Application Instructions


Prior to application, candidates are advised of the requirement of Internet access and should become familiar with the Syllabus website. The Syllabus website and Syllabus Student Portal, are our primary communication and academic course delivery tools. Students are responsible for keeping informed of curriculum changes, important dates, news, events, policies, procedures and other issues by frequent review of the website and their student portal account, as well as email.


Applications are accepted twice a year, for students who wish to begin the program at the start of the studio terms. New students may begin studio studies in either Term 1 (February – June) or Term 2 (August – December). 

Application deadlines for consideration prior to the start of each studio term is as follows:

  • Received by December 15th for Term 1 (February-June)
  • Received by June 15th  for Term 2 (September-December)

Applications are also accepted year-round for students who wish to start the online academic course work before the start of a studio term. The online courses begin the first of each month, with registration required by the 10th of the month prior. Students are then eligible to begin the studio courses at the start of the next studio term.


NEW: Effective May 1, 2018, all student applications are to be completed and submitted online, through the new RAIC Syllabus Student Portal. Paper and mailed-in applications will no longer be processed.

1. Review

2. Create an Account

  • To access the Student Portal 'Create an Account' page, click on the green student login button, located at the top of the RAIC Syllabus home page. This will take you to the Student Portal login page
    • Click on 'Create an Account' at the bottom of the Student Portal login page.
    • Complete all required fields and submit. 
    • An email will be sent to you to verify your account. Follow the instructions given accordingly to finalize your account. 

3. Apply

  • Once in your account, click the "Application" tab, and complete the form as required.
  • Submit the following documents as PDFs when promted and complete the required form fields.
    • Personal and Professional Information Application Form (fill in the fields provided)
    • Scanned copies of all original post-secondary diplomas
    • Scanned copies of all official post-secondary transcripts
    • Design portfolio (The purpose of the portfolio is to introduce yourself, your interests, and your abilities. The portfolio should be of your original work, nothing that was created in a firm or office) 
    • Two letters of reference (A reference should be someone that you have been directly accountable to. This could be a teacher, a professor, a supervisor, or an employer)
    • 500 word essay (Topic: Why I want to study Architecture)

NOTE: English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants must provide evidence of passing the TOEFL(213+computer based or 555+ paper based OR 100+ iBT) or CAEL (70 overall; 60 each section), or IELTS ESOL (Cambridge - with a band score of 5.5 or above)

4. Advanced Standing 

5. Application Fee

  • Once you have completed the application, you will be taken to the checkout page. All payments must be made by credit card (Master Card or Visa are both accepted)
    • If you are paying for the application only, a $350.00 Application Fee (plus applicable taxes) will be applied.
    • If you are applying for an Entry Credit Assessment, an additional $450.00 Assessment Fee (plus applicable taxes) will be added.
    • If you are applying for an Advanced Studio Standing Assessment, an additional $150.00 Assessment Fee (plus applicable taxes) will be added for each portfolio submitted, up to $350.00 (plus applicable taxes) for all three.

6. Review Process

  • All submitted applications will be reviewed after the term submission deadline, unless a student is applying to begin the academic courses in the middle of a studio term. 
  • Upon review, all applicants will be informed of the status of their application via email. The status of Entry Credit and Studio Advanced Standing Applications will also be shared via email when available.  

Further Questions?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page: click here.

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Revised 2007, 2017, 2018 Subject to change without notice