BFA Program Curriculum


Learning Goals

Understand people and human systems
Proficiency and demonstrated understanding and application of cultural, cognitive, physical, and social human contexts to create appropriate and meaningful designs.


Excellent Craft
Demonstrated proficiency in systemic, behavioral, technical and visual interaction design craft and making skills to realize innovative, professional real-world designs.


IxD Foundational skills
IxD students will gain an understanding of core interaction design concepts, methods and practices and gain familiarity with the tools used throughout this process.


Physical and Digital Prototyping
Students will learn how to create a variety of prototypes for design evaluation and validation. Students will use a variety of tools and materials to create prototyping artifacts.


Design Craft skills
IxD students will employ contemporary visual and form making design skills to communicate their work and they will employ coding and electronics to demonstrate their work.


Perspective, purpose and critique
Strong individual perspective and critical thinking skills in order to create, discern, critique and refine appropriate, meaningful and constructive design interventions in the world.


Process and methods
Proficiency and demonstrated use of design process skills including research for insight and evaluation, opportunity identification, ideation, solution generation, prototyping, teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration, specification and build.


IxD students will explore the range of thinking from divergent, generative thinking, to convergent and evaluative thinking.  Students will employ deep human-centered process skills including user research (quantitative and qualitative), prototyping, brainstorming, teamwork and actionable knowledge synthesis in order to create innovative and effective user experiences. Students will employ narrative skills to innovate, shape, create and present systemic experiences for people.


IxD students will create portfolios of their work including case studies. They will be able to present and defend design decisions through effective communication techniques. They will also be prepared to design and respond to ethical and sustainable concerns encountered by professional interaction designers.

Contribution and exploration
Demonstrated contribution to evolve the field based on exposure and exploration in important topical focus areas of broad or emerging societal interest.

Perspective and Future Focus
Students can identify appropriate systemic challenges and produce original design responses that are reflective of their analytical, critical and creative capabilities; and their individual points of view.