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Credit Assessments, Appeals & Dispute Resolution

Entry Credit Assessments – Transfer Credits & Advanced Standing

Click here for the Entry Credit Assessment Form

Entry Credit Assessments are directed toward previously completed post-secondary courses at accredited institutions.  

Diploma applicants wishing to appeal for advanced standing based on previously completed post-secondary courses submit the following to the Registrar upon application:

  1. TWO (2) Official Transcripts. Some institutions will not release transcripts to students, in which case the applicant will enclose a photocopy of the request for transcript sent to the institution, and the assessment will be held in abeyance until transcripts are received by the Syllabus Registrar.
  2. ONE (1) set of digital copies (pdfs) of detailed course outlines (not calendar descriptions), including reading lists, assignment requirements and evaluation methodologies, name of instructor, credit value of completed course, duration and final mark obtained.
  3. ONE (1) digital (pdf) summary indicating which previously completed courses are to be considered for which Syllabus course(s). This could simply be a one-page sheet, divided down the centre with Syllabus course(s) on the left side, and other (potential equivalent) post-secondary course names on the right side.
  4. ONE (1) digital (pdf) portfolio of previous design work.
  5. TWO (2) confidential letters of reference.
  6. Payment of $450.00 plus applicable taxes, for Entry Credit Assessment Fee. 

The Entry Credit Assessment fee will be processed when the assessment is processed.

Be sure to include the Entry Credit Assessment form with your request.  Click here for the form.

Appeals

Proposed Equivalent Appeals:

Taking Courses Outside of the Syllabus While a Student of the Syllabus

Should a student wish to take courses at another institution while enrolled in the Syllabus, with the intent to transfer credits toward Syllabus courses, permission must first be obtained from the Registrar. The Proposed Equivalent Appeal fee will be processed at the time of assessment.

Prior to enrolment at the institution, the student must forward the following documentation, along with their request, to the Registrar:

  1. ONE (1) digital copy (pdfs) of detailed course outlines (not calendar descriptions), including reading lists, assignment requirements and evaluation methodologies, name of instructor, credit value of completed course, duration and pass mark required.

Appealing Syllabus Academic Marks

Students wishing to appeal a mark obtained for academic correspondence courses submit to the Registrar:

  1. ONE (1) digital copy (pdf) of an appeal statement, detailing the reasons a re-read should be considered.
  2. ONE (1) digital copy (pdf) of the assignment or examination paper previously marked.

Appealing Syllabus Design Studio Results

The RAIC Syllabus Office can only grant credit into RAIC200 (studio 1), and will not be able to grant any credits for higher level design studios. However, students are encouraged to contact their local coordinators once they have been accepted into the program in order to set up an evaluation of their portfolio and design studio skills and experience. Credits will be evaluated and determined by the Studio Coordinator as they are the body responsible for working with the students on a regular basis for the studio requirements.

Students wishing to appeal the results of a Design Studio Course may appeal only if the procedures followed during the Studio were contrary to Syllabus policy. Students may not appeal on the basis of the final mark obtained for a Studio Course.

Students are to submit the following to the Registrar and their local Coordinator for consideration of a review of Studio procedures during a Design Studio Course:

  1. ONE (1) digital copy (pdf) of an appeal detailing the departure from standard Design Studio procedures, detailing what took place and those involved in the process.

Students who would like clarification or a review of the final mark obtained for a Design Studio Course are advised to proceed as follows:

  1. Review the results with the Studio Mentor(s)
  2. Review the results with the Studio Coordinator

Assessment & Appeals Processing

The Registrar shall review all assessment and appeal requests, and forward one (1) full copy as applicable to the Coordinator, Syllabus Review Committee, Syllabus Director or concerned Examiner for consideration.

If resolution still has not been achieved, the following Dispute Resolution Policy is formally adopted by the RAIC Syllabus:

  1. The Syllabus National Advisory Council (SNAC) shall request written submission from all parties concerned with a dispute.
  2. The SNAC shall review the submissions and conduct the necessary investigation.
  3. The SNAC shall provide a written decision, outlining the justification for the decision, to all parties involved in the dispute.

​E&oe: revised: 2015