- English Proficiency Requirement
- Admission with Transfer Credit
- Admission from FAS (St. George Campus), UTM and UTSC
- Admission "On Probation"
- Admission as a Non-Degree Student
- Admission of External Students to a Second Degree Program
- Admission as a Non-Degree Visiting Student
- Admission as a Non-Matriculant Student
- Re-Registration in the Faculty
Admission to the Faculty
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (Daniels) is home to a rich and varied student body. Detailed information about admission requirements is available on the Enrolment Services and Daniels websites. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Upon admission to a Daniels program, it is strongly recommended that students own and provide their own laptop upon entry to the program.
English Proficiency Requirement
English is the language of instruction and examination at U of T, and success in our degree programs requires a high level of English language proficiency.
If English is not your first language (i.e. is not the first language you learned at home as a child), you will need to provide evidence of adequate English facility for admission consideration, unless you qualify for an exemption.
You may qualify for an exemption from the English facility requirement if one of the following applies to you:
- You have completed/are completing four or more years of full-time study in a recognized Canadian school (in Canada) that teaches in English
- You have completed/are completing four or more years of full-time study in an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English
- Your first language is French, and you have completed four or more years of full-time studies at a Canadian school
If you meet any of the exemption criteria listed above, you must complete the “English Language Test Exemption Request Form” after submitting your application for admission. You will be able to access the form on the JOIN U of T applicant website once you have received your U of T acknowledgement email. Submitting the form and all required supporting documentation (e.g. transcripts) well ahead of the document deadline is recommended.
All applicants, including those who must present proof of English facility, will be required to present a senior level English course (equivalent to Ontario ENG4U/EAE4U) for admission to all undergraduate programs. The English course result will be considered in the admissions process and calculated as part of an applicant’s admission average.
For a list of Tests/Qualifications That Provide Acceptable Evidence of English Facility, please see: https://future.utoronto.ca/apply/english-language-requirements/
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Office of the Registrar and Student Services
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
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Other Admission Categories
Admission with Transfer Credit (excluding students applying from the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus), the University of Toronto Mississauga, and the University of Toronto Scarborough)
Candidates with acceptable standing at other universities, or at other divisions of this University, may be considered for admission with transfer credit provided that the content of the studies for which credit is sought is considered appropriate for inclusion in a degree program offered by the Faculty. Transfer credits are assessed after admission, once the student has completed the application and paid the assessment fee. Students who have completed more than two years of study at a recognized university cannot transfer into the same field of study and will be considered as equivalent to those who already hold a degree. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree should see the section entitled "Admission of External Students to a Second Degree Program". The Faculty grants up to a maximum of five credits to candidates who have completed a three-year diploma at Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology/Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning, and a maximum of two generic credits to candidates who have completed a two-year diploma at Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology/Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning. Otherwise a maximum of ten transfer credits may be granted for previous study. Students who have completed postsecondary studies are required to apply for on admission transfer credit.
Regardless of the number of transfer credits granted, at least five of the six 300+series credits required for a Honours degree must be completed with a passing mark in this Faculty or in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Newly admitted students have one year from the date of their transfer credit assessment, or from the date of their first registration in the Faculty, whichever is later, to request a reassessment or adjustment. The same time limit applies to all departmental interviews required as part of the transfer credit assessment. Unspecified transfer credits (eg. ARC1**H/VIS1**H) DO NOT count towards program requirements unless a specific Exemption exists.
Candidates who have completed Daniels courses or Faculty of Arts & Science courses while enrolled in other divisions of this university or while enrolled as non-degree students in this Faculty prior to degree studies will normally have these courses and grades retained and included in the Daniels academic record.
Admission from the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus), the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Students who have completed 10.0 or fewer credits in the Faculty of Arts & Science, at UTM, or at UTSC are eligible to apply for admission to the Daniels Faculty. This total of 10.0 credits includes any on-admission or other transfer credits assigned. This total of 10.0 credits must not be exceeded before the beginning of the academic year to which a successful applicant to the Daniels Faculty has been admitted.
A student in the Faculty of Arts & Science, at UTM, or at UTSC who has completed more than 10.0 credits at the time of application to the Daniels Faculty will not be considered for admission.
