In today’s competitive environment, designers must acquire a professional orientation that adheres to relevant market opportunities and the highest standards of industry excellence
As designers, we are often asked to think about how design can impact our lives today and tomorrow. Over the past decade there has been tremendous growth and innovation in information and communications technology and related systems. Technology is now ubiquitous, often imbedded in a broad range of products from handheld devices and manufacturing machines to consumer electronics and automobiles. Growth has been explosive and the related technical and usability complexities are changing constantly. In most fields of product development and communications today, there is a growing demand for designers who can create not only aesthetically beautiful but effective and meaningful interaction experiences.
The CCS Interaction Design curriculum is relevant to today’s challenging times in the specific way we integrate proven business practices, research methods and creative skills to prepare you to succeed. We emphasize the human context of design – the study of how people use, need and respond to technology in their daily lives – through ethnographic research, study of human behavior and cognition as well as the application of specific tools and techniques to uncover ‘unmet’ opportunities. This heuristic approach is further applied in the ways design solutions are evaluated and measured through the application of use-case scenarios and usability testing, and then subjected to a rigorous analytical framework to assess market viability.
As a graduate student in the Interaction Design program, therefore, you will not only enhance your aesthetic techniques but develop the analytical and business skills essential for success as an interaction designer. Through industry-sponsored projects and the Masters Thesis, that are structured to reflect professional studio practices, you will apply your classroom learning to develop design solutions that will be evaluated by industry leaders.
In today’s competitive environment, designers must acquire a professional orientation that adheres to relevant market opportunities and the highest standards of industry excellence. The goal of the CCS Interaction Design program is to help you acquire these standards and prepare you for a successful career in Interaction Design.
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