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Collaborative/Joint degree

York University/Sheridan College Program in Design

Duration

For the Fall 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View details on delivery modes for all programs.

This program is not currently offered. However, you may be interested in our new Honours Bachelor of Experiential Design program.

Become one of the creative design leaders of the future.

Program Overview

Study at Sheridan & York University

The York/Sheridan Program in Design (YSDN) combines practice and theory to create a truly unique design degree. The program's curriculum emphasizes innovation, creativity and strategic thinking as applied to visual communication. You'll develop outstanding ideas as well as the skills to execute them. You'll also get practical experience and professional contacts.

Convergence of technology and culture

Program highlights include:

  • Small studio classes with lots of direct attention from professors.
  • Creative focus and the opportunity to explore emerging areas of design practice.
  • A rich curriculum focused on typography, print, interaction design, information design and design studies.

Great creative opportunities

The third year includes a professional placement in a design firm that may be located in Toronto (the world's third-largest design centre), New York, Los Angeles or overseas. Many companies and design studios actively recruit from the York/Sheridan Program in Design, providing a wide range of employment opportunities after graduation.

Additional information

The future of design lies in the convergence of technology with elements of social science, psychology, culture and business. No other design degree captures that convergence as well as the York/Sheridan Program in Design does.

You'll also get the practical experience and professional contacts to launch a career in graphic design or another related field.

Your program includes:

  • Project-based, problem-solving assignments that prepare you for the workplace.
  • Up-to-date design labs equipped with the most current technology.
  • Courses in print design, interaction design, information design and design studies.

YSDN students should expect to spend approximately $1,000–$3,000 per year for materials, plus $300 in the final year for the Graduate Show.

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Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Collaborative/Joint Degree

Duration

4 years

Start Date

September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Courses

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

120 credits are required to meet degree requirements:

  • Design Practicum (54 credits)
  • Design Studies (24 credits)
  • General Education (18 credits)
  • FA Electives other than Design (12 credits)
  • Free Electives (12 credits)
  • Must be YSDN courses including:

    CODE TITLE CREDITS
    YSDN 1001 Visual Language 3
    YSDN 1002 Design and Image 3
    YSDN 1005 Typography 1 3
    YSDN 1006 Interactivity Design 1 3
    YSDN 2003 Typography 2 3
    YSDN 2004 Communications Design 1 3
    YSDN 2005 Interactivity Design 2 3
    YSDN 2008 Information Design 1 3
    YSDN 4004 Design Workshop 6

    With an additional 9 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level and an additional 12 credits at any level

  • Must be YSDN courses including:

    CODE TITLE CREDITS
    YSDN 1101 Critical Issues in Design 3
    YSDN 2102 History of Design 3

    Plus one of:

    YSDN 2105 History of Media in Graphic Design 3
    YSDN 2106 Graphic Design in Canada 3
    YSDN 2107 History & Development of Typography 3
    YSDN 2108 Evolution of Information Design 3
    YSDN 2109 History and Culture of Interaction Design 3
    YSDN 2103 Research in Design 3
    YSDN 3111 Design Placement 3
    YSDN 4104 Professional Aspects of Design 3

    With an additional 6 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level

Courses subject to change.

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Animation, Arts & Design

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Collaborative/Joint Degree

Duration

4 years

Start Date

September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Collaborative/Joint Degree

Duration

4 years

Start Date

September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Career Opportunities

Recognized throughout North America for design education excellence, the York/Sheridan Program in Design produces creative leaders. The story of 21st-century design is being written today — and our graduates are helping to write it.

Sample employment areas:

  • Print communications
  • Corporate identity/branding
  • Web design
  • Interaction design/motion design
  • Packaging
  • Book and editorial design
  • Information design

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Animation, Arts & Design

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Collaborative/Joint Degree

Duration

4 years

Start Date

September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Collaborative/Joint Degree

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4 years

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September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Degree Completion

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Collaborative/Joint Degree

Duration

4 years

Start Date

September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Learning Outcomes

Our students demonstrate their talent and dedication by consistently receiving recognition in regional, national and international competitions and awards programs. Our alumni reflect the excellence of the program by working in top design firms, agencies and organizations worldwide or through further studies in national and international graduate programs. Many also start their own businesses and engage in entrepreneurial initiatives.

