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A unique, multidisciplinary program
In response to high employer demand, Sheridan has developed Ontario's first four-year interaction design honours bachelor's degree. Our unique, multidisciplinary interaction design program cultivates a big-picture perspective and diverse set of skills, laying a foundation for interaction design careers and fostering entrepreneurship.
What you'll learn
- Design theory and process.
- Visual communication and visual culture.
- 2D and 3D design.
- Digital media design and production.
- Physical computing and sensors.
- Programming a variety of devices.
- Business practices and entrepreneurship.
Resourceful and creative
Students in the Interaction Design honours bachelor's degree program will gain practical experience in all stages of the creative process, from research and planning through design and execution. The program includes a 14-week job placement between the third and fourth years.
Interaction design focuses on how people engage with all forms of digital technology, including mobile devices, collaborative interfaces, and global networks. Interaction designers are creative problem-solvers who find new ways to integrate technology into our lives – by creating new products, developing better applications, and generating more compelling content.
During the fourth year, students will complete a variety of projects (both individual and team-based) to develop a body of work that demonstrates their creativity, communication skills, and technological savvy.
This wide-ranging program is as adaptable as technology itself. Students will develop advanced technological literacy and use it to express their own ideas and creativity.
Program benefits include:
- Interaction design
- Visual communication
- Interactive media/computation
- Business, including entrepreneurial practice, professionalism and leadership
Graduates from the interaction design bachelor’s degree program should enjoy excellent employment prospects. Employers increasingly look for independent thinkers and creative leaders who can work across boundaries, rather than plugging into a predefined niche. Interaction design graduates will be equipped to create their own jobs, launch their own businesses, or take the lead in new industries that may not even exist yet — but will in five years.
Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design courses are held at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.
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 VDES 19798 Design and Visual Language 3 DESN 19428 Interaction Design: Methods 3 HIST 16048 History of Computational Media 3 DESN 15561 Introduction to Conceptual Process for Interaction Design 3 ENGL17889GD Composition and Rhetoric 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS VDES 15738 Design and Typography 3 DESN 18654 Interaction Design: Behaviours 3 DESN 16206 Research Methods in Human-Centred Design 3 DESN 18408 Advanced Conceptual Process for Interaction Design 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS VDES 24178 Visual Design and Computation 3 DESN 27425 Interaction Design: Modelling and Materials 3 DESN 24427 Design Strategy and Computation 3 DESN 29907 Usability for Interaction Design 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS VDES 25892 Visual Design and Rhetoric 3 DESN 22848 Interaction Design: Media, Motion and the Body 3 DESN 10799 Contemporary Problems in Interaction Design 3 DESN 20102 Design and Information Architecture 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS VDES 12550 Visualizing Information: Data 3 DESN 30146 Interaction Design: Physical Computing 3 DESN 31927 System Design: Databases and Dynamic Data 3 VDES 11322 Narrative for Interaction Design 3 BUSM 16767 Professional Practices for Interaction Design 3 Total: 15 COWT 10023 Cooperative Education Internship Forum
CODE TITLE CREDITS VDES 39915 Visualizing Information: Dynamic Data Models 3 DESN 34655 Interaction Design: Special Topics 3 VDES 34444 Interactive Narrative 3 Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15 COWT 18888 Internship
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 46146 Interaction Design Thesis 1 6 DESN 44208 Collaborative Workshop 1 3 DESN 42497 Interaction Design Portfolio Project 1 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 47646 Interaction Design Thesis 2 6 DESN 49221 Collaborative Workshop 2 3 DESN 40578 Interaction Design Portfolio Project 2 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)
- One Grade 11 or 12 Visual Arts credit at the M or Open level
- Four 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 assessment of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).
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.
Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term beginning April 24, 2012 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. The current consent remains in effect until this renewal process is complete. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
This emerging field offers limitless creative potential and opportunities in many sectors.
Sample Employment Sectors
- Mobile computing
- Social innovation
The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
- Utilize the elements of visual language (including form, visual references and affordances) to develop design concepts that meet the needs of specific user groups.
- Incorporate human factors data and models of user experience in the development of design concepts to meet human and social needs.
- Apply knowledge of material and contextual opportunities and limitations in the development of design concepts.
- Develop content for interactive products and environments that expand the boundaries of traditional design practice using text, visual, sound and motion elements.
- Situate digital devices within networks, databases and content management systems to exploit unique design opportunities.
- Develop original, individual interactive design concepts that reflect critical understanding of contemporary cultures (e.g. communications media, the built environment and socialization of the web).
- Develop innovative interaction design solutions that are appropriate for a specific purpose and/or audiences, which work within the dynamics of the target market and the restrictions imposed by the employer and/or client.
- Incorporate principles of visual narrative in visual communications.
- Incorporate the principles of motion in visual communications.
- Apply typographic skills and knowledge to the creation of original designs.
- Utilize the design process in the development of all interaction design projects (from development of the brief, research, visualizing, prototyping, testing and analysis through to the final product).
- Communicate design concepts verbally, in writing and through manual and digital visualization skills.
- Employ analytical techniques to define and solve complex design problems.
- Incorporate the knowledge of terminology, design theories, principles and historical practices in the conceptualization and development of effective design solutions.
- Apply software and computational skills in the implementation of functional interactive design projects.
- Create functional interactive components and finished products.
- Communicate with a wide variety of individuals (e.g. clients, supervisors, coworkers, planners and strategists, target users and suppliers) in order to achieve specific goals (e.g. ascertain client needs, to develop concepts, to understand user needs).
- Exhibit professional attitudes and behaviours including: commitment to a healthy work environment, openness to peer critiques, acceptance of differing viewpoints, willingness to work collaboratively, commitment to meeting project due dates, willingness to be self directed, and focus on client business needs.
- Exhibit effective leaderships skills when working in multidisciplinary teams.
- Integrate knowledge of ethical and legal frameworks with effective business practices in dealings with clients, colleagues, suppliers and employees.
- Evaluate career opportunities based on knowledge of the industry and current trends.
- Apply project planning principles and processes in order to enhance business competitiveness.
- Incorporate a variety of networking and marketing skills in order to build and sustain a professional practice.
This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the summer (May–August) between the 3rd and 4th year.
Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You'll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.
Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan's Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1,800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.
Learn more about Co-operative Education and Internships at Sheridan.
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.
Fees for Canadian students$9,527.96
Fees for International students$19,800.96
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: PBIDS
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