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 degree will enable students to:
Applications are accepted November 1st* to April 15th.*
We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.
*or next business day
Competitive entry: Two-step process
Preference will be given to applicants with:
Applicants currently in the final term of the diploma program must be on track to graduate prior to the start of the intake and may be conditionally accepted based on successful completion of their diploma.
Step 1: Meet the entrance requirements
BCIT will assess architectural technology, building technology or other engineering technology diplomas from other institutions for equivalency on an individual basis.
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.
Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio that includes examples of varied work. Pieces are to be student projects from former education or industry-related work and should demonstrate a cross section of skills. Examples of design-related work such as photography, fashion, art work, sculpture, graphics, painting, etc. that demonstrate highly-developed design skills can be included in the portfolio.
Presentation of work
Portfolios will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Submitting your portfolio
Please drop off your portfolio to the program assistant’s office in NE1-308 between the hours of 8:30-12:00 or 13:00-15:30, Monday-Friday by April 15th.
Please note that any application material submitted (including the portfolio) may not be returned.
Students who have withdrawn from the program must apply for re-admission when they are ready to resume full-time study. 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.
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
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 may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
|Level 5 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Architectural Foundation Studio
This course intends on bridging technology and design theory through the architectural design process. In a series of exercises, this course introduces students to the foundation principles of architectural design. Students are introduced to contemporary architecture through precedent studies. The students will progress from explorations of two and three-dimensional compositions to investigations of space and form, to the incorporation of a functional program involving users and the multiple constraints of an actual site. Student design work will build on skills acquired in previous course work to address the many concerns and intentions that inform the architectural design process, and that provide the basis for making meaningful architecture. Prerequisite: ABET diploma or equivalent.
History of Materials and Building Systems
This course explores the history of building materials, technology and structural systems, following a roughly chronological path from the emergence of First Civilizations to the present day. These explorations take place within the context of the prevailing social, political and economic forces. Students will research and write one term paper on a topic of their choice, focusing on the materials and technology used in a particular building type, geographic or cultural context or at a particular time in history. One mid-term and one final slide exam will test the students’ knowledge of building practices at different periods in history, and their ability to identify and describe significant built examples.
Tectonics Architecture and Design/Build
This course explores tectonics in architecture; relating form to materials, construction and structure. It is the study of architecture as a spatial concept expressed through the relative order of structure, detail and environmental context. The course investigates and tests the design with a built form, further refining the evolution of detail based on aesthetics, function, durability and current construction practice . Prerequisites: 60% in ARSC 7002
Through a series of lectures and work sessions presenting learning resources, case studies, green building rating systems and other related materials, students will have the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of environmentally responsible design in the construction industry. This understanding will consider both the technical performance of individual buildings and the social context within which sustainability is now being framed. Prerequisites: BLDG 4000 or BLDG 4100 or 60% in ARSC 7002
Through a series of lectures and work assignments, this course will introduce students to broad principles in building science and performance and will provide learning opportunities for basic application of these principles. Students will learn these principles through the lens of the four elements in building science studies: i) exterior climate and region, ii) wall and separator, iii) user and occupant, iv) energy and technology. Prerequisite: Completion of Architectural and Building Technology diploma or equivalent.
Critical Reading and Writing
This is a course in advanced composition and rhetoric, in which students will develop skills in complex critical analysis and interpretation by analyzing and evaluating materials from a variety of discourses or genres, including visual, online, and print; developing and writing essays, including critiques and research papers; applying and discussing principles of rhetoric and critical theory; examining and using methods of interpretation and analysis from the humanities and social sciences; evaluating the credibility of primary and secondary sources, including as it applies to media literacy, and for the purposes of academic research; situating discourses within their historical context and relevant to rhetorical theories of different periods (for example, Aristotle in the ancient world and Bakhtin in the twentieth century). The course format will include lecture, discussion, and both individual and group activities. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177 or (equivalent), OR 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above.
