the comprehensive exam, the student’s supervisory committee will be formed. This will take place no later than the Summer of Year 2 in order to allow the committee to advise on the development of the student’s thesis proposal.

    • No later than the beginning of Year 3, the student must submit to the PhD program director a thesis proposal that has been approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Once the thesis proposal has been approved, the student will achieve candidacy.

    • The doctoral candidate will then proceed to researching and writing the thesis. The student must meet with their thesis supervisory committee within three months of submitting the thesis proposal; thereafter, the candidate is required to meet at least once a year with the supervisory committee.

    • By the end of Year 4, the candidate should complete a thesis based on original research and the thesis should make a significant contribution to the area of study. The supervisory committee must approve the completed thesis before it is submitted for examination.

    • The candidate will defend the thesis at the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Architecture, Landscape, and Design PhD Courses

Core Courses

​ALD 4030H
​Doctoral Research Colloquium
​ALD 4040H
Theories and Methods
​ALD 4050H
Research Practicum​ (Credit/No Credit)
​ALD 4060H
Preparation for Thesis (Credit/No Credit)

Elective Courses

Not all electives are offered every year. Please check the timetable for current listings available from the Summer session. Electives are to be selected from advanced (3000 and 4000 series) graduate-level courses offered at the Daniels or other Faculties. These include the following:

ARC 3031H Analysis of Architectural Form
ARC 3100H Selected Topics in Urban Design
ARC 3200H Selected Topics in Advanced Computer Applications
ARC 3300H Selected Topics in Architectural History and Theory
ARC 3400H ​​Selected Topics in Architecture and Technology
ARC 3500H ​Selected Topics in Sustainable Design
ARC 3600H Selected Topics in the History and Theory of Architecture and Health​
​ARC 3700H
​Selected Topics in Architecture​
ARC 4500H Selected Topics in Professional Practice​
LAN 3900H Landscape Architecture Topics: History, Theory, Criticism
VIS 3001H Advanced Readings in Visual Studies
VIS 3002H Advance​d Readings in Curatorial Studies
VIS 3003H Special Topics in Art and Culture

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 and modelling; history, theory, and criticism; site engineering and material technologies; horticulture, ecology, hydrology; professional practice and research methods 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.

  • A bachelor's degree (such as BA, BSc, BASc, BES, BFA, BCom) with a minimum average of mid-B.

  • Some preparation or experience in architectural design or the creative arts is encouraged, but not required; e.g., hand or digital drawing, film or animation, graphic design or sculpture. This program is suitable for those without formal training in design or the arts; graduates of any discipline are encouraged to apply.

  • 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. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two 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, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • 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 Studio

      • 1.0 FCE: Design Studio ​Options

      • 1.5 FCEs: Design Studio Thesis

      • 2.0 FCEs: Visual Communication

      • 2.0 FCEs: History, Theory, Criticism

      • 1.5 FCEs: Technology

      • 1.5 FCEs: Environment

      • 1.0 FCE: Professional Practice and Research Methods

    • ​1.0 elective FCE​.

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 landscape architecture, architecture, architectural studies, or environmental design, or a comparable degree focusing on the design of landscapes and 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 digital visual representation (including Rhinoceros, Illustrator, Laser Cutting), two courses in landscape architecture history and theory (one in 20th-century), and two courses in landscape architecture site engineering (i.e., site grading) and planting design, horticulture, urban ecology, or forest 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. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two 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, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • 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 Studio

      • 1.0 FCE: Design Studio Options

      • 1.5 FCEs: Design Studio Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE: Visual Communication

      • 0.5 FCE: History, Theory, Criticism

      • 1.0 FCE: Technology

      • 1.5 FCEs: Environment

      • 1.0 FCE: Professional Practice and Research Methods

    • 1.0 elective FCE.

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. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two 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, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • 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. Faculty members have research expertise in the following areas of interest, which students may pursue: Computation and Fabrication; Health and Society; and Sustainability and Environment.

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

    • 4.0 FCEs in core courses:

      • ​​​0.5 FCE: ALA 4010H Field Course

      • 0.5 FCE: ALA 4020H Thesis Preparation

      • 1.0 FCE: ALA 4021Y Thesis I

      • 1.5 FCE: ALA 4022Y Thesis II

      • 0.5 FCE: ALA 4030H Colloquium

    • ​2.0 elective FCEs, of which 1.0 FCE must be in the student's area of interest. ​

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

Not all electives are offered every year. Please check the timetable for current listings available.

