One Idea Supplementary Application

The One Idea supplementary application for September 2017 admissions is now available and the deadline has been extended.

All applicants MUST submit the One Idea supplementary application in addition to their official application to the University of Toronto in order to be considered for admission. There is a $45 supplementary application fee; this fee is non-refundable.

Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) Deadline: January 13, 2017
One Idea Supplementary Application Deadline EXTENDED: February 21, 2017 (11:59pm)

Please review the 2017-18 One Idea Supplementary Application Requirements below and complete your One Idea at the following link by 11:59pm on February 21, 2017. You will require your JOINid* and password to log in to the supplementary application portal.

*Approximately one week after submitting your OUAC application online, you will receive an email with instructions on accessing Check this site regularly for updates on the status of your application, notification of offers and any additional information you may need to provide.

Click here to complete your One Idea Supplementary Application

One Idea Supplementary Application Requirements

Section One (submit on the One Idea Supplementary Application Portal)

Required: Architectural Studies and Visual Studies Applicants

Read the One Idea questions below carefully. Choose one of the four questions to answer. Prepare a written response (between 250 and 650 words). Some HTML filters are allowable. This means, you can use bold text, italics, underlines, etc. in your response.

We are interested in how you will pursue your intellectual interests and apply your personal experience, background, and future goals within our programs.
This is the opportunity for us to hear your voice, and to help us envision what you will bring to the Daniels Faculty. In fact we are not looking for one idea, but many.

The Questions (Choose only one to answer):
1. Describe a problem that you solved; intellectual, ethical, or otherwise important to you.
2. Describe a moment when you challenged a belief or idea.
3. Tell us about a time when you learned from failure.
4. Tell us how you express your creative side (through problem solving, innovative thinking, artistically, etc.).

Section Two (submit on the One Idea Supplementary Application Portal)

Optional: Architectural Studies Applicants
Required: Visual Studies Applicants

Select four to six of your own images to include in your submission. You will be required to provide information on the title, medium used, the original size of the artwork, date of completion, and whether the project was done independently, collaboratively, or in a class for each item submitted. Limit one image file per upload. Limit one video (max 1 minute in length, 100megabites) per applicant.

This is your opportunity to share some images of your own creative work in a limited capacity. Think critically about the images that best represent who you are and who you want to be as a designer or artist.

Architectural Studies Applicant Note:
Why is there no portfolio? We believe that students, especially at the undergraduate level, do not necessarily need to already have an aptitude in art or design to become successful architects, landscape architects, or urbanists. At the same time, some students have a background, interest, or talent in a visual medium that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. Therefore, we do provide a platform for sharing this with us, but it is still not a portfolio requirement in the traditional sense.


You will have only one opportunity to submit your response to the One Idea question. Once you have paid the application fee, your submission is final.

Once you have submitted your One Idea supplementary application, your Status Check at can take up to three weeks to be updated to indicate that it has been received. Status check will not be updated between December 21, 2016 and January 1, 2017.

If you experience technical difficulties while submitting your One Idea supplementary application and making your payment, please contact and provide your name, University of Toronto Applicant Number, and, if possible, a screenshot of any error message(s) that you may have received.