Degree Requirements

All Design students will complete 120 credits as follows:

18 credits  General Education
12 credits  AMPD Electives (non-YSDN, which includes 6 credits from the FA/1900 3.0 series of courses, outside the Design major)
12 credits  Free Electives (can be YSDN)
24 credits  Design Studies
54 credits  Design Practicum

Current students interested in making a appointment with the faculty for course advising please contact ysdn@yorku.ca. If making an appointment, please download and prepare the planning worksheet.

First Year

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First year students must enrol in the following:

  • Visual Language
  • Design & Image
  • Typography 1
  • Fundamentals and Methods: Visual Interaction Design
  • Critical Issues in Design

Second Year

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Second year students must enrol in the following:

  • Typography 2
  • Typography 3
  • Communication Design 1
  • Information Design Concepts and Methodologies
  • Processes and Workflows: Visual Interaction Design
  • History of Design

plus one of:

  • History and Development of Typography
  • Evolution of Information Design
  • History and Culture of Interaction Design
  • History of Media in Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design in Canada

Third Year

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Third year students must enrol in the following:

  • Research in Design
  • Design Placement
  • and 6 credits at the 3000 and/or 4000 level in Design Studies (see Program Handbook for current offerings)

Fourth Year

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Graduating year students must enrol in the following:

  • Design Workshop
  • Professional Aspects of Design
  • and 6 credits at the 3000 and/or 4000 level in Design Studies (see Program Handbook for current offerings)
  • Students will then choose from a range of practicum courses.

Non-YSDN Courses

To graduate all students must take:

6 credits  Humanities
6 credits  Social Science
6 credits  Natural Science
12 credits  AMPD Electives, non-YSDN (Design) courses.

All Design students pay a flat rate tuition which entitles them to 36 credits per year from Fall-Summer. Materials and book fees are extra.

Course Fees

For students not in the BDes program, compulsory and voluntary supplementary fees apply.

For more details about courses check our Program Handbook.