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Required Courses for Design Majors
Optional Courses available to Majors
The Importance of Course Selection
Additional Certification for Design Majors
Interactivity/New Media Focus
Academic Advising Before Dropping Courses
NOTE: Not all courses in the Design curriculum may be offered each year.
- FA/YSDN 3111 3.0 Design Internship (formerly 4103) - Winter
Communication Design Practicum Courses
- FA/YSDN 2010 3.0 3DDesign (formerly 1003)
- FA/YSDN 2011 3.0 Visualization Methods (formerly 2001A)
- FA/YSDN 2006 3.0 Design & Perception
- FA/YSDN 2012 3.0 Drawing for Design
- FA/YSDN 2013 3.0 Materials & Methods
- FA/YSDN 3003 3.0 Typeface Design (formerly Typography 4)
- FA/YSDN 3004 3.0 Communication Design 2
- FA/YSDN 3010 3.0 Package Design
- FA/YSDN 3011 3.0 Editorial Design
Information Design Practicum Courses
- FA/YSDN 3008 3.0 Information Design 2
- FA/YSDN 3012 3.0 Information Design 3
- FA/YSDN 3014 3.0 Environmental Graphic Design
- FA/YSDN 3015 3.0 Typography for Information Design
Interactive/Multimedia Design Practicum Courses
- FA/YSDN 3005 3.0 Design & Systems
- FA/YSDN 3006 3.0 Design & Information Architecture
- FA/YSDN 3009 3.0 Time-based Communication
- FA/YSDN 3013 3.0 Time-based Communication 2
Design Studies Courses
- FA/YSDN 2104 3.0 Design Thinking*
- FA/YSDN 2107 3.0 History & Development of Typography (formerly 3101A) – one section will be available for 3rd & 4th year students only
- FA/YSDN 3102 3.0 Contemporary Problems in Design
- FA/YSDN 3104 3.0 Design for Public Awareness
- FA/YSDN 3105 3.0 Self, Society and Design
- FA/YSDN 3106 3.0 Image and Influence
- FA/YSDN 3107 3.0 Archetypes in Science, Nature, Design
- FA/YSDN 3109 3.0 Building a Discipline
- FA/YSDN 4102 3.0 Design Management
*can be credited only as Free Elective for Design Majors
Beware of Overloading!
You are advised to take a maximum of three practicum courses in each of the Fall or Winter terms. Overloading of practicum courses does not allow you to produce your best work. As a Design Major, you may take up to 36credits per year. Many students utilize the Spring and Summer Sessions to spread course work over the full year.
The Importance of Course Selection
The courses you select in your third year will significantly influence the courses you are eligible to take in your fourth year. Now is the time to review the Degree Requirements Worksheet in the York/Sheridan Program in Design Handbook to ensure that you are fulfilling all the appropriate degree requirements.
This is your responsibility! You are advised to tentatively plot your preferred course selection for your final years in the York/Sheridan Program in Design at this time to ensure that you will have the proper prerequisites prior to your next year of study.
If you have any additional questions after filling out the Degree Requirements Worksheet, (remember to pay careful attention to degree requirements, prerequisites, co-requisites, etc.), please make an advising appointment with
Antonia Schneider in the Department of Design by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Professional Certificate in Digital Design
- Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Digital Media
- Certificate in Community Arts Practice
Concurrent with the completion of your BDes degree requirements and with careful planning of your course selection, you may meet the requirements of one of these certificates.
Full information and application forms are available from the Office of Student & Academic Services in 201 GCFA.
- FA/FACS 3930 3.0 Screen-based Fluid Interfaces.
These courses also fulfill some of the requirements for the Certificates mentioned above and are credited as Fine Arts electives.
Always Seek Academic Advising Before Dropping Courses!
Never drop a required course without consultation and academic advising from the Department of Design. There may be serious academic penalties in terms of not having the required course(s) necessary to continue to the next level of study.