Design

Pursue Undergraduate Program in

Design

In our global knowledge economy, ideas flow fast and far, creating extraordinarily elaborate systems of human connection. As designers, we facilitate understanding through devising objects, environments and innovative platforms for interaction. 

In AMPD’s Department of Design, students actively explore and expand the boundaries of design in managing and communicating complex bodies of information for meaningful human experiences in our increasingly visual world. Grounded in an understanding of the designer’s specialized knowledge, methods and skills, students learn to recognize complex problems as being comprised of systems of social, cultural and technological networks. By identifying points of entry for design intervention, students acquire the agency to define their role as inventor, author, curator, entrepreneur, advocate and social innovator in the rapidly expanding world of design opportunities. 

York’s Bachelor of Design (BDes Specialized Honours) program recognizes that design is by nature an interdisciplinary endeavor. 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; 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, 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 21stCentury, students have the opportunity and resources to meaningfully personalize their design education within a real-world context. 

The 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 for 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. 

After Graduation

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. Alumni hold positions in a wide range of international companies including Facebook, Google, Wikimedia, Amazon, IDEO, Barney’s New York, Visionaire magazine, LinkedIn, W Network, Wieden+Kennedy, The New York Times MagazineThe Toronto Star, Pentagram, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bruce Mau Design (BMD). Alumni have also become successful entrepreneurs, employing newer generations of York Design alumni throughout the GTA and beyond. 

*The York/Sheridan Program in Design is phasing out through 2022. Since 2019, students entering York’s Bachelor of Design program are experiencing an exciting new curriculum. York Design will be able to accept internal and external transfer students and second degree students in fall 2021. 


Program Details


Offered By

School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Degrees Offered

BDes

Fall Entry

First-year

Winter Entry

No

Summer Entry

No

Ways to Study

Full-Time

Possible Career Paths

  • packaging, web, print, editorial and motion graphics designer
  • art director
  • corporate branding specialist
  • information design consultant
  • UX designer
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School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

BDes

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
    • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
      School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

      BDes

      Requirements for admission:
    • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
      • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
        School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

        BDes

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
          • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
          School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

          BDes

          Requirements for admission:
        • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
          • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
          • Some programs require a higher GPA.
          • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
          • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

            BDes

            Requirements for admission:
          • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
            • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
            • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
              • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
              School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

              BDes

              Requirements for admission:
            • One year of CEGEP
            • 2 semesters of English/anglais
            • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
              • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                BDes

                Requirements for admission:
              • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                  BDes

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                  • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                  • Admission to this program depends on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview. To be considered for this program, minimum 4.5 or 80% average is required in the final year of senior studies.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 4.5 or 80% average in the final year of senior studies.
                    School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                    BDes

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      Admission to this program depends on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview. Minimum of two Advanced-level (A-level) passes and three GCSE or IGCSE Ordinary-level (O-level) passes. Minimum average of “C” is required on Advanced-level and Ordinary-level passes. Higher grades required for certain programs. GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. To gain admission to this program, minimum average of B is required.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of B.
                      School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                      BDes

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                      • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                        BDes

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                        • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                          • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                          Admission to this program depends on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview. To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 30 is required.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 30.
                          School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                          BDes

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • Completion of one of the following:
                          • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                          • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                          • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                          • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                          • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                          • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                          • Admission to this program depends on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview. To be considered for this program, minimum 70 average in XII is required.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 70 average in XII.
                            School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                            BDes

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                            • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                            • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                              School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                              BDes

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                            • English 120, 121 or 122
                            • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                              • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                              • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                BDes

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                              • English 3201
                              • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                  School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                  BDes

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                • English 12
                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                  • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                  • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                    School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                    BDes

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                    • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                      School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                      BDes

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                      • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                        School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                        BDes

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                      • ENG4U
                                      • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                        • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
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                                          School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          BDes

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                        • Overall average of 3.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by June 15, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                        • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          BDes

                                          To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                        • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                        • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                        • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                        • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by June 15, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                        • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          BDes

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                        • Overall average of 3.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by June 15, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                        • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          BDes

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                          • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                          • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                            School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                            BDes

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                          • Grade 12 English
                                          • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                            • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                            • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                              School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                              BDes

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                            • English A30 and English B30
                                            • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                              • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                              • Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.
                                                School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                BDes

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                                • School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                  BDes

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                  • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                    Admission to this program depends on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview. To be considered for this program, minimum A- (3.7) GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses is required.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum A- (3.7) GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses.
                                                    School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                    BDes

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
                                                    • Admission to this program depends on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview. To be considered for this program, minimum WAEC and/or NECO average of B2 is required.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 4.5 or 80% average in the final year of senior studies.
                                                      School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                      BDes

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by February 3, 2021 for guaranteed consideration to the program.
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                                                        Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your admission average required for this program is in the mid-80s.Depending on your combined performance in academics, audition, portfolio review and/or interview, your required final academic average will be between 76-80% to maintain your offer of admission.