Mission

The graduate program in Interaction Design is a progressive and inventive degree.

Founded in 2009, the program trains students to research, analyze, prototype, and design concepts in their business, social, and cultural contexts in order to shape everyday life. 

Interaction design creates opportunities for people to have experiences, exchanges, interactions — it has the potential to shape and guide behavior. It’s this possibility that makes it the discipline that communicates the pragmatic future. And where we stand in the history of the future is a tremendous opportunity for the design of interactions.

Design used to write the story so the world might see the future. Today, interaction designers are writing the story so the world can participate in it.

The program offers the opportunity to design pragmatic and speculative futures, and the connections and latitude to apply those designs in real-world contexts. Students collaborate with classmates, and with local and global partners to inspire critical discussion about interaction design’s role in the pragmatic future.

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We believe that technology is immersed in everyday life and thus, the field can be thought of, and pursued, as designing culture.

With an increase in interaction design's possibility for influence, we are negotiating a whole new set of opportunities. Interaction designers find themselves influencing the future of products and services, of education, of journalism, of health care, of banking, of cities, and more. In order to inherit the pragmatic future, we believe you have to walk through the gate of interaction design.

We invite you to be a part of it.