Program Information

School: Dalhousie University
Faculty: Faculty of Architecture and Planning / School of Architecture
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Environmental Design/Architecture
Description: BEDS is a two-year, full-time, pre-professional program for a student who has already completed at least two years of general studies in subjects other than architecture. It consists of four academic terms in residence and a four-month work term. The BEDS degree recognizes a student’s successful completion of a minimum of four years of university study, including two at the School of Architecture.

The BEDS program consists primarily of required courses in Design, Humanities, Technology, Representation, and Professional Practice. These courses provide a base of academic knowledge and design skill from which a student may proceed to a graduate program. The BEDS program leads to the MArch program, as well as to the Faculty’s other graduate programs in Environmental Design Studies and Planning. A BEDS graduate may also choose to continue into another related field in design, environmental studies, management, etc., at Dalhousie or elsewhere.

URL: Environmental Design Studies (BEDS) at Dalhousie University
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $19,120

Cost per year is based on the 2018-2019 academic year and includes the cost of tuition and incidental fees.

Admission Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Portfolio

The Admissions Committee gives priority to applicants with a combination of academic performance and creative ability. Well-rounded personal and academic experience is beneficial, as well as experience in drawing, craft, and computer applications. The minimum requirements for admission are: a portfolio of design work that demonstrates creativity and/or artistic skill; two years in a university degree program (10 full-year courses, 20 half-year courses, or a combination), with a 2.5 grade point average (B- average), including the following courses: a full year course (or two half year courses), at 1000 level or higher, in a mathematics or science subject: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, or statistics; a full-year course (or two half-year courses) in humanities or social sciences: e.g. art history, classics, literature, music, history, philosophy, anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology; and a half-year course that emphasizes written composition (often designated by a university as “writing requirement” or “writing intensive”.)