Full-time Bachelor of Architectural Science 8050btech

Overview

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Architectural technology is a bridge between pure design theory and construction practice. This program will broaden the knowledge and skills of the architectural technologist in areas of current interest to the building community, increase opportunities for job placement within the industry, and improve graduates' opportunities for career advancement.

The Bachelor in Architectural Science is a full-time, four-year program that delivers a broadly based, technically current curriculum on the theoretical and applied aspects of architectural science.

The Program

The degree will enable students to:

  • Develop the technical, artistic, and managerial literacies necessary for advanced placement as architectural technologists.
  • Apply emerging technological theory and practices within the process of planning and design to solve complex problems in the workplace.
  • Apply problem-solving methodologies to construction technology, design, and management issues with respect to the building industry.
  • Incorporate environmental issues associated with building and urbanization.
  • Strengthen knowledge in the analysis and synthesis of construction projects.
  • Pursue further educational opportunities toward professional designation.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 15th*

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Physics: one of the following:
    • Physics 11 (67%) or
    • Physics 12 (67%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (67%)

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Continuation requirements

Forty eight students will be accepted into Year 1 of the four-year degree program. Prior to the 3rd year (fifth term) those students will compete for the available twenty four seats in the degree program based on:

  • 75% minimum course average over the first two years, and an evaluation of their portfolio
  • Portfolio Submission (11x17 format maximum)

Upon completion of the first two years of study, students will have the opportunity to exit and receive an Architectural and Building Technology Diploma. Students from the Architectural and Building Technology diploma program - Architectural or Building Science elective streams can apply to the third year of the degree program. These students will be placed on a waitlist for Direct Entry into the third year of the Architectural Science degree program. Students wishing to enter the Architectural Science degree program from the Economics stream will be evaluated on an individual basis for continuance into the third year of the degree.

Recommended for success

  • Students who are accepted into the diploma program are encouraged to be familiar with, and have a good working knowledge of MS Office, especially, MS Word and MS Excel prior to their September start date.

  • Post-secondary academic experience and/or construction industry experience will enhance the application of those applicants who have the preferred grades.

Advanced Placement

Successful completion of the BCIT Architectural and Building Technology Diploma or equivalent with a 75% or better GPA is required for advanced placement into Level 5 (Term 5). Applications subject to space availability and program approval. Diploma graduates of the Economic Construction option are required to complete additional electives from the Architecture or Building Science options prior to entry of the program.

Students requesting direct entry into Level 5 (Term 5) will have to apply and will be selected based on GPA and portfolio submission.

All other advanced placement is to be reviewed by the department to determine candidate entry to the program.

Students transferring from other institutions offering architectural technology, building technology or other engineering technology programs will be considered on an individual basis. If education is from outside of BCIT please provide the additional information listed below:

  • Transcripts from outside institutions
  • Proof of English 12 (67%)

Re-admission Requirements

Students who have been withdrawn from the program due to failures, or who have left of their own accord, must apply for re-acceptance when they are ready to re-enter full-time study (at least a 60% course load). BCIT recommends that you apply as early as possible. However, space is limited and when a program area receives more eligible applicants than there are seats available, the department may select those applicants considered to have the strongest chance of success in the program.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

The Bachelor of Architectural Science degree program is currently accepting applications into the third year (Level 5) of the degree program. Graduates from BCIT's Architectural & Building Technology program will be considered for entry into the third year.

Students transferring from other institutions offering architectural technology, building technology or other engineering technology programs will be assessed on an individual basis.

Candidates wishing to apply to the Bachelor of Architectural Science Degree program are encouraged to apply directly to the Architectural Science Degree stream.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,195; Level 2: $485; Level 3: $600; Level 4: $350; Level 5: $950; Level 6: $1,050; Level 7: $750; Level 8:$ 750 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)

In addition, all students prior to continuation into 3rd year of the program are required to purchase a laptop computer suitable to run software used in their courses. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on configuration chosen but will likely range from approximately $1500 to $2500. Software purchases will increase this cost. Contact the Program Head for specifications on software and hardware requirements

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Program matrix

Levels (Terms) 1 - 4
Students are required to complete the Architectural & Building Technology Diploma curriculum with either the Architectural Technology or the Building Science elective courses. Students from the Economics elective stream may apply with permission from the Program Head. These candidates will be evaluated on an individual basis.
 
Level 5 (Term 5 15 weeks) Credits
  ARSC 7002 Architectural Foundation Studio 7.5
  ARSC 7010 History of Materials and Building Systems 3.0
  ARSC 7140 Graphic/Digital Communications 3.0
  ARSC 7200 Sustainable Design 3.0
  ARSC 7250 Environmental Separators 5.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
 
Level 6 (Term 6 15 weeks) Credits
  ARSC 7100 Architectural Technology Studio 4 7.5
  ARSC 7102 Tectonics Architecture and Design/Build 3.0
  ARSC 7150 Technical Language of Architecture 3.0
  ARSC 7300 Building Envelope Performance 4.0
  ARSC 8200 Presentation Skills 2.0
 
Level 7 (Term 7 15 weeks) Credits
  ARSC 7350 Building Envelope Lab 4.0
  ARSC 8000 Systems Integration Studio 7.5
  ARSC 8280 Graduating Project - Project Proposal 3.0
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
Liberal Studies Electives:
All students will be required to achieve an additional 6.0 credits of LIBS electives in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements. As part of the program 3.0 of these credits will be offered in Level 7. Program Head approval is required.
 
