Curriculum

The master's program combines an understanding of human factors, visual aesthetics, interaction design, and interactive programming and requires 30-34 credit hours. The four hours of provisional coursework may be waived, based upon an application review. The review considers the candidate's undergraduate degree, experience, portfolio, and admission interview.
  1. Provisional Coursework: 4 hours
    • Fundamental Computer Graphics (IXDS 5012) - 2 hours
    • Visual Communication Design (IXDS 5022) - 2 hours
  2. Core Requirements: 21 hours
    • Theories of Interaction Design (IXDS 5103) - 3 hours
    • Visualizing the Human Experience (IXDS 5203) - 3 hours
    • Information and Interface Design (IXDS 5303) - 3 hours
    • Media History and Theory (IXDS 5403) - 3 hours
    • Research Methods (IXDS 5503) - 3 hours
    • User-Experience Prototyping (IXDS 5603) - 3 hours
    • Dynamic Programming for Interactivity (IXDS 5703) - 3 hours
  3. Program Electives (select from the following): 9 hours
    • Global Cultures (IXDS 6083) - 3 hours
    • Social Media Strategies (IXDS 6113) - 3 hours
    • Data Visualization (IXDS 6123) - 3 hours
    • ePublishing (IXDS 6133) - 3 hours
    • Mobile Application Design (IXDS 6143) - 3 hours
    • Advance Scripting for Interactivity (IXDS 5713) - 3 hours
    • Kinetic Media (IXDS 5723) - 3 hours
    • Digital Journalism (IXDS 5733) - 3 hours
    • Game Design Seminar (IXDS 5743) - 3 hours
TOTAL: 30-34 credit hours
YEAR 01

Sequencing: First Semester
IXDS5103 - Theories of Interaction Design (3 cr hrs)
IXDS5203 - Visualizing the Human Experience (3 cr hrs)
IXDS5303 - Information & Interface Design (3 cr hrs)

Sequencing: Second Semester
IXDS5403 - Media History & Theory (3 cr hrs)
IXDS5503 - Research Methods (3 cr hrs)
IXDS5603 - User-Experience Prototyping (3 cr hrs)

YEAR 02

Sequencing: Third Semester
IXDS5703 - Dynamic Programming for Interactivity (3 cr hrs)
IXDS6113 - Social Media Strategies (3 cr hrs)
IXDS6123 - Data Visualization (3 cr hrs)

Sequencing: Fourth Semester
IXDS6XXX - Elective** (TBA)