Design BDes

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Design BDes

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 5,320 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 22,267

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Designers have had a hand in almost everything a modern person touches, sees or interacts with on a daily basis. They create design solutions for industry, community organisations, government bodies and more. They shape how the world works, and how it looks. They select the ultimate form of everything from information to signage and industrial equipment or medical devices. 

    The University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Design or ‘BDes’ degree program is hailed as one of the most innovative in all of North America. It focuses primarily on ways to increase social responsibility and sustainability within the fields of Visual Communication Design and Industrial Design. 

    This program can be taken as any of six pathways. These include Printmaking the Social Sciences, Computing Science and IT, Engineering, Business & Marketing or the ‘General Route’. Remaining a generalist is the most flexible pathway, opening up elective options from throughout the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 4 years at full time. 

    Modules Include:

    • Advanced Typography
    • Communication Design for Interactive Media I & II
    • Concepts and Systems in Visual Communication Design I & II
    • Concepts, Analysis and Criticism in Design I & II
    • Design Fundamentals I & II
    • Design Management
    • Design Practicum I & II
    • Foundations of Industrial Design I & II
    • Foundations of Visual Communication Design I & II
    • Furniture Design Applications and Production Technologies
    • Information Design
    • Integrative Design Applications I & II
    • Integrative Design Principles and Practices I & II
    • Intermediate Industrial Design Principles and Practices I & II
    • Introduction to Form, Visual Elements and Systems
    • Introduction to Integrative Design
    • Introduction to Research and Theory in Design
    • Introduction to Visual Presentation I & II
    • Product Design Applications and Technologies
    • Product Design Principles and Practices 
    • Seminar in Related Disciplines
    • Seminar on Contemporary Design Issues
    • Seminar on Design Issues
    • Special Projects in Studio Disciplines: Advanced A, B & C
    • Special Projects in Studio Disciplines: Intermediate
    • Special Projects in Studio Disciplines: Introductory
    • Special Topics in Design Studies 
    • The Image I & II
    • The Practice of Graphic Design I & II
    • The Practice of Industrial Design I & II
    • Theory and Research in Design Studies I & II
    • Word and Image: Advanced Projects in Printmaking for Designers and Artists A  & B
    • Word and Image: Intermediate Projects in Printmaking for Designers and Artists

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Alberta’s degree programs are delivered through fairly standard lesson formats. In all cases, the teaching methods have been selected to help students gain a deep understanding of the field and its place in society, to engage the minds of the students, to develop an atmosphere of mutual respect, and to ensure an optimal environment for learning. In addition to knowledge of the field, the students will develop independent critical thinking skills. 

    Career Possibilities

    Design is an incredibly versatile field, which can lead to a career in a very wide range of different industries and in any economic sector. Whether your aims are artistic or industrial, you’ll have many options.

    Recent graduates of the University of Alberta’s BDes program have found success as Advertisers and Marketers, Artists, Arts and Cultural Administrators, Communications

    Curators, Exhibit Designers, Game or App Developers, Graphic Designers, Museum or Gallery Curators, Photographers and Product Designers.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a full BDes degree. 

    To apply, you’ll need to have been awarded a high school diploma or the international equivalent, with at least 5 subjects at 70% or better. Note that admission is competitive.

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise specified, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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