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 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 professionally, showing respect to fellow students and 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. As well, if a student is registered in Part II or Part III they must be working under the direction of a practising Canadian Registered architect. In Part II employment is required for a minimum of an average minimum of 25 hours/ per week. In Part III employment is required for an average minimum of 30 hours/ per week. The active student must also be 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.

On Leave

A student may take a Leave of Absence for up to three (3) years, dating from the last completed course, either theory or design studio. A leave of absence that extends to between four (4) to ten (10) years inclusive, is subject to an annual application for extension.  

Withdrawn

A student who has not registered and paid appropriate fees to the RAIC Syllabus for one (1) term and has not submitted an official request in writing for Leave of Absence from the program. A student who has taken a leave of absence of more than ten (10) years does not retain Student status, nor are they eligible to re-enter the program from the point at which they terminated their studies. The student will be required to submit a new application to re-enter the program.

Advanced standing for previously completed Syllabus courses may or may not be granted. Each application for advanced standing would be reviewed on an individual basis. The reason for the individual review is that in the 10-year period, many courses will have been updated to the point where revised learning objectives and new content would have substantially changed course expectations.

Re-entering the Syllabus Program

A Student must notify the Registrar in writing of their intent to resume studies and pay applicable fees. For information on Fees, Payment Schedule & Allocation of Expenses please refer to the Syllabus Fees table.
 
A Student who returns to the Program within the three (3) year period may resume studies at the point of completed courses. A Student may not resume a partially completed course.
 
A Student who applies to re-enter the Program in the four (4) to ten (10) year period is subject to a review of their academic performance and program requirements. The assessment may result in the Student being required to take additional courses to prepare for Program re-entry at the same point at which the Leave of Absence was granted.
 
If a request for extension is not received within twelve (12) months of either the end of the three (3) year Leave of Absence period or a previous application for extension, the Student is deemed to have left the Program and filed as Withdrawn.
 
A leave of absence of more than ten (10) years does not retain Student status nor are they eligible to re-enter the program from the point at which they terminated their studies. A Student would be required to submit a new application to enter the program.
 
Advanced standing for previously completed Syllabus courses may or may not be granted. Each application for advanced standing would be reviewed on an individual basis. The reason for the individual review is that in the 10-year period, many courses will have been updated to the point where revised learning objectives and new content would have substantially changed course expectations.
 

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 the 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 to prove supplemental courses taken outside of the Syllabus before acceptance will be required, such as post-secondary transcripts or diplomas. 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 10-14 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 apply 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 the 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 & Expectations 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 studio 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 

Certificate of Completion for Part I is awarded once the Syllabus Registrar has confirmed receipt of all studio Design Documentation, reviewed the student's official transcript from Athabasca University for confirmation of grades and has received both the Mentor and Employer declaration forms for work experience to be gained in Part II of the program. 

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 the same per the Calendar and policy “Diploma Program Work Experience Requirements”.

Part II Academic Review 

Certificate of Completion for Part II is awarded once the Syllabus Registrar has confirmed receipt of all studio Design Documentation, reviewed the student's official transcript from Athabasca University for confirmation of grades and confirmed that the student has fulfilled work experience requirements. 

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 the same per the Calendar and policy “Diploma Program Work Experience Requirements”.

Coordinator, Design Mentor and/or Academic Examiner Input

In addition to the standard 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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