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Academic Regulations

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Students are subject to UBC’s Academic Policies and Regulations and are directed in particular to UBC’s policies on Student Declaration and Responsibility, Academic Honesty and Standards and Academic Freedom.

Dean’s Honour List

A student with high academic achievement will be acknowledged with the notation ‘Dean’s Honour List’ on the academic transcript as follows:

  • in Year 2 with a sessional academic average of 80% or better while taking 24 or more credits; and
  • in Year 3 or 4 with a sessional academic average of 80% or better while taking 30 or more credits.

Degree with Distinction

A student with a high overall academic achievement will be granted a degree with Distinction upon graduation if he or she achieves an overall average of 80% or better on all 200-level and higher courses while registered in the B.Des. program. ‘Degree with Distinction’ will be notated on both the academic transcript as well as the degree parchment.

Design Studio Requirement

Students must register in a design studio course (DES 201, 202, 301, 401, 402 or 403) in each term of years two to four of each Winter Session.

Academic Performance Evaluation

Academic performance evaluations (Sessional Academic Evaluations) are conducted for each student at the end of each Winter Session in order to evaluate a student’s eligibility to continue, for promotion to the subsequent year and for eligibility for graduation.

One of three Academic Standings is assigned as a result of a Sessional Academic Evaluation: In Good Standing, On Academic Probation, Failed.

Academic standing and progression requirements are listed for each year in the table below:

Year Level Sessional Academic Average Academic Standing at the Time of Evaluation Resulting Academic Standing Promotion Status
1 60% or better Any Standing In Good Standing Eligible to continue
1 50% - 59.9% In Good Standing On Academic Probation Eligible to continue
1 50% - 59.9% On Academic Probation Failed Required to discontinue
1 Less than 50% Any Standing Failed Required to discontinue
2-4 60% or better Any Standing In Good Standing Eligible to continue
2-4 50% - 59.9% In Good Standing On Academic Probation Eligible to continue
2-4 50% - 59.9% On Academic Probation Failed Required to discontinue
2-4 Less than 50% Any Standing Failed Required to discontinue

A student with a second Failed Standing will be required to withdraw from the University.

Returning to Good Standing from Academic Probation

A student on Academic Probation, i.e. achieved a sessional average between 50% - 59.9%, is required to meet with the Bachelor of Design Student Services Coordinator in order to develop a schedule of courses for the subsequent year. The student must achieve a Sessional Academic Average of 60% or better in the approved schedule of courses during the next registered session in order to return to Good Standing. The schedule must be approved by the Chair of the Bachelor of Design or his or her designate.

Advancement

Promotion from Year 1 to Year 2 is achieved by completing a minimum of 24 credits including DES 101, either DES 110 or VISA 180, two of DES 200, DES 220 and DES 230.

Promotion from Year 2 to Year 3 is achieved by completing a minimum of 55 credits including all required courses from first year including the Reading, Writing and Geography requirements, DES 201, 202, 211, 212, 231, 232 and one of 321, 322, 323.

Promotion from Year 3 to Year 4 is achieved by completing a minimum of 90 credits including all required courses from second year and all of DES 301, 302, 330, 421 and one of 321, 322, 323.

Current students may appeal year standing decisions to the Chair of the Bachelor of Design. Further information is available at Advancement Regulations.

Credit/D/Fail Standing

Students in the Bachelor of Design may complete up to twelve elective credits for Credit/D/Fail standing with the exception of any DES course which requires evaluation by percentage grade.

Students transferring to the Bachelor of Design may not apply any of the required courses previously taken using Credit/D/Fail grading toward their B.Des. degree. The student must either change the course to a percentage grade upon entry into the Bachelor of Design program or must retake the course or an approved alternate once admitted into the program.

Further information is available at Credit/D/Fail Grading.

Readmission after Failed Standing

Students who have been required to withdraw due to a failed standing must apply in order to be readmitted to the program. The earliest a student may be readmitted is twelve months after being required to withdraw due to a failed standing. An application for readmission must be submitted to the Student Service Centre by the readmission deadline. The application must include a Letter of Appeal outlining how the student has prepared to succeed in further studies at UBC and two letters of reference pertaining to the student’s recent academic and/or work experience.

A student intending to apply for readmission is required to meet with the Student Services Coordinator in the Bachelor of Design Program in order to develop a plan for readmission.

Readmission to the B.Des. is not guaranteed. Readmission decisions take in to account the number of seats available as well as the strength of the applicant against the applicant pool in any given year.

Readmission to the B.Des. after two failed standings is normally not approved.

Further information is available at Readmission.

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