|7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N2L 3G1
CanadaMain Phone: 519-888-4567
Web site: http://www.architecture.uwaterloo.ca/
|Rick Haldenby, Director
The School of Architecture carries out an initial screening of applicants on the basis of overall academic background and, more specifically, grades received in the required courses. The School receives fifteen to twenty applications for each space available, hence students will normally need an overall average of at least 80% and at least a grade in the high 70s (usually 80%) in English and at least 70% in Physics and the two required mathematics courses, to be considered for an interview. We recommend that students take art, history and other humanities courses and pursue independent creative activities. As at the time of application to the school, it is unlikely that students will have final grades in their Grade 12 courses, the review of grades will begin by using the Grade 11 average and grades. As Grade 12 final and interim grades become available these will also be reviewed. Selection of the students that will be invited for an interview in April will be determined by whatever combination of appropriate Grade 11 and 12 grades are available by the middle of March. If conditionally accepted into the program, students are expected to maintain their average. Failure to complete required courses, or final grades below 70% will result in a revocation of any offer of admission.
Approximately 500 students will be selected for further consideration for admission. These students are required to participate in an interview as part of the admissions process. A portfolio of creative work must also be presented during the interview. In addition, a test in the form of an English précis will be required of applicants on the day of their scheduled interview. An Admission Information Form is also required. Admission to the School depends on both success in the précis test and the results of the interview.
There are no specific requirements or format for portfolios. Do not over-select, bring a wide range of material that represents the full scope and quality of your creative activity. This usually means original samples of artwork such as drawings, paintings, graphics, video, three-dimensional works, and multimedia projects that you have completed. In addition, you may wish to include other creative studies, for example, photography, craftwork such as ceramics, clothing, jewelry, metal work, dance, or music, either performed live or on tape. The committee is also interested in seeing your sketchbooks and evidence of your thought and creative processes. It is preferable to bring the original versions of your pieces, rather than photographic or otherwise reduced reproductions. Portfolios consisting only of drafting or technical drawings are not appropriate. The highest value is attached to self initiated projects and high levels of critical engagement with the creative process.
While the majority of the time in the interview will be devoted to a discussion of your work, you should also be prepared to answer questions about your creative work, interests, travel, engagement in extracurricular activities, reading preferences and other pursuits. The interview panel will normally consist of two faculty members and two senior students from the School of Architecture. The interview is approximately 25 minutes in length.
For students entering from high school, offers of admission, remain conditional on obtaining a final mark of at least 75% in ENG4U and 70% in each of the other required courses.
Students who reside more than 500 km from the School may complete analternative interview format, but it is preferable to attend a face-to-face interview if at all possible.
If you are invited for an interview, you will have the opportunity to present to the admissions committee a portfolio of your creative artistic work. We do not have specific requirements for portfolios and you can include anything you feel best represents your creativity. You should include original samples of your artwork such as drawings, samples which demonstrate your ability to understand and use colour, and samples of 2- and 3-dimensional works that you have completed. In addition, you may wish to include other creative studies, for example, photography, craftwork such as ceramics or jewellery, metal work, dance, or music, either performed live or on tape. If you are bringing multimedia work, and cannot bring a suitable playing device, please contact the Undergraduate student co-ordinator Donna Woolcott prior to your interview day so that we can be sure to have equipment available. The committee is also interested in seeing your sketchbooks and evidence of your thought and creative process. It is preferable to bring in the original versions of your pieces rather than photographic or otherwise reduced reproductions. Portfolios consisting strictly of drafting or other technical drawings are rarely what the admissions committee seeks.
The work you choose for your portfolio should be recent. Powers of observation, design sensitivity, drawing skills, and craftsmanship constantly improve and will probably be more refined in recent work. Bear in mind that the interview is 25 minutes in length and a significant portion of the interview will be spent with you in discussion over your work. Be prepared to speak to and answer questions about your creative work, interests, reading preferences, the source and exploration of your interest in architecture, and other pursuits. The interview is usually conducted by 2 faculty members and one or two senior students from the School of Architecture.
Students are strongly discouraged from using the services of “portfolio schools” as the work generated by these facilities may not be beneficial to the admission interview and may be perceived to be not of your own authorship. An important aspect of the interview process is the determination of authorship of your portfolio pieces. You should be able to demonstrate through discussion with the committee your personal knowledge and involvement in all pieces presented. Submission of work that is not your own will result in the dismissal of your application.