Design Aptitude Test

​​​Changes to Admissions to the Department of Architecture and Design (ArD-MSFEA):​

In an effort to attract students whose school grades may place at a disadvantage, a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is now introduced as a new requirement for students applying to the Bachelor of Architecture and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design programs, in addition to the university admissions requirements​, effective AY2019-20. 

Only applicants who are shortlisted will be notified by email, and invited to sit for the Design Aptitude Test (to take place on Saturday 23 February 2019 for Fall 2019-20). The Design Aptitude Test includes a series of applied exercises to be undertaken in person at AUB for a duration of approximately 3hrs. Performance on the test will determine the final list of accepted students to each program.

The DAT will test four rubrics:

i) Ability to draw from one's imagination

ii) Aesthetic sensibility

iii) Observation skills

iv) Sense of two-dimensional or three-dimensional composition.

The Design Aptitude Test is administered and managed by AUB's Office for Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), and coordinated by the MSFEA Department of Architecture and Design.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is available below.

For further information, please email the DAT committee or call the Department of Architecture and Design (DAT@aub.edu.lb, AUB extensions 3660/1) ​

​​​​> Freshman and transfer students from AUB and all other universities who are in their sophomore year must take the DAT, and should register their names with the Registrar's Office.

>  Early applicants, transfer applicants in their 2nd year of study or above, and applicants who cannot take the test in person at AUB (i.e. applicants from abroad, and applicants who have a demonstrated force majeure with valid justification of their situation) need not take the DAT. Instead, they should submit a portfolio or another creative output they deem representative of their skills. 

This category of applicants should email DAT@aub.edu.lb a creative portfolio (such as personal drawings, illustrations, painting, photography, written creative essays or stories, musical compositions, videos, animations, or any product that may demonstrate their creative ability). The material should all be compiled in one PDF file that should not exceed 10MB. Applicants can also send a downloadable link. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an online interview with the DAT committee.​

Frequently Asked Questions: Design Aptitude Test

Why is the department of Architecture and Design (ArD) at AUB introducing a new Design Aptitude Test (DAT)?
ArD wants to increase the diversity of its student body and encourage a wider range of students who are passionate about Architecture or Graphic Design to join the department. The DAT is a tool that allows us to identify students' skills in terms of imagination, sensibility, observation, drawing, and composition—skills that are very important to studying Architecture and Graphic Design, and that school grades tell us nothing about. ​​

What will the Design Aptitude Test be about?
The DAT assesses four sets of abilities: i) the ability to draw from one's imagination, ii) aesthetic sensibility, iii) observation skills, and iv) the sense of two-dimensional composition for Graphic Design applicants, or the sense of three-dimensional composition for Architecture applicants.

How long is the DAT? Where is it held? When is it happening?
The DAT is a series of exercises held at AUB, for approximately 3 hours. It will take place on 23 February 2019. Details will be communicated directly to shortliste​​​​​​d applicants. ​

Do all applicants to ArD take the Design Aptitude Test?
No. Only shortlisted applicants will take the DAT.

Who will administer the DAT? How and who will evaluate it? What is the DAT committee?
The DAT will be administered by the Office of Institutional Research Assessment (OIRA) at AUB. The DAT committee (an independent committee including several design professors) will be evaluating the DAT, as per OIRA standards and on the basis of evaluation rubrics. Each student will be evaluated anonymously by three evaluators.  

How will I know if I am shortlisted for the DAT?
You will receive an email from AUB Admissions in January 2019.

If I do not receive an email from Admissions about the DAT, does that mean I have not been selected to take the test?
Yes, sorry.

Is the DAT taken by both Graphic Design and Architecture applicants at the same time?
Yes.

Should I bring anything with me?
No. We will provide you with any drawing tools and papers you may need.

Should I prepare anything for the DAT?
No. If you're passionate about Architecture or Graphic Design, chances are that you already have several skills that will enable to do well in the DAT. 

I am freshman student at AUB interested in applying to Architecture/Graphic Design, should I take the DAT?
Yes.

I am a sophomore student from AUB or from another university interested in transferring to Architecture/Graphic Design at AUB, should I take the DAT?
Yes.

I am an early applicant to Architecture/Graphic Design, should I take the DAT?
No, but you must email DAT@aub.edu.lb a creative portfolio (such as personal drawings, illustrations, painting, photography, written creative essays or stories, musical compositions, videos, animation, or any product that may demonstrate their creative ability). The material should all be compiled in one PDF file that should not exceed 10MB. Applicants can also send a downloadable link. 

I am a 2nd year or above student from AUB or from another university interested in transferring to Architecture/Graphic Design at AUB, should I take the DAT?

No, but you must email DAT@aub.edu.lb a creative portfolio (such as personal drawings, illustrations, painting, photography, written creative essays or stories, musical compositions, videos, animations, or any product that may demonstrate their creative ability). The material should all be compiled in one PDF file that should not exceed 10MB. Applicants can also send a downloadable link. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an online interview with the DAT committee.

I am unable to come to AUB to take the DAT as I live abroad/I have a force majeure situation, can I still apply to Architecture/Graphic Design? 
Yes. You need to submit a valid justification of your situation, and if accepted, you must email DAT@aub.edu.lb a creative portfolio (such as personal drawings, illustrations, painting, photography, written creative essays or stories, musical compositions, videos, animations, or any product that may demonstrate their creative ability). The material should all be compiled in one PDF file that should not exceed 10MB. Applicants can also send a downloadable link. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an online interview with the DAT committee.

More questions?
Email DAT@aub.edu.lb or call the Department of Architecture and Design, AUB extensions 3660/1.


Last modified: ​18/10/2018​