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Bachelor of Design

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

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.

Use the credits you attain in this program toward admission requirements for a graduate program, increase your employability, or simply enjoy the experience of post-secondary education.

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 us to determine your eligibility for this program.

Residency requirements

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

Degree requirements

120 credits, 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:

  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical- and business-writing courses
  • Six credits in humanities, other than art history and English
  • Six credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
  • Six credits in social science
  • Three 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, including 9 upper-level credits, such as 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. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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