Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Design

Calendar Description

The Bachelor of Design program balances and integrates the academic and studio requirements specific to design with general education requirements.

If you are new to art or design studio courses or are not currently working as an artist or designer, you may need to complete most of the studio credits through classroom courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and then transfer the credit to the Bachelor of Design program.

 Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants are admitted on a case-by-case basis according to OL admission policies. Contact an Enrolment Services Officer through Student Services to determine your eligibility for this program.

If you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning, please fill in a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions by email, fax or mail.

Residency Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 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), excluding 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, VISA 1121, VISA 3991)

Studio Requirements (75 credits)

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

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find either that course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

 Fees

Please see Tuition and Fees for details.

 Contact

Email Student Services or call us for more about this program or any other Open Learning program.