Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Design

Program Description

The Bachelor of Design program balances and integrates the academic and studio requirements specific to design with general education requirements. TRU-OL offers some courses that fulfill both lower-level and upper-level degree requirements. However, students who have not previously taken art or design studio courses or who are not currently working as an artist or designer may need to complete most studio credits through classroom courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to the degree program.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants are admitted on a case-by-case basis according to TRU-OL admission policies. Contact a TRU-OL enrolment services officer via Student Services to determine eligibility.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (27 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature) other than technical and business writing
6 credits in humanities other than art history and English
6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
6 credits in social science
3 elective credits in any approved academic discipline (may include art history)

History and Theory of Art Requirements (18 credits)

Suggested courses are in parentheses.

18 credits in historical or theoretical approaches to art; 9 credits at upper-level (VISA 1111, 1121, 3991)

Studio Requirements (75 credits)

75 credits in studio work, including 36 upper-level credits


Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees. Students require a Letter of Permission before registering in a course at any other post-secondary institution to complete the credential.


Email Student Services for more information.