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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.
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.
Mondays 6:00 - 8:50 PM
July 8 - August 5
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.
Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:50 PM
July 9 - August 6
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.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:50 PM
July 13 - August 10
This course introduces designers to practical methods to integrate long-term thinking into their interaction design practice. Through a combination of lectures, readings, discussions, and group projects, participants will experiment with applied futuring techniques, multi-layered planning, systems thinking, and other frameworks drawn from the world of Transition Design, an emerging area of study focused on how design might help enable more sustainable futures.
Wednesday 6:00 - 8:50 PM
July 10 - August 7
Design Sprint is a rapid prototyping course that's focused on bringing your ideas to life as fast as possible. Whether you have an idea for a side project, new initiative at your job, lifestyle business or venture backed startup, you can use a Design Sprint process to build and test your idea in as little as 5 days. Design Sprint is like a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, and design thinking—packaged into a methodology that was recently popularized by Jake Knapp and the design team at Google Ventures. Thousands of teams around the world now use sprints including startups, agencies, public companies, schools, governments and more.
In this course, you'll have the opportunity to practice running a Design Sprint for your own project. Each week we'll cover a step of the Design Sprint and culminate in a realistic prototype that you will test with your intended audience.
Thursdays 6:00 - 8:50 PM
July 11 - August 8
This course takes a deeper look at how products create relationships between people and foster or inhibit a powerful sense of community. Exploring and building on the interactions that products, services and business models encourage and produce, now more than ever design is an instrument for deeper and more authentic human connection. But towards what end? That is for you to decide in this course by developing your unique and catalytic approach to community building through your product work.
Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:50 PM
July 9 - August 6
Courses take place July 8 - August 10, 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 five. The cost of each course is $1,100 USD.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take four classes at the reduced rate of $3,500 USD or five classes for $4,375 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 canceled, 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 canceled 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, contact the MFA Interaction Design department: firstname.lastname@example.org
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