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MFA Interaction Design Adjunct Faculty

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for adjunct faculty in MFA Interaction Design with experience in prototyping in hardware and software.

These positions report to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Adjunct faculty members in Graduate Studies are responsible for teaching studio courses and/or providing thesis supervision, meeting once or twice each week. Experience in the professional practice of interaction design is essential. Start date: August 2019 

ABOUT GRADUATE STUDIES: Graduate Studies at CCS currently comprises MFA programs in Interaction Design, Integrated Design, Transportation Design, and Color and Materials Design. Plans to expand the portfolio in the next few years make this an exciting time to join the Graduate Studies team.

3 Credits
Fall 2019

Course Catalog Description

This course gives students a foundation in the history of innovations in interaction design so that they may build upon that history with their own insights and contributions. Students discuss design precedents of interaction design through case studies and research about specific practitioners. They then propose design variations based on each practitioner but cast in contemporary technology, in the form of screen designs, mock-ups, or clickable prototypes. During the final part of the semester students elaborate on one or more of their design proposals and create an interactive experience of greater scope than any individual module and that identifies possible futures for interaction design practice

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Classify user interfaces and other digital experiences according to their relationship to the contributions of these figures.
  • Develop interface designs in current technologies and today’s vernacular of user needs, while illustrating how they relate to the history of interaction design.
  • Experiment with new, evolutionary designs, while employing the history as appropriate to their design goals.
  • Defend their design choices based on selected technology and defined user needs.
  • Critique others’ designs with clear rationale and argument of pros and cons of features and benefits.


6 Credits
Fall 2019

Course Catalog Description

This course is designed to help students articulate and execute a body of work that is the culmination of his/her graduate study experience. Students should be able to synthesize external factors – such as technological, global, environmental issues and trends, including social change – translate them into a form that is meaningful in a business setting, and create relevant design solutions. “Relevant” in this context requires that students’ design solutions resonate with an identified market segment, from all design and functional standpoints.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply observational and qualitative research practices they learned in Contextual Design Research I and II to a specific design problem.
  • Utilize the marketing principles and entrepreneurial fundamentals from Business Practices I and II to assess a particular opportunity, meet identified goals and objectives, and measure outcomes.
  • Define and follow a multi-phase project plan consistent with Interaction Design practices and resulting in research-guided design proposals and multiple iterations of prototyping and testing.
  • Integrate feedback and guidance from multi-disciplinary advisors, references and materials into a coherent narrative and visual presentation.

6 Credits
Winter 2020

Course Catalog Description

As above

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply testing procedures, and define and apply evaluation criteria, to each prototype, as a means of defining refinements to design outcomes as well as honing of design goals.
  • Articulate and defend a clear design rationale, that is, describe the context, audience or market, underlying values, resulting value (that is, the benefits), specific processes, and outcomes of the design concept, as a means of justifying design choices.
  • Construct final documentation of the entire thesis process, capturing the design choices and positive as well as negative outcomes.
  • Illustrate the arc of the thesis process from its inception, in a brief, comprehensive, and compelling presentation.
    Define and follow a multi-phase project plan to a successful outcome that is on time, efficient, and effective.
  • Integrate feedback and guidance from multi-disciplinary advisors, references, and materials into a coherent narrative and visual presentation.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Candidates must hold a degree (i.e., BA or equivalent).

Additional qualifications include:

  • Minimum of 3 years of active/current professional practice in illustration.
  • College teaching experience, preferred.
  • Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to develop and nurture individual student artistic and professional abilities.
  • A strong commitment to self-learning.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES: The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor's and Master's degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students' resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CC$ plays a key role in Detroit's cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Communications Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College's Henry Ford Academy: School for Creatives Studies is a public chart middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and a link to an online portfolio to Jill Davis, , with “IxD Adjunct Faculty” in the subject line.

The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.