Our new mission-based graduate program In Interaction Design

CCA’s New Masters In Interaction Design Program Prepares Students For The Most In-Demand Design Discipline.  In An Increasingly Technology-Rich World, Opportunities Abound For Designers Who Can Make Technologies More Meaningful, Usable, And Delightful.

CCA is committed to the idea that interaction design should have a positive impact on society.  Our students learn to humanize technologies, and to address critical, complex challenges in innovative, socially conscious ways.

Using design to make a social impact

The core of our Masters program is the year-round Social Lab, in which all students address real problems with real stakeholders.

Our approach is systemic and experimental.  We collaborate with community members to identify local social challenges; we seek a holistic understanding of those challenges and their root causes; and we engage community members as partners in the process of designing tools and systems to address those challenges.

Social Challenge: increase community resilience in the Western Addition

Though we’re excited by the power of emerging technologies, we’re also mindful that gaps in access to technologies result in social barriers in education, health, nutrition, transportation, the commons, and elsewhere.

Such gaps are prevalent in the Western Addition neighborhood, one of San Francisco’s most ethnically and economically diverse areas, and a site of ongoing displacement, marginalization, and transition.  That’s why we’ve partnered with the African American Art & Culture Complex, a neighborhood hub since its founding in 1989, to focus the Social Lab’s current efforts.

Our goal is to increase the neighborhood’s everyday community resilience by using interaction design to increase the alternative capitals (human, intellectual, social) available to residents.  Such alternative capitals can provide new metrics by which to measure success.