This July, spend your summer evenings in a meaningful exploration of Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
Hosted by the MFA Interaction Design department, our annual summer program gives students and designers the opportunity to further their understanding of the field of interaction design firsthand. Designed flexibly for those contemplating the cost or time commitment of graduate school, this unique offering provides a series of five-week courses and studio visits, that can be pursued individually or all at once.
Whether you're seeking new collaborative experiences or a means to bridge a gap in your practice, you'll study among designers and doers in hands-on work and theory-based lectures to take your design, research, and interactive programming skills to the next level.
Practice of Interaction Design
A: Mondays 6:00 - 8:50 PM July 11, 18, 25, 27 & August 1 & 8B: Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:50 PM July 13, 20, 27 & August 3 & 10
This course will explore the relationship among people, products, and information through the field of Interaction Design. In a series of hands-on, studio-based exercises, students will gain exposure to critical parts of the design process while learning specific methods for human-centered concept exploration. The course will culminate in a final project that incorporates the major principles of Interaction Design.
Thursdays 6:00 - 8:50 PM July 14, 21, 28 & August 4 & 11
Effective data visualization is informative, evocative, and interrogatory. In this course, students will explore a variety of approaches to visualizing information in ways that are both meaningful and visually compelling. Students are actively encouraged to push the boundaries of conventional data visualization by experimenting with form, structure, typography, and image. The class will feature lectures and discussion that will take students through the process of sorting through their data, creating a set of taxonomies, making conceptual and visual choices, and will culminate in a final group critique of their work.
Research Methods in Interaction Design
Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:50 PM July 12,19, 26 & August 2 & 9
The course starts from the premise that research brings fresh thinking and accelerates iteration, and is a key to great product and service design. Over five weeks, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of user research techniques for interaction designers and will prepare to practice research with ease and confidence. Working in teams, students will gain experience in creating facilitator guides and screeners as part of a conducted final research project that entails live-site recruiting and moderation.
Mobile UX Design
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:50 PM July 16, 23, 30 & August 6, 13
The explosive market of mobile applications and services presents new challenges and considerations for interaction designers. In this course students expand their UX thinking to portable devices, while working on a mobile app design. Through exercises in wireframing, screen design, and light-weight digital prototyping, students walk away with a portfolio-quality project that exhibits their understanding of mobile UX/UI best practices with an emphasis on designing for the user.
Courses take place July 11 -August 13, generally scheduled on weekday evenings over the course of one month. In addition to evening classes, the summer program offers optional scheduled events and tours to nearby New York City design studios. Enrollment in any course provides daytime access to a shared studio workspace and use of department facilities. Participants can receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit upon successfully completing a course.
You can register online for one course, a combination, or all four. The cost of each course is $1,100 USD.
To register online (US only), visit the course registration page to select available courses. A window will pop up showing that the course has been added to your cart for review. Once you've added all of the courses you would like to sign up and pay for, click "Complete Registration" from the pop-up window. Follow instructions and provide all necessary information.
Note: You will only be considered registered for a course upon successfully completing your payment online using a credit card. To register and pay for summer courses by check, contact the MFA Interaction Design department at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for registration and payment.
Call the Registrar's office at 212-592-2200 to sign-up and pay for courses. Have your course number(s) and credit card information ready.
Situated on its own floor of a light-filled building in New York City's Flatiron District, the MFA Interaction Design space has the workflow of interaction designers in mind. Students work individually or collaboratively in a loft-like space where they have weekday access to a personal studio area during the course of the program.
The Interaction Design Summer Intensive seminar does not meet the requirements for the F-1 student visa. A letter of invitation will be issued in support of entry to the U.S. as a visitor participating in an educational seminar. For more information about the U.S. entry requirements as a B-1/B-2 visitor or the Visa Waiver Program, please contact the U.S. Consulate in your home country. For information regarding the F-1 student visa for degree programs, please contact the International Student Office at email@example.com.
While TOEFL exam requirements are not required to register, all classes and workshops are conducted in English. Proficient English speaking and writing skills are required to fully participate within lectures, assignments and during class critiques. To avoid language being a barrier to anyone's experience, we ask that all participants be very fluent in English.
The School of Visual Arts has several reasonably priced and comfortable housing options for visiting students coming to work, live and experience New York City this summer. SVA offers MFA Interaction Design Summer Program students a limited offering of single or shared rooms in our Ludlow Residence. Housing is available for the duration of the program. For details and further assistance visit Summer Housing for Special Programs.
A waitlist will be managed for individual courses to accommodate availability through any cancellations.
Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy
To withdraw from a Summer Intensive course in Interaction Design, you may do so by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to complete a course does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does notification to the instructor, nor does lack of attendance, nor does dissatisfaction with a course. A written notice of withdrawal must be received before the first class session for the student to receive 100% tuition refund. There will be no refunds after the start of the first class session.
All refunds for payment made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa will be credited to the appropriate credit card account and may take up to two weeks to appear on your statement.
The Department reserves the right to cancel or withdraw courses from this program and to change course curricula and scheduling. The Department also reserves the right to withdraw and substitute instructors. If your course is cancelled, the department will notify you by telephone or email. We will do our best to help you find another suitable course. However, if this is not possible, you will receive a 100% tuition refund for the cancelled course. The department will not be liable for any other expenses that the participant may have incurred, including but not limited to transportation and housing cost and the purchase of materials and supplies.
For questions regarding the Summer Intensive in Interaction Design, visit the program's FAQ section, or contact the MFA Interaction Design department: email@example.com
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