|Level 6 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Architectural Technology Studio 4
This course offers students an opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge from previous architectural courses and other coursework in the context of a series of increasingly complex architectural design problems. Each design problem will require the student to initiate the development of conceptual frameworks to explore and resolve issues of site, context, program, scale, organization, space, form, structure, and the role of building technology to mediate the environment. In addition, during the term, the student's design intentions will be investigated and tested at the scale of the detail with drawings and models. Prerequisites: ARSC 7002
Introduces graphic representation as an exploratory design tool. As a means of communicating one's design intent, this exploration is to be simultaneously open-ended and rigorous as the students work through a process of curiosity, discovery, (self) criticism and understanding. The course will be structured around a series of drawing exercises, building in complexity, many of which will incorporate the work underway in the technology design studios. The emphasis will be on the making of meaningful representations using both manual and computer based media. The course is intended to complement the Architectural Foundation Studio. Note: This course was formerly available as BLDG 5140. Prerequisite: Completion of ABET diploma.
Technical Language of Architecture
This course investigates the connection between the poetry and prose of architectural language: how ideas expressed in words, images and models are translated into built form. This is achieved through an examination of multiple aspects of the design and implementation process from concept to detail: ideas and intention; program organization and problem solving; designing ‘places’ for people; practice conventions and design innovation among others. The course also looks at the roles and responsibilities of architects as public figures who shape the social and physical environments of their communities and cities. Prerequisites: ARSC 7140
Building Envelope Performance
In this course students will use process and technology for evidence-based, performative-design, decision-making. Through a series of lectures and work assignments, students will extract and visualize data from design information to understand, analyze, and communicate complex, building performance issues. Students will learn how to use technologies to support integrated design processes. Fundamental data-driven design skills will be taught. Prerequisite: Completion of Architectural and Building Technology diploma or equivalent and ARSC 7250.
|Level 7 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Building Envelope Lab
The purpose of this course is to apply building science knowledge and skills to the architectural design process. This course will integrate with ARSC 8280 (Graduating Project - Project Proposal). Through a series of lectures and work assignments, students will create a holistic site analysis; integrate ideas on design strategies for resilience, and set performance goals and drivers for the graduating project. Prerequisite: Completion of Architectural and Building Technology diploma or equivalent AND ARSC 7250 AND ARSC 7300.
Systems Integration Studio
This studio course permits students to experience the challenges and rewards of integrated design. Projects involve the synthesis of various applied architectural and engineering concepts dealing with architecture, structure and building systems. Students will apply sustainable design principles to schematic design and pursue unprecedented building performance levels, working independently, in teams and with consultants to achieve environmentally responsible and regenerative designs. Prerequisites: ARSC 7100 and ARSC 7102 and ARSC 7250 and ARSC 7300
Graduating Project - Project Proposal
The Graduating Project is comprised of two parts: ARSC 8280 is the pre-design and technical research that provides the basis for ARSC 8800 design work to follow. This course provides a structured approach to conduct the research, complete the contextual analysis, and initiate the critical thinking that lays the groundwork for individual Graduating Project design. The course will be delivered as a series of lectures, seminars, on-site investigations and assignments to guide the investigation process. Students will work independently, in teams and with consultants to prepare a pre-design brief – an essential part of the design process for complex architectural projects. Students will consider history, sustainability, codes and regulations, quality assurance and project management to develop an effective proposal. Prerequisites: ARSC 7100 and ARSC 7102 and LIBS 7001
Management Skills and Applications
The course provides an overview of the basic skills of a manager and applies these skills through a series of projects and case studies. It examines the evolution of management and the organizational culture and environment. It also teaches the decision-making skills and the skills involved in planning, organizing, leading and controlling, including planning and facilitating change, teamwork, applying motivational techniques and effective communication.
|Liberal Studies Electives:
All students will be required to achieve an additional 6.0 credits of Liberal Studies 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 (15 weeks)||Credits|
This course will enable the student to understand the processes involved in successful management of a project in the context as an Architectural Technologist in an architectural firm. The student will be able to apply goal seeking strategies and overcome impediments in the daily routine of practice management. Prerequisites: BUSA 7250
Building Science Design Project
This course holistically integrates previously learned tools and processes to inform and refine the graduating project.. Through a series of lectures and studio assignments, students will pursue transformative architectural solutions based on course-specific performance goals. Students will self-evaluate building performance on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Prerequisite: Completion of Architectural and Building Technology diploma or equivalent AND ARSC 7250 AND ARSC 7300 AND ARSC 7350.
