This is the first and largest program in Ontario that offers the Bachelor of Design Honours degree, a four-year University degree delivered jointly by two leading institutions for design education in Canada: York University's Department of Design and Sheridan College.
For well over a decade, the program has thrived in the context of a rich multi-disciplined experience within the university environment. We are recognized throughout North America for maintaining academic and professional standards of excellence. Our students demonstrate their talents and dedication by consistently receiving recognition in regional, national and international competitions, and with private and government agencies in Canada, USA and Europe. Our alumni reflect the excellence of the program through their placements into top design firms and agencies worldwide, national and international graduate study programs and their high rate of entrepreneurship. Admission to our program is highly competitive with around 1000 applicants each year for 120 first-year positions. However our retention rate is consistently the highest within the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York at around 90%. Incoming student GPAs are consistently in the 80s.
This program is presented in the context of a rich multi-disciplined experience within the university environment. Courses in design are taken equally on both the Sheridan and York campuses (a GO express bus is available between the two campuses). All liberal arts courses, whether humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences are taken at York University.
Officially, we are entering the12th year of the York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design. The student’s talent and dedication reflects itself at every opportunity. Students have received much recognition in regional, national and international competitions, and with private and government agencies in Canada, the USA and Europe.
Our applicant pool remains strong (1800 applications from around the world for 120 positions in first year) with incoming GPA averages in the mid 80s. Retention is the highest in the university, in the mid 90s. Many students have received multiple offers to the leading graduate programs throughout the world in the fields of Design, Architecture, Business, Law, Environmental Studies and Education.
Our faculty members maintain international reputations through design practice, research initiatives and participation in academic and professional conferences and publications. All are active members of affiliated professional organizations and scholarly societies.
The heart of our success is our belief in the value of intimate, student-centered learning environments. All Joint Program studio courses have significantly smaller enrolments than at other institutions. Students take Design courses equally on both the Sheridan and York campuses. All liberal arts courses, whether humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences are taken at York University.
York and Sheridan offer the most technology-enriched design education facilities in Canada. Our computer studios are state-of-the-art for design education and supported by full-time technician/demonstrators. Print production and fabrication equipment support students' pure and applied research and practice outputs.
York/Sheridan students are fully affiliated with both institutions and share in common the unique structure and culture of our program. The Design Students Association (DSA) welcomes participation from all Design majors. Through student-led academic initiatives and social events, the DSA actively supports students and provides an important social network.
Every student has full access to all York University Scholarships, Awards and Busaries. Additional awards may be available to YSDN students through Sheridan College.
Students may also qualify for financial support through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Choose “Sheridan College” when prompted for the name of your institution, as OSAP applications for the York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design are processed only through Sheridan’s Financial Aid Office, even though courses are at York. The same applies for the 30% Ontario Tuition Grant.
The York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design (BDes Honours) emphasizes creative, critical and strategic thinking, by synthesizing practice, theory and history to educate the design leaders of tomorrow. We serve a national constituency by offering a comprehensive university experience that addresses the social, cognitive, and technological implications of design practice while preparing our students for work in the profession and/or graduate study.
This program combines the faculty and resources of two leading institutions who are committed to excellence in teaching and to the development of the design discipline by engaging in pure and applied research. Our curriculum focuses upon the practicum areas of visual communication, information design, and interactive multimedia, supported by design studies. Students learn to address contemporary issues through effective design solutions by using relevant methodologies and visual principles of form, imagery, and typography.
Located in Toronto, the third largest center for design in North America, this four-year specialized honours degree program strives to assume a leadership role in design education and maintains strong links with the design profession, international research organizations, the corporate sector, and the professional associations.