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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

User Experience Design (BDes)


User experience (UX) designers are trained professionals who understand how to ensure that the entire experience a person has with a product, service, environment or message is a positive one. UX designers employ a wide range of methods for:

  • Gathering information about users and their tasks;
  • Analyzing user needs;
  • Creating design solutions;
  • Iterating designs through testing and evaluation; and
  • Measuring efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction.

UX professionals are in high demand and have been ranked 14th on CNN Money’s list of the 100 Best Jobs. This is likely due to the fact that UX professionals are valuable in a wide range of industries including retail, medicine, technology, finance, education and government.

All User Experience Design (UXD) courses will be taught at Laurier throughout your four-year degree by qualified instructors who have extensive and current experience in either UX design, graphic design or web design, or a combination of these fields.

You will gain hands-on experience in labs and studio environments where you will apply your knowledge to real-world design challenges. All of this is available at our Brantford campus, taught by experienced University faculty.

Interested students can apply to participate in co-op and complete their degree in five years while gaining practical work experience. Students in co-op complete their work term during fourth year and return to campus for year five.

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Program Highlights

  • View the User Experience Design experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Co-op option available.
  • Portfolio development: Tangible evidence of work.
  • Launchpad opportunities: Practical work and entrepreneurial experience.
  • Employable skills: CNN Money ranked UX Designer #14 in their top 100 jobs for 2015.
  • Experiential learning: Most courses working with real-world design challenges and real clients.
  • Interdisciplinary approach: Electives in journalism, public relations, psychology, business, cultural heritage, educational technologies, social justice and more.

Sample Courses

  • Design Thinking I and II
  • Maker Lab I and II
  • Mobile Application Design Lab
  • Design Digital and Social Media
  • Web Design I and II
  • Design of Immersive Experiences
  • Information Design
  • Capstone Design Project
  • Introduction to User Experience Design
  • Visual Design I and II
  • Information Architecture
  • Project Management
  • Interaction Design I and II
  • Immersive Technologies


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 4.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Psychology Minor
  • Media Studies Option
  • Leadership Minor/Option
  • Indigenous Studies Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Option
  • Game Design and Development Specialization

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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