DESN Degree Requiremets

All DESN students will complete a total of 120 credits as follows:

  • 18 credits  General Education
  • 12 credits  AMPD Electives (must be non-DESN courses – FA 1900 courses can be used to fulfill this requirement)
  • 12 credits  Free Electives (can be DESN courses)
  • 18 credits  Design Studies (must be DESN courses)
  • 54 credits  Design Studio (must be DESN courses)

DESN students can make an appointment for course advising at desn@yorku.ca.  To prepare for your appointment, complete this planning worksheet.

First Year

First year students must enrol in the following:

  • FA/DESN 1001 3.0    Communication Design Foundation
  • FA/DESN 1002 3.0    Understanding Form and Context
  • FA/DESN 1003 3.0    Typography: Letter and Word
  • FA/DESN 1004 3.0    Drawing for Design
  • FA/DESN 1011 3.0    Visual Interaction Design
  • FA/DESN 1111 3.0    Design of the 20th Century

Second Year

Second year students must enrol in the following:

  • FA/DESN 2001 3.0    Communication Design Process
  • FA/DESN 2002 3.0    Typography for Publishing Systems
  • FA/DESN 2003 3.0    Design Inquiry
  • FA/DESN 2011 3.0    Designing for Human Interactions
  • FA/DESN 2021 3.0    Information Design for Understanding
  • FA/DESN 2101 3.0    Design in Contemporary Society

plus one of:

  • FA/DESN 2111 3.0    History & Development of Typography
  • FA/DESN 2112 3.0    Evolution of Information Design
  • FA/DESN 2113 3.0    History and Culture of Interaction Design

Third Year

Third year students must enrol in the following:

  • FA/DESN 3001 3.0    Designing for Existing Systems
  • FA/DESN 3002 3.0    Designing for Future Systems
  • FA/DESN 3011 3.0     Prototyping & User-Centred Strategies
  • FA/DESN 3021 3.0    Typography for Information Design
  • FA/DESN 3201 3.0    Design Placement
  • and 9 credits at the 3000 and/or 4000 level in Design Studies (see Program Handbook for current offerings)

Fourth Year

Graduating year students must enrol in the following:

  • FA/DESN 4000 6.0 Degree Project
  • FA/DESN 4201 1.5  Degree Exhibit
  • FA/DESN 4202 1.5  Professional Practices in Design
  • and 9 credits at the 3000 and/or 4000 level in Design Studies (see Program Handbook for current offerings)

Non-DESN Courses

To fulfill degree requirements all DESN students must take:

6 credits  Humanities
6 credits  Social Science
6 credits  Natural Science
12 credits  AMPD Electives, non-DESN courses.

DESN students pay a flat rate tuition which entitles them to 36 credits per year from Fall-Summer. Any required course 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 the DESN Program Handbook.