In practice, a student in the Faculty of Arts & Science, at UTM, or at UTSC is eligible to apply for transfer to the Daniels Faculty in Year 1 or Year 2 of full-time study, based on the number of credits completed.
A student in the Faculty of Arts & Science, at UTM, or at UTSC who has completed 10.5 credits at the time of application will not be considered for admission.
Successful applicants to the Daniels Faculty from the Faculty of Arts & Science will have all of their Faculty of Arts & Science credits retained as well as any courses completed in the Daniels Faculty, up to the maximum of 10.0 credits allowed upon admission. For more information, visit www.daniels.utoronto.ca/transfer-credit.
Successful applicants to the Daniels Faculty from UTM or UTSC will have their credits transferred where appropriate, and any courses completed in the Faculty of Arts & Science or in the Daniels Faculty retained, to the maximum of 10.0 credits allowed upon admission.
Transfer students from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) are eligible for up to 10.0 credits in transfer credits, the maximum number of credits allowed upon admission. Any credits of the 10.0 credits that were completed in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) will be retained; all grades obtained for these retained credits will be included in the Daniels Faculty academic record with the retained credits, and Daniels Faculty rules and regulations will apply. All 300+ level retained credits may apply to the minimum degree requirement of at least 6.0 credits at the 300+ level; a maximum of 1.0 credits in transfer credits at the 300+ level may be used to meet degree requirements. For students admitted in the Fall/Winter 2021-22 academic session onward, a minimum of 13.0 credits of 200+ level courses may be used for degree credit in the Daniels Faculty.
Any course taken in the Faculty of Arts & Science by a transfer student from UTM or UTSC that was declared credit/no credit (CR/NCR) or from which a transfer student from UTM or UTSC has Late Withdrawn (LWD) will count toward the maximum allowable CR/NCR and LWD options in the Daniels Faculty.
Transfer students from UTM and UTSC may not retain their UTM or UTSC programs of study (subject POSts) upon admission to the Daniels Faculty. Only Daniels and Faculty of Arts & Science programs of study may be used to complete the Daniels Faculty degree requirements; Daniels students must complete at least one Daniels program of study in Architecture (for the Honours Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies) or Visual Studies (for the Honours Bachelor of Arts, Visual Studies). Detailed information about appropriate combinations of programs of study for each of these degree programs is found on our programs of study page.
Candidates who fail to satisfy the Faculty's admission requirements, but successfully appeal for special consideration of the circumstances which have affected their studies at other universities, or other Faculties or Schools of this University including the University of Toronto Scarborough and the University of Toronto Mississauga, may be admitted "On Probation". The academic requirements that such students must meet are the same as those required of students who encounter academic difficulties while registered in the Faculty. The academic status will remain "On Probation" until the session in which students attempt their first half-credit course, at which time a further status will be assigned. Refer to the section "Rule and Regulations: Academic Status" in this Calendar. Students admitted "On Probation" may be at risk of academic suspension from the Faculty and are strongly urged to consult the Office of the Registrar and Student Services for appropriate counselling before registering and, if necessary, during the course of their studies.
Admission as a Non-Degree Student
Non-degree students are registered in the Faculty but are not proceeding towards a degree offered by the Faculty. Most non-degree students have completed a degree and are taking further courses for their own purposes, including admission to graduate studies. Students admitted as degree students cannot become non-degree students unless they have completed an Honours or Four-Year degree. Note that not all privileges extended to degree students are extended to non-degree students (e.g., CR/NCR).
To apply for admission as a non-degree student, visit the Enrolment Services website. Students admitted as degree students to the Faculty and who transferred to other universities should re-register if they wish to return to the Faculty. The home university may still require a valid Letter of Permission in order to assess studies done at the University of Toronto for transfer credit.
Admission of External Students to a Second Degree Program
Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent from another university who wish to complete a second undergraduate degree in the Daniels Faculty may apply for admission to a second degree program. It is not possible to complete a second undergraduate degree in the same field as the first degree. Those who are admitted will be granted a maximum of one year of transfer credit (5.0 credits): four at the 100-level and one at the 200-level. Before applying, external candidates are urged to determine whether a second degree is actually required for their purposes; for example, a "make-up" year as a non-degree student may satisfy admission requirements for a graduate program. Students who have completed post-secondary studies are required to apply for on-admission transfer credit. For admission and application information, visit the Enrolment Services website.
