Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2017/2018
Canadian Excellence

Honours Bachelor of Design

The Honours Bachelor of Design (BDes) in User Experience Design requires 20.0 credits, of which no more than 7.0 credits may be at the 100 level and at least 9.0 credits in the major must be at the senior level.

The program consists of 11.5 credits of required UX courses:

UX100 - Design Thinking I: Foundations
UX103/JN103 - User Experience Design: an Introduction
UX200 - Design Thinking II
UX201 - Maker Lab I
UX204 - Digital Technology Lab
UX211 - Graphic Design Studio I
UX212 - Graphic Design Studio II
UX220 - Web Design Lab I
JN222/MX222/CT222 - Digital & Social Media: Critical Approaches
UX230 - Interaction Design I
JN252/HR252 - Designing Digital and Social Media
UX300 - Information Design
UX301 - Maker Lab II
UX303/JN303 - Research in User Experience Design
UX306 - Design of Immersive Spaces
UX307 - Trends in UX
UX308 - Mobile Application Design Lab
UX320 - Web Design Lab II
UX330 - Interaction Design II
DD350 - Project Management
UX400* - Capstone Design Project (1.0 credit)
UX401 - Design for Social Innovation

Degree Program Electives:
An additional 8.5 credits toward the degree total of 20.0 credits. All students in the program must complete successfully the Foundations curriculum: BF190, BF199, BF290, BF299.

Additional Information
 
Program Regulations

  1. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 (C) in the User Experience Design program to progress until the end of Year 2 (after the completion of 10.0 credits). Progression from Year 3 (after completion of 15.0 credits) to Year 4 requires a cumulative GPA of 5.00 overall (C) and an Honours GPA of 7.00 (B-) in the User Experience Design program. Students who do not meet Honours progression requirements are permitted to proceed to Year 4 only at the discretion of the User Experience Design Program Co-ordinator.
  2. Students who do not meet progression requirements will be placed in the General Bachelor of Arts without Designation. Students who do not meet Honours progression requirements after completion of 15.0 credits and who meet graduation requirements for the General Bachelor of Arts Degree without Designation may choose to graduate from the Faculty of Liberal Arts with the General Bachelor of Arts Degree without Designation.
  3. Students must achieve a 5.00 (C) overall and an Honours GPA of 7.00 (B-) in the User Experience Design program in order to graduate with the Honours Bachelor of Design in User Experience Design degree.
  4. A student who has completed the course/program requirements of the User Experience Design Degree program, but who has not obtained the necessary GPA, may elect to receive a General Bachelor of Arts without Designation from the Faculty of Liberal Arts.

 
Co-operative Education

Although graduation requirements may be met after four years of full-time study, UXD students have the option of completing an additional year with an accredited co-operative education program.

The competitive co-op admission and job application process and employer interviews are held during Year 3 (along with coursework), and the minimum 12 month (and maximum 16-month) paid work term is scheduled in Year 4. Successful completion of the co-operative education in Year 4 will be noted on the transcript and degree. Completion of UXD academic requirements will be required for graduation from the program after Year 5.

Consult the Program Co-ordinator, Professor Abby Goodrum for further details: agoodrum@wlu.ca 

 

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Committee Revision May 23, 2017: New courses and progression/graduation rules added; effective September 1, 2017.
Senate Academic Planning Committee Revision September 21, 2017: Co-op Education added; effective retroactively September 1, 2017.