Bachelor of Communication — Information Design
The only program of its kind in Western Canada
Imagine your future…
… as an Information Designer, using your writing and analytical skills to transform unstructured ideas into concrete, meaningful information.
… as a Designer, using your creativity to develop innovative graphic design, adding to the attractiveness and readability of print and digital materials.
… as an Information Architect, translating a sea of complex information into a variety of print and digital formats, including web-based applications, print manuals, and multimedia materials.
As a future information designer, you produce clear, concise and visually attractive materials, enhancing how people read, understand and use information.
There are few, if any, occupations that do not feel the influence and benefits of good information design. Your unique ability to translate complicated information into simple terms makes you an invaluable resource to employers.
Designed with an interdisciplinary curriculum that responds directly to current market trends, Mount Royal’s Bachelor of Communication — Information Design prepares you to compete in the global marketplace.
What is Information Design?
With names ranging from infographer, information architects, information scientists or simply designers, the definitions of Information Design are as varied as the titles. In all cases, information design is about promoting understanding by making the complex simple.
Do you want to know more? A comprehensive list of definitions is available here.
Miistakis Institute teams up with Information Design students
Information design magazine
During the fourth year of the program, information design students are tasked with creating a full print and online magazine over the course of a four month semester. This huge undertaking requires them to tap into all the coordination, project management, writing and design skills they have learned during the program. Creativity, innovative thinking and imagination are required to complete a publication that encompasses the wide range of skills the students need as information designers.
The portfolio showcase is a culmination of all the projects and work information design students have completed over the program, both as a group and individually. Ending with a celebratory event, where industry members, family and friends are invited to celebrate their achievements, the portfolio showcase is a fitting tribute to the student's four years of hard work.
As an information designer, you combine writing, creativity and critical analysis skills to produce understandable and attractive materials, such as:
- dynamic web sites
- interactive CDs and multimedia
- brochures and marketing material
- training manuals and user guides
- magazines and books
No matter what conduit is used to convey information, the key is to ensure it is designed in a way that promotes understanding.
Information designers are experts at finding the most effective words, images and
media to target a specific audience.
BCMM – Information Design Technology Requirements
All students in the BCMM – Information Design program are required to purchase a laptop computer. Full details about the program and the hardware and software recommendations are available here.
Experience beyond the classroom
A combination of theoretical training and practical application will make you an expert in organizing information.
You will gain fundamental skills, including:
- graphic design
- project management
- instructional design
You apply your learning in a real job setting by completing at least one semester-long, supervised work experience.