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The 2013 Summer Intensive in Interaction Design is Here!

The MFA in Interaction Design department at SVA is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2013 Summer Intensive in Interaction Design. This year’s program runs from July 8 through August 2 and features four specialized courses that give participants the opportunity to dive deeper into areas of research, creative coding, information visualization, and the practice of Interaction Design. With evening classes, the Summer Intensive has always been an ideal opportunity for those contemplating the cost or time commitment of graduate school, giving working professionals and prospective graduate students the chance to work side-by-side as they take their skills further.

“This year we’ll be complimenting the program with creative workshops that give hands-on experience and exposure with electronics prototyping, creating data-driven artifacts, and improvisation” says Frank Bonomo, the program’s organizer. “You’ll have a chance to make or try something fun between studio and class time, while expanding what you learn.”

Now in its fifth year, the Summer Intensive in Interaction Design has become a perennial favorite for those looking to make the leap into Interaction Design, or to sharpen newfound areas they may have found themselves struggling with at work.

Carve out some time for yourself this summer and find the course that’s right for you. Registration is now open.

Courses take place July 8-August 2 in the evenings, from 6:00-9:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays over the course of one month. In addition to evening classes, the summer program offers optional scheduled workshops and tours to New York 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. Optional workshops may incur a nominal lab/materials fee per session.

The Summer Intensive exists as a series of four courses. They include:

Practice of Interaction DesignIXC-5021-A or IXC-5021-B4 sessions, 1 CEU creditSection A – Mondays, July 8-July 29, 6:00-8:50 PMSection B – Tuesdays, July 9-July 30, 6:00-8:50 PMInstructor: Carla DianaThis course, offered on either Mondays or Tuesdays, 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 and the development of product behaviors. The course will culminate in a final project that incorporates major principles of Interaction Design and fits within the context of a larger, track-independent theme.Visualizing InformationIXC-5027-A4 sessions, 1 CEU creditTuesdays, July 9-July 30, 6:00-8:50 PMInstructor: Hilla KatkiData visualization can be informative, evocative, and interrogatory. In this course, students will start from a foundation of discrete data and explore new narrative and non-narrative possibilities that thoughtfully consider the relationship between form and content. Students will create a visually compelling final project that tells a more deep and meaningful story, drawing from data sources of their own chosen interest and those discovered in the process.Code Literacy – An Introduction to Interactive ProgrammingIXC-5026-A4 sessions, 1 CEU creditWednesdays, July 10-July 31, 6:00-8:50 PMInstructor: Noa YounseServing as a gentle introduction to creative coding, this course is geared toward individuals from the fields of art and design, and takes a slow-paced approach in building code literacy. We’ll use open source JavaScript tools (such as the Processing library) to understand the building blocks of code, computational logic and object-oriented programming. From here, students will be able to approach a variety of programming languages in pursuit of data visualization and the creation of interactive systems. No prior experience with programming is necessary.Research Methods in Interaction DesignIXC-5012-A4 sessions, 1 CEU creditThursdays, July 11-August 1, 6:00-8:50 PMInstructor: Jodi LeoThe course starts from the premise that research brings fresh thinking and accelerates iteration, and is a key to great product and service design. Over four 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.

Registration and Payment

U.S. residents: To register and pay online for Summer Intensive courses, visit course registration at (US only).

International visitors: To register, call the Registrar’s office at 1-212-592-2200. Have your course number(s) and credit card information ready.

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