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Admissions to the Minor in Architecture Studies (ARST)

Applications to the ARST Minor must be completed by February 1st for admission the next Fall semester.  Students must apply via their online Student Centres and submit digital portfolios to the email below. Admission to ARST is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Additionally, the completion of the ARST minor does not guarantee admission to the Master of Architecture (MArch) or other degrees offered by the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS). Students interested in pursuing a MArch should note that only those students who have completed a 4-year degree will be considered for admission.

Course and GPA Requirements

To be eligible for the minor, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 4.0 full-course equivalents (24 units) in post-secondary study by the time they apply. Typically students will apply after a year and a half (or more) in their Bachelor program; e.g. if admitted to the University of Calgary in Fall 2016, a student can apply to the ARST Minor in January 2018.

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 is required for admission, but does not guarantee admission. The GPA for admission purposes will be calculated over the most recent course work, to a maximum of five full-course equivalents (30 units), inclusive of University of Calgary courses and/or transferable courses taken at other institutions.

All grades within a session will be included, except where the number of courses taken within a session exceeds what is required to fulfill (to a maximum of) five full-course equivalents, in which case the highest grades will be used.

ARST has a fixed number of places for students. Whenever demand exceeds capacity, enrollment will be limited and students will be admitted on a competitive basis. It is recommended that interested students take ARST 201 Introduction to Architecture and Design prior to entering the ARST Minor.

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants to the Minor must submit a digital portfolio that provides evidence of original or creative work in any field or medium, and includes a brief statement of their interest in the Minor. The Admissions Committee is generally looking for evidence of creative ability, design skill and potential as a design practitioner. Digital portfolios should include:

  • Six pieces of design work, some can have more than one image, can be any topic (does not have to be architectural)
  • Minimum one manual hand drawing or sketch
  • Statement of interest (500 – 750 words)

Digital Portfolios should conform to these specifications:

  • Maximum 8.5" x 11" page size
  • Maximum of 10 pages
  • First and last name, and UCID to appear on cover page
  • Footer on each page to include first and last name
  • File name format: Lastname_Firstname_ARST_2017portfolio.pdf
  • PDF file no greater than 20 MB (resolution is for screen viewing, not print)
  • Portfolio to be emailed to with the subject line “ARST Minor application portfolio 2017”


Application Process

Applicants do not choose the ARST minor during their initial application to the University of Calgary. Students are only accepted into the ARST minor courses starting in the Fall semester of their third year of study, or after. Transfer students may indicate their application to the ARST Minor by emailing before the February 1st deadline.

Admission to ARST will be granted for Fall Term only.

Therefore, before February 1 of your second year or after, submit a Change of Program request to add the ARST minor. This can be done online in your Student Centre, or by submitting the form to an Undergraduate Program Officer at Enrolment Services. Then, before February 1 of the same year, you must also submit your digital portfolio as outlined above.

Architecture Portfolio Review and Information Sessions

Information sessions for our architecture programs provide prospective students with course overviews, application and portfolio information, and a quick tour of the facilities. Individuals interested in both the Master of Architecture and / or Architecture Studies Minor are welcome. Please send your RSVP for info sessions to Jennifer Taillefer at with the subject line MArch info session - insert the date. All information sessions will be in the Professional Faculties building, room 2160. For the portfolio review sessions, click link below to sign up.

  • Info Session: Friday, September 30th 1 - 2pm
  • Info Session: Thursday, October 27th 12:30 - 1:30pm
  • Portfolio Review Session: Thursday, October 27th 1:30 - 4:30pm (reserve your spot here: )
  • Info Session (Part of "EVDS Day"): Thursday, November 17th 12:30 - 2pm
  • Info Session: Friday, December 9th 1 - 2pm


Admission Inquiries:

Jennifer Taillefer

Academic Programs Coordinator
Professional Faculties Building, Room 2188 - please email for an appointment

t: 403.220.4388
f: 403.284.4399