(BAS) Design

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Design) program provides students who are seeking a professional career in architecture with an emphasis on design. The program’s strength lies in its ability to deliver an architectural education through an exploration of diverse disciplines that influence the built environment. This model of architectural education is, by necessity, a comprehensive one. It not only prepares students for a future in the profession of architecture but also provides a broad-based foundation for a multitude of interdisciplinary and related design fields. Students learn to handle the conflicting demands of function, aesthetics, technology and economy, but are trained in a variety of means of expression including writing, model-making, drawing, photography, video, digital media, and verbal presentations.


Students pursue intensive, studio-based studies supported by courses in Architectural History and Technology complemented with Directed Studies Abroad programs (DSA) in the second-term of the third year. Co-Op option is available.


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The grid below displays the suggested course sequence for (BAS) Design students for the 2023-24 year. Please note that Core and Free Electives may be taken in any order. To see the complete grid for your own calendar year, click on appropriate link at the bottom of this grid.

First Year (for students who entered the Design program in the 2023/24 year)



ARCS 1005 Drawing

ARTH 1200 History & Theory of Architecture: Prehistory to 1500

ARCH 1000 Introduction to Architecture

ARCN 2106 Introduction to Multimedia 


ARCS 1105 Studio 1 (1.0 credit)

ARTH 1201 History & Theory of Architecture: 1500 to Present

ARCN 2105 Introduction to Computer Modelling

ARCC 1202 History of Structures

Second Year (for students who entered the Design program in the 2022/23 year)



ARCS 2105 Studio 2 (1.5 credit)

ARCH 2300 Introduction to Modern Architecture

ARCC 2202 Architectural Technology 1

ARCS 2106 Studio 3 (1.5 credit)

CIVE 2005 Architectural Technology 2

ARCC 2100 Design and the Environment

Third Year (for students who entered the Design program in the 2021/22 year)



ARCS 3105 Studio 4 (1.5 credit)

ARCC 2203 Architectural Technology 3


COOP 1000 Co-op Preparation (0.0 credit)

ARCS 3107 Studio 5 (1.0 credit)

ARCU 3100 The Morphology of the City



Fourth Year (for students who entered the Design program in the 2020/21 year)



ARCS 4105 Studio 6 (1.5 credit)

ARCC 3202 Architectural Technology 4


ARCS 4107 Studio 7 (1.0 credit)

ARCC 4500 Design Economics



Course requirements have changed over time. For a complete layout of course sequencing for your entry year, please choose the appropriate link below:

For course sequencing assistance for students who entered the BAS prior to 2020, please email architectureundergrad@carleton.ca.

First-Year  Students

Certain courses include TUTORIALS – in which you must also register when registering for the course.   Please be aware that the system may not allow you to register in the LECTURE component of the course without also registering in an associated TUTORIAL (or vice versa).

When registering for the lecture component of your fall term Art History course (ARTH 1200 — CRN 30260), you must also choose a Tutorial from CRN 30291 to CRN 30300. When registering for the lecture component of Architecture ARCN 2106 (CRN 30233), you must also choose a Tutorial from CRN 30234 to CRN 30239.

When registering for the lecture component of your winter-term in Art History course (ARTH 1201 – CRN 10277), you must also choose a Tutorial from CRN 10278 to CRN 10287.

2021 Students and Earlier

Please consult the 2021 Course Calendar below for the latest list of approved H/T and CS Core Electives as well as the additional list of CS Core Electives.

Approved History/Theory (H/T) and Complimentary Studies (CS) Core Electives

Additional Complimentary Studies Core Electives

Notes About Workshops

Workshops are hands on, specialty courses that students may apply to take as “free electives.”  To apply to participate in a workshop, please do the following:


Step One: Review the workshop offerings and ensure you meet the prerequisites.

Step Two: Submit the required application via email to the instructor by the application deadline. 

Step Three: Await a decision, which you will receive via your Carleton email within three weeks of the application deadline. 

Step Four: If you are approved to take the requested workshop, please forward the message you received from then instructor to the Undergraduate Administrator.  You will also need to complete and submit an override request form on Carleton Central to secure a place in the course.


Please note: Application to a workshop does not guarantee course access. All applications are reviewed by the instructor after the submission deadline. Students are encouraged to register in an alternate course in the event they are not accepted into a workshop.

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