The Portfolio should contain a comprehensive representation of the applicant’s creative achievements and potential as well as design interests. Both visual and written work are considered valuable. In the case of Environmental Design Architecture Master Preparation Option 1 Program (AMP 1) applicants: Since it is understood that many of you are coming from disciplines or backgrounds that do not generally utilize graphic forms of communication, the contents of the portfolio are to be focused towards illustrating in whatever way possible, your creative abilities and potential. In the case of Environmental Design Architecture Masters Preparation Option 2 Program (AMP 2) applicants: You should assemble a comprehensive portfolio including creative work from both your previous studies, as well as self-initiated work.

The following list outlines different forms that this material can take:


Poetry, articles, travel journals, research papers, music, etc.


Photography, sketches, drawings, paintings, or technical drawings, etc. Since we primarily communicate through drawings in Architecture, it is important to include as many different examples as possible.


Photographs, drawings, and sketches of built projects and creative works.


Portfolio guidelines

The Admissions Committee asks that the following guidelines be used for producing a neat, clear, and effective portfolio:

  • Electronic submission (PDF)
  • Portfolio length: maximum 30 pages.
  • All pieces within the portfolio should be compiled into one document for upload.
  • Supply a table of contents or consistent chapter identification with work presented in chronological order. Please keep any graphic layout to a minimum, as we are much more interested in seeing your work.
  • A brief explanatory text (one paragraph maximum) should accompany each image and/or project. Do not include any lengthy written descriptions.
  • Previous schoolwork as well as independent or self-initiated work may be included. In the case of schoolwork, include the project program issued, main objectives of project, instructors’ names, dates and duration (or briefly describe this). Also include written evaluations and grades received, where available.
  • Crediting is required for all work presented in the portfolio. If group or office work is presented, clearly indicate your specific role in the work.
  • Do not include, videos, films, slides, etc. Print images from animated material (only images that have been printed will be accepted).
  • Do not submit unclear or poorly reproduced photographs, reproductions or drawings. Photos should not be smaller than 3” x 5”.

Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent should be a description (750 words maximum; 12 pt minimum font size) that reflects and contemplates on your interest in the field of Architecture.

This is not to be a biography. Do not repeat what the CV tells us. We are most concerned with what interests you. Please be sincere and heartfelt in your responses.

Your Statement of Intent should be uploaded to your application. We offer you the following questions to assist you in this endeavour:

  • What experiences have you had that may have initiated your interest in studying Architecture?
  • What do you believe Architecture can offer our culture as a whole?
  • What do you expect to get out of an education in Architecture?
  • What are your favourite three spaces and why?
  • Relate the memory of a poignant spatial experience.
  • What are your favourite three books and why (not limited to Architecture books)?

Portfolios and statements of intent should be submitted by upload to the application portal by the required deadline, as stipulated in the Applicant Information Bulletin.

Contact us

University of Manitoba Undergraduate Admissions
424 UMSU University Centre
66 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Admission Officer
Hyonjung Lyu
Contact the AMP admissions team


The following other contacts may also be useful.

Student Accessibility Services
520 UMSU University Centre
66 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada


Student Advocacy Office
Room 520 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada