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Student Performance and Academic Reviews

The acquisition of knowledge, to enable a candidate to pass the examination in these subjects, is the responsibility of the student. The underlying intent of the Syllabus is that it can be taken at any speed and that completion is solely dependent on the student’s own schedule. Extensive practical experience under the direction of a practising Architect in Canada is a mandatory component to listed academic subjects. For successful completion of the entire program a student entering the program without prior course equivalencies will usually require a minimum of ten (10) years of part-time (15 to 30 hours/week) studies at home and elsewhere, combined with practical experience.

To increase the accessibility of architectural education the program has been split into three sections, with Grade 12 matriculation as a pre-requisite to architectural studies. University level performance is expected of Syllabus students. Therefore, applicants to the program are advised of the need for English and Math skills to effectively progress through the program and may be instructed by the Registrar through the Director or Provincial Assessment Committees to enhance these skills at any time during their Syllabus studies.

Marking Scale

The responsibility for learning rests with the student. Opportunities for learning are provided by the Syllabus through Academic course materials, feedback from Examiners, bi-annual examination sessions and mentoring within the Design studio courses.
Student Responsibility

Students are expected to perform at post-secondary (university) level standards, reflected in the quality of assignment submissions, examinations and design studio presentations. To be successful in the program, students must possess a good command of English; University Level 100 Math to apply in calculations; and drawing skills for adequate graphic communication. All course requirements must be fulfilled, including attendance at all design studio meetings, lectures or other special events, mid-term and final presentations.  Students are expected to fully participate in all academic activities, and assist volunteer professionals in the organization and administration of local chapter events.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, showing respect to fellow students, and to volunteers of the profession who make the program possible through their donation of time to disseminate knowledge and provide guidance to students.

Student Status: Definitions

Active Student

A student who has registered and paid appropriate fees, and, if a Part II or Part III student, is working under the direction of a practising, Canadian Registered architect for 2/3rds of the time to complete Part II or 4/5ths of the time to complete Part III of the program, and is participating in design studios and/or self-study academic examinations.

Registered Student

A student who has registered and paid appropriate fees, is working under the direction of a practising, Canadian Registered Architect (during Part II or III of the program), and is not participating in design studios or academic examination sessions for a period of up to four (4) consecutive terms, or two (2) academic years; or a total of six (6) accrued terms, or three (3) years.

Withdra​wn

A student who has not registered and paid appropriate fees to the RAIC Syllabus for a period of one (1) term, and/or is not working under the direction of a practising, Canadian registered architect (during Parts II or III of the program) for a period of up to four (4) consecutive or accrued total of six (6) terms, and/or is inactive in design studio or academic examination components of the Syllabus for six (6) consecutive or accrued terms.

Re-Entry of ‘Withdrawn’ Students

A student who has become ‘Withdrawn’ from the Syllabus per the above definition must reapply to the Syllabus Registrar for re-admission to the program. Design, academic and employment standing will be reassessed upon reapplication.

Application Review

Candidates to the Syllabus are responsible for educating & updating themselves on the procedures and performance expectations of the program, via the Syllabus Website and through documentation provided by the RAIC.

Upon receipt of an application and attending documentation, the Registrar reviews the entrance qualifications of new applicants to determine acceptance. Further documentation or supplemental courses taken outside of the Syllabus prior to acceptance may be required prior to acceptance. A portfolio of previous work such as sketches, photography, technical drawings, etc. are presented upon application. 

It should be noted here that the Syllabus is a long, difficult route to obtaining an architectural education. Most Diploma graduates take between 10-13 years to complete, and during those years of study are working full-time, supporting families and juggling professional and personal responsibilities with their studies. Much study is done alone, without the support structure of a university, and students must rely on their own self-discipline and motivation to continue under difficult and strained conditions. Because of these factors, and the time commitment, the Syllabus has implemented a triple-review process for acceptance into the Professional Diploma Program of Studies.