Admission as a Non-Degree Visiting Student
Students with valid Letters of Permission from other accredited North American universities who have not been officially admitted to the Daniels Faculty may register as visiting students at Daniels, taking courses for transfer credit at their home university. Non-degree visiting student registration does not imply acceptance as either a student proceeding towards a degree or a non-degree student. Students will receive grade point averages and status as outlined in the "Rules and Regulations" section of this Calendar, and will have the consequences of these applied to them (e.g., probation and suspension for poor academic performance). Students must observe Faculty policies, including the prohibition on repeating a successfully completed (passed) course. For application information and deadlines, check www.daniels.utoronto.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who have transferred to other universities, but wish to return to the Faculty on a Letter of Permission should re-register at the Faculty. The home university may still require a valid Letter of Permission in order to assess studies done at the University of Toronto for transfer credit.
Admission as a Non-Matriculant Student
Candidates who do not meet the published admission requirements for the Daniels Faculty may instead qualify for various Faculty of Arts & Science humanities and social science programs through either the Academic Bridging Program or the Transitional Year Program. Candidates who have already attempted degree studies are not eligible for these programs.
The Academic Bridging Program is predominantly a part-time program (with a full-time option for students who qualify) intended for Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons (convention refugees) who do not hold the published admission requirements to qualify for degree studies. Detailed information, including applications and deadlines for the Academic Bridging Program is available through the Academic Bridging Program, Woodsworth College, website at www.wdw.utoronto.ca/bridging.
The Transitional Year Programme (TYP) is designed for those who could not finish high school because of financial constraints, family difficulties or other circumstances beyond their control. It is a one-year, full-time program leading toward admission into a Faculty of Arts & Science degree program. Detailed information is available through http://sites.utoronto.ca/typ/.
Students who successfully complete the Academic Bridging Program or the Transitional Year Programme, gain admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science, and then wish to seek admission into the Daniels Faculty should apply to Daniels as an internal transfer student following the completion of at least 4.0 credits (but fewer than 10.0 credits) in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Students are encouraged to enrol in one or more of the following Daniels courses while they are in the Faculty of Arts & Science: JAV120H1, JAV130H1, JAV151H1, and JAV152H1. Other Daniels courses are also open to students in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Please review the Academic Calendar and Timetable for details.
Note that admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science from either the Academic Bridging Program or the Transitional Year Programme does not guarantee admission to the Daniels Faculty.
Re-Registration in the Faculty
Students who were previously registered as degree or non-degree students in the Daniels Faculty who have completed at least one course in the Faculty and wish to return after an absence must submit a Request for Reactivation of Student Record form (charge $25) through the Office of the Registrar and Student Services. Reactivation is necessary for students who have not registered in this Faculty within the previous 12 months. The form is available at www.daniels.utoronto.ca/info/current-students/
Request for Reactivation of Student Record form should be submitted at least one week prior to the Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer enrolment window for a returning student's year of study (see the registration information for details). Prior to course selection the student will need to make sure they are enrolled in an appropriate combination of programs of study. It is advisable to make an appointment with an advisor in the Office of the Registrar and Student Services to go over any changes in policies and procedures as well as to clarify the appropriate degree requirements to follow.
Request forms are accepted until mid-August for Fall/Winter enrolment and the beginning of May for the Spring/Summer enrolment although space in courses will be limited at this point.
Students with outstanding fees (arrears) may not re-register at the University until these fees are paid. See the Student Accounts Office website at studentaccount.utoronto.ca for payment information; for payment deadlines, check the registration information for the relevant academic session.
Students who were previously registered in the Faculty but who did not achieve final standing in at least one course must re-apply for admission through the Ontario Universities Application Centre www.ouac.on.ca.
Students who previously studied as non-degree visiting students do not request reactivation of their student record. They must submit a new visiting student application and valid Letter of Permission (see the section on “Admission as a Non-Degree Visiting Students” above for details).