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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours Bachelor of Experiential Design


4 years (8 semesters)

Imagine, create and innovate the ways we interact with our world.

Program Overview

Become uniquely qualified in an emerging field

The way in which you interact with your surroundings has changed. Demand is growing for designers who can create multi-sensory physical environments that communicate. This revolutionary program is the first Experiential Design degree in Canada to respond to that need. Learn holistic approaches to wayfinding, public installation, placemaking, exhibition design, themed environments and event design.

Prepare for a wide range of opportunities

Learn how to create inclusive and dynamic experiences that connect people, places and content in exciting ways. Our balance of theoretical studies and practical hands-on opportunities will prepare you for work in all areas of practice in Experiential Design, which is happening all over the world and across industries.

Learn from proven leaders in design education

Sheridan has been a pioneer in design education for more than half a century. We also offer degree programs in Industrial Design, Interior Design, Game Design, Interaction Design and Illustration. Our internationally recognized faculty, deep industry connections and renowned creative culture provide the ideal foundation for this groundbreaking degree.

Build valuable professional connections

Experiential design has a global reach. The mentorship you'll receive from professional experiential designers throughout the four years of our program can help you build a network of industry contacts before you even graduate! Prepare for exciting internship and employment opportunities with local, national and international organizations in a variety of sectors, including:

  • Urban and civic
  • Transportation
  • Corporate
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Culture
  • Health care
  • Recreation
  • Retail


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Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

    DESN17444 Materials, Form & Representation
    DESN12048 Communication, Type & Symbol 3
    DESN13794 Fundamentals of Spatial Interaction 3
    DESN13861 Experiential Design in Context 3
    ENGL17889GD Composition & Rhetoric 3
    Total: 15
    DESN18511 Site & Space 3
    DESN11512 Communication & Narrative 3
    DESN14942 Multi-sensory Experiences 3
    DESN11836 Research Methods for Design 1 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total: 15
    DESN22018 Experiential Design Studio: Exhibition 3
    DESN27457 Spatial Communication 3
    DESN21627 Integrated Narratives 3
    DESN21911 Design for Sustainability 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total: 15
    DESN22057 Experiential Design Studio: Orientation & Navigation 3
    DESN26022 Participatory Design Methods 3
    DESN21911 Mediated Spaces 3
    DESN24347 Public Space & Placemaking 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total: 15
    DESN38158 Experiential Design Studio: Public Space 6
    Experiential Design Elective Studio (Choose: Branded Experiences OR Social Experiences) 3
    DESN37554 Research Methods for Design 2 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total: 15
    DESN35333 Experiential Design Studio: Themed Environments 6
    Experiential Design Elective Studio (Choose: EX-Lab OR Sound & Light) 3
    BUSM33930 Professional Practice for Experiential Design 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total: 15

    Co-op/Internship (14 weeks/420 hours)

    DESN42231 Experiential Design Thesis 1 6
    Experiential Design Elective Studio (Choose: EX-Lab OR Service Design) 3
    Experiential Design Theory Seminar 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total: 15
    DESN43509 Experiential Design Thesis 2 6
    Experiential Design Elective Studio (Special Topics Studio – two sections to choose from) 3
    Portfolio Project 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Total: 15

Courses subject to change.

Current students should refer to their ⁠Academic Requirements in myStudentCentre to track their academic progress and outstanding course requirements.

Find course details for electives:

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4U), with a minimum 70%


  • One Visual Art or Media Art credit (Grade 11 or 12 M, U or O level or postsecondary credit course) or a portfolio*
  • Four* other Grade 12 credits (U or M level)
  • Minimum 65% overall average


  • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required English and Visual Art or Media art courses** above with a minimum 65% overall average.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected based on previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses), plus the results of their portfolio, if required. A portfolio review fee is required with the submission.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be assessed and advised individually for other related programs.


*Applicants who have not completed a Visual Art or Media Art credit according to the requirements above will be asked to submit a portfolio. The Office of the Registrar will update your application in the Sheridan Application Portal to notify you if a portfolio is required. Please note that there is a portfolio assessment fee.

*Applicants submitting a portfolio must have the English (ENG4U) or equivalent at a 70% plus five other Grade 12 (U or M) credits.

