ARC Architecture, Landscape and Design
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Architecture is both a profession and a discipline of study, offering a broad variety of career opportunities. As a profession it plays a pivotal role in the production of the built environment, bridging the technical and social, practical and theoretical. It is a cultural and artistic practice that is critically engaged with the forces of urbanization and technological change, the challenges of environmental sustainability, and the struggle for cultural expression. It involves the design, production, and organization of material culture from the scale of domestic objects to the scale of the metropolitan region. As such, studies in architecture interact with numerous related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, as well as engineering, technology and media. These studies may lead to professional graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and urban design, as well as careers in related design disciplines, the arts, history, business, journalism, and public policy.
The Architectural Studies programs provide Major and Specialist degree options for students wishing to study architecture as part of a liberal arts education. The program serves as an introduction to the discipline of architecture, focusing on the state of the art, current issues and emerging practices, all considered from critical, theoretical, and historical perspectives. Studio courses in design and visual communication provide opportunities to learn practical, formal, and analytical skills, and are augmented by advanced courses in allied design arts, such as landscape, furniture, graphic, and stage design.
The Architectural Studies Major Programs (Hon. BA) contain concentrations in Architectural Design or in History, Theory, Criticism. Either option can be pursued. The Architectural Design concentration is intended for students wishing an intensive exposure to architectural design within a broad liberal arts education; the History, Theory, Criticism concentration is intended for students wishing a broad interdisciplinary education in architectural studies but not wishing to pursue design. Introductory courses begin at the first-year level and lead into a sequence of courses in architectural design and representation, history, theory, and technology. Emphasis is placed on advanced theory and interdisciplinarity, since contemporary architecture is inexorably tied to knowledge and practice in urbanism, environmentalism, literature, media, cultural theory, art, science and technology, as well as philosophy, economics, and political science. This program could usefully be combined with a major in another discipline, such as fine art, urban studies, or computer science.
Graduates who have completed the Architectural Studies Major program and have an Honours B.A. degree may apply to graduate professional programs in architecture, but without advanced standing. The Architectural Studies Specialist Program (Hon. BA) builds on the major with concentration in Architectural Design and includes additional courses in design, theory, history, and building technology. It is particularly suitable for students wishing an intensive introduction to the discipline and who may want to pursue a professional education in architecture or landscape architecture. Graduates who have completed this program may apply for advanced standing by one year in the professional Master of Architecture program at the University of Toronto. Decisions regarding advanced standing will be made on a case by case basis upon admission to the program.
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Students who are interested in pursuing graduate professional studies in architecture and wish to apply to the Facultys Master of Architecture program are advised that the following specific courses are required: secondary school calculus (OAC Calculus, or MCB4U Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus, Grade 12, University Preparation, or equivalent); secondary school physics (OAC Physics, SPH4U Physics, Grade 12, University Preparation, or equivalent); and, a university level half-credit course in architectural history. For further information regarding admission to this program, go to www.ald.utoronto.ca or contact the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at 416-978-5038. The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design sponsors a variety of lectures, exhibitions and other special events for members of the architectural community.
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