This ARSC 8800 Graduating Project continues the project initiated in ARSC 8280 Graduating Project Proposal. The course is structured in 2 distinct parts. Part 1 focuses on refinement of the predesign brief developed in ARSC 8280. Part 2 will focus on the development of the design project. Students will develop a comprehensive design which fully describes the building including its organization, building systems, sustainable design, and materiality through the development of 2 and 3 dimensional models and drawings including plans, sections, elevations, and conceptual construction details. The Comprehensive Design exercise is intended to demonstrate the extent of the student’s ability to understand and synthesize technical, functional and other requirements of their selected project and how the design can be influenced by an integrated design process. The course is structured as a simulated work experience for the graduating project. Prerequisites: ARSC 7300 and ARSC 8000 and ARSC 8200 and ARSC 8280
Fosters abilities and values required for ethical decision making at work. Develops skills in logical analysis, a working knowledge of moral principles and theories, and the ability to diagnose and resolve moral disagreements commonly found at work. Examines and applies moral principles to historically famous cases in manufacturing, human resources, management, engineering, health care, and computing. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
|Liberal Studies Electives:
All students will be required to achieve an additional 6.0 credits of Liberal Studies 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.
Directed Studies in Architectural Science
Directed Studies enables the students to propose an area of study that would lend itself to increased learning through the exploration of study in Selected Topics areas. This Technical Elective course of study may vary from term to term and may include subjects such as: technology and design; environmental ethics; Studies abroad, architectural workshops; Evaluation, Communication and Monitoring of Project deliveries. The student must submit a Statement of Intent which is to be reviewed and approved by the Program Head prior to the student's ability to register for this elective.
This course provides an introduction to an increasingly important aspect of architectural practice: the expanded opportunities for the use of wood in large scale, non-traditional building applications. This renewed focus on wood is driven by a variety of factors, but most importantly by the fact that an increase in wood use can make a significant contribution to the long term mitigation of climate change. As design professionals intensify their focus on reducing the environmental impact of buildings, and as governments and other public institutions look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, increasing the use of wood in non-traditional applications has emerged as a key component in meeting these objectives. New engineered wood products, new manufacturing technologies, changes to building codes and other legislation are combining to create new possibilities for wood construction. These changes offer the prospect of a future in which our wood structures could rival the iconic architectural and engineering achievements of past centuries: such as Japanese temples, Norwegian stave churches, grain elevators, railroad trestles and the like. This course will: (a) provide an introduction to the unique attributes of wood as a building material, (b) · give an overview of the emerging technologies of mid-rise frame, mass timber and composite construction in British Columbia, (c) explain how wood fits within the broader context of environmental, economic and social sustainability and, (d) discuss the physical and psychological benefits to be gained from the greater use of wood in buildings.
Heritage Conservation Principles and Practice
This course provides a general overview of the principles and practice of Heritage Conservation, and provides the student with an understanding of values-based methodology and techniques for addressing the conservation of heritage structures and sites. Based on global best practices, the course provides a familiarity with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, an understanding of the broader framework of cultural heritage, and knowledge of the development of the local built environment. Further, the course addresses the different levels of authority in approaching the conservation of the built environment, tools necessary to carry out the research, recording and surveying of heritage structures, and analysis of historical building materials with consideration of long-term restoration and maintenance techniques. Prerequisites: ARSC 7010
Contact the program head for additional elective options and for approval.
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.
The Bachelor of Architectural Science is a full-time, four-year program.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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