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The Design Studies Practicum helps students connect their studies to the workplace. Students propose an internship or project in which to develop skills, engage in hands-on work, and learn more about potential careers. The Practicum helps you to explore a wide range of career opportunities while working side-by-side with practicing professionals.
You will gain an understanding of today's workplace and the skills you'll need to be successful in it. You will also gain valuable interview experience, build your professional network, and enhance your resume and portfolio prior to graduation. The Bachelor of Design Studies Practicum helps position you for success in today's competitive job market.
What is the purpose of the Practicum?
The purpose of the Design Studies Practicum is to enrich students' education by providing experiential learning opportunities in their chosen program of study.
Are there any pre-requisites?
Students entering BDS in Spring 2015 or later must complete the Introduction to Practicum (typically in semester 3) before completing the required practicum credits. This 1.0 credit course prepares students for the Practicum by helping to define what their learning goals will be.
How many Practicum credits do I need?
Students must complete a minimum of six Practicum credits to graduate.
How do I earn Practicum credits?
To earn practicum credits, students must 1) acquire practical experience and 2) document what they have learned from that experience.
Practical Experience: The following are examples of the types of practical experience students may use to fulfill their Practicum credits: 1) workplace experience, 2) a self-directed project, 3) practice hours earned at the BAC, 4) a BAC Gateway project, and/or 5) an approved hands-on course completed at another institution.
Documentation of Learning: Students are awarded Practicum credits once they have documented what they have learned from their practical experience. Students may document their experiential learning in two ways: register for a Practicum Seminar or complete Independent Practicum credits.
1. Practicum Seminar: In the Practicum Seminar, an instructor guides students through a process of examining, assessing, and documenting the learning they have acquired from their Practicum. The Practicum Seminars are typically offered at either 1.5 (APL1001) or 3.0 credits (APL1002).
2. Independent Practicum: Students who feel capable of examining, assessing, and documenting independently what they have learned through their practical experience may apply to submit an Independent Practicum dossier. Independent Practicum credit may be earned at 1.5, 3.0, 4.5, or 6.0 credits.
Where can I find more information?
See the Student Guide for the Design Studies Practicum for complete Practicum policy and procedures here.