Core Courses

Design Studio

LAN 1011Y
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 3020Y
Design Studio Options or
Urban Design Studio Options or
Design Studio Research 1
LAN 3017Y
Design Studio Thesis

Environment

LAN 1041H
Field Studies 1
LAN 1043H
Field Studies 2
LAN 2045H Landscape Ecology I
LAN 2046H Landscape Ecology II
LAN 2047H Landscape Hydrology I
LAN 2048H Landscape Hydrology II

History, Theory, Criticism

LAN 1031H
History, Theory, Criticism 1
LAN 1032H
History, Theory, Criticism 2
LAN 1037H Plants and Design I
LAN 1038H Plants and Design II
LAN 2037H
Contemporary Landscape Theory

Post Professional

ALA 4010H Field Course
ALA 4020H Thesis Preparation
ALA 4021Y Thesis I (prerequisite: ALA 4020H)
ALA 4022Y Thesis II (prerequisite: ALA 4021Y)
ALA 4030H Colloquium (prerequisites: ALA 4010H and ALA 4020H; exclusion: ALD 4030H)

Proseminar

LAN 3051H Landscape Architecture Research Methods
LAN 3052H
Professional Practice

Technology

LAN 1047H Site Engineering I
LAN 1048H Site Engineering II
LAN 2042H
Landscape Materials, Assemblies, Techniques
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

Design

LAN 3200H
Landscape Architecture Topics: Design

Environment

LAN 3300H
Landscape Architecture Topics: Environment
LAN 3500H
Landscape Architecture Topics: Plants

History, Theory, Criticism

LAN 3039H
Independent Study
LAN 3700H
Landscape Architecture Topics: Society
LAN 3900H
Landscape Architecture Topics: History, Theory, Criticism

Proseminar

LAN 3600H
Landscape Architecture Topics: Practice

Technology

LAN 3400H
Landscape Architecture Topics: Techniques
LAN 3800H
Landscape Architecture Topics: Technology

Visual Communication

LAN 2100H
Landscape Architecture 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 they are able to demonstrate design potential in their application portfolio. Applicants may be required to complete design and/or visual communication workshops before they begin the MUD program, in order to prepare them for the design studio component of the MUD curriculum.

  • All applicants must submit a portfolio of design work for review. Admission is based on the merits of the applicant's overall academic background and strength of design portfolio as evaluated by the admissions committee.

  • 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. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results 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, and in consultation with the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in the case of accessibility.

  • 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

      • 1.5 FCEs: Design Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE: History, Theory, Criticism

      • 1.5 FCEs: other courses

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

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Urban Design MUD Courses

Not all electives are offered every year. Please check the timetable for current listings available.

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 3020Y
​Urban Design Studio Options ​or
Design Studio Options or
Design Studio Research 1
​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 Visual Communications
​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

History, Theory, Criticism

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 1300H Selected Topics in Digital Urbanism

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 dependent 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 and Program Director.

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

  • MVS Proseminar, a non-credit course.

  • An FZ (fail) in any one course or a B– grade in any two courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student’s registration in the degree program.

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 dependent 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 and Program Director.

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

  • MVS Proseminar, a non-credit course.

  • An FZ (fail) in any one course or a B– grade in any two courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student’s registration in the degree program.

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 1000Y MVS Proseminar
​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 2000Y MVS Proseminar
​VIS 2001H
Studio Practicum/Critiques III​
​VIS 2002H
​MVS Research and Writing
​VIS 2003Y
MVS Project​​

MVS Curatorial Studies Courses

VIS 1000Y MVS Proseminar
​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 2000Y MVS Proseminar
​VIS 2002H
​MVS Research and Writing
​VIS 2101Y
MVS Curatorial Studies Exhibition Project​
​VIS 2102H
MVS Curatorial Studies Collaboration​

MVS Elective Courses

VIS 1005H Artist in Residence Master Class
​VIS 3001H
Advanced Readings in Visual Studies​
​VIS 3002H
​Advance​d Readings in Curatorial Studies​
VIS 3003H​
Special Topics in Art and Culture