Environmental design students work together in pairs in a classroom.

Bachelor of Environmental Design

The Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree (BEnvD) is a four-year program consisting of two years of common foundation studies, followed by two years of pre-professional intermediate studies in one of three areas of focus:

  • Architecture

  • Interior Environments

  • Landscape + Urbanism

Years 1 and 2 of the program provide a solid grounding in the basic knowledge and language shared by all of the environmental design disciplines. Students come to understand the holistic nature of environmental design and, at an early stage, begin to establish a rich and multidisciplinary dialogue with their peers, while discovering strengths and interests relating to a particular design discipline. Years 3 and 4 provide opportunities to be challenged by academic and professional design theories and practices specific to a particular discipline.

Students holding a BEnvD are eligible to apply to the graduate departments of Architecture, City Planning, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture and to other graduate programs globally.

Admission requirements

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Environmental Design Program an applicant must have completed 30 credit hours of university-level coursework with an overall minimum adjusted grade point average of 2.50.

The Environmental Design applicant admission requirements page is required reading for all applicants. It provides a comprehensive look at the Environmental Design Program’s admission requirements and processes.

Review the applicant admissions information

Foundation studies courses (Year 1)

Requirements for students seeking entry into the Environmental Design Program

EVDS 1660 and EVDS 1670 (History of Culture, Ideas and the Environment 1 &2) with minimum grades of C+ are required as part of the degree program either prior to, or after admission to the program. Students should be aware that these courses are a pre-requisite pathway and EVDS 1670 is a pre-requisite for EVDS 2600 (Tectonic Precedent). It is highly recommended that applicants take all five EVDS first year courses for progression through the program. Those who do not take them or do not achieve the minimum grade of C+ for progression should be aware that these courses are typically offered in the Summer term.

Students must also meet the University of Manitoba’s English Language Proficiency requirements. Students applying from outside the University of Manitoba may wish to contact us for more information about courses transferring with regard to our eligibility requirements.


Foundation studies courses (Year 2)

Environmental Design Year 2 (foundation studies) courses

Environmental Design Architecture Option

Environmental Design Architecture Option Year 3 (ED3 Arch) and ED AMP Year 1

EVAR 3000 and EVAR 3002 are not offered in 2024 - 2025

Environmental Design Architecture Option Year 4 (ED4 Arch) and ED AMP Year 2

EVAR 4000 and EVAR 4006 are required courses for ED3 + ED4 Architecture students for 2024 - 2025

Environmental Design Interior Environments Option courses

Year 3 (ED3 IE)

  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Year 4 (ED4 IE)

  • Elective (6 credit hours)

All students in 4th Year IE Option must do 6 credit hours of Elective courses. EVIE 3000 and/or EVIE 3016 can be used towards this requirement, if they are offered

Environmental Design Landscape + Urbanism Option courses

Year 3 (ED3 LU)

Year 4 (ED4 LU)

At least two of:

Students progressing to the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Manitoba are required to take courses EVLU 4002: Construction Materials and EVLU 4008: Plants, Ecosystems and Design.

Environmental Design Program: Architecture Master Preparation Option (ED AMP)

For students who already have an undergraduate degree, the Environmental Design Program: Architecture Master Preparation Option is a great way to qualify for application to the Faculty's Master of Architecture program.

Stream one (ED AMP 1: two years of study)

For students who have a recognized undergraduate degree but little or no formal design education. Upon successful completion of all the requirements for this two-year option, students will be eligible to receive a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree.

Stream two (ED AMP 2: one year of study)

For students who already have an undergraduate design degree in an allied design field such as interior design or landscape architecture. These students may be considered on a case-by-case basis for placement into Year 4 Environmental Design Program Architecture Option, but will be ineligible to receive the Bachelor of Environmental Design degree.

ED AMP Courses

Environmental Design Program: Architecture Master Preparation Option ED AMP1

EVAR 3000 and EVAR 3002 are not offered in 2024-2025

Environmental Design Program: Architecture Master Preparation Option ED AMP2

EVAR 4000 and EVAR 4006 are required courses for ED AMP 1 & ED AMP 2 students for 2024–2025


Student experience in the Environmental Design Program

  • The Environmental Design curriculum is structured around a design studio sequence that provides a forum for exploring the complex relationships between humans and the natural and built environments that constitute the places and artifacts of cultural production. Over a four-year period, students will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue work in a wide variety of design practices.

  • Students sit at their desks working on projects with various supplies and tools.

Contact us

Environmental Design Program
Faculty of Architecture
201 John A. Russell Building
84 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6