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Bachelor of Design

Faculty of Arts

Why study Social Sciences Route?

Why take the Social Sciences route in Design?

Designers today are increasingly required to focus on the psychological, social, and cultural considerations of design, in addition to materials, processes, and formal design concerns. The Social Sciences route is a great choice for more theoretically minded design students, offering a unique blend of traditional design principles and techniques with disciplines such as psychology and sociology. The result is a more human-centred type of design thinking, and a set of skills that employers and society as a whole increasingly need.

Why get a Bachelor of Design degree?

Why study Design at the University of Alberta?

Designers create innovative solutions for industry and community that shape how our world looks and functions, from information design and environmental signage to the design of medical assistive devices. Our Bachelor of Design degree in the Faculty of Arts, one of the most innovative of its kind in North America, focuses on socially responsible and sustainable design in the areas of Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design. In addition to a specialization, you may choose one of the following program routes: Business and Marketing, Engineering, Computing Science, Social Sciences, Printmaking, or General Route.

Possible Careers

  • Advertising
  • Artist
  • Communications
  • Critic
  • Game or App Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Museum or Gallery Curator
  • Product Designer

Jaymes is a graduate of the Bachelor of Design program and now works for a creative agency in New York.

Admissions Requirements for 2020 - 2021

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Required Courses

  • One from the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One from the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • Three from the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

* Only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 can be used for admission.

 
 
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Indigenous Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Indigenous Students in their work towards a degree. Indigenous students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Aboriginal Students refer to the U of A Calendar.

Deadline

Fall application: May 1, 2020

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.

Notes

  • More than one language other than English may be accepted.
  • The Faculty of Arts accepts proficiency in an Aboriginal language recognized in Canada (i.e. Cree, Slavey etc.) to meet a language other than English admission requirement. Proficiency is measure by either a test, administered by the university if such can be arranged, or by boards of examiners appointed by the university. Candidates having passed the required test of an Aboriginal language have their averages calculated on the remaining four matriculation subjects.
  • Two courses from the same second language cannot be used for meeting more than one admission subject requirement
  • A successful portfolio is required for admission to this program. Submit your portfolio to the Department of Art and Design by May 1. Assessment may include an interview. Enquiries regarding the portfolio can be directed to artdes@ualberta.ca or (780)492-5712.
  • Only one Fine Arts Subject may be presented for admission.
  • Mathematics 30-1 is a prerequisite for certain courses in the Bachelor of Design Social Sciences route with a concentration in Psychology.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

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Why UAlberta?

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