The first acceptance is to Part I studies only. Following completion of Part I studies, an academic review will be conducted to determine acceptance to Part II studies, and upon completion of Part II studies a third review will be conducted to confirm or deny acceptance to Part III studies. Additional academic reviews may also be conducted.

Acceptance to the Program & Expectactions of Part I Students

Acceptance to Part I of the Program is confirmed in writing by the Registrar. 

Students are expected to keep up to date on policies, procedures, issues, news, events and deadlines via the Syllabus website, and local events via the local chapter.

Students are responsible for submitting required registration forms and fees, course assignments, exam confirmations and any other reports as noted on the website and per Syllabus policy.

Progression through Part I courses will follow the co-requisites and pre-requisites sequence per the Curriculum Sequence Chart. Students must earn or be granted credit for RAIC200 (D1), RAIC300 (D2), RAIC350 (D3) & RAIC400 (D4); ARCH330; ARCH200 & ARCH320; and APST230 & APST240; plus have all fees, reports and design documentation up to date, with confirmation from the Registrar, to be considered complete.

Part I Academic Review & Expectations of Part II Students

Following completion of RAIC400 (D4), the Coordinator of the student will review design studio progress to date and recommend to the Syllabus Director whether or not the student should be allowed to proceed to Part II design studies.

The Syllabus Director, and/or Syllabus Review Committee (SRC) will review Academic course progress, GPA to date, and together with the Coordinator recommendations, determine whether or not the student qualifies to proceed with Part II studies.

Failure to be accepted to Part II studies following completion of Part I could be determined if the student:

  • failed to obtain a minimum “B” or 3.0 GPA at the end of Part I; 
  • was required to repeat a course(s) more than once;
  • demonstrated an inability to progress within the design studio sequence;
  • violated principles of conduct of the Syllabus.

If the recommendation is positive, the student will be invited to proceed with Part II Diploma Program studies, including Academic courses in Theory (ARCH340, ARCH420 & ARCH350), History (ARCH300), Technology (APST340, APST350, APST470 & APST480) and Design studio courses (RAIC450 & RAIC490).

In addition to the same expectations of students as listed under Part I, Part II and Part III students must abide by the work experience requirements and reporting of same per the Calendar and policy “Diploma Program Work Experience Requirements”.

Part II Academic Review & Expectations of Part III Students

Following completion of RAIC490 (D6), the Coordinator of the student will review design studio progress to date and recommend to the Syllabus Director whether or not the student should be allowed to proceed to Part II design studies.

The Syllabus Director, and/or Syllabus Review Committee, will review Academic course progress, GPA to date, and together with the Coordinator recommendations, determine whether or not the student qualifies to proceed with Part III studies.

Failure to be accepted to Part III studies following completion of Part II could be determined if the student:

  • failed to obtain a minimum “B” or 3.0 GPA at the end of Part II; 
  • was required to repeat a course(s) more than once;
  • demonstrated an inability to progress within the design studio sequence;
  • violated principles of conduct of the Syllabus.

If the recommendation is positive, the student will be invited to proceed with Part III Diploma Program studies, including Academic courses in Theory (ARCH400), Technology (ARCH525, ARCH526 & ARCH527), Professional Practice (ARCH645 & 655), and Design studio courses (RAIC655, RAIC675 & RAIC690 A+B).

In addition to the same expectations of students as listed under Part I, Part II and Part III students must abide by the work experience requirements and reporting of same per the Calendar and policy “Diploma Program Work Experience Requirements”.

Repeating Design or Academic Courses

A Professional Diploma Student may register for any course a maximum of three (3) times, following which a formal Academic Review will be conducted to determine whether or not the student may continue.

Coordinator, Design Mentor and/or Academic Examiner Input

In addition to the standard and extraordinary Academic Reviews noted above, Coordinators, Mentors or Academic Examiners may provide information on student progression at any time requiring investigation and/or consideration by the Registrar and/or Syllabus Director and/or Syllabus Review Committee, and which may impact on the students’ ability to proceed with the Professional Diploma Program.

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