The York/Sheridan Program in Design has seven areas of concentration in the curriculum, reflecting the rich scope of design activity in the graphic design industry:

  • Visual Communication Design
  • History, Theory and Criticism
  • Typography
  • Information Design
  • 3-Dimensional Design and Packaging
  • Interaction Design and Motion Graphics
  • Professional Practice

Visual Communication Design

Students begin by exploring the elements and principles of visual language in design. Different methods of generating and manipulating images are investigated with consideration given to form, content and communication potential. Various design theories and methodologies are integrated into the process assisting students in the development of effective communications involving different audiences and specific media. Students solve two-dimensional, three-dimensional and interactive design problems of increasing complexity as their skills and knowledge develop. By their final year, design students are expected to produce highly refined visual solutions and apply strategic thinking to the creation of research-based projects that address a variety of communication contexts and audiences.

History, Theory and Criticism

The integration of design studies courses in the program supports the development of critical thinking: students develop confidence in their ability to analyze text, imagery and various types of design artifacts; understand cultural and historical contexts, and use this understanding to inform the development and evaluation of their work.

Students are introduced to many of the central themes of critical theory as applied to visual culture in general, and to graphic design in particular. Functional objects, past and present, are examined in relation to the process of design, conditions of the time, the problems met, and important influences. In addition, theory and methods, and applications of both qualitative and quantitative design research are explored.

Typography

Students learn about the history and development of letter forms and the changing technologies that affect the crafting of messages leading up to and including contemporary print and digital design. Typographic vocabulary, systems of measurement, prioritization of information and issues of readability and legibility are examined. By their fourth year, students are able to design and customize letter forms, work with complex textual information to produce clear, accessible hierarchies of information and are able to work with typography in print contexts as well as in time-based and interactive media to add further dynamic qualities to typographic expression.

Information Design

Students are introduced to theories and methods to facilitate clarity and understanding using a wide range of complex textual and visual information. In projects, students learn processes for various modes of visualization and content including data, time-based sequences, networks and maps. With a series of four dedicated studio courses and a related history course, the York/Sheridan Program in Design has arguably the most comprehensive concentration on information design within a graphic design program in North America.

Interaction Design and Motion Graphics

Students explore various forms of interactivity by designing visual representations of human-computer interfaces, based on theories and models of interaction. They develop a conceptual and technical framework for approaching interactive design projects and have ample opportunities through projects to actively explore motion and interactivity across various platforms. They also can develop skills with video, animation and time-based narrative.

In Year 3, students undertake projects in mobile application design that include research, information architecture and visual design of websites that adapt to multiple screen resolutions, from smart phone to desktop. Innovations in our curriculum include Design in Interactive Environments, a Year 4 interactivity course which introduces students to principles of physical computing and experiments with electronics, sensors and programming environments.

3D Design

Students are introduced to fundamental principles and processes of three-dimensional design. The projects emphasize the role of three-dimensionality in visual communications disciplines such as packaging, environmental design and exhibit design.

Professional Practice

Students are introduced to current design business practices and ethics. Between Years 3 and 4, students are required to complete a three-week placement in an approved professional design environment. The areas of professional responsibility, accreditation, presentation techniques, portfolio preparation, branding and promotion, culminate in the planning and implementation of an annual graduation exhibition.

The program is closely related to current graphic design practice. All Year 3 and 4 students are members of the professional association for graphic designers in Ontario, the RGD, which holds a major annual conference, as well as other events throughout the year.

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Animation, Arts & Design

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Collaborative/Joint Degree

Duration

4 years

Start Date

September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Collaborative/Joint Degree

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4 years

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September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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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 2021–2022 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.

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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:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

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.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Animation, Arts & Design

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Collaborative/Joint Degree

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4 years

Start Date

September

Location

Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville), and York University


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Is Experiential Design the right program for me?

Date: Wednesday, May 26th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Want to learn more about Experiential Design? This interactive workshop will explain what Experiential Design is and explore the many exciting career options in this rapidly-growing field.

Sheridan’s new Bachelor of Experiential Design is the first degree of its kind in Canada, teaching holistic approaches to wayfinding, public installation, placemaking, exhibition design, themed environments and event design. Our internationally recognized faculty, deep industry connections and renowned creative culture provide the ideal foundation for this ground-breaking program.

Workshop Schedule

  • Overview of what Experiential Design is all about
  • Interactive design activity exploring sensory communication
  • Q&A with experiential designers working in the industry

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Financial Planning Certification

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Professional Sales Certificate

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Earn your Masters degree

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Animation, Arts & Design

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Collaborative/Joint Degree

Duration

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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.

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