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One Idea Supplementary Application

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. Those who do not submit the supplementary application by February 1 will be automatically refused admission. For more information on the application process and requirements, see Applying to Undergraduate Studies at Daniels. There is a $45 supplementary application fee collected at the time of application; this fee is non-refundable.

Approximately one week after we receive your application the University will send you an email acknowledgement including your JOINid/UTORid, your University of Toronto applicant number, and full information about the next steps in the application process. Your JOINid/UTORid will provide you with access to submit your supplementary application.

You will have only one opportunity to submit your response to the One Idea question. Once you have reviewed and submitted your supplementary application, your submission is final.

One Idea Deadline

February 1, 2019 (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)

One Idea Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to begin preparing their supplementary application ahead of time.

Essay Response

Required: Architectural Studies and Visual Studies Applicants

Read the One Idea questions 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, italicsunderlines, 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.).


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.