What is Interaction Design at ArtCenter?

In our degree program, you will focus on the user experience by studying how people think, feel and behave when they encounter any product, environment or system.

News & Updates

May 31, 2017

Whether Designing for the Road or a Screen, Alum Daniel Mai Sets Human-Centric Solutions as His Destination

Now working at Apple, recent Interaction alum (2016) Daniel Mai spoke to Dot magazine. “I have really warm […]

May 30, 2017

YES GRL! Interaction Design alumna Kelly Weldon takes the world by storm

Recent Interaction Design alumna Kelly Weldon (BS 2016)—is  the co-founder of in-the-works female friendship mobile application YesGrl and […]

January 26, 2017

VR/AR Studio: Exploring New Realities

In ArtCenter’s Immersive Media Lab,  the Not Another VR Demo studio confronted the emerging ‘Demo Culture’ that VR […]

Chair & Faculty


Julian Scaff

Human Centered Design

Tibor Balint


Jason Brush

Faculty IxD studio

JonDelina Buckley

Interactive Data Visaulization

Sarah Churng

Wearables, Creative Technology

Elise Co

Interactive Prototyping

Trevor Greenleaf

Department Chair

Maggie Hendrie

About Our Course Path

The program begins with hands-on classes in graphic and product design, strategy, human-computer interaction and investigative research, as well as theory and criticism through the humanities and sciences. Students can expect to get very good at storytelling, modeling, sketching, paper prototyping and thinking about creative ways to convey user experiences. Coursework explores broad modalities in design—auditory, tactile and motion. In upper terms, students focus on developing their own design perspectives and devise new solutions to specific contemporary and future design challenges. We also offer our students transdisciplinary and elective studios so they can experiment, hone their skills and get exposure to other Art Center departments.

Interaction Foundations

Interaction Design and Prototyping

IXD 01 : Human Centered Design

Introduction to Computer Science + Prototyping 1

IXD 02 : Information Architecture and System

Interaction Prototyping 2

IXD 03 : Human Factor and Design Psychology

Interaction Prototyping 3

Industrial Design

Digital Electronics

Materials Exploration

Rapid Prototyping

Digital Design

Information Design

Studio Elective

Studio Elective

Sixth Term Review

Humanities and Sciences

History and Futures of IxD

HS Elective

Branding Strategies

Applying Interaction Design

Interaction Design and Prototyping

Interaction Prototyping 4

IxD 4: Ecosystems

Interaction Studio TDS: Mediatecture

IxD 5: product & Service Design

Advanced Interaction Studio TDS: Product 7 Tangible

IxD 6: Interactive Data Visualization

Industrial Design

Digital Basics

3D Fundamentals

Way Things Work

Digital Design

Design 1

Design 2

Communication Design

Typography 2

Visual Communication Fundamentals 2

Third Term Review

Persuasuve Sketching

Humanities & Sciences

Writing Studio

Human Factors & Design Psychology

Introduction to Modernism

Art of Research

Personal Paths

Interaction Design and Prototyping

Advanced Interaction Studio

IxD 7: Senior Projects

Interaction Studio: Portfolio Preparation

IxD 8: Senior Projects

Industrial Design

Studio Elective

Digital Design

Studio Elective

HS Elective

Humanities & Sciences

HS Elective

Professional Practice

Professional Pracice 2

Interaction Design is the study and craft of how people interact with products, systems and services. It is about shaping digital experiences for people’s use.

How to Apply

Interaction Design is the study and craft of how people interact with products, systems and services. It is about shaping digital experiences for people’s use. Submissions, therefore, should demonstrate a keen interest in user experience, along with your personal creativity and vision. Find more information on admissions in general as well as details on portfolio requirements and sample projects for Interaction Design candidates.