**Applicants who have completed two semesters of an art, design, media, or architecture-related Ontario College certificate, diploma or degree program are not required to submit a portfolio.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan's English Proficiency Requirements.

Requirements for September 2022

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4U), with a minimum 70%


  • Five other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
  • Minimum 65% overall average


  • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with a minimum 65% overall average

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses), and the results of their portfolio. A portfolio review fee is required with the submission.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Career Opportunities

Our Experiential Design degree fills an education and training gap identified by employers. As a graduate of this program, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of roles.

You might find jobs such as:

  • Experiential Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Wayfinding Strategist and Designer
  • Environmental Graphic Designer
  • Digital Experience Designer
  • Creative Director/Producer
  • Themed and Branded Experiences Designer
  • Project Manager/Co-ordinator

Advanced Entry Challenge Exams

Get credit for what you know

Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.

If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.

How do Challenge Exams work?

AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).

Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures.

I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?

No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan.

What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?

Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:

  • Programming – Introductory
  • Programming – .NET
  • Programming – Advanced Java
  • Networking
  • Web Development
  • Operating Systems
  • Databases
  • Software Design
  • Mobile App Development – Android
  • Mobile App Development – iOS
  • Game Development – UNITY
  • Wireless

You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.

Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you.

How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?

Step 1: Make sure you meet the program admission requirements

You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.

Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment

Complete a free self-assessment test for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).

Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program

Apply to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program.

To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.

Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)

Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.

Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.

Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees

If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.

We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2023–2024 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Notes: Co-op students must pay an additional fee of $535 in the term prior to each co-op work term.

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL and programs with tuition reduction excluded) in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Create effective multi-sensory, spatial and experiential design solutions through critical thinking and an iterative design process.
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research into critical experiential design issues, demonstrating awareness of research ethics.
  • Employ design communication tools to develop design solutions that integrate knowledge of materials, form, space, structures, multi-sensory experiences and interactive media.
  • Develop an informed practice through integration of cultural history and theory of experiential design, with reference to art and other design disciplines.
  • Integrate principles of human-centred design, sustainability and participatory design to problem solving methodologies aimed at experiential design solutions.
  • Apply principles of cultural awareness, social engagement and civic literacy towards the goal of building resilient and connected communities.
  • Practice design management strategies of professionalism, collaboration, leadership, and interdisciplinary team building in the execution of projects that comply with relevant laws, codes, guidelines, and professional standards.
  • Employ a flexible personal career strategy that considers team-based practices, entrepreneurship and networking among a wide range of industry practitioners.

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Educational philosophy

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum and its delivery are designed to address current social issues pertinent to the design industry. This enables students to broaden their understanding of their place within the world.

Fundamental to the vision of the program is the balance of creative and conceptual thinking with the technical and business aspects of the profession. Courses follow a logical sequence with the degree of difficulty building vertically from first year to fourth year.

The various streams provide a range of design problems building in size and scope, from simple to complex in various design sectors. The curriculum builds on fundamental introductions that ensures a strong foundation for students to apply additional more complex learning and skills developed later in the program.

Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.

The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.

The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.

Program goals

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:

  • Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
  • Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
  • Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
  • Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
  • Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
  • Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.

Pathways from Athletic Therapy and Kinesiology

If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Get your Osteopathy degree in less time

If you're a graduate of Sheridan's Athletic Therapy or Kinesiology degree program, you may be eligible to start in the second year of this program after completing three bridging courses.

This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.

Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)

  • OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
  • OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
  • OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)

Course exceptions

After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program, with the following exceptions.

You will additionally take:

  • Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
  • Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
  • Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)

You will not need to take:*

  • SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
  • OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
  • OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
  • FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
  • SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
  • RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
  • 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)

*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:

  • OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)

Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

Writer-in-Residence program

Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.

In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.

How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students

Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:

  • shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
  • performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
  • organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
  • works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.

2023–24 Writer-in-Residence

Kate Cayley, Sheridan's Writer-in-Residence

Award-winning fiction writer, playwright and poet Kate Cayley is joining Sheridan as the 2023–24 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.

Cayley has published two short story collections and three collections of poetry, and her plays have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. She has won the Trillium Book Award, an O. Henry Prize and the Mitchell Prize for Poetry, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, the ReLit Award for both fiction and poetry, and the K.M. Hunter Award for Fiction.

