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This program is not currently offered. However, you may be interested in our new Honours Bachelor of Experiential Design program.
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.
Program highlights include:
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.
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:
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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120 credits are required to meet degree requirements:
Must be YSDN courses including:
|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:
|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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.
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).
To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.
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.
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!
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:
If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.
This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.
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.
*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:
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.
Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.
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.
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.
Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:
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!"
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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.
This new graduate certificate is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.
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.
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.
To register for an Apprenticeship Exemption Test, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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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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