BDes — Bachelor of Design
Small class sizes. 4 hour long studio courses. Powerful collaborative critiques. Individual attention. With the feel of an intimate art school situated within a larger academic institution, York’s BDes provides students with access to the advantages of Canada’s 3rd largest research university combined with a highly personalized and thoroughly student-centred learning experience.
From interactive media and web design, from broadcast and motion graphics to packaging and book design, York’s BDes prepares graduates to exit the program as design leaders with the capacity and skills necessary to excel in every field imaginable. Past undergrad alumni have taken positions with a wide range of international companies, including Facebook, Google, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo, NYT Magazine, Amazon, W Network, Visionaire magazine, IDEO, Bloomberg Business Week and many more. In fact, industry leaders seek out York design grads for internships and full-time employment within their companies, often before graduation.
The Bachelor of Design program addresses the social, cognitive and technological implications of design practice while emphasizing creative, critical and strategic thinking; by synthesizing practice, theory and history, the BDes prepares students for a bright future in the field of design.
The BDes curriculum focuses upon the practicum areas of visual communication, information design and interactive design, supported by design studies. Students learn to address contemporary issues through effective design solutions by using relevant methodologies and visual principles of form, imagery and typography.