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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

Honours BDes in User Experience Design

The Honours Bachelor of Design (BDes) in User Experience (UX) 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. All students in the program must complete successfully the Foundations curriculum: BF190, BF199, BF290, BF299.

2022-2023 Undergraduate Calendar

2021-2022 Undergraduate Calendar

2020-2021 Undergraduate Calendar

2019-2020 Undergraduate Calendar

2018-2019 Undergraduate Calendar


Yearly Curriculum Flows

Students who wish to have a breakdown of all required courses and electives for their respective years can reference these curriculum flows.

2023-2024 Curriculum Flow Chart

2022-2023 Curriculum Flow Chart

2021-2022 Curriculum Flow Chart

2020-2021 Curriculum Flow Chart

2019-2020 Curriculum Flow Chart

2018-2019 Curriculum Flow Chart



As a full-time program, it is anticipated that students will take four to five courses per term and be able to complete the degree in eight to ten terms, with one additional term for the optional co-op placement (to be completed in the summer following Year 2 or Year 3). 

Co-Op Opportunity

Students who wish to apply for admission to co-op are encouraged to do so at the end of second year and participate in a competitive entry process.

Liberal Arts Co-Op Program 

Minor in User Experience Design

The User Experience Design Minor consists of 3.0 credits of specific User Design courses. Students in Game Design and Development are excluded from completing the UX Minor. They may complete a Specialization in UX. The UX minor is also available in Waterloo.

Required Online Courses

  • UX100 – Design Thinking I: Foundations
  • UX103 – UX Strategy
  • UX115 – UX Research Methods I
  • UX230 – Interaction Design I
  • UX205 – Information Design
  • UX306 – Design of Immersive Spaces

The following Minor Online Courses will be restricted to students who have declared a minor in the program. 

  • UX230 – Interaction Design I
  • UX205 – Information Design
  • UX115 – UX Research Methods I
  • UX306 – Design of Immersive Spaces

Refer to Regulations Governing all Minors. For questions, please contact the Academic Program Assistant at


How Foundations Works with the User Experience Design Program

UX design has long played an important role in society as it both informs and is informed by cultural and social structures, economies, politics, development and environments. It touches individuals on a daily basis and encompasses a variety of disciplines, from architecture, psychology, communication, engineering, contemporary studies, and anthropology. UX design requires a critical understanding of the multiple contexts (e.g. political, economic, societal and environmental) that shape users’ experiences. UX designers must be able to conduct primary and secondary research in order to design solutions to real world problems, and they must be able to communicate their ideas clearly to a wide range of users, stakeholders and the media.

Because the Foundations courses will help you understand how others see the world and how they communicate their positions, it will help you to create better designs and justify what you design to others. For these reasons, Foundations courses are part of your program requirements. You cannot graduate without finishing the four Foundations courses.

The 100-level courses prepare you for understanding the multiple contexts of use and gives you tools for explaining to others and the media how your designs engage contemporary society. The 200-level courses prepare you for conducting research, supporting your arguments with logic and reasoning, and enable you to communicate complex ideas more effectively.

BF290 and BF299: Building Your Research, Logic and Reasoning Skills

These two courses are most directly relevant to the UXD program, so we strongly recommend that you complete them in your first year.

Conducting research is an essential component of any UX designer’s practice. Understanding how to find background information and discover what’s already been published about a topic, as well as being able to assess the quality of published materials is extremely important. As well, UX designers must be able to present and defend their ideas based on solid logic and reasoning. As a UX designer you may be asked to present compelling arguments in both written and oral form. BF290 and BF299 will not only help to take your UX research and communication to the next level, but they also help to prepare you for the academic requirements of upper level courses.

BF290 will help you build the research skills needed to conduct background analysis of a topic or problem prior to designing. This will help to ensure that you aren’t reinventing the wheel and will help you tap into existing academic research that can inspire you to more innovative designs. You will learn how to find, select and cite reliable resources and avoid the trap of basing the justification for your designs on “junk” science or unsupported hunches.

BF299 will help you learn how to explain and defend your ideas. You will learn how to organize your thoughts and structure your arguments using logic and reasoning. This will allow you to create different justifications for the designs you create so that you are prepared to engage with those who are skeptical. You can’t just rely upon making good designs — if someone doesn’t believe what you have created has value, they won’t even look at it. The Foundations courses will expose you to skills that can help you explain and justify the importance of your design to the media, to academia and to investors or employers, helping you turn skeptics into allies and doubters into backers.

BF190 and BF199: Thinking Critically About the World

BF190 introduces key ideas that shape the way modern people understand themselves and make sense of their world, while BF199 looks at ways that contemporary people diagnose social problems and articulate responses to them. UX designers seek to create something new for the world by combining creativity, strategic design thinking, and social awareness. In order to succeed as a UX designer, you need to have the intellectual tools to think critically about the world and understand how cultural, societal, economic, political and environmental factors contribute to users’ experiences. And you will need to be able to communicate and defend the importance of your ideas and your work to a wide range of users, stakeholders and the media. These two courses will provide intellectual context to help you understand and explain the intervention you want your designs to make, and enable you to tackle controversial issues with your designs.