York BDes-Bachelor of Design

Degree Requirements | DESN Handbook

BDes Specialized Honours
York’s Bachelor of Design program (DESN) recognizes that design is by nature an interdisciplinary endeavour. York Design draws strength from its home in a robust research university, offering students exposure and collaborative opportunities in areas such as business, engineering, technology, health and more broadly, the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Students in the Department of Design pursue creative solutions to real-world problems involving users, their contexts and interactions; design for immersive experiences and intelligent technologies; and the discovery of new knowledge through the visual presentation of complex information.

Program Structure
Design studio courses are kept very small to foster intimate, intensive learning. Through a comprehensive design curriculum, students may choose to focus their studies along one of three pathways: visual communication, information design or interaction design, all of which are augmented by design studies that consider history, futures and professional practices of design. From working with sensors and 3D information to user interfaces for mobile devices to creating branding experiences for the 21st Century, students have the opportunity and resources to meaningfully personalize their design education within a real-world context.

The Design Fabrication Lab maintains industry standard output and production equipment for design students to make their ideas take form. High-end photographic, audio and visual equipment enables experimentation with a range of media formats. Design studio facilities are dedicated to design student use 24/7.

Experiential educational opportunities include professional placement in an active design studio during the summer between years three and four. Students may pursue design study abroad for up to one full year. Talks by professional designers, workshops with renowned design educators and visits from industry leaders augment York Design students’ exposure to various modes of design practice.

York Design students graduate as design leaders, equipped with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the profession. Our undergraduates are highly sought-after both locally and internationally for employment in design studios, technology-based companies, and large corporations.

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