Her writing has appeared in such literary publications as Brick, Electric Literature, Joyland, Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Stories, and she has been a writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Toronto Public Library.

"Kate’s diverse work plumbs meaning, strangeness and beauty from the spaces we inhabit, even in our domestic lives, while tackling some of the big philosophical questions we all face," says Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Creativity. "Our Sheridan community welcomes her capacious intellect, limpid style and wonderful mentorship with full hearts, open ears, and pens, paper and keyboards at the ready!"

From ideas to impact: a masterclass in applied creativity and innovation

Are you a business lead who's looking to level up your company's culture of creativity and entrepreneurship?

Sheridan offers FREE, one-hour masterclasses on topics such as:

  • Creative Strategies for an EDI-driven World
  • The Science of Creativity and Innovation
  • Intra- and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and
  • Creative Team Leadership

These masterclasses will catalyze your climate of innovation and give your team an exclusive look into Sheridan’s one-of-a-kind graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation.*

Register your team for a FREE online one-hour masterclass!

*Advance further with our Applied Creativity and Innovation graduate certificate

Our new graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation is a great professional development (PD) opportunity for many company teams. The program teaches complex problem-solving, creativity, innovation and negotiation skills — competencies that make companies more resilient and adaptable as they face the unique challenges presented by the future of work.

Why this program is a great choice for PD:

  • Flexible hours — your employees can complete their graduate certificate online, at their own pace.
  • Relevant coursework – they can choose electives that are most applicable to their position at your company.
  • Award-winning faculty – they’ll learn from instructors who are on the cutting-edge of creativity and innovation research.
  • Practicum project – they’ll work alongside our team of experts to resolve an issue that your business is facing today — whether it’s how to leverage artificial intelligence technology, advance your sustainability efforts, update your marketing strategies, address supply chain inefficiencies or another challenge.

This new graduate certificate is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.

Apprenticeship Exemption Test

Sheridan is a Ministry-approved Apprenticeship Exemption Test centre, authorized through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), for both apprentices and non-apprentices.

What is an Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET)?

The AET provides a chance for students who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies.

You need to score 70% or higher to pass the AET. If you score lower than 70%, you'll need to wait three months before you can try again. If you have questions about this, please contact the MLITSD.

After successfully completing an AET, you have two years to become a registered apprentice. You're responsible for reporting your test results to the MLITSD.

Who can write an AET?

  • You must be at least 16 years old.
  • Your trade must be listed as an AET-eligible trade, as outlined by the MLITSD. For a full list of AET-eligible trades, please contact Sheridan's Magna School for the Skilled Trades (skilledtrades@sheridancollege.ca).
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) participants are eligible to write the AET.
  • You are not required to be an apprentice to write the AET.

How can I register for an AET?

To register for an Apprenticeship Exemption Test, please email skilledtrades@sheridancollege.ca. We'll help you confirm that your discipline offers an AET, and let you know about our upcoming test dates.

Apprenticeship Exemption Tests are administered monthly at the Davis Campus (Brampton) through the Magna School for the Skilled Trades. Tests begin at 6:30 p.m., and most take three hours to complete.

You must book your test at least 24 hours in advance. If you require special accommodation, please book your test at least 7 days in advance.

When you book your test, you’ll receive an automated confirmation email.

We'll also send you a reminder email one week before your test date, once registration closes. This email will include information about parking and what room you'll be writing your test in at Davis Campus.

What are the fees for writing an AET?

Fees are $160.15 ($150 + $10.15 Eventbrite fee) and are paid online through our Eventbrite website (credit/debit cards and PayPal are accepted). We'll provide payment instructions when you contact us to register for your AET.

All refund requests are subject to an administrative fee.

Who can I contact to ask questions about the AET?

To find out more about Apprenticeship Exemption Tests at Sheridan, please email skilledtrades@sheridancollege.ca

You can also visit us on campus:

Magna School for the Skilled Trades Program Office
Davis Campus, Room A203
7899 McLaughlin Road
Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5H9

For more information on employment, training and certification, visit Skilled Trades Ontario and Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD).

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