In our global knowledge economy, ideas flow fast and far, creating extraordinarily complex systems of human interaction and connection.

In AMPD’s Department of Design, students actively engage with the big questions about the role of design in managing and communicating large bodies of information, accelerating innovation and creating economic value. Grounded in an understanding of how humans behave within both physical and virtual environments, students learn to use specialized design knowledge, methods and skills, and acquire the agency to define their role as inventor, author, curator, entrepreneur and advocate in the rapidly expanding world of design opportunities.


York University/Sheridan College Program in Design (BDes Specialized Honours)

The York/Sheridan Program in Design (YSDN) is internationally recognized for its academic and professional excellence. Students receive a rich, multi-layered experience thanks to the combination of award-winning faculty and the comprehensive approach offered by two institutions known as leaders in design education.

The program immerses students in the professional practices of visual communication, interactive and information design, supported by studies in design theory, history and criticism. Students learn to address contemporary issues through effective design solutions.

YSDN students may choose to focus their studies in both print and digital media, and in areas such as interaction and user experience design, motion design, information design, packaging, or editorial design and typography. From working with sensors and 3D information to devising packaging for retail sales markets, and from designing user interfaces for mobile devices to creating corporate branding or visual representations of large data sets, students have the opportunity and resources to meaningfully personalize their design education within a real-world context.


YSDN studio courses are kept small to foster intimate, intensive learning. Students take Design courses at both York and Sheridan (GO Bus runs between the two campuses). All other required and elective courses are taken at York University.

The YSDN program maintains strong links with the design profession, international research organizations and the corporate sector. Students do a third-year practicum placement with an active design studio, and have the opportunity to study abroad for one year. Two fourth-year courses function as working design studios providing professional-level services for campus clients, from conception and design to production, including programming for digital applications and press approvals.


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