Level 8 (Term 8 15 weeks) Credits
  ARSC 8070 Project Delivery 2.0
  ARSC 8800 Graduating Project 12.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
Liberal Studies Electives:
All students will be required to achieve an additional 6.0 credits of LIBS electives in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements. As part of the program 3.0 of these credits will be offered in Level 8. Program Head approval is required.
 
Professional Electives (6.0 credits): Credits
All students are required to complete 6.0 credits of Professional Electives which can be taken any time in Levels 5, 6, 7 or 8.
  ARSC 7040 Directed Studies in Architectural Science 3.0
  ARSC 7050 Wood Design 3.0
  ARSC 7110 Heritage Conservation Principles and Practice 3.0
Note: ARSC 7110 and ARSC 7050 are only available in Level 6. ARSC 7040 is only available in Level 8. Contact the Program Head for additional elective options and for approval.
 
Total Credits: 232.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The Bachelor of Architectural Science is a full-time, four-year program.

Grading

In order for students to continue onto the fifth term, they must have a 70% course average over the first two years, present a portfolio for evaluation, and have a minimum of 14 weeks of work experience prior to entry into third year with a 12 week practicum prior to graduation. Upon completion of the first two years of study, students will have the opportunity to exit and receive a Diploma in Architectural & Building Technology.

Course Failure and Program Continuation

A student who fails or withdraws from one to three courses in a specific term may be required to move from "set" registration to course-by-course registration. In these cases the student will be notified by mail at the end of term in which the failures or withdrawals occurred. Students will be required to meet with their program head during the first week of the following term to create an approved registration plan.

Students on "set" registration will be given first priority for course placement; students who are registering on a course-by-course basis and who are registering for at least 60% of a standard term course load will be given second priority; and students registering course-by-course with less than 60% of a standard term course load will be given third priority for course placement.

A student who fails or withdraws from four or more courses in any one term will be required to withdraw from the program. Prior to applying for re-acceptance the student must complete the failed course(s) successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies, or on an alternate route approved in writing by the program head. Completion of the missing course(s) does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.

A student who fails to complete a first-year course for a second time may be required to withdraw from the program for a period of one academic year. Prior to applying for re-acceptance the student must complete the failed course successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies, or on a program head-approved alternate route. Completion of the missing course does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.

A student who fails to complete a second-year course for a second time will be required to enter into a re-admission contract with the program head of the department. This contract may require the student to repeat prerequisite courses (even if they had previously been completed successfully) prior to a third, and final, attempt to complete the second-year course. The student would not qualify for continuation into the third year of the Degree and could exit out of the program at the Diploma level.

Accreditation

  1. The Architectural and Building Technology Diploma program is accredited by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Full-time students may apply for Student Associate status with AIBC. Graduates are eligible for membership and may apply for registration as an Architectural Technologist after completing two years of relevant experience and the registration examination. Please refer to the AIBC website for further information.

  2. The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors will accept graduates as Probationary Members and gives credit in a similar manner. Information on this professional development possibility is available from the program head. Please refer to the CIQS website for further information.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

The Bachelor degree in Architectural Science will prepare graduates with the skill set needed for advanced placement within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  • Wayne Hand, BSc (Civil Engineering), MBA, PEng, Dean
  • W. Wollin, BEDS, MArch, Architect AIBC, Program Head
  • R. Kato, BSc, BArch,MAIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP
  • M. Labrie, BArch, MASA, Architect AIBC, MOAQ, MRAIC, LEED AP
  • P. Levar, BA, MArch, Architect AIBC, FRAIC
  • J. Lovatt, BASc, M.Sc, PEng
  • D. Luxton, BArch, FRAIC, CAHP
  • J. Taggart, Dipl Arch, MA, FRAIC
  • M. Woodruff, BES, BArch, Architect AIBC

Advisory committee

  • John Bass, UBC, School of Architecture
  • Scott Douglas, Kasian Architecture Ltd.
  • Mark Gauvin, Gauvin 2000 Construction Ltd.
  • Helen Goodland, Light House
  • Stuart Howard, Stuart Howard Architects Inc.
  • Raymond Letkeman, Raymond Letkeman Architects Inc.
  • Steve Rayner, PBK Architects Inc. (Chair)
  • Vladimir Mikler, Cobalt Engineering

Contact Us

W. Wollin, BEDS, MArch, Architect AIBC, Program Head
Tel:  604-432-8912

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