For the Fall 2020 semester, this program will be delivered entirely through remote learning. View delivery modes for all programs.
The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
- Utilize the elements of visual language (including form, visual references and affordances) to develop design concepts that meet the needs of specific user groups.
- Incorporate human factors data and models of user experience in the development of design concepts to meet human and social needs.
- Apply knowledge of material and contextual opportunities and limitations in the development of design concepts.
- Develop content for interactive products and environments that expand the boundaries of traditional design practice using text, visual, sound and motion elements.
- Situate digital devices within networks, databases and content management systems to exploit unique design opportunities.
- Develop original, individual interactive design concepts that reflect critical understanding of contemporary cultures (e.g. communications media, the built environment and socialization of the web).
- Develop innovative interaction design solutions that are appropriate for a specific purpose and/or audiences, which work within the dynamics of the target market and the restrictions imposed by the employer and/or client.
- Incorporate principles of visual narrative in visual communications.
- Incorporate the principles of motion in visual communications.
- Apply typographic skills and knowledge to the creation of original designs.
- Utilize the design process in the development of all interaction design projects (from development of the brief, research, visualizing, prototyping, testing and analysis through to the final product).
- Communicate design concepts verbally, in writing and through manual and digital visualization skills.
- Employ analytical techniques to define and solve complex design problems.
- Incorporate the knowledge of terminology, design theories, principles and historical practices in the conceptualization and development of effective design solutions.
- Apply software and computational skills in the implementation of functional interactive design projects.
- Create functional interactive components and finished products.
- Communicate with a wide variety of individuals (e.g. clients, supervisors, coworkers, planners and strategists, target users and suppliers) in order to achieve specific goals (e.g. ascertain client needs, to develop concepts, to understand user needs).
- Exhibit professional attitudes and behaviours including: commitment to a healthy work environment, openness to peer critiques, acceptance of differing viewpoints, willingness to work collaboratively, commitment to meeting project due dates, willingness to be self directed, and focus on client business needs.
- Exhibit effective leaderships skills when working in multidisciplinary teams.
- Integrate knowledge of ethical and legal frameworks with effective business practices in dealings with clients, colleagues, suppliers and employees.
- Evaluate career opportunities based on knowledge of the industry and current trends.
- Apply project planning principles and processes in order to enhance business competitiveness.
- Incorporate a variety of networking and marketing skills in order to build and sustain a professional practice.