User Experience Design (BDes)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a User Experience Design student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

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. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Psychology minor
  • Media Studies option
  • Leadership minor/option
  • Indigenous Studies minor
  • Entrepreneurship core
  • Game Design and Development specialization
  • Business Technology Management option
  • Computer Science minor

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Design and evaluate content, products, services and design solutions with an understanding of the end-users' needs and environment.
  • Explore all aspects of the design process including visual analysis, design thinking, design theory, user research, prototypes, usability tests and universal design principles as well as the social and cultural implications of design.
  • Conduct research to understand people's needs, goals, tasks, and actions.
  • Make physical and digital prototypes using a range of tools and techniques including clay, 3D printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers and computer programming.
  • Make aesthetic design decisions using visual design concepts and processes.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive UX strategy for a product or service including planning, marketing, trends, legal implications and budgeting.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

18 respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • business analyst
  • digital media assistant
  • e-commerce advisor
  • marketing coordinator
  • product designer
  • UX designer
  • UX researcher
  • video editor

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • designer
  • product designer
  • tech support specialist
  • senior UX designer

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • accessibility
  • advertising/marketing
  • business management
  • content strategy
  • cultural heritage/tourism
  • digital media/social media
  • education/teaching
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • government
  • graphic design
  • healthcare
  • information architecture
  • library/archives/museum
  • marketing
  • product design
  • product management
  • research/market analysis
  • sustainability
  • technology
  • urban planning/development
  • user experience/user interface
  • web design

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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We'd love to hear from you. Complete the Laurier Experience Guide Feedback Survey to share your thoughts.