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Summer Intensive in Interaction Design

July 15 - July 30, 2024
US Residents

May register online using a credit card by clicking the Register Now button below.

International Visitors

May register online using a credit card by clicking the Register Now button below.

Summer Intensive in Interaction Design

July 15 - July 30, 2024

Designed for people who are considering graduate school or for those unable to enroll in a two-year program, the Summer Intensive in Interaction Design offers you the opportunity to explore an understanding of the field through a series of summer courses. Bringing together designers and doers through hands-on work and theory-based lectures, the intensive allows the flexibility to focus on one course or all four.

The cost is $1,100 per course and you can register online. Updated course information can be viewed using MyServices Student, which can be accessed from your MyID account ( and by selecting the MyServices app from your dashboard. Note: Summer courses are subject to cancellation up to two weeks prior to the start of the course.


Research Methods in Interaction Design


Research brings fresh thinking, 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.

Monday/Wednesday 5:00-7:50

July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29

Design for Inclusion in Open Spaces


Open space for people to gather and play, streets that are safe and comfortable from pedestrians of all abilities, protected lanes for cycling, benches for resting, people watching and having conversations, fresh air and sunlight—these are public amenities that are vital to the health of people, communities and cities. This course will explore what public life is, why it matters to our individual and collective well-being, and how to use qualitative and quantitative metrics to measure and monitor the health of our public spaces. Students will learn and practice mapping and site analysis techniques for public spaces around New York City.

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-1:50
July 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

Practice of Interaction Design


The relationship among people, products and information through the field of interaction design will be explored in this course. Through a series of hands-on, studio-based exercises, students will gain exposure to critical parts of the design process while learning specific methods for people-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 specific context of each student’s chosen project theme.

Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-7:50

July 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

Instructor Erica Heinz

Wearables: An Introduction with Resources


Wearable technology is rapidly evolving from mere gadgets to essential tools for communication, health monitoring and personal convenience. This course offers a comprehensive understanding of fundamental techniques to explore the world.

Monday/ Wednesday, 12-2:50

July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29



Courses take place in July, 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.


The cost of each course is $1,100 USD.



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.

International Students

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

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 in 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 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 payments 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.

Class Cancellations

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 costs and the purchase of materials and supplies.


For questions regarding the Summer Intensive in Interaction Design, contact the MFA Interaction Design department:

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