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Imagine, create and innovate the ways we interact with our world.
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 improve any type of environment through inclusive, accessible and sustainable design. Our balance of theoretical studies and practical hands-on opportunities will prepare you for work in all areas of practice in Experiential Design — whether you want to create cultural experiences, foster educational environments or boost community engagement.
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
- Health care
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS Materials, Form & Representation 3 Communication, Type & Symbol 3 Fundamentals of Spatial Interaction 3 Experiential Design in Context 3 Composition & Rhetoric 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS Site & Space 3 Communication & Narrative 3 Multi-sensory Experiences 3 Research Methods for Design 1 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS Experiential Design Studio: Exhibition 3 Spatial Communication 3 Integrated Narratives 3 Design for Sustainability 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS Experiential Design Studio: Orientation & Navigation 3 Design Methods 3 Smart Spaces 3 Public Space & Placemaking 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS Experiential Design Studio: Public Space 6 Experiential Design Elective Studio (Choose: Branded Experiences OR Social Experiences) 3 Research Methods for Design 2 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS Experiential Design Studio: Themed Space 6 Experiential Design Elective Studio (Choose: EX-Lab OR Sound & Light) 3 Professional Practice 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15 Co-op/Internship (14 weeks/420 hours)
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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.
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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
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.
Our Experiential Design degree was built to fill 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
- Design Researcher
- Themed and Branded Environments Designer
- Project Manager/Co-ordinator
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.
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 2020–2021 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.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Honours Baccalaureate Degree
Full-time 4 years Program code: PBXDN
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Design experiences. Create connections.
The first undergraduate degree program in Canada to train skilled designers specifically for the rapidly growing experiential design field.
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