Architecture BSc

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Architecture BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    McGill University’s BSc in Architecture is a 2 part program. The first is heavily design-based. It is a six term programme for students who already have a Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies in Pure and Applied Science (or the international equivalent), and eight terms for all other students. It leads to a BSc in Architecture.  

    The second part of the program is accessible directly if you already have a BSc n Architecture or the equivalent. This 2 year or 3 term program leads to a Master of Architecture (Professional) degree. This can either be studio-based or research based. This part of the program is fully accredited by the US’ National Council of Architectural Registration Boards as well as the Canadian Architectural Certification Board.

    The degree program includes opportunities to extend your studies abroad. You might explore becoming an exchange student, engaging in an overseas internship or field study semester or perhaps a summer abroad. You are encouraged to explore your options here.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    The BSc component of this degree program is typically delivered over 3 years of full time study at 30 credits per year, for a total of 90 credits.

    Required Modules Include:

    • Architectural Drawing
    • Architectural Graphics and Elements of Design
    • Architectural History 1 – 4
    • Architectural Modelling
    • Architectural Structures
    • Building Regulations and Safety
    • Communication, Behaviour and Architecture
    • Design and Construction 1 – 4
    • Digital Representation
    • Energy, Environment and Buildings
    • Landscape
    • Lighting
    • Organization of Materials in Buildings
    • Structural Systems

    Optional Modules Include:

    • Architectural Intentions Vitruvius – Renaissance
    • Civic Design
    • Community Design Workshop
    • Cultural Landscapes Seminar
    • Design for Development
    • Environments for the Disabled
    • Freehand Drawing and Sketching
    • Geometry and Architecture
    • Heritage Conservation
    • History of Architecture in Canada
    • History of Housing
    • Housing Theory
    • Montreal: Urban Morphology
    • New Approaches to Architectural History
    • Origins of Modern Architecture
    • Philosophy of Structure
    • Selected Topics in Architecture 1
    • Selected Topics in Architecture 2
    • Selected Topics in Design
    • Seminar on Analysis and Theory
    • Significant Texts and Buildings
    • Site Usage
    • Structure of Cities
    • Summer Course Abroad
    • Sustainable Design
    • Sustainable Residential

    Learning And Teaching

    McGill University’s Architecture BSc program is delivered using several different teaching and assessment methods. These include practical skills workshops, tutorial sessions, seminars lectures and guest speaker presentations.

    Opportunities to access study support will be presented. These will include the development of your professional writing and research skills. You will also take part in occasional site visits, special projects and other events and learning activities as appropriate throughout your time at university.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree is an excellent way to begin a career in architecture or in a number of related pursuits. If you complete the first part of the program at the BSc level, you will not have any professional qualifications or be eligible to practice as an architect.

    If you continue on to the Master of Architecture level, you will have met the practice standards of various professional bodies in the US and Canada.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BSc degree. If you complete certain optional modules, you will also receive a Level 5 Award in Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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